The current minimum wage in South Dakota is $9.45 per hour, but will that change for one business in January?

Call them trendsetters. And, making headlines since 2009, Hobby Lobby is once again giving their employees a raise. Starting January 1, 2022, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. will raise its minimum full-time hourly wage to $18.50.

The current South Dakota minimum wage is $9.45 per hour. Across the county Washington, D.C. pays out the most for hourly workers at $15.20 and California $14.00.

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With 956 retail stores, Hobby Lobby continues to be a leader in over 80,000 arts, crafts, hobbies, home accent, seasonal, and custom framing products.

In Sioux Falls, Hobby Lobby relocated from 41st Street to Lorraine Drive on Lake Lorraine. Will its employees see their hourly wage increase to $18.50 next month?

In a phone call to the local outlet, General Manager 'Gary' would not comment on the wage increase or the number of full-time staff Sioux Falls has.

In a recent press release Hobby Lobby founder and CEO, David Green said, “We have a long track record of taking care of our employees. In 1998, we made the decision to close our stores on Sundays, and at 8:00 p.m. the rest of the week, to provide employees time for rest, family, and worship. We’ve also worked hard over the years to provide the best pay and benefits in retail, which has allowed us to attract and retain an outstanding group of associates to serve our devoted customers.”

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The Ultimate Sioux Falls Visitor's Guide: A to Z

Sioux Falls has lots to explore; fun stuff for the whole family, food of every kind, educational opportunities, and more! If you have out-of-town guests visiting, show them around our city. Eat at places they've never eaten. Take them to places they'd never go. Take some great photos to post on social media (and don't forget the hashtag #HiFromSiouxFalls). We've even listed some cool hotels where they can stay if you don't have the room.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We call it the 'Sioux Empire.' It's the biggest city in the state with a population of nearly 200,000. We’re known for our namesake, Falls Park, along the Big Sioux River. Sioux Falls has received numerous accolades for its quality of life. We have been named the number one best place to rent in America. We’ve topped the list of Best States to Find a Job. Sioux Falls is the Best City in America for Young Professionals. 

We've appeared on lists such as Most Charming Small CitiesTop 10 Place to Raise Kids, and even ranked 10th in the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. We have an abundance of achievements and you can see them on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation's website.

It's a pretty awesome city and that's why we think you should come and visit. If you're coming on business or pleasure, we've put together a list of places to go and things to see. We know you want to explore the attractions the city is known for like Falls Park, the Arc of Dreams, and the Sculpture Walk, but there's a lot more to see and do than just the touristy (that's really a word) stuff. The best places to go are where the locals go and we have a not your average, ordinary visitor's guide. 

Here's a list of over 100 things to do and places to go in Sioux Falls.

Click HERE for a list of all the places we mention and links to each one. Print it out or save it to your phone and use it as a reference when you're visiting. See you soon!