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November 22, 2017 10:03 PM

Parade Of Lights Grand Marshal Celebrated

The Parade of Lights is just around the corner. This year's grand marshal won't be there in person, but those who love him know he'll be there in spirit.

Steve Metli was a long time city planner for Sioux Falls. He helped create the city we know today, and this weekend his memory is being honored.

From the city bike trail, to the Arena and Convention Center, and even cleaning up Falls Park; Steve Metli had his hand on a lot of what Sioux Falls is today.

"He had a passion for his hometown. It was infectious with the people he worked with," said Mike Metli, Steve's brother. 

Steve passed away in January, at the age of 71. This weekend his family is coming together to celebrate the man who helped shape Sioux Falls, by walking in the Parade of Lights. 

While they walk, the Metli family plans to hand out bags for spectators to pick up trash.

"Anybody who went anywhere with him knew that he picked up trash everywhere he went, and thousands of pieces of trash. Particularly at the Falls when they were just starting to clean up that area. So we just want people to remember that this is a beautiful city because it's well taken care of," said Ann Metli, Steve's niece. 

For the Metli's this is a time to celebrate the life of a man they loved, and who served his city proudly for more than 30 years.

"Being the honorary parade marshal is a great honor for Steve, but our family just wishes to express to Downtown Sioux Falls organization our deep felt gratitude that taking on his honor and legacy," said Mike. 

The Metli's plan to spend the weekend together as a family, remembering Steve.

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