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Brown Rice Garden Salad is the perfect late summer dish, accentuated by recently ripened garden tomatoes.

The Patient Gardener

July 23, 2015
When it comes to garden tomatoes, waiting is the hardest part.

Cattle and barbed wire fences are a constant thread along Highway 16, from East River through the Black Hills. However, the wire doesn’t keep this longhorn cow from roaming the quiet and timeworn roadway west of Philip. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

South Dakota Road Adventures

July 22, 2015
You’ll find natural landmarks, historic businesses and a stray cow or two.

Michael Zimny is a native of suburban Chicago, but has found a home in South Dakota s prairies and badlands.

Finding Home in Flyover Land

July 14, 2015
South Dakota Magazine’s newest web columnist took a circuitous path to South Dakota.

Prospectors have found oil in Harding County, but even greater riches are just across the state line.

Share That Black Gold

July 15, 2015
Surrounding states want to keep all their newfound oil for themselves. How rude.

Rocks, Rolls and Rivers

July 14, 2015
Visiting an ancient boulder is just the start of a tour through Moody County.

Crepes may not technically be South Dakotan, but over time they can become part of our culinary heritage.

Confessions of a First Generation South Dakotan

July 9, 2015
Our heritage shows up on our plates.

The author (left) and his legislative colleague Rep. Fred Deutsch took part in the Ride Across South Dakota (RASDAK). Their banner promotes South Dakota s new bicycling law.

My Other Pickup’s A Bike

July 8, 2015
At a certain age, two wheels become more fun than four.

Prominent Spearfish city leaders and important figures in Black Hills history lie in Spearfish s Rose Hill Cemetery. Photo by John Mitchell.

Atop Rose Hill

July 7, 2015
A walk through Spearfish’s cemetery rekindles memories of the mountain town’s colorful characters. Photo by John Mitchell.

The Amati  King  cello, housed at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, dates to the mid-1500s. It rarely travels, but is spending the summer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The King Hits the Road

July 2, 2015
A 450-year-old cello from Vermillion’s National Music Museum is spending the summer at The Met.

Taking Chances

June 30, 2015
Whether it’s rodeo, cards or even social justice, people have won in Sully County.

Evening light painted a passing rain cloud above historic Peace Valley Lutheran of northeast Harding County.

On the Open Road

June 29, 2015
Watching spring give way to summer on an 1,100-mile trip across South Dakota.

You Can Go Home Again

June 25, 2015
We’re simply the caretakers of houses … and recipes.

Leif Arne Holen of Norway helped disassemble and pack the Leet school for the overseas trip to Norway in 2007.

Leet School: Spanning Time and Space

June 23, 2015
A Sanborn County schoolhouse has new life inside a Norwegian museum.

Recent rains have helped, but parts of eastern South Dakota - including Roger Holtzmann s yard - are still in a moderate drought.

Thy Neighbor's Rain

June 18, 2015
Will wishing for moisture endanger your soul?

Badlands and Good People

June 16, 2015
History and geography have challenged the folks of Oglala Lakota County, but the future is solidly in their hands. Photo by Carl Johnson.

Keep It Simple

June 11, 2015
Modest fare makes for pleasant patio parties.

The sandstone architecture of Hot Springs, along with other amenities and a colorful history, elevate its status - at least in the mind of a fifth grader.

Major or Not?

June 10, 2015
Where does Hot Springs rank among American cities?

The Land and the Sea

June 2, 2015
You’ll find both in Marshall County. Photo by John Front.

Just Grill It

May 28, 2015
Summer is the season for cooking outdoors.

Late afternoon along the road through Union Grove State Park.

A Walk in the Woods

May 27, 2015
South Dakota’s forests are like a fantasy land.

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