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Splashing in the Devil's Bathtub

July 2, 2013
One not-so-secret Spearfish Canyon spot is a refreshing mountain playground for those in the know.

Wind turbines near Elkton.

When the Feathers Hit the Fan

July 1, 2013
How many birds and bats should be sacrificed on the altar of Clean Energy?

Mozzarella s mores are a savory appetizer perfect for fire pits and patio parties.

Delicious Pyromania

June 26, 2013
Playing with fire is fun when you’re toasting up savory mozzarella s’mores.

The Switch

June 26, 2013
Republican legislator and pastor Steve Hickey has changed his mind about South Dakota's death penalty.

Where the Mighty Mo Bends

June 25, 2013
Wildflowers flutter on the bluffs above the Missouri River's twists and turns.

Bernie Hunhoff happened across this Bennett County tornado while traveling Highway 18.

The Winds of Destruction

June 24, 2013
When summer days turn dark, the swirling winds of tornadoes bring tragedy to South Dakota.

Albert White Hat (left) worked tirelessly to ensure that his native Lakota language did not disappear.

“They Laughed at Me”

June 21, 2013
Lakota language champion Albert White Hat dies at 74.

Illiberal Liberals

June 18, 2013
The Obama administration's IRS scandal seems motivated by a desire to chill dissenting opinions.

Photo by Fran Hill.

Don’t Give Dad the Gift of Food Poisoning

June 13, 2013
Remember a few common-sense tips to keep your summer cookouts safe.

Kristi Noem and Annette Bosworth made South Dakota political headlines this week.

Ladies of the Political Week

June 12, 2013
Two South Dakota ladies born one day apart are generating this week's big South Dakota political headlines.

A fence line accentuates the green prairies that border the Hogback near St. Onge. Click to enlarge pictures.

Between the Prairies and the Mountains

June 11, 2013
The Hogback and the Racetrack, two landforms that surround the Black Hills, are bio-diverse areas full of wildflowers and wildlife.

Guarded by Ghosts, Revealed by Angels

June 6, 2013
Just past Seth Bullock's grave, White Rocks Trail provides spectacular views of Deadwood and the surrounding area.

The construction of Fort Randall Dam created Lake Francis Case, which extends more than 105 miles upstream. The community of Pickstown sprung up near the dam and was named in honor of Gen. Lewis A. Pick.

Taming a Wild River

June 5, 2013
Two quarreling engineers created a plan to calm and control the Mighty Missouri.

The retirement of U.S. Senator Tim Johnson makes South Dakota s 2014 Senate race a key one.

Looking Ahead to 2014

June 3, 2013
Who will replace Tim Johnson when he vacates his U.S. Senate seat?

Garlic spaghetti with beans and arugula contains pantry staples jazzed up with a couple of garden-fresh favorites. Photo by Fran Hill.

The Advantages of the Prairie Pantry

May 29, 2013
For country or small town dwellers, a well-stocked kitchen is a must.

Wadhams is Back to Attack in South Dakota

May 29, 2013
If Mike Rounds' hire of consultant Dick Wadhams is any indication, South Dakota voters can look forward to a nasty 2014 campaign.

Rediscovering the Spirit of Exploration

May 28, 2013
Jutting out from the Clay County prairie, Spirit Mound lures nature lovers as it once did Lewis & Clark.

Photo by Marisa DeMeglio.

Confessions of a Lilac Thief

May 24, 2013
The scents and tastes of spring in South Dakota make hearts and fingers light. 

Is Bob watching? And if so, how bored is he? Photo by Nicole McDaniel.

Hello, Bob

May 23, 2013
Pity the poor data miner assigned to watch Roger Holtzmann.

Richard Pettigrew helped found Sioux Falls and served as South Dakota’s first full-term U.S. Senator. After falling out of favor with state leaders for years, he is immortalized in a new bronze statue at the corner of Fifth and Phillips in downtown Sioux Falls. Click to enlarge photos.

'I Told You So'

May 22, 2013
Richard Pettigrew’s statue in downtown Sioux Falls is an everlasting parting shot at the city he helped build.

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