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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.

Can Golf This Fun Be Legal?

May 16, 2013
Elkhorn Ridge near Spearfish offers plenty of challenges for the uninitiated golfer.

The runny yellow yolk of a fried egg perfectly compliments Fran Hill s earthy potato and spinach hash.

Put an Egg on It

May 16, 2013
The runny yellow yolk of a fried egg perfectly compliments Fran Hill's earthy potato and spinach hash.

Stephanie Has World Enough, and Time

May 15, 2013
Herseth Sandlin has plenty of opportunities ahead to get back into the public service she loves.

Muddy Fun Run

May 13, 2013
The first annual Lewis & Clark Adventure Race was held west of Yankton this past Saturday.

Spring Journal for 2013

May 13, 2013
Scenes from South Dakota's slow transition into spring.

Huron s turkey handlers are not allowed to touch their racing turkeys, but may coax them to victory using other methods.

Fowl Balls

May 9, 2013
Spectators at Huron's Turkey Races gobble Tom Turkey's deep-fried treasures.

It may look like a pan of puffed-up Jiffy Pop, but reaching Crow Peak s summit  proved to be a hiking challenge for Lee Schoenbeck and his wife, Donna.

Hiking Crow Peak Trail

May 8, 2013
Get a bird's eye view of the northern Black Hills from atop a mighty Spearfish mountain.

Drawing a Red Line

May 7, 2013
President Obama's ability to manage the situations in Syria and Iran depends on the power of his word.

Preschool programs help close the income inequality gap, giving an equal chance to rich kids and poor kids. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Closing South Dakota Preschools

May 1, 2013
The sequester is closing Head Start just when South Dakota kids need it most.

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