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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.

Law enforcement officials gathered in Yankton recently for an exercise at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp. Photo by Kelly Hertz/Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan.

Learning to Live with Fear

April 30, 2013
After a string of national tragedies, South Dakotans can no longer pretend, "It could never happen here."

Sage Grouse: Living on the Edge

April 30, 2013
Despite an uncertain future, sage grouse enact their spring courtship ritual on the Butte County prairie.

Dakota Territory Governor John Pennington s Yankton house is now home to South Dakota Magazine.

A Scoundrel and a Saint

April 25, 2013
John Pennington and Arthur Mellette had very different ideas on governing Dakota Territory.

Gramma's Delicacies

April 24, 2013
B. Angelique Mills’ all-natural spice mixes add zest to life in Box Elder.

Coming Out For Gay Marriage

April 22, 2013
When Tim Johnson and others change their same-sex marriage stances, does it matter if the reasons are personal or political?

Antique Dreams

April 19, 2013
Somebody might hit the jackpot when Antiques Roadshow airs next Monday, but it won’t be this author.

Warm, sweet clementine muffins with orange honey butter bring a glow to our chilly South Dakota spring. Photo by Fran Hill.

A Warm Orange Glow

April 18, 2013
Clementine muffins with orange honey butter provide the warmth this South Dakota spring is lacking.

Dayton O. Hyde in a scene from Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde. Click to enlarge pictures.

Running Wild Premieres in South Dakota

April 18, 2013
Documentary chronicles unique story of Dayton O. Hyde and the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

Outcomes of local elections affect South Dakotans directly. Big Stone City Hall photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Pay Attention to Local Elections

April 17, 2013
Why aren't South Dakota's local elections a bigger deal?

Many aspects of South Dakota life are covered on the Oral History Center s tapes, but the collection is especially rich in Native American history. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Eavesdropping On History

April 16, 2013
The South Dakota Oral History Center in Vermillion offers thousands of chances to listen in on our state's past.

Spring's Sweet Song

April 15, 2013
The meadowlark's tune is one of South Dakota's signs of spring.

It s hard to appreciate the lessons snow brings us in April. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

The Meaning of Snow

April 8, 2013
Winter's lessons are harder to absorb in April.

Shredded chicken, black beans and flavorful spices combined make a delicious burrito. Photo by Fran Hill.

Spring Chickens

April 4, 2013
Although raising baby chicks is tempting, storebought fowl goes into Fran Hill's flavorful burritos.

Hardware stores like Hogen s in Kadoka are among the businesses threatened by the rural population drain. 2004 Kadoka photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Free Market Vs. Small Towns

April 3, 2013
if the free market judges small towns unsustainable, how should we fight back?

Faces to the Falls

March 28, 2013
New bicycle ride across the state of South Dakota set for June.

Sparky s owner is Ryan Maher, a young entrepreneur and South Dakota state senator.

South Dakota's Best Breakfasts

March 26, 2013
Traveling salesmen tipped us off about these three excellent eateries.

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