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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.

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.

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