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A view of South Dakota State University s campus from the Coughlin Campanile.

Burgers, Bells, Blooms and Brews

July 18, 2013
A busy day in Brookings, one of America’s best small towns.

Webster's Golf Club

July 17, 2013
A center for traditions and character in the seat of Day County. 

 I was determined to know beans.  Photos by Rebecca Johnson.

Trial and Error at the Community Garden

July 17, 2013
A few things I’ve learned while digging in the dirt.

The Zimmerman Trial

July 15, 2013
Ken Blanchard examines Florida's recent high-profile murder trial.

Fresh, bright and cool, this watermelon-cucumber concoction makes a great summer salad. Photo by Fran Hill.

Thumping My Melon

July 10, 2013
How do you pick a good watermelon?

How Many Leftists Does It Take to Build a Sewer?

July 10, 2013
Let's wade through Lake Herman's sewer vs. septic tank debate. 

The natural rodeo bowl of Crystal Springs Rodeo near Clear Lake, South Dakota. Click to enlarge pictures.

Coteau Rodeo

July 8, 2013
Get a taste of the Coteau Hills at the Crystal Springs Rodeo, a beloved northeastern South Dakota tradition.

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.

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