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Noem Kicking Up Congressional Dust

October 19, 2011
Congresswoman Kristi Noem has made blocking dust regulations a centerpiece of her legislative agenda. Is she kicking up dust over an nonexistent issue?

Getting the Good Stuff

October 18, 2011
Sometimes good photo locations need a little something extra to make them great.

Mni Wiconi and Keystone XL

October 18, 2011
Mni Wiconi means Water of Life in Lakota. Without water, there is no life. 

Lee shares the the High Holiday with his son Jake and other friends and family.

S.D.'s High Holiday

October 17, 2011
Next to Christmas, there really is no other time in South Dakota that screams FAMILY like “the opener”.

Adams House Stories

October 13, 2011
First owners Harris and Anna Franklin were rich and they wanted a house that showed it. The arrival of the railroad in Deadwood made if feasible for them to build the extravagant Queen Anne-style home in 1892. 

Diane Sawyer on the Rez

October 11, 2011
This Friday night, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer will report on the plight of young people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Making the Electoral College More Democratic

October 10, 2011
The way we choose a President is undemocratic, but that might work to the advantage of less populous states like South Dakota.  Ken looks at other options.  

From Mud to Bronze

October 7, 2011
As a student at South Dakota State University in Brookings, I found myself in Lincoln Music Hall quite often. I can’t count how many times I passed the bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln, which serves as the centerpiece of the building’s marvelous marble foyer.

Wealth, South Dakota and the Social Contract

October 6, 2011
South Dakota's pioneer forebears built the foundations of our wealth on government assistance. It's time we reexamine our thinking about the social contract.

Chasing Fall Color

October 5, 2011
Taking good fall pictures is not as easy as it might seem. Christian Begeman shares his tips. 

A summer sunrise gives a nice color to the mountain, but the shadows can hide Roosevelt s face.

Photographing Our Famous National Memorial

September 29, 2011
Learn tricks for taking striking photos of Mount Rushmore from an expert — Chad Coppess, photographer for the South Dakota Department of Tourism. 

James Earle Fraser, of Mitchell, designed the buffalo nickels that circulated from 1913 to 1938.

Upstaging Mitchell's Sculptor

September 28, 2011
Coin aficionados know the name James Earle Fraser. South Dakotans should, too.

Pick The Green Tomatoes

September 28, 2011
Ideas from our readers of what to do with unripe (but still nutritious!) green tomatoes.

Economic and Political Effects of Keystone XL

September 26, 2011
Building the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest both in terms of security and prosperity.

Gary Pauley runs in his home town of Parker, South Dakota.

Running with Parkinson's

September 23, 2011
Gary Pauley ran the Sioux Falls Half Marathon in September of 2010 in two hours and 10 minutes. A good race time for any 48-year-old, but Pauley has Parkinson’s Disease. 

Pouring Pettigrew

September 21, 2011
A statue honoring one of South Dakota’s most vilified characters is nearing completion.

Deadly Force, Urgent Necessity and Killing Prisoners

September 21, 2011
I note with regret that I have been party to the killing of two men in the last two months. I hope to avoid being party to a third killing.  

Taken about 8 miles south of Salem, SD in late August.

The Stars Above

September 19, 2011
It takes time and patience, but the rewards of capturing the starry hosts and being humbled by them are worth every minute of lost sleep.

Gardener's Pie

September 15, 2011
Gundy's Market in Yankton is a fun Saturday morning stop, and a great place to find fresh produce to experiment with in the kitchen. 

State-U, Version 2: No Frozen Critters

September 14, 2011
Are you ready to renew the athletic rivalry between the state’s two largest universities? It appears one school is.

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