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John Andrews

History Columnist

Our managing editor, web editor and history columnist is John Andrews, a Lake Norden native who attended SDSU, wrote for the Brookings Register and earned a master's degree in history at USD before joining our staff. John writes features, edits our many departments and oversees the day to day writing of the magazine.

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Tale of Two Paths

November 3, 2015
No matter what road you take, Gregory County is worth exploring. Photo by Laura Vanden Berge.

When the Stars Align

October 20, 2015
Maybe higher powers are guiding life in Grant County.

Before the Oasis

October 6, 2015
I-90 travelers know about Al’s at Oacoma, but why not take a break in Brule County?

Land of the Burnt Thigh

September 22, 2015
Beautiful country and Lakota culture abound in Todd County.

Of Birds and Baseball

September 8, 2015
They’re both part of life in Spink County.

Moved by Water

August 25, 2015
Life in Campbell County has often revolved around the mighty Missouri River.

The Spirituality of Hanson County

August 11, 2015
Lakes, rivers, shrines and the inspiring story of two martyrs offer opportunities for quiet reflection.

West River Melting Pot

July 28, 2015
Haakon County was named for a Norwegian, home to a famous Scotsman and could hold Mexican buried treasure.

Rocks, Rolls and Rivers

July 14, 2015
Visiting an ancient boulder is just the start of a tour through Moody County.

Taking Chances

June 30, 2015
Whether it’s rodeo, cards or even social justice, people have won in Sully County.

Badlands and Good People

June 16, 2015
History and geography have challenged the folks of Oglala Lakota County, but the future is solidly in their hands. Photo by Carl Johnson.

The Land and the Sea

June 2, 2015
You’ll find both in Marshall County. Photo by John Front.

Not Just Ranches and Rodeo

May 19, 2015
A creative streak runs though Perkins County.

Too Many Counties?

May 5, 2015
You might think 66 is over the top, but there are interesting stories and places in every county. Today we begin a statewide exploration to find them, beginning in Bon Homme County.

The Olson family s Titanic exhibit.

Langford's Titanic Victim

April 15, 2015
A tiny exhibit in an old granary pays tribute to a man who died aboard the unsinkable ship.

Grand Marshals Marvin Martilla and Lila Grape wear royal purple and Nile green, traditional colors of St. Urho s Day.

Finns Celebrate St. Urho

March 25, 2015
Honoring the patron saint in Lake Norden.

March Madness is Here

March 10, 2015
It’s an exciting time to be a college basketball fan in South Dakota.

The Mysterious Baker’s Falls

January 28, 2015
Our Jan/Feb cover is causing quite the conversation in Spearfish.

Treachery in the Treasury

December 30, 2014
The real cost of William Walter Taylor’s 1895 default.

Shannon County appears on an 1882 map of Dakota Territory.

Who Was Peter Shannon?

November 18, 2014
And why did South Dakotans kick his name off their county?

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