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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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Give These a Read

September 23, 2014
Five books I’d recommend to any South Dakotan.

Sioux Falls had several founding fathers, but Josiah Phillips and his wife Hattie nurtured the young town along the Big Sioux River.

The Parents of Sioux Falls

September 9, 2014
Josiah and Hattie Phillips drew a town and watched it grow.

125 Years on Canvas

August 29, 2014
Forty South Dakota artists explain what their state means to them.

Ten-year-old Chloe Holzwarth displays the Sam Bat for the crowd while auctioneer Lanning Edwards takes bids between games of the state amateur baseball tournament in Mitchell Saturday. Photo by Craig Wenzel/Wessington Springs True Dakotan

Generosity at the Ballpark

August 12, 2014
In Mitchell, we saw two good baseball games and learned a lesson in helping your neighbors.

“Much At Loss for an Interpreter…”

July 29, 2014
Pierre Dorion bridged the language barrier between Lewis and Clark and the Yankton tribe. So why didn’t they keep him?

Æbleskiver is a traditional Danish pancake served every year at Viborg s Danish Days celebration.

Æbleskiver for All

July 15, 2014
Traditional food highlights Viborg’s Danish Days weekend.

Gold miner Norman McCully s loot may be buried somewhere near Sheridan Lake.

The Lost Treasure of Burnt Ranch

July 1, 2014
Is a fortune in gold buried near Sheridan Lake?

Friends, family and dignitaries gathered on the Northern State University campus in Aberdeen June 14 to dedicate a statue of Cresbard native Cecil Harris, the U.S. Navy s second-highest scoring ace during World War II.

Cecil Harris Honored in Aberdeen

June 17, 2014
A new statue honors South Dakota’s World War II flying ace.

Richard Kneip was the last Democrat elected governor of South Dakota. He served from 1971 to 1978.

What is a Kneip?

June 3, 2014
Answer: The last Democrat elected governor of South Dakota.

South Dakota and the Triple Crown

May 20, 2014
Our connection to horse racing’s elite accomplishment.

Men in Watertown turned out in droves to volunteer their services after the United States entered World War I in 1917.

A World War I Primer

May 6, 2014
Glimpses of South Dakotans who fought in the Great War.

Some farmers were willing to try anything to break out of severe drought, including a system of funnels designed by William F. Wright. Smoke particles blown into the atmosphere through the funnels were said to produce rain.

Making It Rain

April 22, 2014
It’s not as easy as one huckster led Dakotans to believe.

John James Audubon explored the Missouri River Valley in 1843. His journal paints a picture of life along the river in the mid-19th century.

Audubon’s Dakota

April 8, 2014
A glimpse at mid-19th century river valley life from America’s great naturalist.

William Andrew Burkett s words were to be carved into the Entablature, but that part of Gutzon Borglum s plan quickly faded.

The Rushmore Essayist

March 25, 2014
William Burkett credited his success to a portion of Mount Rushmore that workers never finished.

The rolling hills of Yankton County could have been the site of an expansive Irish settlement. Photo by Chad Coppess/S.D. Tourism

Lalla Rookh Reverie

March 11, 2014
John Pope Hodnett’s dream of a Yankton County Irish colony disappeared as quickly as the water in his lake.

A Booster and a Rogue

February 25, 2014
Tom Douglas was a rapscallion entrepreneur who helped others find freedom in South Dakota.

Huron's Humanitarian

February 18, 2014
Hazel Mahone traveled the world with a message of goodwill.

Gov. Archie Gubbrud recruited Ted Blakey to be a spokesperson for Civil Rights in South Dakota. Photo courtesy of Dakota Territorial Museum in Yankton.

Yankton's Civil Rights Champion

February 11, 2014
Ted Blakey’s ancestors were slaves, but he helped advance Civil Rights in South Dakota.

Norvel Blair as he appeared in his 1880 memoir.

Freedom in Sully County

February 4, 2014
Rural South Dakota became a destination for African-Americans wanting to escape oppression.

Influential men decided to make South Dakota a state during an 1879 Thanksgiving Day dinner in Yankton. Photo of Yankton s territorial capitol replica by Andrea Maibaum.

Statehood Began With a Turkey Dinner

November 26, 2013
A meal and meeting of the minds in Yankton helped give birth to South Dakota.

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