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The Bottum family — Lorena, Faith and Jody —settled into a historic Hot Springs house that has space for the writer’s collection of more than 10,000 books.

Why The Bottums Belong In South Dakota

Jody Bottum — a successful writer on religion and politics, and the namesake of our ‘60s senator — shook his ‘creative carpet’ with a move to Hot Springs.

Lake Legends

History and mythology abound in our Glacial Lakes. Illustrations by Jim Pollock.

An artist s drawing of the  new  Corn Palace, with the lighted domes.

Cornstruction Nearly Complete

July 22, 2015
Plan to explore the revamped Corn Palace.

Love for the Game

Six baseball lifers explain their passion for our pastime. Photo by Christian Begeman.

The Rusty Shovel

May 21, 2015
A Scotland farmer honors an old tool with a new handle.

A Sun Dance and Maka Waconi: Circle of Life

A ritual of camaraderie and sacrifice. Photo by Michael Randall.

Trygve Trooien: Country Philosopher

Remembering the farmer and his unique clothing collection.

Will We Change?

South Dakota producers are raising organic beef without hormones. Even their grass is chemical free. But is their market green enough?

Eight hundred head of Black Angus cattle create a dusty haze as they move eastward to winter pasture west of Wilmot.

Head 'em Up

November 13, 2014
Tara Anderson shared these photos of her family's cattle drive west of Wilmot.

Dressed for Calving

Lessons learned on a Spink County farm.

Testing True Love in Faith

When romance is real, even goats cannot tear it asunder.

Crow Creek Christmas

Christian and Native beliefs have blended here since the 1860s.

A Working Artist

Sioux Falls' Marian Henjum labored in all areas of the art world to become South Dakota's premier watercolor artist.

Windrows in Minnehaha County will become bales by sundown. Photo by Marianne Larsen.

Making Hay

The work is hot and sweaty, dirty and dusty. But farmers and ranchers know it’s the best way to turn grass into food.

Oscar Howe’s Protégé

Bobby Penn became one of America’s leading Native artists. Photo by Don Doll.

Cowboy boots provide outdoor decor near Faith.

Boots, Caps and Taxes

Here’s why South Dakota is different than anywhere else on Earth.

Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Discourse in Dad's Dairy Barn

Treasured memories of milking time from an eastern South Dakota farm girl.

Lady of Justice

Mildred Ramynke of Peever could do rope tricks and fly planes, but she shone in the courtroom.

Name That Film

August 8, 2013
What would you call a movie about a brand new cowboy making his first bull ride?

Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Flagging a Red Barn

When questioned by the law, one Beadle County barn mover saw red.

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