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History

Suspects in Sturgis


A plot to free German prisoners of war was hatched at Fort Meade.

Hutchinson County's Holstein War


South Dakota cows helped Germans recover from World War I.

Firmly Planted in South Dakota


Brookings horticulturist Niels Hansen developed fruits, flowers and farm crops for the Northern Plains.

The Man Who Played Christ


Josef Meier took up the cross 8,999 times, and brought the Passion Play to Spearfish.

A Lonely Place at Ideal


Forgetting took the longest time in Tripp County.

The Fort Sisseton Kid


Though he steered clear of politics himself, Robert J. Perry knew just how to use them to save a crumbling military fort in northeastern South Dakota.

John Banvard’s Brush with Success


How one artist rose from rags to riches before dying penniless in Watertown.

The Lady Leatherheads of Madison


Football took on a different look at Dakota State University during World War II.

Chased Across Perkins County


One family’s brush with a fugitive.

Artist at Home


Watertown’s Terry Redlin, one of America’s most beloved artists, has passed away.

A Farmer’s Story


The life of Johnny Cloud seemed mythical, until we discovered that it was really true.

Our King of Rock & Roll


Myron Lee of Sioux Falls rocked the region for decades.

Farmhouse Refuge


One farm family saved dozens of high school basketball fans during the ferocious Blizzard of 1966.

The Little Giant of USD


For 70 years, Bill Farber wielded a guiding hand.

Carry Nation’s South Dakota Crusade


The temperance leader brought her “hatchetation” here in 1909.

Apostles on the Plains


Stephen Riggs brought his family to Dakota, where they went forth to teach and preach the gospel.

Do The Job And Come Back


A Vietnam vet remembers his service.

The Raider from Belle Fourche

November 11, 2015
In 1942, Don Smith helped score a direct hit on Japanese morale.

Forbidden Culture


Reservation dance halls were a safe harbor for Native American culture during seven decades of suppression.

The Victim’s Daughter


77 years after her father's murder, Nora Conheeney Ryan returned to the Black Hills.

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