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The Verendryes claimed present-day South Dakota for France by burying this plate near the Missouri River in 1743. Could you do the same today?

Louie, Louie, Rene and Me

December 16, 2014
Can you still claim land by burying a lead plate?

Be Nice

December 11, 2014
And a delectable Grand Marnier truffle could be your reward.

The Vanilla Budget

December 10, 2014
Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s spending plan lacks punch.

Father Robert Haire was one of Aberdeen s most controversial characters. He was the father of the initiative and referendum process that gave us term limits, dove hunting and Daylight Saving Time.

Aberdeen's Populist Priest

December 9, 2014
South Dakotans enjoy hands-on government thanks to Father Robert Haire.

Warm apple cranberry pie with a dollop of vanilla ice cream is the perfect cap to your Thanksgiving meal.

Counting Your Blessings

November 27, 2014
Be thankful for friends, family and bountiful tables.

Political Drumsticks

November 26, 2014
Ten silver linings from this year’s midterm election.

Bison in heavy snow along Custer State Park’s Wildlife Loop Road.

My Snow Day

November 25, 2014
Exploring the Southern Hills amidst the season’s first snowfall.

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?

Berries, orange juice, wine, sugar and cinnamon make a delicious Thanksgiving cranberry sauce.

Can the Can

November 13, 2014
This homemade cranberry sauce is so good it might upstage the bird.

Defending the Initiative

November 12, 2014
South Dakota voters have spoken in support of a minimum wage increase.

A Fresh Look at Lakota History

November 10, 2014
Josephine Waggoner’s decades-old Standing Rock stories are finally published.

The Black Hills has developed its own unique vocabulary.

Say What?

November 6, 2014
The Black Hills has developed its own unique vocabulary.

How Have You Said “Happy Birthday?”

November 4, 2014
Celebrations for South Dakota’s 125th range from traditional to quirky.

Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup is a perfect fall comfort food.

Pumpkin Pleasures

October 30, 2014
The fruits of fall make delicious pie, muffins, bread and even soup.

The Leftist’s Guide to Election 2014

October 29, 2014
A Democrat’s defense of the issues and candidates.

Sica Hollow in Roberts County is beautiful by day, but strange things happen there after the sun goes down. Photo by Christian Begeman

Autumn Mysteries

October 28, 2014
Explore these South Dakota spooky places — if you dare. Photo by Christian Begeman

Fall is when leaves change color and lawns become decorated with campaign signs.

Politics as Usual

October 21, 2014
There’s an election coming, but will anything really change?

Morning light on Spearfish Falls.

The Golden Season

October 20, 2014
Autumn in South Dakota provides visual poetry.

Pomegranate seeds provide antioxidants and a sweet counterbalance to a bowl of salty popcorn.

Add Pop to Your Corn

October 16, 2014
Sweet pomegranate seeds add a healthy boost of flavor to this popular salty snack.

The Plot Thickens

October 15, 2014
South Dakota’s Senate race goes national.

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