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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.

Ham and asparagus lasagna combines the flavors of a traditional Easter meal with hearty pasta and a creamy cheese sauce.

New Traditions Are Rising

April 17, 2014
Swap your baked Easter ham for a rich ham and asparagus lasagna.

Openly Dirty Tricks

April 16, 2014
Could voting Independent in June help Rick Weiland in November?

Money Talks

April 15, 2014
When the Supreme Court lifted the ban on campaign contributions, it had your First Amendment rights in mind.

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.

South Dakota Magazine s publishing headquarters was once the home of territorial governor John Pennington. The magazine is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Our Best Stories, Revisited

April 7, 2014
As South Dakota Magazine turns 30, we’re gathering the state’s most entertaining tales.

Salsa verde is found in Mexican, French, German, Italian and Argentinian cuisines.

Need for Green

April 3, 2014
It’s time for the fresh, vibrant flavors of spring.

Casey at the Generational Bat

April 2, 2014
A new wave of political theory may soon sweep into Pierre.

Peace for Wounded Warriors

March 27, 2014
Happenstance inspires a vacation cabin for injured veterans.

On my first visit to Silver Lake, I was lucky enough to have a bald eagle fly almost directly over me.

Silver Lake Wildlife

March 26, 2014
Our photographer went to find bald eagles and discovered much more at the lake north of Freeman.

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.

About 76,000 Native Americans live on nine reservations and in many off-reservation cities around South Dakota.

Putting Money Where Our Needs Are

March 19, 2014
The legislature missed three opportunities to help Native Americans.

About 300 bald eagles spend the winter in South Dakota along the Missouri River or in the Black Hills. Photo by Harlan Humphrey.

Eagle Season

March 18, 2014
Spring is the perfect time to spot these majestic birds.

Corned beef and cabbage is tradition on St. Patrick s Day.

My Problem with Corned Beef and Cabbage

March 17, 2014
Our food columnist searches for ways to spice up this traditional Irish dish.

Irish Twins Soap

March 13, 2014
Erin Nelson, Beresford, crafts soaps that are good for you and good for the environment.

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.

Dumb and Dumber

March 10, 2014
Exploring the foibles of our two major political parties.

A Tale of Two Campaigns

March 5, 2014
Rick Weiland and Annette Bosworth are seeking your vote in decidedly different ways.

Phil O Connor is the last resident of Capa, where he lives in the house his parents and grandparents lived before him. Photo by Chad Coppess/S.D. Tourism.

One Man Towns

March 3, 2014
There’s still life in these South Dakota hamlets.

Photos provided by Dallas Dietrich.

Meeting the Need

February 27, 2014
A family tragedy inspires a resort for people with disabilities.

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