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Common Cause on Common Core

August 7, 2013
Cory Heidelberger has found an unlikely ally against the implementation of Common Core standards in South Dakota.

If South Dakotans pick their nastiest bulls and feed  em gunpowder-laced alfalfa, we can bring the world a Running of the Bulls worth remembering. Photo by Andrea Maibaum.

Let's Get In on this Opportunity!

August 6, 2013
South Dakota has the talent and the toughness to unwimpify the annual Running of the Bulls.

The west side of Slim Buttes bathed in the light of the evening sun. Click to enlarge photos.

Harding County Treasures

August 5, 2013
Northwestern South Dakota is rich with beauty and scenery at Slim Buttes, the Cave Hills and the Jumpoff. 

Jeff and Jolene Stewart raise aronia berries near Wagner, South Dakota. Photo by Loretta Sorenson.

Better Living Through Berries

August 1, 2013
At Aronia Acres near Wagner, Jeff & Jolene Stewart are making South Dakota healthier one berry at a time.

Keeping Our Fiscal House in Order

July 30, 2013
The Motor City's money woes highlight the good sense of South Dakota's fiscal policy. 

Photo by Fran Hill.

Summer Bucket List

July 25, 2013
Check picnicking off your summer to-do list with Fran Hill's flavorful pressed sandwich.

No Bucks in Aberdeen Beef?

July 24, 2013
The Northern Beef Packers bankruptcy raises questions about economic development in South Dakota.

Timon Cave

July 23, 2013
Rediscovering a hidden Black Hills treasure.

Early morning at the lower falls of the Big Sioux in Sioux Falls. Click to enlarge photos.

Sioux Quartzite's Ancient Beauty

July 22, 2013
This hard pink stone forms some of Minnehaha County's most dramatically beautiful scenic spots.

A view of South Dakota State University s campus from the Coughlin Campanile.

Burgers, Bells, Blooms and Brews

July 18, 2013
A busy day in Brookings, one of America’s best small towns.

Webster's Golf Club

July 17, 2013
A center for traditions and character in the seat of Day County. 

 I was determined to know beans.  Photos by Rebecca Johnson.

Trial and Error at the Community Garden

July 17, 2013
A few things I’ve learned while digging in the dirt.

The Zimmerman Trial

July 15, 2013
Ken Blanchard examines Florida's recent high-profile murder trial.

Fresh, bright and cool, this watermelon-cucumber concoction makes a great summer salad. Photo by Fran Hill.

Thumping My Melon

July 10, 2013
How do you pick a good watermelon?

How Many Leftists Does It Take to Build a Sewer?

July 10, 2013
Let's wade through Lake Herman's sewer vs. septic tank debate. 

The natural rodeo bowl of Crystal Springs Rodeo near Clear Lake, South Dakota. Click to enlarge pictures.

Coteau Rodeo

July 8, 2013
Get a taste of the Coteau Hills at the Crystal Springs Rodeo, a beloved northeastern South Dakota tradition.

Splashing in the Devil's Bathtub

July 2, 2013
One not-so-secret Spearfish Canyon spot is a refreshing mountain playground for those in the know.

Wind turbines near Elkton.

When the Feathers Hit the Fan

July 1, 2013
How many birds and bats should be sacrificed on the altar of Clean Energy?

Mozzarella s mores are a savory appetizer perfect for fire pits and patio parties.

Delicious Pyromania

June 26, 2013
Playing with fire is fun when you’re toasting up savory mozzarella s’mores.

The Switch

June 26, 2013
Republican legislator and pastor Steve Hickey has changed his mind about South Dakota's death penalty.

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