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Tanka Bar s mix of bison and cranberry has origins in traditional Lakota culture and serves as a low-calorie alternative to other snack foods.

Wasna for a New Generation


Tanka Bars feed the masses and help those living on Pine Ridge.

Farm-made at Lake Preston


“If it’s smokin’ it’s cooking — if it’s black it’s done”: the family motto that led to a better grill.

Oscar Austad began Austad s Golf by selling equipment from the trunk of his car.

The Sales Secrets of Oscar Austad


Sioux Falls’ golf empire started in a car trunk.

Gas, Pop, Eggs ... and 1,000 Guns


Kones Korner is a hunter's paradise in Hamlin County.

Jim and Nancy Schade at their Volga vineyard.

Fruit of the Volga Vine


Jim and Nancy Schade have made Brookings County wine country.

Wheels for Firefighters

October 15, 2013
Harold Boer transformed his Lyons welding shop and gas station into a major producer of fire trucks.

Edgar’s Old Fashioned Soda Fountain


Kevin & Barb Wurtz serve up ice cream history in Elk Point.

A 38-foot iron cross adorns the family cemetery at Brett and Tammy Prang s Frying Pan Guest Ranch. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Kadoka's Incredible Metal


Jackson County ranchers Brett and Tammy Prang manipulate steel and scraps into monumental art.

Seeing crocodiles, alligators and other wild beasts in action is part of the fun at Reptile Gardens. Photo by Chad Coppess of South Dakota Tourism. Click to enlarge photos.

Rapid City Reptiles

July 31, 2013
See the crawling, squirming creatures people love to hate at Reptile Gardens.

Kelly Melius and Bill Keldsen created this elevated Common Sense bale feeder in 1999. Photo by Kelly Melius.

Cow Know-How Guides Inventor


Kelly Melius uses cow sense and common sense to build livestock equipment on his farm near Faulkton.

Pomegranate Market strives to attract like-minded farm suppliers, customers and staffers. In 2011, helpful staff members included (from left) Natalie McFarland, Kristen Perschon and Patty Ammann.

The Pomegranate Lifestyle

January 22, 2013
A Sioux Falls market feeds 'body, mind and spirit'

John Mills  snowy Brookings County farm inspired the creation of J-Wheelz, an ATV tire attachment that adds traction without hindering drivability.

Mills on Wheels


Brookings men make ATVing easier.

Daktronics helps sports teams around the world keep score. The Brookings company s co-founder Al Kurtenbach, left, is pictured here with South Dakota Magazine publisher Bernie Hunhoff. Photo by Heidi Marsh.

Keeping Time


Boards from Daktronics in Brookings illuminate the world. 

Book Keeping


A Phillips Avenue bookstore has been a haven for Sioux Falls readers since 1988.

Penny Pinching Publisher


One Jackson County woman knows how to stretch a dollar — and she'll tell you how, too.

Maker of Music


Sioux Falls craftsman John Nordlie's pipe organs are pleasing to the eye and ear.

Photo by Jerry Wilson.

South Dakota's Grandest Convenience Store


Pine Ridge hot spot Big Bat's is not your average gas station.

Here Comes the Goosemobile


Canistota's "Mobile Meat Market" may be delivering free-range, local meat to your town this summer.

The Chislic Circle


Savoring a southeastern South Dakota tradition — mutton on a stick.

Making Yellow Magic


Black Hills gold jewelry is rich with legend.

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