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On This Day
Tom Berry, known as the Cowboy Governor, was born today in 1877 in Nebraska. He arrived in South Dakota in 1897 and settled near Belvidere on a cattle ranch that he grew to 30,000 acres. After serving in the state legislature, Berry rode the 1932 Democratic landslide into the governor's office, where he served two terms. During his four years, Berry appointed 10 police officers to serve as the state's "Courtesy Patrol," which became the Highway Patrol. Berry unsuccessfully ran for national office and served as director of the Farm Credit Administration before retiring in Rapid City, where he died in 1951.
April 22, 2014
HISTORY: It’s not as easy as one huckster led Dakotans to believe. [read More]
April 17, 2014
FOOD: Swap your baked Easter ham for a rich ham and asparagus lasagna. [read More]
April 16, 2014
POLITICS: Could voting Independent in June help Rick Weiland in November? [read More]
April 15, 2014
POLITICS: When the Supreme Court lifted the ban on campaign contributions, it had your First Amendment rights in mind. [read More]
April 8, 2014
HISTORY: A glimpse at mid-19th century river valley life from America’s great naturalist. [read More]