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John Andrews

History Columnist

Our managing editor, web editor and history columnist is John Andrews, a Lake Norden native who attended SDSU, wrote for the Brookings Register and earned a master's degree in history at USD before joining our staff. John writes features, edits our many departments and oversees the day to day writing of the magazine.

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Bob’s Last Story about Jack McCall

July 6, 2021
Yankton historian Bob Hanson passionately pursued the story behind Jack McCall’s trial and execution.

Bridges to History

February 22, 2021
Stories about our most famous figures from the people who embody them today.

Forever Close to Home

February 3, 2021
Mel Antonen traveled the world as a sportswriter, but he never really left Lake Norden.

To All the Lutefisk We’ve Loved Before

December 22, 2020
The cancellation of lutefisk suppers this fall leads to greater anticipation for 2021.

South Dakota’s Spooky Side

October 29, 2020
Places where things go bump in the night. Photo by Chad Coppess/S.D. Tourism

Growing Something Special

October 27, 2020
Unique crops spring from South Dakota’s soil.

The Mysterious Custer Graves

August 26, 2020
Do six members of the famed Seventh Cavalry rest at the Bon Homme Cemetery?

Traveling with a Classic Guidebook

June 24, 2020
The 82-year-old South Dakota Guide still offers fun travel ideas. Photo by Chad Coppess/S.D. Tourism

Remembering a Small-Town Boy

May 4, 2020
John E. Miller, one of South Dakota’s preeminent historians, has passed away.

Social Distancing in the Wild

April 22, 2020
Cure cabin fever with these unique South Dakota hikes.

Our Favorite Trees

February 25, 2020
Just as cottonwoods and pines are rooted to the soil, South Dakotans are rooted to them.

A Somber Anniversary

December 26, 2019
Descendants of those who survived the Wounded Knee Massacre are keepers of haunting stories.

The Luckiest Rockhound

August 20, 2019
Could we find a rare and highly-prized Fairburn agate in just one morning?

Finding the Small Town in Sioux Falls

June 25, 2019
Rosie’s Cafe conjures memories of another hometown diner.

Yankton's Civil Rights Champion

February 21, 2019
Ted Blakey’s ancestors were slaves, but he helped advance Civil Rights in South Dakota.

A Christmas Ode to Lutefisk

December 19, 2018
For many South Dakotans, it’s just not Christmas without fish soaked in lye.

A Beardless Hobo & Other Homecoming Traditions

October 17, 2018
College students enjoy the parade and football, but here are some lesser-known campus customs.

Sobbing in My Frozen Pizza

September 26, 2018
The life of a magazine writer contains a few perks and many perils.

My Favorite Time of Year

August 21, 2018
The best 12 days of summer in South Dakota involves lots of baseball and grilled hamburgers.

Hot Water and Old Bones

April 12, 2017
People flock to Fall River County for both.

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