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Lee Schoenbeck

Outdoors Columnist

Lee Schoenbeck grew up in Webster and graduated from Augustana College in 1980 and the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1984. Schoenbeck and his wife, Donna, live outside of Watertown where they raised their four children. His principal hobby is pheasant hunting, and on a fall day you can find him and his three labs in cattail sloughs and fields somewhere in northeastern South Dakota.

Schoenbeck is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He practices primarily in the areas of personal injury litigation, insurance litigation, commercial litigation, and professional negligence. His website is

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Terry Peak’s Inferno

February 13, 2018
Today it’s a ski slope, but decades ago it was South Dakota’s secret cave bar.

Peace Medallion: A Work In Progress

July 18, 2016
A Sisseton family guards the tangible remains of the 1851 Treaty.

Kranzburg is King on the Fourth of July

June 30, 2016
The tiny Codington County town comes alive on Independence Day.

Copper's Last Stand

December 31, 2015
It’s tough to say goodbye to a great hunting dog.

The author (left) and his legislative colleague Rep. Fred Deutsch took part in the Ride Across South Dakota (RASDAK). Their banner promotes South Dakota s new bicycling law.

My Other Pickup’s A Bike

July 8, 2015
At a certain age, two wheels become more fun than four.

Blessed Are The Butterfly Makers

May 20, 2015
A monarch garden adds color to your yard and maintains a healthy ecosystem.

Delights of Horseradish

May 6, 2015
Another reason it’s good to be German.

The parenting adventure begins when they re babies.

Built: A Generation

September 2, 2014
Reflections on family and becoming empty nesters.

Happy hunters at Oak Tree Lodge. Click to enlarge photos.

No Limit to the Fun

October 9, 2013
The Nun Hunt supports Watertown's Benedictine sisters with outdoor fun at Oak Tree Lodge near Clark.

Annie Creek Falls

August 23, 2013
Revealing another Spearfish Canyon secret.

Eleventh Hour Gulch

August 14, 2013
Golden moments spent hiking in Spearfish Canyon.

Child anticipates taking wing.

Leaving Her South Dakota Nest

August 7, 2013
"We wouldn't have given them wings if we had known they were going to fly," muses one Watertown papa.

Timon Cave

July 23, 2013
Rediscovering a hidden Black Hills treasure.

Webster's Golf Club

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

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.

Guarded by Ghosts, Revealed by Angels

June 6, 2013
Just past Seth Bullock's grave, White Rocks Trail provides spectacular views of Deadwood and the surrounding area.

Can Golf This Fun Be Legal?

May 16, 2013
Elkhorn Ridge near Spearfish offers plenty of challenges for the uninitiated golfer.

It may look like a pan of puffed-up Jiffy Pop, but reaching Crow Peak s summit  proved to be a hiking challenge for Lee Schoenbeck and his wife, Donna.

Hiking Crow Peak Trail

May 8, 2013
Get a bird's eye view of the northern Black Hills from atop a mighty Spearfish mountain.

Jake Schoenbeck at the first tee box at Red Rock.

South Dakota's Winter Golf Secret

March 21, 2013
Rapid City's Golf Club at Red Rock is a challenge year-round.

A beautiful daughter, a perfect dress and a bunch of good friends, all ready for prom.

Why They Don't Let Dads Buy Prom Dresses

January 9, 2013
Camouflage formals are always in style, right?

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