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Paul Higbee

Contributing Editor

Paul Higbee has written regularly for South Dakota Magazine since 1991, serving as the Black Hills correspondent. Paul and his wife Janet live in Spearfish.

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Major or Not?

July 10, 2018
Where does Hot Springs fall in the pecking order of American cities?

Have Scoop Shovel, Will Travel

March 21, 2018
Remembering the March Blizzard of 1942.

The Truck Stop-Titanic Connection

December 14, 2017
Blizzard driving doesn't always work out for travelers.

Steinbeck and Charley

October 10, 2017
For John Steinbeck, the Missouri River divided East from West.

From Bridgewater to Cooperstown

August 8, 2017
Sparky Anderson is South Dakota’s lone baseball Hall of Famer.

South Dakota: Superpower

March 28, 2017
West River was on the front lines of the Cold War.

Football Revolutionaries

January 11, 2017
South Dakotans helped shape professional football and its big game.

Coming Home

September 13, 2016
The sights and sounds of South Dakota are a relief after traveling the country. Photo by John Mitchell

Pushing Boundaries

August 11, 2016
Endurance racers test themselves on the Centennial Trail.

Breezing by Towns

February 18, 2016
Emptiness can be distracting on South Dakota’s lonely highways. Photo by Greg Latza.

Riding with Matt and Chester

December 3, 2015
Paul Higbee travels West River with TV stars.

Prominent Spearfish city leaders and important figures in Black Hills history lie in Spearfish s Rose Hill Cemetery. Photo by John Mitchell.

Atop Rose Hill

July 7, 2015
A walk through Spearfish’s cemetery rekindles memories of the mountain town’s colorful characters. Photo by John Mitchell.

The sandstone architecture of Hot Springs, along with other amenities and a colorful history, elevate its status - at least in the mind of a fifth grader.

Major or Not?

June 10, 2015
Where does Hot Springs rank among American cities?

No matter the venue, Jim Thompson is at home behind the microphone. Photo by Jon Larsen.

More Than Talk

May 7, 2015
South Dakotans know Jim Thompson’s voice, but his actions have spoken louder. Photo by Jon Larsen.

Digging out from a spring blizzard is almost a point of pride for Black Hills residents.

Awaiting a March Blizzard

March 4, 2015
West River’s love/hate relationship with spring snow.

Ernest Green was one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of students who helped desegregate schools in the Arkansas city in 1958.

Your ‘Little Rock’ Moment

January 19, 2015
Will you pass the test?

The Black Hills has developed its own unique vocabulary.

Say What?

November 6, 2014
The Black Hills has developed its own unique vocabulary.

The coyote became South Dakota s state animal in 1949. Some have suggested the bison would be more representative of the state. Paul Higbee wonders if rattlesnakes should be considered. Photo by Christian Begeman

A New State Animal?

July 31, 2014
Paul Higbee suggests a slithery replacement for the venerable coyote.

Too Much of a Good Thing

May 8, 2014
There’s a lot for cross-country travelers to appreciate on South Dakota’s leg of I-90.

The mouth of Spearfish Canyon can be seen from the top of Rose Hill Cemetery. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Memories Atop Rose Hill

October 24, 2012
Voices from the past whisper in Spearfish's picturesque and historic cemetery.

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