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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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Too Many Counties?

May 5, 2015
You might think 66 is over the top, but there are interesting stories and places in every county. Today we begin a statewide exploration to find them, beginning in Bon Homme County.

The Olson family s Titanic exhibit.

Langford's Titanic Victim

April 15, 2015
A tiny exhibit in an old granary pays tribute to a man who died aboard the unsinkable ship.

Grand Marshals Marvin Martilla and Lila Grape wear royal purple and Nile green, traditional colors of St. Urho s Day.

Finns Celebrate St. Urho

March 25, 2015
Honoring the patron saint in Lake Norden.

March Madness is Here

March 10, 2015
It’s an exciting time to be a college basketball fan in South Dakota.

The Mysterious Baker’s Falls

January 28, 2015
Our Jan/Feb cover is causing quite the conversation in Spearfish.

Treachery in the Treasury

December 30, 2014
The real cost of William Walter Taylor’s 1895 default.

Shannon County appears on an 1882 map of Dakota Territory.

Who Was Peter Shannon?

November 18, 2014
And why did South Dakotans kick his name off their county?

How Have You Said “Happy Birthday?”

November 4, 2014
Celebrations for South Dakota’s 125th range from traditional to quirky.

Give These a Read

September 23, 2014
Five books I’d recommend to any South Dakotan.

Sioux Falls had several founding fathers, but Josiah Phillips and his wife Hattie nurtured the young town along the Big Sioux River.

The Parents of Sioux Falls

September 9, 2014
Josiah and Hattie Phillips drew a town and watched it grow.

125 Years on Canvas

August 29, 2014
Forty South Dakota artists explain what their state means to them.

Ten-year-old Chloe Holzwarth displays the Sam Bat for the crowd while auctioneer Lanning Edwards takes bids between games of the state amateur baseball tournament in Mitchell Saturday. Photo by Craig Wenzel/Wessington Springs True Dakotan

Generosity at the Ballpark

August 12, 2014
In Mitchell, we saw two good baseball games and learned a lesson in helping your neighbors.

“Much At Loss for an Interpreter…”

July 29, 2014
Pierre Dorion bridged the language barrier between Lewis and Clark and the Yankton tribe. So why didn’t they keep him?

Æbleskiver is a traditional Danish pancake served every year at Viborg s Danish Days celebration.

Æbleskiver for All

July 15, 2014
Traditional food highlights Viborg’s Danish Days weekend.

Gold miner Norman McCully s loot may be buried somewhere near Sheridan Lake.

The Lost Treasure of Burnt Ranch

July 1, 2014
Is a fortune in gold buried near Sheridan Lake?

Friends, family and dignitaries gathered on the Northern State University campus in Aberdeen June 14 to dedicate a statue of Cresbard native Cecil Harris, the U.S. Navy s second-highest scoring ace during World War II.

Cecil Harris Honored in Aberdeen

June 17, 2014
A new statue honors South Dakota’s World War II flying ace.

Richard Kneip was the last Democrat elected governor of South Dakota. He served from 1971 to 1978.

What is a Kneip?

June 3, 2014
Answer: The last Democrat elected governor of South Dakota.

South Dakota and the Triple Crown

May 20, 2014
Our connection to horse racing’s elite accomplishment.

Men in Watertown turned out in droves to volunteer their services after the United States entered World War I in 1917.

A World War I Primer

May 6, 2014
Glimpses of South Dakotans who fought in the Great War.

Some farmers were willing to try anything to break out of severe drought, including a system of funnels designed by William F. Wright. Smoke particles blown into the atmosphere through the funnels were said to produce rain.

Making It Rain

April 22, 2014
It’s not as easy as one huckster led Dakotans to believe.

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