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Laura Johnson Andrews

Food Columnist

Laura grew up on a farm east of Yankton but left for many years to the big city of St. Paul. She returned in 2006 because of a yearning for family and a garden (she has a passion for weeding).

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Æbleskiver require a special pan. Photo by Chris Moore.

Viborg's Pancake Balls

June 21, 2012
Spherical pancakes called æbleskiver are crowd-pleasers at Danish Days in Viborg.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo.

Return of the Peregrines

June 19, 2012
Watch for the world's fastest animal in the skies over Rapid City — or on your computer.

Hydroplane boats race this weekend in Chamberlain. Photo courtesy of South Dakota Tourism.

South Dakota Web Roundup

June 15, 2012
Celebrate South Dakota dads this weekend.

The Brookings County town of Elkton will welcome visitors on June 11-12 with a parade, carnival rides and the Miss Elkton Pageant.

South Dakota Web Roundup

June 8, 2012
Nothing beats a small town festival in the summertime.

Ole Rolvaag married Jennie Berdahl when she was living in this house with her parents, who homesteaded near Garretson. Photos by Justine Lueth of Augustana College. Click to enlarge photos.

Plains Heritage Restored at Augustana

June 7, 2012
Visitors to Sioux Falls' newly renovated Heritage Park can tour pieces of South Dakota and literary history this summer.

Tractors on parade at Madison s Prairie Village. Photo courtesy of the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

South Dakota Web Roundup

June 1, 2012
Walk, run, drive or hop a train to catch the fun events taking place all over South Dakota this weekend. 

A little dish of tart, lightly sweetened rhubarb with a bit of whipped cream on top makes any spring day celebratory. Photo by Rebecca Johnson.

Celebrating with Rhubarb

May 17, 2012
People make a fuss over St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo. But where's the ethnic fun when Norway's Constitution Day rolls around?

Bernie Hunhoff spotted the green ash trees sprouting from this Hutchinson County silo in 2006.

Rural Decay or Handy Tree Shelter?

May 10, 2012
Some folks regard abandoned farm structures with dismay. But have they ever tried to knock down a silo? 

April 25 was giant pumpkin-planting day at Parkston Elementary School. Photos by Rob Monson. Click to enlarge photos.

Planting Seeds in Parkston

May 4, 2012
Hutchinson County kids are getting into gardening in a big way.

Weed pizza — not yet available in stores. Photo by Laura Johnson.

Weed Eater

May 3, 2012
Free food is lurking in your own backyard.

A moist cake with chocolate ganache can be just as satisfying as an ice-cold brew. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

It's Always Cake-Thirty at the Pennington House

April 18, 2012
A moist chocolate cake covered with soft chocolate ganache hits the spot. 

Could this cold citrus dessert be a new Easter tradition for your family? Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

In Search of Easter Traditions

April 5, 2012
An easy, creamy, lemony dessert to grace your Easter table.

A fawn rests in this photo by Chad Coppess of South Dakota Tourism.

South Dakota Web Roundup

March 23, 2012
This week: prairie chickens, baby calves and other signs of spring.

A bacony nest of mixed salad greens topped with garlic dressing. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Bacon Weaving

March 22, 2012
A delicious way to play with your food.

Revelers at the 2007 St. Patrick s Day festivities in Sioux Falls. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff

South Dakota Web Roundup

March 16, 2012
St. Patrick's Day and all things green are highlighted in this week's roundup.

Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

The Humble Tavern

March 13, 2012
Taverns, loose meats, sloppy joes, barbecues — there are as many names for this South Dakota sandwich as there are recipes.

A 2011 pasque in bloom, as seen by Christian Begeman.

South Dakota Web Roundup

March 9, 2012
Is it spring yet? Not quite. Here's a few things to do while you wait.

A photo by Chad Coppess was the starting point for this digital rendering of Prairie Village s gas station.

South Dakota Web Roundup

March 2, 2012
This week: the Sioux Falls art scene, more of virtual South Dakota, and a few tributes to a legendary Black Hills figure.

Photo by Rebecca Johnson.

Housekeeping Secrets of the Bachelor Hermit

February 24, 2012
How do you make kitchen scraps edible? Easy — just add sugar!

Photo by Andrea Maibaum.

Spread the Love

February 9, 2012
Lonely? Confused? Dreading Valentine's Day? Maybe we can't have love, but we can always have cookies.

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