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Michael Zimny

Arts and Culture Columnist

Michael Zimny is the social media engagement specialist for South Dakota Public Broadcasting in Vermillion. He enjoys traveling and writing about the people and places of South Dakota. Zimny writes about the arts and culture for the South Dakota Magazine website.

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Mementos of a Missouri River Atlantis

March 1, 2017
Depression-era sculptures from American Island accentuate Chamberlain’s downtown.

From a Vision

February 1, 2017
Anthony Horse Road is reviving the tradition of Lakota doll making.

Finding the Silent Guide

January 4, 2017
A lonely sentinel in Haakon County.

The Strangely Familiar World of Andrew Kosten

December 7, 2016
Even if you don’t know this Brookings artist, you might recognize his prints.

The Luthier’s Life

November 2, 2016
Strings and wood become instruments of beauty in Josh Rieck’s hands.

Birth of a Brewery

October 5, 2016
Sioux Falls’ Fernson Brewing Company is the newest in a growing list of South Dakota beer makers.

The Story of the Grass Dance

September 7, 2016
How a traditional art form came to be, and how it is sustained.

All Roads Lead to Wall Drug

August 3, 2016
Barry Knutson’s colorful and clever signs point travelers in the right direction.

From Lagos to Lemmon

July 6, 2016
Two artists travel thousands of miles to celebrate South Dakota’s Boss Cowman.

Chainsaw Masterpieces

June 1, 2016
Dahl’s Chainsaw Art carves out a piece of South Dakota.

The Horse Years

May 4, 2016
Wayne Porter wraps up another winter's work on his horse on the hill.

From Guadalajara to Ciudad del Agua

April 6, 2016
At Carlos and Esther Vega's Mexican mini-chain in Watertown, Brookings and Sioux Falls, the flavors may be Guadalajaran, but the ambience is all Tonalá.

A Goodwin Institution

March 2, 2016
Kliegle’s Garage prepares to celebrate 100 years.

Vermillion via New York

February 10, 2016
A new exhibit at the University of South Dakota unites poetry with art.

Jack Ashcraft provided illustrations for Roundup Years: Old Muddy to the Black Hills, an account of the settlement of West River South Dakota assembled by cowboy Bert Hall. Ashcraft enlarged some of his drawings for this article.

Drawing the Roundup Years

January 6, 2016
Jack Ashcraft’s illustrations helped tell the story of South Dakota’s early days.

Cod is Love

December 2, 2015
The ladies of Summit keep their lutefisk tradition alive.

Linda Meyer creates pottery in a solitary Black Hills cabin.

The Puritanical Potter

November 4, 2015
Linda Meyer lives a solitary, creative life in the Black Hills.

Rosebud’s Voice

October 7, 2015
Frank Waln’s music provides hope for Lakota youth.

The Ultimate Survivor

September 2, 2015
The life and legend of Hugh Glass comes alive in a new sculpture and an upcoming major motion picture.

Flute Master

August 5, 2015
How Bryan Akipa keeps a Native musical tradition alive.

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