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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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John James Audubon explored the Missouri River Valley in 1843. His journal paints a picture of life along the river in the mid-19th century.

Audubon’s Dakota

April 8, 2014
A glimpse at mid-19th century river valley life from America’s great naturalist.

William Andrew Burkett s words were to be carved into the Entablature, but that part of Gutzon Borglum s plan quickly faded.

The Rushmore Essayist

March 25, 2014
William Burkett credited his success to a portion of Mount Rushmore that workers never finished.

The rolling hills of Yankton County could have been the site of an expansive Irish settlement. Photo by Chad Coppess/S.D. Tourism

Lalla Rookh Reverie

March 11, 2014
John Pope Hodnett’s dream of a Yankton County Irish colony disappeared as quickly as the water in his lake.

A Booster and a Rogue

February 25, 2014
Tom Douglas was a rapscallion entrepreneur who helped others find freedom in South Dakota.

Huron's Humanitarian

February 18, 2014
Hazel Mahone traveled the world with a message of goodwill.

Norvel Blair as he appeared in his 1880 memoir.

Freedom in Sully County

February 4, 2014
Rural South Dakota became a destination for African-Americans wanting to escape oppression.

Influential men decided to make South Dakota a state during an 1879 Thanksgiving Day dinner in Yankton. Photo of Yankton s territorial capitol replica by Andrea Maibaum.

Statehood Began With a Turkey Dinner

November 26, 2013
A meal and meeting of the minds in Yankton helped give birth to South Dakota.

Albert White Hat (left) worked tirelessly to ensure that his native Lakota language did not disappear.

“They Laughed at Me”

June 21, 2013
Lakota language champion Albert White Hat dies at 74.

Richard Pettigrew helped found Sioux Falls and served as South Dakota’s first full-term U.S. Senator. After falling out of favor with state leaders for years, he is immortalized in a new bronze statue at the corner of Fifth and Phillips in downtown Sioux Falls. Click to enlarge photos.

'I Told You So'

May 22, 2013
Richard Pettigrew’s statue in downtown Sioux Falls is an everlasting parting shot at the city he helped build.

Photo by Doug Jorgensen.

A Bad Rap for the Red Fox

May 20, 2013
These cunning hunters can be found all over South Dakota.

Is This Jack McCall?

March 1, 2013
We’ve seen this picture of the notorious assassin for more than a century, but some question if it’s really him.

A Somber Winter Read

December 27, 2012
The Children's Blizzard is heartbreaking, but well worth your time.

A Respectful Rivalry Rekindled

November 19, 2012
SDSU and USD begin a new chapter in their storied competition.

Fort Sisseton was established in 1864, after the Dakota War of 1862. Photo by Chad Coppess.

What Does the Civil War Have to do With Dakota Territory?

August 23, 2012
More than you might think, says Brad Tennant.

Albert & Emma Williams  place was one of the oldest remaining homesteads in the Black Hills. Photos by Bernie Hunhoff.

Historic Ranch Turned to Ash

July 26, 2012
Custer County’s Williams Ranch is a victim of the Myrtle Fire.

If Zack Sutley is to be believed, he took part in many of Dakota Territory s most famous events, including the hanging of Lame Johnny. This photo of Rapid City s hanging tree was taken by Bernie Hunhoff.

Dakota Territory's "Most Interesting Man"

May 9, 2012
Zack Sutley was a territorial renaissance man – if you believe him.

Garfield Lutheran Church, midway between Bryant and Lake Norden on Highway 28, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It served Norwegian families in Hamlin County for nearly 100 years.

Our Historic Church

April 25, 2012
Garfield Lutheran makes the National Register of Historic Places.

A 1928 tornado wreaked havoc on the town of Davis. Click to enlarge photo.

The Day Davis Nearly Disappeared

March 28, 2012
A 1928 tornado almost leveled the town.

Caroll Hardy of Sturgis was one of South Dakota s noteworthy athletes.

Ballin’ in South Dakota

March 14, 2012
We can run, jump and hit with the best athletes in the country.

A roadside marker near Redfield explains Spink County s claim to pheasant fame.

Pheasants: We Salute Them and Shoot Them

February 29, 2012
South Dakotans kill and eat their state bird – and have fun doing it.

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