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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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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.

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.

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