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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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Gideon Moody

Gideon Moody: Scrupulous Senator, Knife Fighter

January 18, 2012
The man once challenged to a duel became one of South Dakota’s most honest public figures.

This photo of the Mayflower 2, a replica of the ship that brought the pilgrims to Plymouth, Mass., was taken by Andrew Hitchcock.

Is There a Pilgrim in Your Family Tree?

January 11, 2012
Some South Dakotans are descended from the English dissenters who rode the Mayflower. You might be one of them.

Joe Andrews, son of Departments Editor John Andrews, is a second grader at Yankton s Beadle Elementary.

We’re Walking for Joe

January 4, 2012
Our magazine crew plans to help stomp out diabetes at South Dakota's annual Walk for the Cure.

This is the best winter in years to spot snowy owls in South Dakota. Christian Begeman found this one near Okobojo Bay on Dec. 26.

Snow Birds

December 28, 2011
Why are Arctic snowy owls flocking to South Dakota?

An artist s rendering shows a park across the street from Mitchell s Corn Palace.

How Will the Corn Palace Look in 10 Years?

December 21, 2011
Mitchell’s gem may be due for a multi-million dollar makeover.

Where’s the Smør?

December 14, 2011
How will our Norwegian cousins survive the Great Butter Crisis of 2011?

In Garden City gamblers meet at the opera house.

Yes, I Gambled for Gobblers

November 23, 2011
Have you ever played bingo for turkeys?

Lippman was Lemmon's Hero

November 16, 2011
Gordon Lippman survived two wars, but never returned from the third.

The Bummobile has chauffeured politicians and Hobo Day royalty through Brookings for over 70 years.

At 99, the Bummobile Rolls On

November 9, 2011
Hobo Day parade floats change every year, but you'll always see the Bummobile.

Except for a cracked arm and leg, Herrick s stone man was perfectly preserved.

Did Herrick Really Have a Stone Man?

November 2, 2011
Was the petrified body pulled from a Gregory County sandpit real, or a fake?

Gregory County's Healing Waters

October 26, 2011
Do the waters of Lake Sully and Whetstone Creek in Gregory County hold magical, healing powers? 

Beresford’s Big Screen Debut

October 20, 2011
A film shot in rural Union County makes its debut at this weekend’s Reel Dakota Film Festival in Sioux Falls. 

From Mud to Bronze

October 7, 2011
As a student at South Dakota State University in Brookings, I found myself in Lincoln Music Hall quite often. I can’t count how many times I passed the bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln, which serves as the centerpiece of the building’s marvelous marble foyer.

James Earle Fraser, of Mitchell, designed the buffalo nickels that circulated from 1913 to 1938.

Upstaging Mitchell's Sculptor

September 28, 2011
Coin aficionados know the name James Earle Fraser. South Dakotans should, too.

Pouring Pettigrew

September 21, 2011
A statue honoring one of South Dakota’s most vilified characters is nearing completion.

State-U, Version 2: No Frozen Critters

September 14, 2011
Are you ready to renew the athletic rivalry between the state’s two largest universities? It appears one school is.

The Hynes family s historic cedar tree still stands west of Conde, though not as gloriously as it once did.

Trees and Us

September 7, 2011
Full of history, trees are a tangible connection to the pioneer ancestors we never knew.

Capt. J.B. Irvine was stationed at Fort Sully from 1867 to 1874.

Rediscovering J.B. Irvine

August 31, 2011
We were visiting my wife’s parents in Letcher last Christmas when my mother-in-law asked if I’d ever heard of J.B. Irvine.

This quiz was NOT open-book.

Job Ready Since ‘92

August 24, 2011
I started working at South Dakota Magazine in September 2007, but you could argue that I had been preparing for a job here since 1991. That was the year when, at age 12, I finished a 300-page book on my home state.

Civil War Mystery Solved

August 17, 2011
Civil War veteran Jacob Franklin Kinna has lain nearly forgotten in an unmarked grave in Yankton Cemetery for 118 years.

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