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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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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.

Potato Creek Johnny s famous gold nugget (left) and the Icebox Nugget.

Together One Last Time

July 21, 2011
This weekend could be the last chance you’ll ever have to see the two biggest pieces of gold ever found in the Black Hills side by side.

Hot Springs' Square Thinker

July 13, 2011
People believed for centuries that the earth was flat. Hot Springs businessman Orlando Ferguson thought it was “square and stationary,” and believed it so vociferously that he delivered a series of lectures on the topic and printed maps to visualize his idea.

The Capital Man

July 5, 2011
John Sutherland helped Pierre become the capital of South Dakota. Then he did it again. And again.

Luigi Del Bianco was a master sculptor for the Mount Rushmore monument.

Bringing Life to Rushmore

June 29, 2011
Every year, millions of people gaze upon the four faces at Mount Rushmore. Most visitors could tell you that Gutzon Borglum designed them. But almost nobody knows the Italian immigrant who gave them life.

President and Mrs. Coolidge at the Custer State Game Lodge.

The Summer That Made the Hills

June 23, 2011
Of the millions of summers the Black Hills have seen, the summer of 1927 was surely the most eventful – and perhaps cemented the region’s status as the popular tourist attraction that it is today.

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