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Retracing Roads to Our Round Barns


We circled South Dakota to see how the architectural treasures are faring.

The Rally Ritual


A local writer’s tour of the world’s wildest bike rally. Photo by Ron Linton

Jazz on the Prairie


America’s music has found a home in the heartland.

Baseball at Four Corners


Our pastime flourishes at a lonely West River highway junction. Photo by Matt Gade.

Accidental Rancher


Eliza Blue never dreamed of a life on a Perkins County ranch, but the stories in her book show us why she feels right at home.

Form First


Ward Whitwam made his mark in South Dakota through iconic rest stop tipis and beautiful urban architecture.

Lakota Games on Ice


Reviving ancient fun on Lake Mitchell.

Oscar Howe’s Protégé


Bobby Penn became one of America’s leading Native artists. Photo by Don Doll.

A Sun Dance and Maka Waconi: Circle of Life


A ritual of camaraderie and sacrifice. Photo by Michael Randall.

Dressed for Calving


Lessons learned on a Spink County farm.

A Song for the Season

December 23, 2019
Music from Eliza Blue puts South Dakotans in the holiday spirit.

Blizzard in a Small Town


How a howling blanket of gray fell upon the city of Freeman

Lake Legends


History and mythology abound in our Glacial Lakes. Illustrations by Jim Pollock.

Field of Dreams


Revisiting an emerald gem in Redfield.

Galen Wallum displays a few of the paintings he pulled out of his pickup trailer.

High in the Saddle


Wall’s cowboy artist Galen Wallum paints a vanishing breed.

Why South Dakota?


English writer Fraser Harrison contemplates his magnetic relationship with South Dakota. Photo by Christian Begeman.

Colin Kapitan (left) reffed countless high school and college football and basketball games.

This Isn’t Yankee Stadium


The day Yankton’s Colin Kapitan quit umpiring baseball

Crow Creek Christmas


Christian and Native beliefs have blended here since the 1860s.

Spooklight Road


An unexplainable light has puzzled Miner County residents for generations.

Music From Home

September 19, 2018
Jami Lynn joins childhood friend Derrick Lawrence for a musical return to the Sisseton hills.

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