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History

Stories Beneath the Stones


Young researchers are uncovering the stories of soldiers buried in South Dakota’s national cemeteries. Photo by Buck Lovell.

Larger Than Life


August Klindt was a giant among the men of South Dakota.

Goodnight, Mrs. Pierre


Her radio voice was a godsend to rural families in the West River wilderness.

The Little Giant of USD


For 70 years, Bill Farber wielded a guiding hand.

The Ironman Governor


Frank Farrar was South Dakota’s winningest ex-governor.

West Friends


The newly-restored Friendship Tower atop Mount Roosevelt is a lasting tribute to the friendship between a president and a Black Hills lawman — and the land they both cherished.

From Coach to Congress


Kennebec’s Jim Abdnor was a leader on the baseball diamond and inside the U.S. Capitol.

The Real Hero


American children learned about the World War II heroics of Rapid City’s Kenneth Scissons through the colorful panels of comic books.

Saving the Graham House


Blunt’s connection to Abraham Lincoln is in danger of being lost.

Our Case for History


Historian Leland Case’s spirit can be felt in certain South Dakota places.

The Last Lakota Code Talker


How Clarence Wolf Guts of the Rosebud Reservation fooled the Japanese.

Judging a Junk Man


“Because some can live on what others waste.”

The Fort Sisseton Kid


Though he steered clear of politics himself, Robert J. Perry knew just how to use them to save a crumbling military fort in northeastern South Dakota.

The Spirit Behind a Tragedy


Rapid City was stunned when a plane carrying six cheerleaders and three community leaders crashed 52 years ago. But the cheerleaders’ memory survives through an award honoring their spirit.

Apostles on the Plains


Stephen Riggs brought his family to Dakota, where they went forth to teach and preach the gospel.

The Murder of Patsy Magner


Yanktonians still wonder who killed the town’s prizefighting bootlegger.

Minnilusa Links Old and New


Meet the sinners and saints who settled the Black Hills. Photo by Johnny Sundby.

South Dakota’s Death Valley


Born in Deadwood, Jim “Death Valley” Scott dominated major league hitters from 1909 to 1917. Photo courtesy of the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.

Herbert Hoover, The Historian


The USD professor spent a lifetime exploring South Dakota’s “exaggerated diversity.”

Who Lies in the Custer Graves?


Bon Homme County’s oldest mystery involves six forgotten soldiers of Custer’s Seventh Cavalry.

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