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The Man Who Saved the Buffalo


Scotty Philip gets the credit, but even he has Fred Dupree to thank. Photo by Chad Coppess/S.D. Tourism.

The Missing Amidons


Sioux Falls pioneers Joseph and William Amidon were killed over 150 years ago. Local historian Bruce Blake passionately pursued the location of their graves for decades.

Frontier Phantoms


Ghosts of LeBeau show when the river is low.

Rekindling a Memory


South Dakota’s second-deadliest plane crash may have been forgotten if not for Rapid City’s Harold and Greg Stone.

Doane’s Favorite Places


Doane Robinson is known as a historian, but he was also a visionary, creating places uniquely South Dakotan.

The Spirit Behind a Tragedy


Rapid City was stunned when a plane carrying six cheerleaders and three community leaders crashed 50 years ago. But the cheerleaders’ memory survives through an award honoring their spirit.

Clamming on the James


Clams once thrived in the clean, steady waters of the James River.

Judging a Junk Man


“Because some can live on what others waste.”

The Dark Tower


Delmont’s contribution to the Cold War.

Mr. Bullock Goes To Washington


Teddy Roosevelt had a friend in South Dakota.

The Last Lakota Code Talker


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

John Morrell’s Bloody Friday


The conflict wasn’t labor versus management. It was workers against each other.

Slight of Hand


After years of work by his family, Luigi Del Bianco was officially recognized for his role as chief carver on Mount Rushmore.

A Seed on Fertile Ground


How W.H. Over learned and taught the natural history of South Dakota.

Suspects in Sturgis


A plot to free German prisoners of war was hatched at Fort Meade.

Hutchinson County's Holstein War


South Dakota cows helped Germans recover from World War I.

Firmly Planted in South Dakota


Brookings horticulturist Niels Hansen developed fruits, flowers and farm crops for the Northern Plains.

The Man Who Played Christ


Josef Meier took up the cross 8,999 times, and brought the Passion Play to Spearfish.

A Lonely Place at Ideal


Forgetting took the longest time in Tripp County.

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.

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