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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.”

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.

Who Lies in the Custer Graves?


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

Professor Alexander Pell sits with members of the USD baseball team about 1900.

USD’s Anarchist Professor


USD’s mild-mannered teacher elicited contempt and fear in Russia.

Christmas at Wounded Knee


A humble celebration in hard times.

Stories Beneath the Stones


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

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.

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.

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