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History

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.

John Banvard’s Brush with Success


How one artist rose from rags to riches before dying penniless in Watertown.

The Lady Leatherheads of Madison


Football took on a different look at Dakota State University during World War II.

Chased Across Perkins County


One family’s brush with a fugitive.

Artist at Home


Watertown’s Terry Redlin, one of America’s most beloved artists, has passed away.

A Farmer’s Story


The life of Johnny Cloud seemed mythical, until we discovered that it was really true.

Our King of Rock & Roll


Myron Lee of Sioux Falls rocked the region for decades.

Farmhouse Refuge


One farm family saved dozens of high school basketball fans during the ferocious Blizzard of 1966.

The Little Giant of USD


For 70 years, Bill Farber wielded a guiding hand.

Carry Nation’s South Dakota Crusade


The temperance leader brought her “hatchetation” here in 1909.

Apostles on the Plains


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

Do The Job And Come Back


A Vietnam vet remembers his service.

The Raider from Belle Fourche

November 11, 2015
In 1942, Don Smith helped score a direct hit on Japanese morale.

Forbidden Culture


Reservation dance halls were a safe harbor for Native American culture during seven decades of suppression.

The Victim’s Daughter


77 years after her father's murder, Nora Conheeney Ryan returned to the Black Hills.

Gigi Hickey holds the 105 mm Howitzer canister that housed the Nazi banner for nearly 70 years.

The Spoils and Sorrows of War

July 29, 2015
A Wessington Springs attic held a piece of World War II history for nearly 70 years.

Boss Cowman’s Own Words


Legendary cattleman Ed Lemmon tells his own stories, even though he’s been dead 70 years.

Searching for the White Mule


Prohibition produced the most cunning, reckless and sometimes dangerous entrepreneurs in our state's history.

When Charlie Collins started the Black Hills Champion in Central City in 1877, this illustration of the colorful character was published in the noted Frank Leslie s Illustrated Weekly. Collins is the bald fellow, with arms folded, near the doorway.

A Toast to Charlie Collins


Remember this Irish dreamer on St. Patrick’s Day.

The Disappearance of Fred Fyle


Geddes’ much-loved town doctor vanished in the winter of 1923.

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