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History

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.

Phyllis Dolan Justice and her husband, Clarence, were longtime publishers of the Grant County Review, which remained in Phyllis  family for 102 years.

Milbank’s Newspaper Family


For nearly a century, there was only one.

A Depression Christmas

December 23, 2014
Sometimes the best celebrations happen in the bleakest of times.

The Mammoth Man


Remembering Larry Agenbroad, leader of Hot Springs’ Mammoth Site.

The Cattleman's Blizzard


Remembering the devastating Winter Storm Atlas, one year later. Photo by Rachel Reinhold

Jesse James Was Here. We Think.

August 5, 2014
There are Big Foot sightings. UFO sightings. And we still get new reports of Jesse James sightings in our part of the Old West.

Pitching To Bill Prunty


Here’s what happened when a teenager faced a legendary slugger. Photo by Christian Begeman

Grace Balloch’s Books

July 2, 2014
One woman’s gift became the seed for Spearfish’s public library.

The Woman Behind the Mountain


Ruth Ziolkowski gently, but firmly, shepherded the Crazy Horse carving.

Sigurd Anderson served as state Attorney General, governor and was a member of the Federal Trade Commission.

The Judge


Sigurd Anderson was a major part of South Dakota government for half a century.

While in South Dakota, Silent Cal took a ride in a lumber wagon.

A Presidential Summer


Calvin Coolidge’s three-week vacation in the Black Hills became a three-month retreat from Washington.

Aberdeen native John Cacavas, a successful Hollywood composer, died in January at age 83.

Music Man


Remembering composer and Aberdeen native John Cacavas.

Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Stranded in Quinn

December 18, 2013
When a fierce blizzard stopped West River travellers, a tiny Badlands town took them in.

McMaster's Gas War

August 28, 2013
When oil companies raised their prices so high it threatened farmers’ livelihood, Gov. McMaster put South Dakota in the fuel business.

A Pioneer of Flight


Though she couldn't hear her airplane engine's roar, Nellie Willhite still became South Dakota’s first lady of the air. 

Nobody Yelled 'Kill the Umpire!'


A Hudson baseball legend brought civility to America's pastime.

Discovering The Verendrye Plate


One hundred years ago, Ethel Parish and her friends found history on a Ft. Pierre hilltop.

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