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Windrows in Minnehaha County will become bales by sundown. Photo by Marianne Larsen.

Making Hay

The work is hot and sweaty, dirty and dusty. But farmers and ranchers know it’s the best way to turn grass into food.

Cowboy boots provide outdoor decor near Faith.

Boots, Caps and Taxes

Here’s why South Dakota is different than anywhere else on Earth.

Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Discourse in Dad's Dairy Barn

Treasured memories of milking time from an eastern South Dakota farm girl.

Lady of Justice

Mildred Ramynke of Peever could do rope tricks and fly planes, but she shone in the courtroom.

Name That Film

August 8, 2013
What would you call a movie about a brand new cowboy making his first bull ride?

Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Flagging a Red Barn

When questioned by the law, one Beadle County barn mover saw red.

Fifty Years in South Dakota

April 9, 2013
Badger Clark's humorous take on life in South Dakota. 

The Everlasting Bijou Hills

January 29, 2013
History hides in the Brule County hills.

Hot Springs Santa

Franz Brown's white whiskers and jolly smile are distinctively Christmassy all year round. 

Gorillas, Honkers and Beetdiggers

We cheer for unique South Dakota sports team names, past and present.

Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve at the 2011 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Strong Values, Strong Hearts

September 25, 2012
Sioux author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve highlights the best aspects of her culture in her books.

The Poker Alice Band in 2004: Nick Schwebach, Larry Rohrer, Al Remund, Owen DeJong and Dennis Johnson. Photo by Jerry Wilson.

Why Poker Alice?

The Clay County musicians in the Poker Alice Band can't explain their name, but the reasons for their popularity are obvious.

Threshing machines and other farm equipment make sturdy billboards, like this one pointing travelers to the Jamesville Hutterite Colony near Utica. Photo by Chris Moore.

Threshing on the South Dakota Prairie

Agricultural history lovers salute the hard, hot labor of the South Dakota thresherman at bees and jamborees.

Tabor s Beseda Dancers proudly showcase their dancing. Photo by Chad Coppess, SD Tourism.

Polka Time in Tabor

Every Father's Day weekend, one Bon Homme County town bounces to a polka beat fueled by kolaches and cultural pride.

Rockin' the Spearfish Pavilion

Fifty years ago, the Black Hills drew the biggest names in music.

Joyce Hofer of Freeman is a former Schmeckfest chairwoman. Photo by Katie Hunhoff.

Freeman's Tasting Festival

Schmeckfest, a festival of German food, has been a Hutchinson County tradition for over 50 years.

A boy marvels at “Iron Star” by John Lopez. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff. Click to enlarge photo.

Art al Fresco

Move over, Mount Rushmore. Outdoor art is flourishing in communities all over South Dakota.

Katharina Redlin, pictured here with one of the cockatiels she raised and sold, found a peaceful life waiting for her in Summit.

Love Letter From Grant County

The promise of security lured Katharina Redlin to Grant County. Love kept her there.

Staging Comebacks

Century-old opera houses are regaining their former stature.

The Wheat Ritual

Wheat is just dark bread to most Americans, but it encompasses history, geography and a way of life for thousands of South Dakota farm families.

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