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Some of the mines in the Black Hills were worked long enough to become very large caverns in the earth. This one west of Custer is no longer accessible to the public.

Shooting in the Dark

September 13, 2011
Why nature forms spectacular crystals and intriguing passageways in places that normally couldn’t be seen is a mystery. Luckily, Chad Coppess knows how to capture subterranean beauty on film.

Keystone: Increasing America's Energy Security

September 12, 2011
The Keystone XL pipeline will provide economic benefits to South Dakota and energy security to the U.S.

Yankton s Kipp Kinsley leads the pack at the men s start of the swim.

Triple V Triathlon

September 9, 2011
140 individuals and 17 relay teams participated in the Triple V Triathlon last weekend in Yankton. They came, they saw, they conquered.

The Hynes family s historic cedar tree still stands west of Conde, though not as gloriously as it once did.

Trees and Us

September 7, 2011
Full of history, trees are a tangible connection to the pioneer ancestors we never knew.

Keystone XL

September 7, 2011
In 2009, TransCanada built the Keystone I oil pipeline across East River. Now the private Canadian oil shipper wants to build a second big pipeline, Keystone XL, across West River.

Dew on grass. Photo by Christian Begeman.

The Little Things

September 6, 2011
South Dakota is known for beautiful, wide open spaces, but did you know that compelling images can be made in a seemingly boring pasture or even your own backyard or garden?

Water, The Great Mystery is a documentary produced in 2008 featuring recent discoveries about water from experts worldwide.

The Mystery of Water

September 6, 2011
“Water: The Great Mystery” is a video which could transform the way you view your water. Transforming our thoughts and attitudes towards our precious water will make the difference between life and death.

Our Zucchini Cook-off

September 1, 2011
We were all winners in South Dakota Magazine's zucchini cooking competition.

Capt. J.B. Irvine was stationed at Fort Sully from 1867 to 1874.

Rediscovering J.B. Irvine

August 31, 2011
We were visiting my wife’s parents in Letcher last Christmas when my mother-in-law asked if I’d ever heard of J.B. Irvine.

Chad Coppess is the senior photographer at the S.D. Department of Tourism.

Our State Photographer

August 30, 2011
Photographer Chad Coppess travels year-round to photograph our state's attractions, historic sites, landscapes and wildlife. 

Dr. Ken Blanchard is a professor of Political Science at Northern State University and writes for the Aberdeen American News and the blog South Dakota Politics.

Civilized S.D. Politics

August 29, 2011
Like my friend Cory Heidelberger, I was delighted when South Dakota Magazine invited me to contribute a column. 

Checking out Hot Harley Nights in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota Adventurer

August 26, 2011
My parents taught me an early appreciation for the beauty of our state — kicking off a lifetime appreciation for South Dakota's outdoors. 

Encouraging Visions

August 25, 2011
My first South Dakota home was a farmstead near Junius. In 1978, this was a Little House on the Prairie dream come true for a girl who grew up in Chicago apartments. 

This quiz was NOT open-book.

Job Ready Since ‘92

August 24, 2011
I started working at South Dakota Magazine in September 2007, but you could argue that I had been preparing for a job here since 1991. That was the year when, at age 12, I finished a 300-page book on my home state.

Cory Allen Heidelberger writes the Madville Times blog and teaches French at Spearfish High School.

So You Think I'm a Leftist

August 24, 2011
South Dakota Magazine has invited me to contribute a “From the Left” column. I am honored to answer that call... but I wonder: Is there a “left wing” in our state?

Vi Waln is Sicangu Lakota and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Her columns were awarded first place in the South Dakota Newspaper Association 2010 contest.

Note from Rosebud

August 23, 2011
I will be sharing a Lakota perspective about my life on the reservation with the readers of this online magazine. I hope my contributions to this publication it will help our readers learn a little bit more about the Indian tribes of our state. 

Horses in a pasture just off Highway 65 near the Moreau River, south of Isabel.

On the Road

August 19, 2011
Welcome our new photography web columnist, Isabel native Christian Begeman.

Different in Good Ways

August 19, 2011
Meet our managing editor and food columnist, Katie Hunhoff.

Civil War Mystery Solved

August 17, 2011
Civil War veteran Jacob Franklin Kinna has lain nearly forgotten in an unmarked grave in Yankton Cemetery for 118 years.

Exploring Spirit Mound

August 10, 2011
It’s been almost 207 years since Lewis and Clark headed for Spirit Mound after camping just below the Vermillion bluffs. 

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