The Collection Of Jon Hart, A South Dakota Poet

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Sometimes we get interesting requests from fans of South Dakota Public Broadcasting. We were asked to fulfill a dying wish…to record poetry. Jon Hart has battled cancer for nine and a half years. It’s his dying wish to record himself reading. SDPB spent several hours with Jon the day before he entered hospice care.

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B.B. King, Legendary Blues Guitarist, Dies At 89

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It seemed as if he'd go on forever — and B.B. King was working right up until the end. It's what he loved to do: playing music, and fishing. Even late in life, living with diabetes, he spent about half the year on the road. King died Thursday night at home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old.

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South Dakota Is More Religious Than The National Average

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Almost 59 percent of South Dakota citizens are religious, with a majority affiliating themselves with a Christian denomination. Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism are all represented in South Dakota as well, just not to the scale that Christianity is.

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Art Auction At Christie's Sets Record

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This week, the art world saw two record breaking sales in the same auction. At Christie’s sale entitled “Looking Forward to the Past," Pablo Picasso's “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)” sold for $179.4 million (with fees), shattering the previous record of $142.4 million for most expensive painting sold at auction. 

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Oscar Howe's Wounded Knee Massacre, a Rarely Seen Masterpiece

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The disquieting master work by one of our greatest artists was spurned at its reception, and has seldom been seen since.

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Landscapes : Off-Season and Off-the-Beaten-Path in a Sedan in the Badlands

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What's wrong with summer at the Badlands? Absolutely nothing. Have you checked out early spring?

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American Masters : American Ballet Theatre : A History

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A new documentary about the American Ballet Theatre honors the world-renowned company’s 75th anniversary.

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New Children’s Book Tells the Story of Oscar Howe

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With the new children’s book Native American Master Artist: Oscar Howe, two South Dakota educators and a Minneapolis-based graphic-designer have teamed up to tell the story of the great Dakota artist.

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Landmarks : Last Depots on the Road to LeBeau

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The Minneapolis St. Louis line never quite could compete with the railroad Goliaths. Nonetheless, the little line left an imprint on Northeast South Dakota.   

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A Few Ways to Celebrate Oscar Howe's 100th Birthday

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Next Wednesday marks a century since the visionary artist was born at Joe Creek. Here's a few ways to enrich your own imagination through the legacy he left behind.

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Get Cinco de Mayo Recipes for a Festive Celebration

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Tori Avey explores the story behind the food – why we eat what we eat, how the recipes of different cultures have evolved, and how yesterday’s recipes can inspire us in the kitchen today.

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Landscapes : Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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The Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge just northeast of Aberdeen is a birder's paradise.

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Landmarks : Crandall Pumps

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The Crandall Pumps in tiny Crandall, South Dakota, was the last Standard Oil station in the US to use manual gravity pumps. The Pumps no longer serve gas, only nostalgia. 

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Watertown Unveils a New Artwalk

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Watertown Artwalk installed ten sculptures today — nine in the heart of the Uptown district, and one outside the Redlin Art Center. 

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Landmarks : Nicollet Tower

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The Joseph N. Nicollet Tower in Sisseton climbs 75 feet above the Coteau des Prairies and offers expansive views of three states. 

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