South Dakota in World War One - A Soldier's Story

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In 1917, Vincent Laughlin Knewell left his carpentry job in Sioux Falls to fight in France. He endured five months of combat before returning home.

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Launching the Battleship South Dakota, 1941

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A recently-restored audio recording captures the essence of the historic event.

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The Drake Polishing Works, Sioux Falls

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A plant operating between 1884 and 1906 produced much of the stone used in Sioux Falls buildings of the period.

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Camp Dewey, Sioux Falls, 1898

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An army post in Sioux Falls trained South Dakota soldiers for duty in the Spanish-American War.

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Sioux Falls Area Snowstorm of 1909

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Photos of one of the heaviest snowfall events ever to hit Sioux Falls and the surrounding area.

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"Personalities with Chuck Anderson"

Vintage radio interviews with well known and not so well known South Dakotans.

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Personalities: Being Volga German in an Anti-German World

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