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The Atmospheric Art of Cristen J. Roghair

Last Updated by Michael Zimny on

The Jones County photographer/rancher discusses the prairie-as-muse and capturing the elements for posterity.

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Jack Parks Forges a Bridge Between Blacksmithing's Future and Past

Posted by Michael Zimny on

A visit to Fire Steel Forge in Piedmont.

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2017 Winter Academic Achievement Team Awards

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

All varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups that achieve a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to receive an SDHSAA Academic Achievement Team Award. Please see below for this year's award recipients.

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Children & Education

Magic Love! How Harry Potter Has Brought Magic To Classrooms For More Than 20 Years

Posted by Laura Dimock on

In the 20 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released in the U.S., educators of all levels have used J.K. Rowling's series to bring magic to their own classrooms.

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Alexa Can Help Kids With Homework, But Don't Forget Problem-Solving Skills

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How do virtual assistants like Alexa affect children's learning experiences? Some experts say easy answers delivered by technology can hurt the development of problem-solving skills in kids.

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PBS KIDS Debuts New Movie As Season Finale of Family-Favorite Series ODD SQUAD

Posted by Laura Dimock on

On Monday, January 21, PBS KIDS will premiere a brand new one-hour movie from multiple Emmy Award-winning series, ODD SQUAD.In ODD SQUAD: ODDS AND ENDS, agents Olympia, Otis, Ms. O and Oona are on the case to solve a string of break-ins at headquarters. When Olympia accidentally exposes a deep secret about Otis’ past, it sets off a series of events with the potential to unravel the entire agency.

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A Century of South Dakota State Parks

Posted by Brian Gevik on

This 30-minute documentary looks at the founding of South Dakota's State Park system and outlines some of the major milestones in the past 100 years.

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Savor Dakota

Savor Dakota Holiday Recipes: Savory Tartlets

Posted by Melissa Sievers on

Chef MJ Adams offers an alternative to sweet treats on your appetizer table with a savory tartlet.

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Savor Dakota Holiday Recipes: Stuffin Muffin

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Sabrina Swee is a student at Beresford High School and accomplished in the kitchen. Sabrina shares a new take on stuffing and mashed potatoes.

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Savor Dakota Holiday Recipes: Sweet Potato Pie

Last Updated by Melissa Sievers on

Sam Heikes of Heikes Family Farm uses the winter months to take a breath after the prior growing season. Its a time to be with family and cook!! The Heikes crew enjoys creating items with the produce that they grow and exchanging ideas with their customers. Sam kindly shared a favorite recipe for sweet potato pie, a holiday favorite.

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Science & Technology

Mobile Engagement in the Era of App Overload

Posted by PBS Idea Lab on

These days, there seems to be an app for everything. Voice-enabled pizza ordering? Check. An app that says “Yo?” Check. As of today, Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store are home to over 1.4 million apps, each!

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Is It Irrational to Believe in Aliens?

Posted by Nate Wek on

For many years, people have discussed the possibility of extraterrestrial life in the universe. Scientists such as Stephen Hawking have stated the probability of life existing on another planet, other than earth, is favorable... especially when considering the size of the universe.

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How much would you sacrifice to be the first person on Mars?

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Michael McDonnell has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He has a physics degree. He’s worked in hazardous environments. He hopes these qualifications will convince a selection committee that he’s the perfect candidate for the first human voyage to Mars.

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Sports & Recreation

Putting The Brakes On Six-Man Football in South Dakota

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

The future of six-man football in South Dakota is unclear as the executive staff of the South Dakota High School Activities Association is now recommending it be postponed for both the 2019 and 2020 seasons. This recommendation is being sent to the SDHSAA Board of Directors, who will vote on the issue next week.

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South Dakota Media Preps High School Basketball Poll (January 7-12)

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The South Dakota media preps high school basketball poll for the week of January 7-12. Teams are listed by overall record, total votes, and previous ranking. A parenthesis shows the first place votes...

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Dawn Seiler Makes History With Win No. 596

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

On Friday night, Aberdeen Central defeated Rapid City Central 56-40, improving the Golden Eagles girls’ squad to a 3-2 record on the season. The biggest news, however, came from the Aberdeen Central bench. Friday night's victory was win number 596 for Golden Eagles coach Dawn Seiler, making her the winningest girls’ basketball coach in South Dakota history.

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"In The Margins" With Lori Walsh

A Book, A Hammock and a Lifetime of Reading

Last Updated by Lori Walsh on

It's time to pack your beach bag with books and get ready for a holiday weekend. As the summer reading season heats up, we catch up with Peggy Stout. She's the owner of Prairie Pages Bookseller in Pierre.

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