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Living

Inspired by an Ancestor's Vision, Anthony Horse Road Is Resurrecting a Lakota Tradition

Last Updated by Michael Zimny on

The artist spoke to SDPB about reading porcupine quill work, discovering artistic methods through ceremony, and saving lives through art.

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The Art of Christmas: Wakonda

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The stained glass Nativity scene at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

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Finding the Silent Guide on Stoneman Hill

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A buoy beckons in Haakon County's sea of grass.

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Children & Education

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

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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

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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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The Friendship Tower / Mount Roosevelt

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A tower atop Mount Roosevelt near Deadwood memorializes the great friendship between Seth Bullock and Teddy Roosevelt.

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Savor Dakota

Caponata: A Sicilian Style Eggplant Dish by Chef MJ Adams

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Caponata is a Sicilian style dish that showcases some of the best produce that summer can offer.

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Pan Fried Walleye, Tomato and Olive Relish with Lemon Thyme Potatoes and Asparagus

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Michael Haskett prepares pan fried walleye with a tomato and olive relish, plus lemon thyme Potatoes and Asparagus. This recipe is featured in episode 102 of Savor Dakota.

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Meet the Makers of Savor Dakota

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Chef MJ Adams and SDPB's Melissa Hamersma Sievers explore the culinary landscape of South Dakota.

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Science & Technology

Mobile Engagement in the Era of App Overload

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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?

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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

Roncalli and Groton Area Together Honor Ava

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

Rivalries make high school sports great, and almost every community in South Dakota has its rival opponent. However, it’s rare when two rivals part ways with each other to join together in support of a much bigger cause. On Sunday morning, Ava Tunheim, a seventh grader from Groton, lost her life to leukemia. She battled the disease for more than a year.

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USD Women Move Up Into AP Top-25

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The Associated Press released their most recent college basketball rankings on Monday morning. On the women’s side of the spectrum, the University of South Dakota has moved into the No. 25 spot, making it the first time in division one school history that the Coyotes have made it onto the AP’s Top-25 list.

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2019 State Gymnastics Championships, Full Results

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The Swiftel Center in Brookings, SD played host to the 2019 State Gymnastics meet on February 8-9. Here is a full list of results from the event.

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"In The Margins" With Lori Walsh

A Book, A Hammock and a Lifetime of Reading

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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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