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Arts & Culture

South Dakota Native January Jones Shares Photo Prior to SAG Awards

Posted by Nate Wek on

South Dakota native and Hollywood actress January Jones, from the AMC television series Mad Men, got the public talking over the weekend. She posted a photo of herself from a Miss Teen South Dakota Pageant in the 1980’s.

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A Downton Abbey Season Five Reading List

Posted by Michael Zimny on

“What's on the Bookshelves at Downton Abbey?” The New York Public Library offered some potential answers. We threw in a few of our own.

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The Creation of Santa Claus

Posted by Nate Wek on

Do you know where the real story of Santa Claus came from, and how it became what it is today?

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Children & Education

Camp Dewey, Sioux Falls, 1898

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text provided by Siouxland Heritage Museums on

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

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The Palace Plunge & Evans Plunge, Hot Springs

Last Updated by Brian Gevik on

Naturally warmed water in and around Hot Springs has attracted health-conscious visitors since the 1880s.

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The J.B. Haggin: First Locomotive in the Black Hills?

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text: Jessica Michak - Archivist - Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center - Deadwood History Inc. on

The five-ton "J.B. Haggin" locomotive on permanent display on the main floor of the Adams Museum in Deadwood began hauling gold ore in 1879.

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The Haas Plesiosaur Fossil

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text provided by Darrel Nelson - Deadwood History Inc.Exhibits Director on

A ninety-five million year old fossil found in a pasture near Belle Fourche turned out to be a major scientific discovery.

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Midday Margins

Midday Margins Blog: The Reading Life of SD Chief Justice David Gilbertson

The first time I interviewed South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson, we were in Pierre, and I was still getting...

Midday Margins Blog: On Oil Leaks, Authenticity, And Occasionally Asking the Wrong Questions

Three words are posted above my desk at South Dakota Public Broadcasting. These are the core principals the Dakota...

Midday Margins Blog: The Reading Life Of Senator Tom Daschle

The way people read fascinates me. Most people don't think about it much, but there are as many different reading...

Savor Dakota

SAVOR DAKOTA at the South Dakota Peach Festival

Last Updated by Katy Beem on

Visit SDPB's booth at the South Dakota Peach Festival June 25 & 26

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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?

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

Saturday Scoreboard: 2016 Boys (and Class AA Girls) State Basketball Championships

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

The scores from Saturday of the boys state basketball championships. Also included, the girls AA tournament results for Saturday. Click here for more...

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Friday Scoreboard: 2016 Boys (and Class AA Girls) State Basketball Championships

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

The scores from Friday of the boys state basketball championships. Also included, the girls AA tournament results for Friday. Click here for more...

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Thursday Scoreboard: 2016 Boys (and Class AA Girls) State Basketball Championships

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

The scores from Thursday of the boys state basketball championships. Also included, the girls AA tournament results for Thursday. Click here for more...

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