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Living

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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Jami Lynn To Perform At SDPB

Posted by Nate Wek on

South Dakota native and folk, jazz, and blues songwriter Jami Lynn will be in Vermillion, SD on Tuesday Dec. 9 to give a concert performance for the series No Cover No Minimum. The show will begin at 8 pm CT at the Al Neuharth Media Center.

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Huron Hosts 2014 State Oral Interpretation Festival

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The 105th State Oral Interpretation event took place in Huron, SD over the weekend, and for many, this event was an opportunity to showcase acting and theater skills. 

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Children & Education

Do You Know A Teacher Who Has Gone The Extra Mile — Or Beyond?

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If so, fill out this form or email us at npred@npr.org. A member of NPR Ed may be in touch and your response may be used in an upcoming story.

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EVERY CHILD IS A READER

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Gail Boushey is a literacy expert and co-author of the book that coined the idea of “three ways to read.” In this interview, she discusses how reading pictures and retelling stories are also valuable reading experiences.

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STORIES AND HISTORY

Last Updated by Laura Dimock on

Books that celebrate the black experience are available for all ages and reading levels, and there are so many themes to explore with children during Black History Month and throughout the year.

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J.L.W.Zietlow and his Dakota Central Telephone Company

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Sue Gates - Director - Dacotah Prairie Museum - Aberdeen on

One of the first and largest telephone systems in the nation was founded in Aberdeen.

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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?

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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

SDHSAA Plans In Rapid City Won't Change During Construction of New Events Center

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

Rapid City will soon have a new events center. On Tuesday, 64 percent of voters approved the proposal. While construction is underway, the SDHSAA doesn't foresee any changes with events planned at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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Six-Man Football Is Coming To South Dakota In 2019

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

Six-man football is now a reality for high schools in South Dakota. On Thursday, the board of directors for the South Dakota High School Activities Association approved the proposal in its final reading with a 6-1 vote.

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Milwaukee Brewers Draft Pierre's Peyton Zabel

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On Wednesday afternoon, the Milwaukee Brewers drafted Pierre’s Peyton Zabel in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball draft.

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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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