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Missing South Dakota teens found after 40 years
Creek drought reveals upturned vehicle
Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson, both 17, were on their way to an end-of-the-year school party at a gravel pit in Clay County, South Dakota, when they went missing. Police now say they have solved this cold case when a creek dried up revealing t
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Gene Vidal - father of Gore Vidal
SMALL-TOWN BOY MAKES LIFE INTERESTING
What do Amelia Earhart, Al Gore, Jackie Kennedy and Gore Vidal have in common? Through complicated permutations of marriages, divorces, affairs, and old-fashioned family relationships, they all interconnect with a young man born 0n the prairie.
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They Survived the Titanic
One man who lived to tell the tale and ended up living in Onida, South Dakota
Oskar Hedman, Survivor Oscar Hedman arrived from Sweden 1905 and settled in Beach, North Dakota. In addition to some routine types of employment, he became affiliated with various land promoters and real estate speculators. At the age of 27 he was
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Vern Miller - Sheriff, Moonshiner, Hit-man
How did the career of a small-town sheriff from South Dakota promote the creation of the modern FBI? Well, for one thing, he became a gangster.
The earliest years in Vern Miller’s biography remains unclear. It is reported that he was born in Kimball, South Dakota in 1896. Not much is known about his early years, but he was a resident of Huron, South Dakota by 1914. His life appears ordinar
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Thoen Stone in Black Hills
In our third and last part of our series on the Thoen Stone, we give carving on rock a go!
Also see part one and part two An intriguing question posed in par
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Ward Piggy Lambert - The Gunslinger of Basketball
HOW A QUICK-THINKING SOUTH DAKOTAN CHANGED BASKETBALL FOREVER
Deadwood, South Dakota has long been an iconic symbol of the Old West. It ranks with Tombstone, Dodge, and Tucson as encapsulating the hardy, unrestrained, unlawful character of life in the boom towns on the frontier. Indeed, Deadwood as a center o
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Roosevelt and South Dakota
South Dakota Magazine
The State Historical Society’s annual meeting last weekend was a Roosevelt-fest. It delved into how the Dirty Thirties and FDR’s New Deal affected (or affects?) South Dakota. The keynoter, Dr. Margaret Rung, runs the Center for New Deal Stu
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Lets find Rev. Lyn George Jacklin Kelly,
1912 Murders still unsolved
Winner, South Dakota has an intriguing, if innocent, connection to a famous mass murder case in Iowa. In 1912, six members of a household and two visiting children were murdered in the middle of the night in the small town of Villisca, Iowa. The c
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Thoen Stone Investigated Part 2
Would a frantic survivor attempting to hide from his pursuers, pause, and then take the time to write a message on a piece of stone?
Also see part one and part three Would a frantic survivor of a dea
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The Thoen Stone Spearfish South Dakota
The first of three articles about the Thoen stone
This is the first in a series of three articles about the Thoen Stone find. Also see part two and
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Snowbound Basketball Tourney 1952
A COLD YET MEMORABLE HIGHSCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Sometimes lousy weather can create a lot of fun. Residents of Conde, South Dakota still remember the District Tournament of 1952. South Dakota, like so many Midwestern states, had a state-wide playoff system for boys’ high school basketball. The d
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The Reds Are Coming!
Remembering a visit from the U.S.S.R in the 1950's
I think it was in the late fifties. My dad mention that some “Russians” were coming to the area to observe American farming methods and that it might be interesting to get a look at them. Through some contacts at the County offices, he was able to
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Remembering That Infamous Day
South Dakota Magazine
By John Andrews It’s believed that only five South Dakotans who were at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 are still alive, and two of them will be at Deadwood’s Mount Moriah Cemetery Monday for a remembrance ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. Steve Warren
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Turton Mystery image, 1922
Origins of image uknown.
Many of our friends and neighbors are curious about the origin of this very colorful and well crafted image that is painted on an old wooden grain storage building here in Turton, South Dakota. The gentleman who moved it onto his property died
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Gangsters Lived Here?
We were in the Kimball, South Dakota area doing more research on the early life of Verne Miller
We were in the Kimball, South Dakota area doing more research on the early life of Verne Miller (The notorious gangster involved in the Kansas City Massacre) and were tipped by a local resident that in the 1930s a farm northeast of town was a hideout
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Company Cowboys Celebrating 40th
South Dakota Magazine
Once upon a time, country bands were a dime a song in the towns and cities of the West. They made a few bucks at rodeos and wedding dances. Life was good. Unfortunately, DJs and recorded music have put most of our guitarists and drummers out of busi
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Bitterly Cold Remembrances
South Dakota Magazine
A small and hardy group riders are braving the bitter winter weather today, approaching the South Dakota/Minnesota border on their way to Mankato. The horsemen seek continued recognition of the 1862 massacre by mass hanging of 38 Dakota Indians near
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The Greatest Game in Selby Lion Basketball History
With two minutes and 19 seconds left, Selby Lions shoot five 3 pointers and 4 free throws to win 54-50.
The following account of the 1988 Region 8 Boys Basketball title was provided to us by the Selby Record as part of our ongoing call for your greatest high school sports memories.
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A Celebration of One Hundred Years of South Dakota High School Activities and Athletics
by Mariah Press - Sioux Falls, South Dakota on 28 Oct 2006
For the past century the South Dakota High School Activities Association has coordinated South Dakota high school athletic and fine arts events. The Association was organized initially to govern the first state high school track meet in 1906. This
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Conde South Dakota Nicknames
What is it about Conde, South Dakota and that peculiar tradition of nicknames? At one time it seemed like half of the town’s male population was addressed by nicknames? Conde must of had the highest per- capita rate of nickname use in the State. F
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The saga of Oscar Micheaux
Filmmaker of South Dakota
The saga of Oscar Micheaux in South Dakota is a fantastic portrayal of one man’s imagination, perseverance, and entrepreneurial energy— one of the best examples that one can find among all the pioneering tales of the Dakotas. What was a black America
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Clyde Willis Rainford 1905-1948
This is the 3rd in a series of writings authored by Darrel Rainford of Minnesota (1928 - 2005).
Biography: Clyde Willis Rainford 1905-1948 Clyde Willis Rainford was born in Illinois on July 2, 1905. The records don’t say, but chances are that he was born with the long, lean body and thick dark hair that
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How Things Worked - by Darrel Rainford
This is the 2nd in a series of writings authored by Darrel Rainford of Minnesota (1928 - 2005).
Shocking Wheat The customary method to harvest grain (up until approx 1950 when newer smaller combines became available ) was to bind grain wheat, oats, barley into a bundle with a binder. This machine would cut the stalk and head a
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Frances Klapperich Labrie, A Great Cook
This is the 1st in a series of writings authored by Darrel Rainford of Minnesota (1928 - 2005).
Frances Klapperich Labrie, 1877-1960, learned to cook as a young woman when she had a cookcar to feed the threshing teams. She could feed dozens of hungy men without running water in a small kitchen on wheels set in the middle of the field. She made
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Dancin' Man
Bachelor farmer danced his way through life.
“The only thing I like more than dancing is more dancing!” This was the refrain that Clyde Raines repeated to hundreds of female dancing partners in eastern South Dakota during the 40s, 50s, and early 60s. Clyde was unmarried and farmed near the t
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Claremont South Dakota
Why do some communities consistently excel in Sports
CLAREMONT, SD Why do certain small towns and communities seem to have a history of success in sports? Pick any area throughout this Midwestern area and one will find examples of athletic achievments that spanned years or even decades in specific comm
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Rose Bowl Running Back
QUIET BUSINESSMAN PLAYED IN 1916 BOWL GAME
I was about twelve and devoted to every kind of sport; I played basketball and baseball at every opportunity; I listened to college football; I was a Cleveland Indians fan; I knew the entire roster of the Minneapolis Lakers. So, when one day I overhe
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