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  • America needs clean water – and mining law reform

    Tony Dean says it is way past time to modernize the 1872 Mining Law.

  • Cosmic Prospecting in Lead, South Dakota

    Cosmic Prospecting in Lead, South Dakota

    What happens when an old mining town recruits a physics lab and pursues Big Science?

  • Dina's Place

    An 8-year-old named Dina leads the author down to her own "special place" by the Big Sioux River on the Indian reservation that is home to the troubled child

  • Dressing for success in the mosquito-ridden West

    Dressing for success in the mosquito-ridden West

    Embracing a wet summer in South Dakota (and the mosquitoes that come with it).

  • Forgotten borderland

    In "They Treated Us Just Like Indians," anthropologist Paula Wagoner explores the worlds of Bennett County, S.D., where whites and Indians live together in not-always-easy proximity

  • My Dakota: A photo essay and conversation

    My Dakota: A photo essay and conversation

    Rebecca Norris Webb’s South Dakota is both an elegy to a lost brother and a celebration of place.

  • The charm of a dying place

    A South Dakota native ponders the lure of the Dying Plains

  • The Greening of the Plains

    A conservation movement is stirring on the Great Plains, but local farmers are stuck with a harsh reality: It still pays to plow up virgin prairie

  • Tuning out and finding local

    Tuning out and finding local

    A short day's drive from where you live can you put in touch with local history and help you meet new people in fascinating small towns.

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