| May 17, 2011
| 1:51 PM
DEADWOOD, S.D. — Once the stomping ground of grizzled gold miners, gun-slinging gamblers and men fueled by six-chambered justice, this place is now home to a wholly different breed.
On a recent Friday night, the downtown crawled with, of all...
| May 20, 2011
| 11:29 AM
MINNEAPOLIS — The bison were calling to me. Ever since I moved to Minnesota in 2005, I imagined great herds of noble buffalo waiting on some distant plain, munching the tall bluestem and porcupine grass, and when I would wander out among them,...
| Dec 26, 2010
The Killing of Crazy Horse
Alfred A. Knopf: 568 pp., $30
This we know to be true: Crazy Horse, legendary war leader of the Oglala Lakota Sioux, died in September 1877, at Camp Robinson, a U.S. Army fort in Nebraska. Some sources report...
| Jan 14, 2011
| 9:46 AM
"The Killing of Crazy Horse"
By Thomas Powers
Knopf, 592 pages, $30
"The half-Sioux interpreter William Garnett, who died a dozen years before I was born, first set me to wondering why Crazy Horse was killed. He made it seem so unnecessary," writes...
| Jan 14, 2012
Is it true that there was a nearly 50-degree temperature rise in just two minutes in South Dakota?
That huge temperature change occurred Jan. 22, 1943, in the Black Hills at Spearfish, S.D. An arctic air...
| Jul 24, 2011
Marcel Proust, the great author of memory, gets a swift kick in the pants in Dan Simmons' latest novel of an apocalyptic future, "Flashback" (Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown: 560 pp., $27.99). Remember all that stuff Proust wrote about memories returning to...
| Jul 26, 2011
| 8:57 PM
The mountain lion killed by a car in Milford in June probably traveled 1,500 miles from its birthplace in the Black Hills of South Dakota before dying on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Connecticut, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection....
| Aug 7, 2011
Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown: 560 pp., $27.99
Marcel Proust, the great author of memory, gets a swift kick in the pants in Dan Simmons' latest novel of an apocalyptic future, "Flashback." Remember all that stuff Proust...
| Aug 16, 2011
| 3:23 PM
HILL CITY, S.D. — Calendars and catalogs tell us that fall color is best served as an array. It is red, orange, yellow and every burnt shade between. Fall colors are so broad and brilliant that the English language can't keep up to name them all....
| Oct 14, 2011
| 8:59 AM
Outstanding attendance, an appearance by State Sen. James Brochin, the election of officers and a tribute to Don Gerding were all aspects of the Rodgers Forge Community's annual meeting last month.
Approximately 100 Forgers came to Rodgers Forge...
| Nov 18, 2011
Jan Ziegler can spot the veterans by their measuring tapes. "The first year, people pick a tree that's too tall," said Ziegler, who owns Ziegler Christmas Tree Farm in Elgin. "They look smaller in the field. So the next year, they measure."