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is a resident of Spearfish, S.D. He grew up in the tall-corn state of Iowa, where he developed an early interest in all things outdoors. After high school he moved to Vermillion, S.D., where he earned his bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising. During his college years, two things caught his attention: the beauty of western South Dakota’s Black Hills and a girl from those Black Hills. After graduating from college, Joe traveled across the country as a recruiter for the University of South Dakota. He saw the sights from Pittsburgh to Las Vegas and everywhere in between, but it was the Black Hills (and the girl) that kept drawing him back. He and wife moved back to the Black Hills in 2008. He's an avid hiker, mountain biker and road cyclist whose future plans include trying to fit a pair of kayaks into the spare bedroom. Email this author




The Pasque Flower Hunt

By • Apr 20th, 2011 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Pasque flowers can be challenging to find. They tend to grow in untilled soil on the north sides of hills. These were found near Pactola Reservoir…



Baby Bison…Right On Schedule

By • Apr 7th, 2011 • Category: Discoveries

Every year, right about the first of April, newborn bison calves start appearing in the various herds around the Black Hills region of South Dakota…



It's A Spring Thing…

By • Mar 30th, 2011 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Despite Old Man Winter's best efforts to hang on a bit longer, Mother Nature is sending signals that spring is here in the Black Hills of South Dakota…



Celebrate St. Pat’s in Historic Deadwood

By • Mar 16th, 2011 • Category: Events

When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Deadwood, everyone is at least a little bit Irish. Historic Deadwood is all set for two big days of events…



Nemo Outhouse Races Recap – in Photos

By • Mar 1st, 2011 • Category: Culture

Photos from the 2011 Nemo Outhouse Races show several of the competitors and paint a pretty clear picture of what this wacky winter event was all about…



World Famous Nemo Outhouse Races

By • Feb 24th, 2011 • Category: Events

The world famous Nemo Outhouse Races are part of a day-long event that serves as a fundraiser for a local charity. The races, taking place this Saturday…



Celebrate Mardi Gras in Deadwood March 4-5

By • Feb 16th, 2011 • Category: Events

Mardi Gras celebrations hit the historic town of Deadwood on March 4 and 5, and organizers are gearing up for the region’s largest winter gathering…



Snowmobiling Photo Shoot Samples

By • Feb 8th, 2011 • Category: Culture

Yesterday Chad Coppess, South Dakota Tourism senior photographer, emailed me these photographs from last week’s Black Hills snowmobiling photo shoot outing…



My Modeling Debut…in a Helmet

By • Feb 4th, 2011 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

There were tiny little cameras on helmets and great big cameras hoisted up on shoulders. There were long telephoto lenses and short, wide-angle lenses…