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is a born-and-bred South Dakotan; she splits her “home” time between the Northern Hills and the hallowed halls of Carey’s Bar in Vermillion, where she is a senior at the University of South Dakota. She is just taking her first bites out of world travel; very literally, in what could only be described as “eating her way across Germany and Italy” in the summer of 2010. Katie grew up in the Black Hills hiking, boating, riding motorcycles, and her favorite activity by far -- snowmobiling. All of these have cultivated a deep love and admiration for the history, scenic beauty, and adventure that the Black Hills have to offer. She feels “blessed” to be able to call this unique and spectacular place home. Email this author




Miss South Dakota, a Hot Springs Tradition

By • Jun 22nd, 2011 • Category: Events

The Southern Black Hills are full of nervous excitement, anticipation, and a slight hairspray haze; this week as 14 outstanding young women from across the state; as well as hundreds of fans and supporters converge on Hot Springs to find out who will be crowned the next Miss South Dakota America.



Taking Our Show on the Road

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

The Black Hills, Badlands & Lakes Road Trip Road Show; coming to a city near you!



Wild Bill Rides Again

By • Jun 14th, 2011 • Category: Events, Outdoor Adventure

This weekend the city of Deadwood will commemorate the life and times of its most notorious resident, Wild Bill Hickok; with its annual Wild Bill Days.
The weekend-long celebration will take place in Deadwood June 17th-19th



Everything ‘Black Hills’ at your fingertips!

By • Jun 9th, 2011 • Category: Culture, Outdoor Adventure

Great news iPhone users, the Black Hills Mobile App is now available for free in the Apple App store.



Do you feel that…Dakota Thunder

By • Jun 2nd, 2011 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

If you’re around Ellsworth Air Force Base on Saturday (June 4) be sure to not only turn an eye to the sky but join our service men and women on base for the 2011 Dakota Thunder Airshow.



Grabill Photo Collection

By • May 23rd, 2011 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Here is a quick look at some of John C. H. Grabill’s Black Hills photo collection.



Grabill’s Firsthand Look at 1880’s Black Hills

By • May 23rd, 2011 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

John C. H. Grabill, might not initially ring a bell to most; but chances are, if you have taken any interest at all in historic photos of the Black Hills area, you have experienced the work of this brilliantly mysterious man.



Black Hills National Forest MoonWalks; no dance experience necessary…

By • May 12th, 2011 • Category: Culture

Looking for a fun, unique outdoor experience with family and friends this summer? Well has the Black Hills Forest Service has got a deal for you! Black Hills National Forest’s annual MoonWalks to begin in May; no dance experience necessary.



Another kind of Black Hills bike rally

By • May 10th, 2011 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Although these bikes can’t be heard with revving engines throughout the Black Hills, there’s no lack of a soundtrack to this good time.