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is Coming from five generations of South Dakota stock, Laura has lived a Hills-centric life for the past 30 years on her five-acre homestead near Nemo in the northern Black Hills. She happily enjoys – with no pretense to any level of expertise – fishing, camping, hiking, biking and any other outdoor activity that doesn’t overly tax her 1950’s model boomer bod. Her background is in newspaper feature writing and, more recently, as a writer/editor for Black Hills tourism promotions. Every year spent living in this one-of-a-kind beauty spot increases her ability to enjoy and appreciate all life has to offer. As a long-time gardener, she is deeply and optimistically rooted in the forward-looking motto to “grow where you’re planted” and live the abundant life. Email this author




A Good Day to Experience Brule’

By • Jun 22nd, 2013 • Category: Culture

It’s the kind of beckoning day that only comes along in early summer, when the spring rains have been plentiful and timely. The slopes and meadows are as green as Ireland, and the sky is bluer than blue. Everyone is outside — motorcycle mommas and poppas, weekend cowboys pulling horse trailers, families towing campers, kids […]



Stones, Bones and Automobiles

By • Jun 7th, 2013 • Category: Discoveries

I often take a spring drive of several hundred miles across the prairies of western South Dakota. It’s a great way to shake off my annual case of cabin fever – caused by wintering in the dark corner of the valley I call home. Don’t get me wrong. I love my little piece of the […]



An afternoon in the Grasslands

By • May 19th, 2013 • Category: Culture

We’re only traveling a couple hundred miles and we’ll be back home in just two days. But I’m a little bit scared. Most of the drive is familiar – south on Hwy. 44 to Interior and into the Badlands. Then back up to the Interstate, east to Kadoka, on through Murdo and a turn north […]



Pow Wows a Splendid Way to Enter Native American World

By • Apr 3rd, 2013 • Category: Events

Next week (April 8-14) is American Indian Awareness Week at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. Events include the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Walk/Run, a free buffalo feed, a roster of speakers and the week’s premiere event – the 30th annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (pow wow). It’s all open to the public and offers many […]



Black Hills Folk Stories: I Feed the Masses at Mount Rushmore

By • Mar 22nd, 2013 • Category: Culture

Lloyd Shelton is the Food & Beverage Director with Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc., the park concessionaire that operates the dining and shopping facilities at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Dining facilities at the Memorial include the Carver’s Café, Memorial Team Ice Cream, and a summer season outdoor kiosk. Back in February, I spent part of […]



B.H. Film Festival features “The Buffalo King”

By • Mar 14th, 2013 • Category: Culture

“The Buffalo King,” an hour-long documentary by native South Dakotan Justin Koehler and Aaron Pendergast, is one of several dozen films that will be shown during the Black Hills Film Festival, scheduled for May 1-5 in Hill City. The film tells the life story of James “Scotty” Philip, a Fort Pierre area rancher in the […]



Fish the Cool, Clear Waters of the Black Hills

By • Mar 12th, 2013 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

All through the Hills, the ice is going out. On Spearfish Creek, Rapid Creek, Box Elder, Spring and Castle Creek, the cold, clear mountain water is bubbling through the cracks and over the thin sheen of spring ice. And in the deeper stream pockets, browns and brookies are stirring as newly hatched swarms of insects […]



It’s the Season of Cute for Black Hills Wildlife

By • Mar 8th, 2013 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Nothing better than the smell of the awakening forest, as the pines begin to scent the air and translucent pasque flowers shyly show themselves in the sunlit nooks and crannies along the trail. In fits and starts, spring is coming to the Black Hills. And while every season in the Black Hills is beautiful, spring […]



Black Hills events for the Car-centric

By • Feb 28th, 2013 • Category: Events

A few weeks ago, I visited Dave Geisler out in Murdo, whose Pioneer Auto Show I consider a phenomenon particularly attune to the South Dakota way of life. There’s something about living under our vast prairie skies that brings out the exceptional side of human nature. Dave’s roadside attraction of 42 buildings filled with remarkable […]