Archives for the ‘Arts and Culture’ Category

Wild West Street View, Sort  Of Wild West Street View, Sort Of By | Feb 2nd, 2009 | Category: Arts and Culture Most people in Rapid City don’t give a second look when they see a man walking around downtown with a rifle — sometimes a couple of rifles — under his arm. It’s a pretty common sight. After all, this is hunting and fishing country. And First Stop Guns is at the corner of Main and […]
Did You Know that the Black Hills Were Seasoned? Did You Know that the Black Hills Were Seasoned? By | Jan 28th, 2009 | Category: Arts and Culture About three years ago, the Black Hills were seasoned, and this I mean from a cooking perspective. Confused? Let me clarify. In 2006, the Black Hills were featured on the five-part PBS television series “Seasoned with Spirit,” which emphasized Native American culinary arts. However, the series was much more than a ‘cooking how-to’ guide. “Seasoned […]
Governor’s SD Vacation Advice for Bush Governor’s SD Vacation Advice for Bush By | Jan 27th, 2009 | Category: Arts and Culture [youtube AnSoEYs6fcw] South Dakota’s Gov. Mike Rounds is a nice guy, but I wouldn’t say he’s a funny guy. Normally. But last week at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Mike Rounds sounded a bit like David Letterman. During his banquet speech, he offered up his Top 10 Vacation Ideas for President George W. Bush. Unless […]
Famous Faces, Other Than Mt. Rushmore Famous Faces, Other Than Mt. Rushmore By | Jan 22nd, 2009 | Category: Arts and Culture I spend quite a bit of time writing blogs about the famous history and well-known sites of the Black Hills. But other than grand monuments and natural wonders, South Dakota has produced a good number of famous people, too.  So today, I’ve decided to give a more human face, other than those carved on Mount […]
The Black Hills—Truly an Inspiration The Black Hills—Truly an Inspiration By | Jan 12th, 2009 | Category: Arts and Culture Before I moved to the Black Hills to attend college, the area was one of my favorite vacation spots.  I come from a part of the state filled with vast prairies and glacial lakes, which are quite beautiful and serene. But something about the rolling hills, gulches, canyons and caves of the Black Hills always […]
PETA Says Spearfish = Sea Kitten PETA Says Spearfish = Sea Kitten By | Jan 7th, 2009 | Category: Arts and Culture I’m not kidding: PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – wants Spearfish High School to change its name to Sea Kitten High School. The animal rights group sent a letter today to Spearfish High School Principal Steve Morford urging him to change the school’s name, part of PETA’s larger campaign to encourage […]
Mount Rushmore for the next 30 years Mount Rushmore for the next 30 years By | Dec 31st, 2008 | Category: Arts and Culture Mount Rushmore National Memorial has launched the long process of creating a new General Management Plan for the 1,200-acre park. Although that sounds like a big bureaucratic process – and there is a lot of that – it is a chance for people to help shape the future of the park. If you’ve been to […]
The Black Hills are greeeeen The Black Hills are greeeeen By | Jul 14th, 2008 | Category: Arts and Culture My friends John and Mary took a drive up Vanocker Canyon west of Sturgis a couple of weeks ago. They said the wildflowers are truly wild this summer. The meadows and fields are afire with color. Indeed, the Black Hills are greener than I”ve ever seen them. We”ve had 14.08 inches of precipitation this year, […]
The Center of the Nation The Center of the Nation By | Jun 2nd, 2008 | Category: Arts and Culture A story in the Herald Tribune, out of Sarasota, Fla., reminded me that the geographic center of the United States is just north of the Black Hills in Butte County. This spot became the center of the nation – an equal number of square miles of U.S. soil to the north, south, east and west […]
McCain to Roll Into Sturgis for Motorcycle Rally McCain to Roll Into Sturgis for Motorcycle Rally By | Apr 28th, 2008 | Category: Arts and Culture Talk about a Secret Service nightmare. The Buffalo Chip Campground, the sometimes wild and wooly outpost on the eastern edge of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, announced last week that Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, will be at the Chip this year. McCain, a decorated veteran and Vietnam POW, will be on hand for […]