Archives for the ‘Culture’ Category

Governor’s SD Vacation Advice for Bush Governor’s SD Vacation Advice for Bush By | Jan 27th, 2009 | Category: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 […]
Mount Rushmore Comes Alive; Onion Not Surprised Mount Rushmore Comes Alive; Onion Not Surprised By | Feb 29th, 2008 | Category: Culture In honor of Friday, I hereby post this goofy image of Mount Rushmore from The Onion. I haven”t read much of the satire magazine since college, but one of my coworkers still finds time to trawl the site. Actually, his mother sent him this one. I think that makes it better. The fangs on Lincoln […]
Ode to the Ponderosa Ode to the Ponderosa By | Jan 14th, 2008 | Category: Culture I was looking at the picture I posted in my last blog and got to thinking that the views around here wouldn”t be nearly so lovely if it wasn”t for our pine trees. There are three types of pine trees that grow in the Black Hills: Ponderosa, Lodgepoll, and Limber. Of these, Ponderosa is far […]