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L. Frank Baum ~ In July 1888, Baum and his wife moved to Aberdeen, Dakota Territory, where he opened a store, "Baum's Bazaar". His habit of giving out wares on credit led to the eventual bankrupting of the store, so Baum turned to editing a local newspaper, The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer. After his newspaper failed in 1891, they moved to Chicago. Baum's description of Kansas in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is based on his experiences in drought-ridden South Dakota. The Wizard of Oz ~ 1900

This is why I love South Dakota.

oh those winter winds... (photo by Ken Hoskin) (South Dakota most Winters... not this one... thank God!)

If you have never seen an image like this, you are missing out!

Prairie Village near Madison, South Dakota is a great place to take the family. It's a living museum of the past.

We start the tradition young in South Dakota!

Make Me Look South Dakotan

"Wilson" by Sarah Rogers. You can see more of Sarah's work at the Ben West Gallery (Hill City, SD), The Gallery and Western Gold (both in Spearfish, SD).

Next time you visit the South Dakota state capitol, keep an eye out for the blue stones. Kids love it!

Don't forget those entryways and mudrooms! These shoe cubbies are a great way to display your everyday shoes if you don't want them tracking dirt in past the front door.