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Hubert Humphrey
"Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law."
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Hubert Humphrey
"It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."
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George Washington
"I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an Honest Man."
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"The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor."
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"Each child is an adventure into a better life - an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new."
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Hubert Humphrey
"What we need are critical lovers of America - patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it."
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Abigale Adams
"A true American Patriot must be a religious man... He who neglects his duty to his Maker, may well be expected to be deficient and insincere in his duty towards the public."

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James Monroe
"The liberty, prosperity, and the happiness of our country will always be the object of my most fervent prayers to the Supreme Author of All Good." 

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Black Hills Spruce
Fairburn Agate American Pasque Ringneck Pheasant
Entered the Union: November 2, 1889 (40) Capital: Pierre
Origin of Name: from Sioux Indian, meaning “allies” or "friends"
State Nicknames: Mt. Rushmore State • Coyote State
State Motto: Under God the people rule State Tree: Black Hills Spruce
State Bird: Ringneck Pheasant State Flower: Pasque Flower
State Jewelry: Black Hills Gold State Animal: Coyote
State Gem Stone: Fairburn Agate State Insect: Honey Bee
State Song: “Hail! South Dakota" State Sport: Rodeo
Famous For: Mt. Rushmore • Black Hills Gold
National Forests: 4 • State Parks: 12 • Recreational Areas: 45
Famous South Dakotans: Sparky Anderson (baseball), Tom Brokaw (TV newscaster), Crazy Horse (Oglala chief), Hubert Humphrey (vice president), Cheryl Ladd (actress), Red Cloud (Oglala Sioux chief), Sitting Bull (Hunkpappa Sioux chief), Norm Van Brocklin (football)
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Arikara people lived in South Dakota during the 1500s. Throughout the early 1700s, Sioux and Cheyenne moved into the area. By the 1800s, only the Sioux remained; they had forced all other tribes from South Dakota.
Exploration of the Dakotas began in 1743 by French explorers Louis-Joseph and François Verendrye who were in search of a route to the Pacific. The U.S. acquired the region as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Fort Pierre, the first permanent settlement, was established in 1817. Settlement of South Dakota did not begin in earnest until the arrival of the railroad in 1873 and the discovery of gold in the Black Hills in 1874.
The Black Hills are the highest mountains east of the Rockies. Mt. Rushmore, in this group, is famous for the carvings of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt by Gutzon Borglum. A memorial to Crazy Horse is also being carved in granite near Custer.
Drilling began on the four faces of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in 1927 by Sculptor Gutzon Borglum. Towering 6,200 feet, the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall. Creation of the Shrine to Democracy took 14 years and cost $1 million, though it's now deemed priceless.
The Sioux/Dacotah Indian greeting, "How Kola!" means "Hello, Friend."
The famous Black Hills Passion Play is held annually in a natural amphitheater near Spearfish.
Lead is home to The Homestake Mine, the largest gold mine in the United States. It opened in 1876, making it the oldest continually operating gold mine in the world. It produces about 15% of the nation’s gold and still has huge reserves.
The Badlands of South Dakota, a region of barren ravines and cliffs, were created by volcanic action as well as by wind and water erosion.
The Badlands are known as “the playground” of the dinosaur. The Badlands National Park has fossils including a dog-sized camel, three-toed horse, and saber-toothed cat.
The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs contains the largest concentration of Columbian and woolly mammoth bones discovered in their primary context (where they died) in the world!
Lemmon has the world's largest petrified wood park.
Several Hadrosaur, Edmontosaurus annectens were excavated on a ranch north of Faith and one of the largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex was excavated nearby.
Built in 1832 by John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company, Fort Pierre Chouteau was the largest and best equipped trading post in the northern Great Plains.
Clark is the Potato Capital of South Dakota. It is also the home of a Mashed Potato Wrestling contest.
The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is the home of 300 wild mustangs, where they run free on several thousand scenic acres.
Jewel Cave (in the Black Hills) is the fourth largest cave in the world, with 57.4 miles of surveyed and mapped passages.
Belle Fourche is the geographical center of the United States of America, designated in 1959 and noted by an official marker and sheepherder's monument called a "Stone Johnnie".
Wild Bill Hickok was killed in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1876.
South Dakota is a leader in honey production.
Mitchell, South Dakota is the home of the world's only Corn Palace, built with 3,500 bushels of ear corn.
The Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo details more than 250 rare automobiles including the Tucker and Edsel.
The Flaming Fountain on South Dakota State Capitol Lake is fed by an artesian well with natural gas content so high that it can be lit. The fountain glows perpetually as a memorial to all veterans.
The largest buffalo herd in the U.S. lives at the Standing Butte Ranch near Pierre.
In 1900, a huge Prairie Dog settlement, 100 miles by 250 miles, was found containing an estimated 400 million Prairie Dogs!
The Silent Guide Monument in Philip was built in the late 1800s by a sheepherder to mark a waterhole that never went dry. Made of flat stones, the guide originally stood fourteen feet high, and could be seen as far as thirty five miles away.
South Dakota Ethnic Roots: German 40.7%, Norwegian 15.3%, Irish 10.4%, Native American 8.3%, English 7.1%.
South Dakota has one of the largest Native American populations, with nine official tribes (approx. 60,000 people).
Religion in South Dakota:
91% Christian (65% Protestant, 25% Catholic, 1% Other), 8% No Religion, 1% Other Religions
According to legend, the origin of Black Hills Gold was inspired by goldsmith Heri LeBeau of Paris, France. During the 1849 Gold Rush days, he decided to go to California and make his fortune. When he reached the rugged Black Hills of South Dakota, he became hopelessly lost in the wilderness. He wandered for days without food or water. By some miracle he had a vision of running water with grape leaves floating in a stream from a nearby vineyard. The vision was real and his life was saved.

Henri stayed in the Black Hills where he continued his craft. Influenced by his mystical experience, the jewelry he created took the shape of grape clusters and leaves, fashioned in rose, green and yellow gold.

 

Columbus Day

Columbus Day - October 13, 2014
Celebrates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World on Oct. 12, 1492
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Halloween
Happy Halloween
Halloween - Oct. 31 "All Hallows Eve" is celebrated on the Eve of All Saints Day to remember the dead. Typically celebrated with Trick or Treating and Harvest Festivals.
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Daylight Savings End
End of Daylight Savings Time
Nov 2, Sunday - End of Daylight Savings TimeMost regions of the USA fall back one hour at 2am today.
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Veterans Day
Veterans Day
Veterans Day
November 11
Honoring the Men and Women who have served in America's armed forces.
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Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving - Thanking God for His blessings
Thanksgiving Day November 27
In 1621, 52 Pilgrims and approx. 50 Native Americans celebrated a 3-day feast thanking God for His blessings enabling their survival in the New World.
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The Cheese Pirates
The Cheese Pirates by Christina Lewis
The Cheese Pirates
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"Pirates of the Caribbean, move over! Make room for a crew of mouse-privateers who will capture your hearts and stop your breath with their thrilling sea-going adventures! A wonderful story, full of bold mice, good and wicked, who will show you what courage really means." - Lynne Reid Banks, author of The Indian in the Cupboard
One Street Over
Michael Lewis Video: Sky Blue
"Sky Blue" (Wyoming Winds) byOne Street Over
Escape your daily blues with this new music video by One Street Over.
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