Why Brookings?

Just about every town has a namesake.  Perhaps it’s a president, general or early settler whose name was chosen to identify the place.  Brookings, South Dakota is one such place, but the man for which it is named, knew little about this place…..

The Jumpin’ Jesse James

After a failed bank robbery attempt in Northfield, Minnesota, the James gang headed west toward the Dakota Territory.  Near what is today’s border between South Dakota and Minnesota, the pursuers of Jesse James had him cornered.  What happened next is still up for debate, but folks in this town believe they know what happened….

Devil’s Gulch

Long before Europeans ever discovered this deep ravine, native Americans had been coming here.  It was a sacred place they associated with their brave warriors.  The place still carries that significant meaning, but it’s grown to encompass an even larger legend…..

The Little House on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder lived in several Midwestern states during her lifetime.  She was well into her 60s before her first of the “Little House” series of books was published.  Today you can still come to DeSmet, South Dakota and see many of the places she lived and worked…..

The Story the Author Told

In 1879 there was no town here.  It was a vast open prairie that could at time be beautiful and at times be so brutal it tested the mettle of the pioneers that attempted to settle it.  Thanks to one author, we learned much about this place when we were children…..

The Wonderful Flying Machine and Henry Heitz

You probably haven’t heard of Henry Heitz.  However, the folks in Elkton, South Dakota know that he invented a flying machine…that didn’t fly.  But perhaps most interesting was one of Henry’s biggest fears.  You can still see that part of his story long after his death…..

An Elephant on the Run

The people of Elkton, South Dakota were excited that the circus was in town.  But when bad weather forced its cancellation it wasn’t the end of the show.  One of the elephants turned on a drunk trainer who had abused it and began to turn over circus wagons in its rage.  Soon it was headed into the town proper…..

The Circus Comes to Elkton

Just about everyone loves the circus, so people in Elkton, South Dakota were disappointed when bad weather forced the cancellation of the show that had stopped in town.  However, the folks here had no idea the mark this circus would leave on their town, for one of the animals was going to stage quite a final performance…..

Sitting Bull

He is one of the greatest Indian chiefs ever to lead his tribes in peace and battle.  Ironically, two different towns claim his burial spot…..

Hansen Wheel and Wagon

wheelandwagonIf American automakers are struggling to make ends meet, perhaps they should meet one of the country’s premiere wagon builders. The times certainly seem to not have passed him by, with a brisk business for vehicles from over a century ago…

A Special Job and A Special Thanksgiving

potusgwbushRegardless of your political affiliation, the event that took place on Thanksgiving 2003 was remarkable. Today, we visit with a man who was not only there to witness the event, but played a part in making it happen…

Captain Travis Schuring

031127-F-0881Z-015Comedians, professional wrestlers, cheerleaders and politicians–Travis Schuring works with them all. Where do you find such a career? In the Air Force, of course…

A Protocol Officer in the Air Force

travisschuring1Most people can’t tell you exactly what a protocol officer does, but today’s broadcast let’s you meet one who served in Baghdad…