In 1901, there was a SD man in the Lawrence Co. jail who had been convicted of a federal crime related to his business. But, he did not have to serve his full sentence. Why was that, and who was he? Answer:
Ipswich, Gregory, Timber Lake, Rapid City and St. Francis all had one but Plankinton was the first in SD to have one of these. What was it? Answer: A grain palace.
Verne Sankey was one of the first America's most wanted criminals had a ranch west of Gann Valley, SD. What was the name of his ranch? Answer: Elkhorn Ranch.
Rose Bower, born in Vermillion, became involved in the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and the National American Woman's Sufferage Assn. She rallied attendees to public events and punctuated presentations with what? Answer: The trumpet
Who led the expedition in 1874 that confirmed the existence of gold in the Black Hills? Answer: Gen. George Custer
What was the first year of the Days of '76 parade in Deadwood? Answer: 1924
The Manchester Biscuit Co. was in three cities in SD. Name the three cities. Answer: Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Aberdeen.
When the Dakota Territory was starting to be settled in the early 1800's the area was already populated by five different Indian tribes. Name three of them. Answer: Arikara, Cheyenne, Gros Ventre, Ioway, Sioux.
What year was the first Ft. Sisseton Festival held? Answer: 1977
In 1952, the SDSU Hobo Day parade had a very famous person ride in the parade. Who was it? Answer? Dwight D. Eisenhower
In the 1890's Aberdeen had more of these per person than any other city in the world. What were they? Answer: Telephones
What SD company was the first farmers organization to own a seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange? Answer: Aberdeen Equity Union Creamery.
The Army abandoned Ft. Sisseton in 1890, and gave it to SD. The property sat unused for how many years? Answer: 47
Laura Ingalls Wilder was seven years old when she met her first one of these. What was it? Answer: Her future husband.
Sitting Bull was interrupted by applause and received a standing ovation when he addressed this person at a railroad dedication in Dakota Territory in 1883. What this person, and other white dignitaries did not know, was that an interpreter was rapidly translating the Chief's insults "You are thieves and liars" into friendly phrases. It made Sitting Bull so popular at the event that the railroad invited him to Minnesota to a similar ceremony. Who was Sitting Bull attempting to insult? Answer: President Chester A Arthur.
This mountain in SD got it's name because there are several boulder mosaics of Indian origin on it, and on the mountain. One of which depicts the name. What is the mountain? Answer: Turtle Peak
A Methodist minister named Henry Smith came to South Dakota in 1876 with a specific mission in mind. What was his mission? Answer: Clean up Deadwood
One of the first all-weather roads in SD was in Miner County, and had a specific nickname. What was the nickname? Answer:
Norwegian settlers in Miner Co. of SD named their community after a Norwegian hero. What's his name? Answer: Nansen
Carrie Ingalls, of Little House on the Prairie fame, lived most of her adult life in what town? Answer: Keystone
Steven Briggs, one of the inventors of the Briggs & Stratton engine, received his engineering degree from SDSU. Who was his lead professor there? Answer: Solberg
Governor George T. Mickelson was inspired to name the coyote as the state animal by a very unique and well-trained coyote that lived in Deadwood. What was the name of that coyote? Answer: Tootsie
What Governor named the coyote as the state animal? Answer: George T. Mickelson
For over a decade in the 1890's, radio was the primary means for broadcasting what signal? Answer: telegraph
Which town in SD was likely the first to have a broadcast station? Answer: Eureka
The SD amendment recognizing women's voting rights, took voting rights away from what group of people? Answer: immigrants or non-citizens
Who sculpted the dinosaurs outside Rapid City? Answer: Emmit Sullivan
In one year, 40,000 South Dakotans were vaccinated against Typhoid and Tetanus. Why was that? Answer: The Rapid City flood.
There is a tower near Deadwood, built to honor Teddy Roosevelt. Who built it, and what is its' name? Answer: Friendship tower - Seth Bullock
How many camps of Civilian Conservation Corps were located in the state of SD in 1933? Answer: 50
What year did the Rapid City airport open? Answer: 1911
In 1958 an event occurred causing the Rapid City airport to close. What was it? Answer: I-90 was built.
Dr. Kroeger in Epiphany, SD supplied that town with six major elements of infrastructure. One was an ice plant. What were the other five? Answer: newspaper, bank, factory, electricity, and water.
In the early days of REA in South Dakota, they encouraged electrical usage by publishing what about certain members? Answer: Their bills
What was Gov. Tom Berry's favorite breed of dog and why? Answer: Greyhound because they could catch coyotes.
While Tom Berry was the Governor of SD, he called two special sessions of the legislature. What was the first one for? Answer: to legalize 3.2 beer
Which set of immigrants into SD were most opposed to prohibition? Answer: The Germans
The Dakota Wyoming & Missouri River railroad was responsible for bringing most of the settlers to SD. The railroad had a nickname. What was it? Answer: The Crouch Line
What's the name of the first lady broadcaster in SD? Answer: Ida McNeil
What was the first distance learning class in the state of SD? Answer: History
She is in the SD Sports Hall of Fame, the SDHS basketball hall of fame, and the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame. What's her name, and where is she from? Answer: Amy Burnett from Huron.
US Senator Francis Case moved to SD when he was 13. What was his first job after college, where he stayed for 15 years? Answer: Assistant Editor at the Rapid City Journal.
Jack McCall became famous for his killing of Wild Bill Hickock. Where was the trial of Jack McCall held, where he was tried, convicted, and buried? Answer: Yankton
What year did Memorial Day officially become Memorial Day in SD? Answer: 1967.
In 1610, this English navigator claimed the eastern part of South Dakota for England. Who was he? Answer: Henry Hudson
Wind Cave in the Black Hills was accidentally discovered in 1881. What is the story behind the discovery? Answer: Wind coming out of a crack in the rocks blew a hunter's hat off.
Many fossils of prehistoric animals have been found in South Dakota. One of the commonly found skeletons are of horses. What was one major difference between prehistoric and modern day horses? Answer: Prehistoric horses had three toes.
During one of their games in the late 1800's, a strongly hit line drive hit one of the female baseball players. What saved the player from severe injury? Answer: a metal corset.
Women's baseball teams popped up across the nation in the 19th century. What year did the first competitive women's team show up in SD, and where? Answer: Blunt, SD 1884
Jewel Cave National Monument is the third longest cave system in the world. What's the largest room in Jewel Cave called? Answer: The Big Duh.
There was formerly an establishment in the Black Hills called the Fountain Inn. The Inn was able to persuade the legislature to pass a law pertaining specifically to them. What did that law do? Answer: Horses had to wear pants to enter the building.
One of Elvis Presley's motorcycles is in South Dakota. Where? Answer: Murdo
South Dakota prohibits films that depict this. What is it? Answer: Abusing police officers.
What's the name of the branch in the SD Air National Guard that is recognized and respected as one of the most effective in the nation? Answer: 114th Fighter Wing.
How many soldiers in the SD Army National Guard? How many Guard units? Answers: 4200 and 42.
Every year the success of the golden coyote depends on the cooperation of what national and what state organizations? Answer: The Black Hills National Forest and Custer State Park.
In the SD Army National Guard, this group of people provides intelligence, logistics, and family services. What group is it? Answer: Joint Force Hdqtrs.
In the mid-40's the Black Hills was one of the communities vying to be the home for what international organization? Answer: United Nations
What town in SD was named after a hat? Answer: Fedora
The SD Army National Guard resides in how many towns? Answer: 22
From 2011 to 2012 the average farm in SD increased by how many acres? Answer: 13
What activity is not prosecuted in SD because no one has determined if it's skill or chance. What is it? Answer: betting on sports
The discovery of gold caused a lot of Americans to settle in western SD. A illegal city sprouted up in 1889, and still exists today. What city is it? Answer: Deadwood
A mural in the SD State House of Representatives depicts this first recorded act. What is it? Answer: The first recorded act of Christian worship in SD.
Who invited Gutzon Borglum to South Dakota to carve rocks? Answer: Doane Robinson
What source of spending provides over 10 percent of the gross state product? Answer: state government
Who's picture is on the Indian Head/Buffalo nickel? Answer: Chief Iron Tail.
The first commercial timber sale on federal forest land was in SD. Near what town? Answer: Nemo
What was the first occupation of early humans in this area? Answer: Hunting wooly mammoths.
While SD has elected numerous democrats to Congress, the state has supported the republican candidate for president how many elections in a row? Answer: 13
There is a hotel in SD, it is the oldest hotel in SD. But it has another claim to fame. What is it? Answer: The Alex Johnson in Rapid City is haunted.
Where is the Bibleland Museum, and what is it's proper name? Answer: In Mitchell - Valtiroty Shilos Tabernacle.
What Oglala Sioux Chief fought in three battles against the US 7th Calvary? The battle of Rosebud, the battle of Greasy Grass (Also known as Little Bighorn), and Drexel Mission Fight. Answer: Little Horse
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes previously wore the jersey of a South Dakota team. What team was it and what position did he play? Answer: A Sioux Falls Canaries batboy.
What is the name of the monument, that was 14 feet tall when it was built, what was the builders occupation, what was it designed to bring attention to, and where is it located? Answer: Silent Guide
Local legend has it that eastern SD is the home to the first enclosed tractor cab. Who developed that? Answer: Ben Kleigel
Merle Tuve contributed to the American arsenal in WWII, by developing what? Answer: He developed a proximity fuse.
Two national laboratories bear the name of a South Dakota native. Who is he? Answer? Dr. Ernest Lawrence
In SD, the history of America is sealed in a teakwood box in a titanium vault. Where is that? Answer: Behind Mt. Rushmore
In order of density of population, where does South Dakota rank? Answer: 5
The South Dakota doctrine of prior appropriation can only be overridden by whom? Answer: Domestic use of water takes precedence over the appropriation.
There is a statewide Christmas celebration that is quite unique to SD. What is it called? Answer: Christmas at the Capitol
Where is the tallest water tower in SD located? Answer: Bowdle
South Dakota's most common nickname is "The Sunshine State". However, it is also known by four other nicknames... Name three. Answer: The Coyote State, The Rushmore State, The Artesian State, and the Blizzard State.
Pierre, South Dakota is the only state capitol in the country that doesn't share something. What is it? Answer: The same letters in the city and state name.
"A cry of anguish went up from coast-to-coast". Sen. George McGovern made that statement about what? Answer: The closing of the underground bunkers at Igloo.
The SD Legislature met in special session, late at night, on Dec. 4, 1919, to vote on a specific topic. What topic was it? Answer: To allow women to vote.
A man named York was a slave that worked in SD. Who was listed as his owner? Answer: Second Lt. William Clark of Lewis & Clark
The tradition of spreading sawdust on floors in bars is believed to have started in South Dakota. Why was that? Answer: To gather up gold dust in Deadwood.
in the French language, what does the word Belle Fourche mean? Answer: Beautiful fork
What area claims to be the richest 100 square miles on earth? Answer: Deadwood
Who was the first commissioner of the American Football League? Answer: Joe Foss
Built in 1886 this synagogue in Sioux Falls is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in South Dakota. What was it used for before it became a synagogue? Answer: It was used as a Methodist Church.
Taking Reservations is a record album with ties to South Dakota. Who recorded the album? Answer: Williams & Ree
There was a biscuit company in Sioux Falls, had branches in Rapid City, Aberdeen, Sioux City, and Lincoln. What was the name of that company? Answer: Manchester Biscuit Co.
What is the name of the granite sculpture of buffaloes at Falls Park in Sioux Falls? Answer: The monarch of the plains.
Famous physician, Dr. Charles Mayo, received an honorary degree from a South Dakota College in 1937. What college was it? Answer: Yankton College
This woman, who was a co-founder of a national women's group, grew up in Eureka, SD. What was her name? Answer: Alice Bauer help found the LPGA.
What famous South Dakotan was once the troop master of Boy Scout Troop 6? Answer: Hubert Humphrey
Prior to statehood, Ortley was a part of two different counties...One of which still exists, one doesn't... What were they? Answer: Deuel & Cheyenne
How many people are considered to make up the available labor force in Codington County? Answer: 15,400
Ole Quammen donated the largest one of these in the world to the people of South Dakota. What did he donate, and where is it? Answer: Petrified wood forest in Lemmon.
What was the first thing that brought the American Indian and the European cultures together? Answer: the fur trade
There is a building in Lead, SD that memorializes the contribution of the Fins in early SD. What is the name of that building? Answer: Sweatman Art Memorial / Lutheran Church.
Which city in SD built a temporary barricade out of turf around the city and called it Ft. Sod? Answer: Sioux Falls
What is the largest, and most diverse, historical district in Sioux Falls? Answer: All Saints
It took 255 days to build the 114 mile track from Edgemont to Deadwood. How many people were working on that project? Answer: 1000
SD had the honor of twin brothers both becoming General's in the Air Force. What were their names, and where were did they grow up? Answer: McNichol Brothers from Doland.
What is the name of the group of wildlife managers that play a key role in the health and stability of the prairie? Answer: Prairie Dogs
For two generations of insurance companies, world wide lending agencies would not, as a matter of agreed policy, loan any money west of a line in SD. Where is that line? Answer: The 100th Meridian.
Sioux Falls had an earthquake in 1938. What natural occurrence was the root cause of that quake? Answer: glacial melting released pressure on the plates which caused them to shift.
What was the name of the forest fire that burned the entire surface above the known parts of Jewel Cave? Answer: The Jewel Cave fire.
SD authors Kate and Virgil Boyles, a brother and sister in Yankton, found success writing about cattle rustling in SD. Where did Virgil draw his inspiration for the stories from? Answer: He was a court reporter, and got the stories from court cases.
The free homestead association of central New York sent 60 families to the Kranzburg area in Dakota Territory. Most abandoned their claims and returned east. Which organization solicited Europeans to replace them? Answer: The railroad
What was the starting wage of a school teacher in Kranzburg in 1880? Answer: $30/mo.
Who was the first postmaster of Kranzburg? Answer: Matt Kranz
What establishment hosted the meeting held in 1879 that created the first school district in Codington County, and where was the school located? Answer: Kranz Hotel in Kranzburg
How did the French show their gratitude to American soldiers after WWII, and where in SD is that gratitude on display? Answer: The Merci Train in Huron.
How many historical markers are in the state of SD? And which county has the most? Answer: 644 - Lawrence Co.
Gerald Beninga was one of two dissenting votes against a memorial being erected in SD. His reason - it was something so negative. What's the memorial to, and where is it? Answer: A memorial to divorce in Sioux Falls.
Who is the largest employer in the state of SD? Answer: Avera
The bell from the USS South Dakota sits on the grounds of the Codington County court house. What was its' original location in Watertown? Answer: Memorial Park
The land for Memorial Park at Lake Kampeska was donated to Codington County. Who donated it? Answer: American Legion
What organization lobbied lawmakers to allocate money for the construction of statues of WWI heroes? Answer: American Legion
What year was the Castlewood water tower built? Answer: 1929
Who was SD's first elected indicrat and where was he from? Answer: James Kyle from Aberdeen
What community in South Dakota had a mile of loalready on the ground in anticipation of the rail coming through, only to have the government not approve the right-of-way? Answer: Elk Point
Which city in SD had the first brewery? Answer: Yankton
In SD, how many breweries were in operation when prohibition went into effect? Answer: Two
A town site was organized with the purpose of protecting mining claims along French Creek. What was the name of the town? Answer: Custer
When they were trying to choose a capitol for the Dakota Territory, what did they call the mode of transportation used to inspect potential sites? Answer: A train called the Capitol on Wheels.
Lee Smith, Harold Baines, Mike Mussina, and Roy Halladay all share two things in common. What organization are they a part of, and where did they get their start? Answer: They are all in the MLB Hall of Fame, and all started as American Legion players.
Who was the first winner of the potato recipe contest at Potato Days in Clark, SD in 1972? Answer: Mavis Uecker
Who was the first Secretary of the SD State Historical Society? Answer: Doane Robinson
In the early days of SD, there was a popular belief that migration to the west was in sync with what act of God? Answer: The rain band.
What year was the worst drought in SD, forcing what percent of the state's population to seek government relief. Answer: 1934 and 39%
The Department of the Interior calls this site in South Dakota “one of the most important archaeological sites in the Great Plains” What is the site called? Answer: Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
In what year did the official SD Lions Eyebank open? Answer: 1991
The WPA spent over $35 Million in SD from 1935-1938. They assisted in the construction of how many public buildings? Answer: 131
Black Hills caves are home to an abundance of rare formations. Name four of these types of formations. Answer: Stalactites, Stalagmites, Columns, Spiraling Helictites, Flow Stone, Ribbon like draperies, Frost work, Box work,
Cave Popcorn, Translucent calcite crystals
Who invented the revolving turret on armored vehicles, and where is he from ? Answer: Waldo Ross - Sioux Falls
What two factors caused the SD population to start declining in the 30's? Answer: Drought and depression
The Bramble Miner Shipping was one of the largest heavy shippers in SD at one time. They employed over 300 men and how many yoke of oxen? Answer: 2000
Early settlers in Veblen and Claire City had to travel to which ND tri-city area for goods and services? Answer: Alesha, Geneseo, and Vita.
Bruderhof was the first one in SD. What was it? Answer: Hutterite Colony
The entire bullion output at Homestake Gold Mine up to 1881 was transported by what company? Answer: Cheyenne & Black Hills Stage Co.
In what year did the state of SD enact a law permitting the state to assume full civil and criminal jurisdiction over the reservations? Answer: 1963
CA Bowley was a loving father to his two children, Hazel and Delbert. He named a SD town in their honor. What did he name the town? Answer: Hazeldel now known as Hazel.
A SD town called Merrill was renamed after a meatpacker and railroad executive. What was it renamed, and is still known as today? Answer: Plankinton
Who was the first man to bring Charolais cattle to SD? Answer: Russell Gantvoort from Deuel
In 1881 settlers flocked to a new town in NE South Dakota. What was the new town that was just platted? Answer: Aberdeen
A town in SD was named in honor of a religious experience. What town is it? Answer: Epiphany
Eagle, SD was selected by a foreign group that wanted to express what loyalty? Answer: The Boheimain people named it in honor of their loyalty to their home country.
There is a town in SD that carries the name of a car that is no longer manufactured. What town is it? Answer: Belvidere
Wilmot was named after a man who also had another town named in his honor. What is the other town? And what was his name? Answer: Judge Wilmot A. Brookings
Who was the first Ronald McDonald? Answer: Willard Scott
In SD there is a location known as Mountain Pass. Which county in SD is home to Mountain Pass? Answer: Brookings
CH Prior named more towns in SD than anyone else. In his honor, a SD town was named Prior. The town still exists, but under a different name. What town is it? Answer: Corona
CH Prior named more of these in SD than any other man. What did he name? Answer: towns
When county numbering by population began in 1956, Hamlin Co. became 32, what was their previous number, and what county has it now? Answer: 29 Grant County.
What year did numbering by population on license plates start in SD? Answer: 1956
What year was the last year that SD used the long license plates? Answer: 1932
What year did SD adopt the license plate system that identified cars by the county they came from? Answer: 1925
South Dakota is home to a facility, that is in use today, that if the name was translated to English would be known as Dead Fish. What facility is it? Answer: Fort Sisseton
As the Dakota Territory was breaking into North and South Dakota, most of the southern people in the territory believed the northern area of the territory should be called what? Answer: Pembina
There is a monument in SD called the Elrod monument. Who is Elrod, and what county does it exist? Samuel Elrod was a Governor of SD, and the monument is located in Clark County.
The first gold claim in SD was three miles east of what city? Answer: Custer
In SD, there is a law on the books that makes sleeping in one of these establishments illegal. What type of establishment is it? Answer: Cheese Factory
One historical marker in SD commemorates the Dakota Baptist organizing convention. What county is that marker in? Answer: Lake County
Corson County, Day County, Jerald County, and Marshall County all have a lake with the same name that was named for its' shape. What is is? Answer? Horseshoe Lake
There is an island in SD, formerly known as Hog Island. What lake is it on, and what is it called today? Answer: Island on Big Stone Lake.
There was a mayor of a SD city who had a different town named after him. What was his name, what town was he mayor of, what town is named after him? Answer: Thomas, SD was named after the mayor of Watertown.
The SD town now known as Goodwin was once called Prairie Siding. What caused them to change the name of the town? Answer: In honor of a man killed there while working on the railroad.
How many gallons of gas did the Watertown Police Department burn in 2018? Answer: 27,000
There is a spring in SD that took its' name from the fact that the land around it rises into a certain shape. What's the name of the spring, and what county is it located in ? Answer: Horseshoe Springs, Clark County, SD.
The US Army & National Geographic Society sent up a stratosphere balloon and gondola. It broke all altitude records, and landed next to a lake in South Dakota. What is that lake's name today? Answer: Gondola
There is a city in SD, still in existence, that was known as Prairie Siding for a short time. What is the name of that city? Answer: Goodwin
Rounding to the nearest whole number...How many chapters are there in the SD FFA organization? Answer: 90
There is a town in SD that some say was named after a president. Others say, it was named after the way people planted trees. What town is it? Answer: Grover
How many natural lakes are there in the state of SD, and which lake is the largest natural lake? Answer: 257 and Big Stone Lake.
What is the longest non-cave, above ground tunnel in SD? Answer: The 57th Street tunnel in Sioux Falls.
What SD town has a sculpture of a cowboy riding a walleye? Answer: Mobridge
There was a time when the US Army was nervous in this area. Because of that, they named four lakes in honor of soldiers stationed in this area. Name those four lakes. Answer: 2 Mile, 4 Mile, 6 Mile, and 9 Mile. That's how far they were from Ft. Sisseton.
How many lakes in SD are named after military and political figures? Answer: 20
How many lakes in SD are named after townships? Answer: 72
In 1983 Watertown Mayor Herb Jenson was mentioned by Dan Rather in a story on CBS News. Why was that? Answer: He got involved in the Perpich/Janklow argument after Perpich said SD was last in everything.
Before the Captain 11 Show started, Dave Dedrick traveled to a big city to learn about working with kids. Who did he meet with? Answer: Jim Lange from the Dating Game.
Before Kjos had Kjos Shoes, they were part of a furniture store, and what other business was included in that store? Answer: funeral chapel
Who was the first Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus in Watertown? Answer: Charles M. Kranz
Many people remember the Tee-Pee gas station that was located near the current Watertown Co-op Elevator. Who owned that station? Answer: Gerhardt Gilbert
The Watertown Hide & Fur Company was a booming business in 1926. What occupies the building where it was then? Answer: The now destroyed Harbor Bar building.
Sadie VanderWal of Brentford won a $1000 scholarship through the Watertown Farm Show this year. What scholarship did she receive? Answer: Fred Morris Memorial Scholarship
Pierre, South Dakota is the only capitol and state that don't share any of these. What are they? Answer: letters of the alphabet.
In the Deadwood gold rush days, they had a trick to save the gold dust that was lost. What was that trick? Answer: They panned the sawdust off the floors.
Who was the first woman to win top honors at the US Aerobatic championship in the sportsman category? Answer: Nettie Meyers of Sioux Falls
Who was the first astronaut from South Dakota? Answer: Sam Gamar
The first airplane to fly in Sioux Falls did so in 1912. What month? June
Who was the first commander of the SD Air National Guard and what distinction did he carry? Answer: Joe Foss - WWII Flying Ace
Western SD was snowed under in May of 1905, and winds created blinding conditions that were particularly hard on ranchers. Thousands of cattle wandered through the bandlands, and fell to their deaths after falling off the bluffs. Estimated cattle deaths topped what number? Answer: 16,000
Ed Yost had a tool that he leased to General Mills for research. That tool later became the foundation of a large business. What is the name of the business? Answer: Raven Industries
In 1967 in Lemmon, SD, a project called "hail-swath" was hosted with a goal in mind. What was the goal? Answer: Cloud seeding to make it rain.
Huron flight station was closed in 2005. Where did they move that station? Answer: Princeton, MN
What year were "smoke jumpers" discontinued in South Dakota? Answer: 1969
Name the first female professional motorcycle flat-track racer from South Dakota: Answer: Danielle Beving
We learned that Vince Bruggeman was once a barber before he started in the insurance business. He also sold vacuum cleaners. What brand did Vince offer? Answer: Filter Queen
Name the Watertown insurance agent and the hotel where he used to be a barber. Answer: Vince Bruggeman at the St. Hubert Hotel in Milbank.
The crouch line railroad twisted its' way through 30 miles of the Black Hills. It crossed, on average, how many bridges per mile? Answer: four
What caused the Missouri River to be moved farther west? Answer: Glaciers
Few people realize that shortly after the end of World War II the governors of South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming formally invited the United Nations to establish their headquarters in the Black Hills. The request was taken seriously and plans were developed for the United Nations complex to be built near Custer, SD. Only one nation voted in favor of the idea. Which country voted to establish the UN in the Black Hills?
In 1917 there was a new hospital in Faulkton. The Doctor who was the head of it was later honored by the US Postal Service with a stamp. Who was she? Answer: Dr.Abby Ann Jarvis
May 27, 1929 was a life-changing event for this South Dakotan. Who was it, and what happened? Answer: John "Potato Creek Johnny" Perette, found a 7.3 troy ounce gold nugget. The largest in state history.
There is a store in SD, including its' parking lot and shopping space, it covers over 17 acres, and has 269 shopping aisles. What store is it, and where is it? Answer: Menard's in Pierre
Trains killed the stagecoach industry in SD. Ending the last stage company. That stage company ran between which SD towns? Answer: Aberdeen to Leola.
Stagecoach rules in 1876 requested that you abstain from alcohol. But, if you must drink, they made one request. What was that? Answer: You had to share.
Which tourist attraction in South Dakota requires physical and mental toughness to participate? Answer: Wind Cave
What is the name of the person who had the idea to give away free water at Wall Drug? Answer: Dorothy Hustead
In Madison, SD in 2018 there was a unique event held with a very Mexican flavor. What was it? Answer: Running of the bulls.
A man in the Black Hills of SD was down on his luck until he had a dream that created an empire? What was the dream? Answer: FL Thorpe created a Black Hills gold factory after dreaming of a grape design..
Who was the first person ever to play the role of Laura in the Little House on the Prairie pageant in DeSmet? Answer: Lisa Maguire-Schoepp
Why is it that owls, squirrels, rabbits, and various other animals don't have to worry about creating their own housing in the wild? Answer: They move into underground housing created by other animals.
There are seven of these in the central Black Hills area. The tallest is 12'6" and the shortest is 10'8". What are they? Answer: tunnels
The Lower Brule Reservation in South Dakota has a value-added ag related factory. What do they make there? Answer: popcorn
In the basement of Dugan's in downtown Watertown, meat hooks still hang from the ceiling. What was the name of the business that used them last? Answer: Whistler's Meats
In WWII the military asked us to save something from the kitchen that was used for explosives? Answer: lard and grease.
In the 1950's there was a pool hall known as the Snooker Nook. Where was it at? Answer: Lake Norden
What is the name of the first known people to live in what we now call South Dakota? Answer: Clovis Hunters
Donna Roisum from Lake Norden, SD was a trick rider and developed the act of Roman horse riding. Her talents led to a part in a movie called Heart of the Rockies. Who was the star of that movie? Answer: Roy Rogers
Calvin Graham is believed to be the youngest service man ever to enlist and fight in WWII. How old was he, and where did he serve? Answer: 12 years old on the USS South Dakota.
Kristi Noem and Warren Green share more than one thing in common. What are they? Answer: They both have been elected Governor, and both lived near Hazel.
The Homestake Gold Mine had eighteen of these. While statistics showed other mines in the nation had six. What were they? Answer: fatalities in a typical year.
The state of SD wanted to start a business. To get their start, they bought thirty-six of these. What did they buy? Answer: Buffalo
What was the wall called on the Captain 11 show, where the kids were invited to flip a switch? Answer: Time converter
Which county in South Dakota is home to the state hail insurance? Answer: Spink
Little Sophie Creek is a tributary of the Moreau River. Who was it named for? Answer: Sophie Herbert who operated the 24 Ranch had the creek through her land.
A lawyer from New York was on a business trip to the Black Hills region of SD in 1884. While he was there, he asked a question that made him a household name. What was it? Answer: He asked what the granite outcropping in that mountain was called... They said it didn't have a name, so Charles Rushmore got it named in his honor.
On earth, there are eight terrestrial eco zones. One dominates SD. What is it? Answer: Grasslands
Who moved the Dakota Territory capitol from Yankton to Bismarck? Answer: Gov. Ordway
How and where did Brig. General Richard E. Ellsworth die? Answer: He died in Newfoundland.
Where is the only thatched roof building in the Midwest? Answer: Wessington Springs.
After WWII the USS Codington was sold to what foreign country? Answer: South Korea
Spies Super Valu in Watertown was a significant participant in making Curt Carlson of Minneapolis a multi-billionaire. How did they participate? Answer: Gold Bond Stamps.
What was the unusual item that was on display at Barrette's Sport Shop in downtown Watertown? Answer: Mounts of water birds.
Last year marked the 100th anniversary of what service in our community? Answer: Airport
On average, how many packages does the Watertown Post Office deliver from Amazon each day? Answer: 1000
In 1903 the Watertown Elks Lodge elected their first Exalted Ruler. Who was he? Answer: MR Baskerville
Zimmel's Furniture started in uptown Watertown and then moved to its' new location which was the location of a former auto dealer. What was the name of that car dealership? Answer: Rozum's Ford
The building at 30 N. Broadway in Watertown has been home to at least five different bars. Name two of them. Answer: Johnnie's Bar and The Club.
In 1954 Watertown had how many members in the retail liquor dealers association? Answer: 19
The building on east 212 that was commonly known as Gilbert Polygon had a previous name. What was it? Answer: Gilbert City
In the Knights of Columbus, who was the groups first Grand Knight in Watertown? Answer: Charles Kranz
What's the name of the two-time high-school state golf champion, who opened a driving range near Watertown in 1931? Answer: Jack Ruhe
What stands today in the former site of the Baskerville & Dahl building? Answer: The Guest House
There is an area in South Dakota that is considered to be the "one of the safest areas in the world". Where is it? Answer: Igloo
South Dakota, at one time, was home to the world's largest conveyer belt. Where was it located? Answer: Homestake Gold Mine.
The Valedictorian of the Watertown High School Class of 1949, and her husband ran a successful business in Watertown for 17 years. What was her name, and what was the business? Answer: Mae Meseberg - Canteen Bar.
What month, date, and year did the last train leave the Rock Island, Minneapolis and St. Louis depot in Watertown? Answer: July 21, 1960
In 1933, Clem's Palm Garden in Watertown was the first establishment to do this. What was it? Answer: Sell beer after prohibition.
Broadway was formerly known as Oak Street, until what month and what year? Answer: November 1914.
Kenneth Rassmussen was a veterinary in Watertown. John Palmer was his partner. When they retired, they sold the business to who? Answer: Dr. Ed Larson.
There was a store in Watertown where the slogan was "Where you go for the brands you know". What was that store? Answer: Spies Super Value
Memorial Park and the Grand Army of the Republic memorial were paid for by the American Legion Post 17. The funds were drawn from what account? Answer: World War 1 wartime funds that were left over.
Love that bloomed at Louisiana State University blossomed into a business in Watertown starting in 1964. What was that business? Answer: Collins Music
Gordon Kilbourn and Frank Rademacher started a tradition in Watertown in 1921 that still lives on today. What is that tradition? Answer: The KilRad
Eight immigrants from the same country opened restaurants in Watertown during the 1920's. What country were they from? Answer: Greece
August 7, 2018: Watertown Post 17 American Legion recently earned a distinction that has never happened in the state before. What is it? Answer: First time that both the state legion commander and the state Sons of the American Legion commander were from the same community.
August 1, 2018: What was the population of Codington Co. in 1874? Answer: One
July 30, 2018: There is an organization who's goal is to protect the economic lifeline to rural and small communities, which is a critical resource for business, medical care, disaster relief, and a key transportation asset to isolated areas. What is the name of that alliance? Answer: Alliance for Aviation across America.
July 19, 2018: Where is home plate from the, Fred Haas Park in Webster, and why? Answer: Canova has it, because they got to take it after they won the state 12 & under state tournament.
July 16, 2018: Which South Dakotan, at an early age, took an interest in drilling and perfected deep water well drilling? Answer: Peter Norbeck.
MAY 31, 2018: HE WAS ONE OF THE EARLIEST WHITE SETTLERS IN SOUTH DAKOTA, AND HAS A WELL KNOWN ATTRACTION NAMED AFTER HIM IN SD. WHO IS HE? ANSWER:
MAY 25, 2018: IN THE NE AND CENTRAL PARTS OF SD SETTLEMENT WAS RAMPANT BETWEEN 1880 AND 1885. WHICH TWO COUNTIES GREW THE MOST IN POPULATION DURING THAT TIME? ANSWER: BROWN AND SPINK
MAY 24, 2018: BY THE TIME GOV. CARL GUNDERSON WAS INAUGURATED IN 1925, 175 OF THESE HAD CLOSED THEIR DOORS. WHAT WAS IT? ANSWER: BANKS
MAY 22, 2018: WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THE FIRST NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BETWEEN HURON AND PIERRE, AND WHAT YEAR DID IT BEGIN? ANSWER: HAND CO. PRESS IN 1882.
MAY 21, 2018: HOW LONG MUST A PERSON LIVE IN SD TO QUALIFY FOR THE SD HALL OF FAME? ANSWER: THERE IS NO SPECIFIC AMOUNT OF TIME. JUST SOME PART OF YOUR LIFE.
MAY 17, 2018: WHICH COUNTY IN SD WAS THE FIRST TO HOLD A PHEASANT SEASON? ANSWER: SPINK
MAY 14, 2018: TEN GRADUATES OF USD HAVE ALL RECEIVED THIS SCHOLARSHIP, AND EVENTUALLY ALL SERVED IN THE SAME ROLE. WHAT WAS THE SCHOLARSHIP, AND WHAT ROLE DID THEY FILL? ANSWER: RHODES SCHOLARS THAT BECAME JUDGES.
MAY 4, 2018: IN 1920 A CONTRACT WAS SIGNED TO BUILD A HIGH SCHOOL AT A COST $225,000. THE BUILDER WENT BROKE AND THE SCHOOL WAS NOT COMPLETED. THE COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER AND FINISHED THE PROJECT. WHAT CITY WAS IT, AND WHERE WAS THE NEW BUILDER FROM? ANSWER: WEBSTER AND CLEAR LAKE.
MAY 3, 2018: WHAT ARE ALL THE NAMES THE COLLEGE NOW KNOWN AS DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN KNOWN BY (IN ORDER) IN THE PAST? ANSWER: EASTERN STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE, GENERAL BEADLE STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE, GENERAL BEADLE STATE COLLEGE, DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE, DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY.
MAY 2, 2018: WHAT STICKS THROUGH THE WALL OUTSIDE THE LEWIS & CLARK INTERPRETIVE CENTER IN CHAMBERLAIN? ANSWER: A BOAT
APRIL 30, 2018: HARRISBURG, SD IS HOME TO A NATIONAL DIVISION OF A MAJOR CORPORATION THAT BREEDS AND TESTS WHAT? ANSWER: CORN & SOYBEANS
APRIL 27, 2018: THE MID-DAKOTA WATER PROJECT CELEBRATED THE COMPLETION OF THEIR WATER SYSTEM, WHICH SERVES 7000 SQUARE MILES. HOW MANY MILES OF WATER PIPELINE DOES IT TAKE TO COVER THAT 7000 SQUARE MILES? ANSWER: 3700
APRIL 25, 2018: THE MAIN STREET OF WEBSTER, SD WAS ROUGHLY LAID OUT WHEN A SETTLER PLACED SOMETHING AT THE END OF IT. WHAT DID HE DO? ANSWER: A ROCK
APRIL 24, 2018: THIS EARLY DAY BARNSTORMER TRADED TWO CARS FOR AN AIRPLANE IN 1919 AND WENT ON TO LOG MORE THAN 43,000 FLIGHT HOURS. HIS LAST FLIGHT WAS ON HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY. WHAT WAS HIS NAME, AND WERE WAS HE FROM? ANSWER: CLYDE ICE FROM MILLER AND PIERRE.
APRIL 20, 2018: MURRAY ROWE WAS THE FIRST PERSON FROM CANTON INDUCTED INTO WHAT HALL OF FAME? ANSWER: SD TRANSPORTATION HALL OF FAME
APRIL 19, 2018: US OLYMPIC QUALIFYING FOR THE SKI JUMP USED TO BE HELD IN SD. NEAR WHAT TOWN WAS IT HELD, AND WHY DID THEY STOP USING IT? ANSWER: NEAR CANTON AND IT BLEW DOWN IN A STORM.
APRIL 18, 2018: SVERRE FRETHEIM ONCE SET AN OLYMPIC RECORD IN SOUTH DAKOTA WHEN HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO QUALIFY FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES. WHAT RECORD DID HE SET? ANSWER: SKI JUMPING
APRIL 16, 2018: WHAT COMMUNITY HOSTS THE LARGEST HYDRAULIC HOSE ASSEMBLY PLANT IN THE UNITED STATES? ANSWER: BRANDON
APRIL 13, 2018: CORSON EMMINGER BUILT IT. WE'VE ALL ADMIRED IT IN CODINGTON COUNTY. WHAT IS IT? ANSWER: THE ROUND BARN SOUTH OF WATERTOWN.
APRIL 12, 2018: SOUTH DAKOTA WAS ALSO ONCE HOME TO ANOTHER RIVER BOAT CALLED THE "NELLIE MAY". WHERE DID THAT BOAT CALL HOME? ANSWER: JAMES RIVER.
APRIL 6, 2018: WHAT WAS IT THAT GROUNDED THE SIOUX QUEEN? ANSWER: A DAM TO THE SOUTH WASHED OUT AND DRAINED ALL THE WATER TO THIS PART OF THE RIVER.
APRIL 3, 2018: 1881... JOHN O'BRIEN SCOBEY... WENT TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE AND ASKED FOR A PARTICULAR STATE INSTITUTION TO BE PLACED IN BROOKINGS. WHAT INSTITUTION WAS IT? ANSWER: STATE PENITENTIARY
MARCH 30, 2018: THE SHAMUS AWARD IS GIVEN TO THE NATIONS BEST AUTHOR OF A PRIVATE-EYE NOVEL. IN 1993, HAROLD ADAMS OF EDINA, MN WON THAT AWARD. HE BASED THE STORY ON THE AREA SURROUNDING WHAT SD CITY? ANSWER: CLARK
MARCH 28, 2018: THERE IS A CITY IN SD THAT HAS ADOPTED THE SLOGAN "GROWING TOGETHER". WHAT CITY IS IT? ANSWER: CLARK
MARCH 27, 2018: WHAT CITY IS "THE MOTHER CITY" OF THE DAKOTAS? ANSWER: YANKTON
MARCH 23, 2018: WHICH CITY IN SD HOSTS THE SWISS CHORAL SOCIETY? ANSWER: FREEMAN
MARCH 21, 2018: WHAT TOWN IN SD LIKES TO REFER TO ITSELF AS "THE LITTLE CITY WITH BIG ATTRACTIONS"? ANSWER: DELL RAPIDS
MARCH 20, 2018: WHICH CITY IN SD PROCLAIMS THAT THEY ARE HOME TO 611 JOBS? ANSWER: BIG STONE CITY
MARCH 16, 2018: THE WINNER OF THE FIRST SPIRIT OF DAKOTA AWARD CAME FROM WHICH SD CITY, AND WHAT'S HER NAME? ANSWER: WINIFRED LORENTSON FROM MILLER.
MARCH 14, 2018: WHAT SD COURT HOUSE IS MADE WITH BLUE ALASKA MARBLE? ANSWER: HAND COUNTY IN MILLER.
MARCH 12, 2018: IN RELATION TO SD HISTORY, THE PHRASE "PROVING IT UP" REFERS TO WHAT? ANSWER: HOMESTEADING
MARCH 9, 2018: THERE IS AN INDUSTRY IN SD WHERE IT IS ACTUALLY ILLEGAL TO LIE DOWN AND FALL ASLEEP. WHAT IS THAT INDUSTRY? ANSWER: CHEESE FACTORY
MARCH 8, 2018: THERE WAS A PROVISO WHICH WOULD HAVE BANNED SLAVERY IN THE TERRITORY ACQUIRED DURING THE MEXICAN AMERICAN WAR. THAT PROVISO CARRIED THE NAME OF A SD TOWN. WHAT TOWN IS IT? ANSWER: WILMOT
MARCH 2, 2018: DAKOTA, LAKOTA, AND NAKOTA SOCIETIES HAVE THREE POLITICAL UNITS. WHAT ARE THEY CALLED? ANSWER: BANDS, TRIBES, AND NATIONS
FEB. 21, 2018: BROOKINGS, SD CARRIES THE DESIGNATION OF SD-1 IN RELATION TO WHAT? ANSWER:
FEB. 19, 2018: WHO MADE THE PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN DAKOTA TERRITORY SO MAD, THAT THEY PETITIONED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MAKE SD ITS' OWN STATE? ANSWER: NEAMIAH ORDWAY
FEB. 16, 2018: FOUR STATES USE THIS SYMBOL ON THEIR FLAG. IN SD, THERE ARE CREEKS, HILLS, STREETS, AND CITIES NAMED AFTER THAT SYMBOL. WHAT IS THAT SYMBOL? ANSWER: BUFFALO
FEB. 14, 2018: WHAT WAS CONSIDERED AS THE MOST IMPORTANT BUILDING IN EARLY SD CITIES? ANSWER: THE SCHOOL
FEB. 13, 2018: HOW DID THE JAPANESE BRING WORLD WAR II TO SOUTH DAKOTA SOIL? ANSWER: THEY TIED BOMBS TO BALLOONS.
FEB. 12, 2018: WHAT DID LAURA INGALLS WILDER WRITE ABOUT IN HER FIRST BOOK, AND WHO ENCOURAGED HER TO START? ANSWER: WISCONSIN AND HER DAUGHTER.
FEB. 8, 2018: KARL MUNDT AND GEORGE MCGOVERN HAD A BIG DISAGREEMENT ON ONE NATIONAL ISSUE. WHAT WAS THAT ISSUE? ANSWER: VIETNAM WAR
FEB. 7, 2018: WHAT WERE THE FIRST TWO CITIES IN SD TO BE SERVED BY THE RAILROAD? ANSWER: YANKTON AND VERMILLION.
FEB. 5, 2018: WHO WAS CREDITED WITH NAMING YANKTON THE FIRST CAPITOL OF DAKOTA TERRITORY, AND WHO GAVE HIM THE AUTHORITY TO DO SO? ANSWER: JBS TODD, ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S COUSIN-IN-LAW.
FEB. 2, 2018: WHEN LEWIS & CLARK LEFT NORTH DAKOTA, THEY TRAVELED WITH A SIGN OF PEACE. WHAT WAS THAT SIGN OF PEACE? ANSWER: SACAGAWEA
FEB. 1, 2018: LEWIS AND CLARK WENT ON AN EXPEDITION STARTING AT THE MISSOURI RIVER AND TRAVELED ALMOST 8000 MILES. WHAT WAS THE PROPER NAME OF THAT EXPEDITION PARTY? ANSWER: THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY.
JAN. 31, 2018: WHY WOULD IT BE LOGICAL FOR A THINKING MAN TO BELIEVE THAT THE RESIDENTS OF SENECA, SD ARE INDIFFERENT TO, OR UNAFFECTED BY GRIEF, PLEASURE OR PAIN? ANSWER: THE MAN SENECA WAS A STOIC.
JAN. 10, 2018: A US SENATOR AND CONGRESSMAN WORKED TO BRING A HUGE COMPUTER CENTER TO SD. WHO WERE THEY, AND WHAT WAS THE CENTER? ANSWER:
JAN. 9, 2018: LEWIS AND CLARK REPORTED "BARKING SQUIRRELS" IN THE AREA THAT IS NOW KNOWN AS WHAT COUNTY, AND WHAT WERE THEY REFERRING TO? ANSWER: GREGORY COUNTY AND PRAIRIE DOGS.
JAN. 8, 2018: THE FIRST OLD SOLDIERS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED IN 1904 IN WHICH SOUTH DAKOTA CITY? ANSWER: MILBANK
JAN. 4, 2018: WHICH CITY IN SD HAS A FLAGPOLE THAT RESEMBLES THE EIFEL TOWER? ANSWER: TYNDALL
JAN. 3, 2018: WHO WAS THE FIRST BLACK HOMESTEADER IN WEST RIVER SD, WHO EVENTUALLY BECAME A WELL KNOWN WRITER AND ACTOR, AND HAS HIS OWN STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME? ANSWER: OSCAR MICHEAUX
JAN. 2, 2018: THERE HAS ONLY BEEN ONE PERSON BORN IN WATERTOWN THAT PLAYED IN THE NFL. WHO WAS IT? ANSWER: BOB SCHOLTZ