South Dakota

South Dakota /ˌsaʊθ dəˈkoʊtə/ is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux American Indian tribes. Once a part of Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889. The state has an area of 77,116 square miles (199,730 km) and an estimated population of just over 800,000. Pierre is the state capital and Sioux Falls, with a population of nearly 160,000, is South Dakota's largest city. South Dakota is bordered by the states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana. The state is bisected by the Missouri River, dividing South Dakota into two geographically and socially distinct halves, known to residents as "East River" and "West River". Eastern South Dakota is home to most of the state's population, and fertile soil in this area is used to grow a variety of crops. West of the Missouri, ranching is the predominant agricultural activity, and the economy is more dependent on tourism and defense spending. The Black Hills, a group of low pine-covered mountains, is located in the southwest part of the state. The Black Hills are sacred to the Sioux. Mount Rushmore, a major tourist...


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    The Associated Press 8 hours ago
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Police say they located a man who walked away from the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls. Police say 61-year-old Loren Roy Eckmann was walked away from the hospital Thursday and was found unharmed on Friday ...
  • BC-USDA-SD Direct Fdr Catl

    The Associated Press 9 hours ago
    SF—LS160Sioux Falls, SD Fri Aug 01, 2014 USDA-SD Dept of Ag Market NewSouth and North Dakota Direct Feeder CattleFeeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for 08/01/2014Receipts: 310 Last Week: 220 Last Year: 2,700 ...
  • SDSU men's basketball team heading to Brazil

    The Associated Press 10 hours ago
    BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota State University men's basketball team is heading to Brazil on Sunday for a 10-day, four-game trip. The team will play its first game Monday night. That will be followed by games Tuesday ...
  • Five summer day trips no family should miss

    American News, Aberdeen, S.D. 10 hours ago
    As the end of summer inches closer, there may not be time left to plan a long, faraway adventure with family or friends. Luckily, Aberdeen-area residents can visit a variety of attractions within a day's drive. Fort Sisseton Historic ...
  • Midwest economy: July state-by-state glance

    The Associated Press 11 hours ago
    The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, began formally surveying its membership in 1931 to gauge business conditions. The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group uses the same methodology as the national survey to consult supply managers and business ...
  • Cheyenne-area power bills to rise $125 a year

    The Associated Press 11 hours ago
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Cheyenne-area residents will pay an average of $125 a year more for natural gas and electricity to cover the cost of a new power plant under a rate hike approved by state regulators Thursday. The Wyoming Public ...

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