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THE (MUSIC) YEARBOOK: 2001

THE (MUSIC) YEARBOOK: 2001

By Sean Calhoun One genre that hit its commercial peak during the first decade of the new millennium was pop-punk. While bands like Yellowcard and Sum 41 (and later Fall Out Boy and similar acts) found a great deal of …

Making Merry: Prairie Dance

Making Merry: Prairie Dance

By Denise DePaolo Images by Elizabeth Lucille Photography Prairie Dance started on a whim. While on vacation 19 years ago, Terri Schuver and a friend were inspired to create beautiful, durable metal decor. To make sure it actually happened, they …

The Real Deal: Katie Zautke

The Real Deal: Katie Zautke

By Natalie Slieter Images by Denise DePaolo Katie Zautke began Dakota Uprising as a fun, fresh way to represent the state she loves. The Rapid City-based graphic designer launched her line of t-shirts, sweatshirt, and hats in 2015 with the …

Making Merry: Newton Hills Honey

Making Merry: Newton Hills Honey

By Denise DePaolo Images by Elizabeth Lucille Photography Josh Montgomery has had honey on his mind since he was just a kid. At 14, he was recruited by a neighbor in his tiny hometown of Fairview to do the “dirty …

A Gift You Won’t Find Under the Tree

A Gift You Won’t Find Under the Tree

By Tracy Kirby Image by Crista Ballard Photography It’s here. You can feel it, smell it in the air. The Christmas gift buying and receiving frenzy has begun. Actually, it probably began sometime back in September according to Hobby Lobby’s …

Making Merry: Black Hills Woodworks

Making Merry: Black Hills Woodworks

By Denise DePaolo Images by Elizabeth Lucille Photography Black Hills Woodworks owner Adam Horton was never interested in shop class, which makes his new venture as surprising to him as anyone. But after 8 years in the Navy, and some …

A Sonic Summit

A Sonic Summit

By Denise DePaolo Images by Elizabeth Lucille Photography Sidney Bazemore believes we’re all born with music. He also hates to be pigeonholed. This might explain the structure of Man on a Mountain Productions. The company, which started as a tiny …

Making Merry: Oh Geez! Design

Making Merry: Oh Geez! Design

By Denise DePaolo Images by Elizabeth Lucille Photograpy The Black Hills are Becky Tomac’s muse. The deep green forests, towering peaks, and vast scenic canyons help the Sturgis-based graphic designer and owner of Oh Geez! Design clear her head and …

Taste of Sarcasm: The Sled Haus

Taste of Sarcasm: The Sled Haus

By Denise DePaolo Images by Elizabeth Lucille Photography The Sled Haus has been on my radar for several months, and I finally got there on the day that the season’s first snowflakes drifted from the sky. The Lead eatery’s façade …

At Home with Robb and Mary Schlimgen

At Home with Robb and Mary Schlimgen

By Denise DePaolo Images by Elizabeth Lucille Photography The moment Sioux Falls natives Robb and Mary Schlimgen laid eyes on the 1930s Cape Cod in the iconic McKennan Park neighborhood, they knew it was for them. “We put an offer …