When Bill Barber began construction on a historic school building just outside of downtown Rapid City, he knew the project was more than just a unique remodel. It was an opportunity to breathe new life into a community. Originally constructed in...
Celebrate this weekend at Yankton’s 35th Annual Riverboat Days August 17-19. A lot of the events take place at Riverside Park, right next to the heart and soul of the town– the Missouri River. The three-day event draws in...
Whether you’re willing to accept it or not, summer is slowly coming to an end. With that, block parties, yard games, and fun in the sun are coming to an end, too. What better way to celebrate one last...
The Great Outdoor Store is a one-stop-shop to get everything you need for your next outdoor adventure. Locally owned and operated in Sioux Falls, the specialty store has been growing in size and selection since 1983. The GOS prides...

Come Visit: Custer

Greeting guests for more than 125 years, the oldest city in the Black Hills is full of great eateries, local brews, gift shops, outdoor adventures, and more. Here are just a few suggestions for what to do in Custer.  1,956 POPULATION BOBKAT’S...
The Black Hills and Badlands region of South Dakota is rich in history, especially Native American culture. American Indian tribes have lived on this land for thousands of years. By simply visiting this area, it is one of the best...
It’s been more than a year since the launch of the Urban Indianz Podcast through thesiouxempire.com, Robert Mehling’s podcast empire. Mehling produces six podcasts, and decided to get previous Sioux Empire Podcast guest co-host Gabriel Night Shield set up...
Born and raised in Black Hawk, Erika Ristau spent the majority of her childhood traveling the winding roads of the Black Hills in her dad’s CJ-7, hiking and collecting rocks. Now a barista, Ristau is still traveling, but from...
Summers are best spent traveling, and with its eclectic collection of galleries, artifacts, and exhibits, the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center will allow visitors to travel through time. Tucked into a bluff just north of the Capitol in Pierre,...
The Black Hills are one of the oldest mountain ranges in North America. The rich history, never-ending miles of trails to hike, the Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore memorials, and wildlife are just some of the alluring attractions that make...

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