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The Black Hills: Legends of America


Rising from the Great Plains of South Dakota are a small, isolated mountain range that is steeped in Native American history.  Inhabited by Native Americans since around 7,000 BC, the Black Hills have an interesting and controversial place in American History.  History and Evolution The Black Hills have been inhabited by the Lakota (otherwise known as Sioux) since the 18th century, when they all drove out all pre-existing tribes.  Needless to say, the Lakota were not happy


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Deadwood: A Classic South Dakota Treasure


Emerging in popularity due to the HBO show of the same name, Deadwood, South Dakota is a quintessential piece of the Old West.  It is a Natural Historic Landmark District, and has over 1,200 citizens living there today. Welcome to Deadwood Named for the dead trees found in its gulch, Deadwood is the county seat of Lawrence County, South Dakota.  Its origins are currently in dispute, as the Lakota Native American tribe is claiming ownership of


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Off the Beaten Path in South Dakota: Part Two


Here are more of the stranger attractions in South Dakota:  not just another prairie state! Cosmos Mystery Area Located in Rapid City, the Cosmos Mystery Area is a place where one can defy gravity- then buy a mug to prove they were there.  Here, people shrink and grow, things veer off course, and the laws of gravity are stretched thin.  Tour guides bring you to a shack, and the last half of the journey is all


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Off the Beaten Path in South Dakota (Part 1)


Like many states, South Dakota is home to some stranger attractions. Porter Sculpture Park Located in Montrose, South Dakota, this is the dream of artist Wayne Porter and his quirky sculptures.  Inspired by working in a blacksmith’s shop, Wayne has been sculpting from metal since age 12.  He wanted everyone to enjoy his sculptures, most of which are made of junk metal from scrap yards.  Wayne focuses on animals, and other objects that reflect his life growing up


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South Dakota: An Overview


The state of South Dakota has over 820,000 citizens.  South Dakota has its heritage within the roots of Native American culture, but also has French roots. The state is typically divided into 4 regions. The Western Region The Western region of South Dakota is typically referred to as Black Hills, Badlands, and Lakes Region of the state. It holds one of the largest concentrations of parks, monuments and caves in the Midwest.  The Black Hills are


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Staying happy and healthy is the first step in being successful. Check out articles that will keep you in shape, and on the top of your game.

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Chapped Lips? Tips to Obtain Kissable Tips Today


Skin always bears the brunt of the climate, attacked by sun, wind, cold and dry air. Lips, made of mucous membranes, have thin surface layers and are vulnerable to all of the above much more than the skin, which we usually protect with creams and lotions. Research shows that we lose 10 times more moisture through the lips than anywhere else in the body. Lips are very easily dehydrated and dried by the winter


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Don’t Pollute Your Heart!


A recent study shows that a week spent in polluted air can raise the risk of heart attack. This extra risk provided is less compared to other major factors like high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes. The additional risk provided by pollution is significant as more and more people are being exposed to air pollution. This study clearly shows that controlling the quality of air is very important to improve public health, says Hazrije Mustafic


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Eating is Influenced by your Companion


A new study has shown that eating behavior of a person is influenced by the partner with whom you are eating. People who eat together tend to mimic each other taking bites at the same time. This characteristic is called behavioral mimicry, the process in which a person unwittingly imitates the behavior of another person. Such an influence may have significant implications in the health and well being of the


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