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Stories about interesting South Dakota people, places, and things. New programs on the first Thursday of each month, September - May.

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  • Small town ingenuity has taken another form in downtown Redfield. Leo’s Good Food is a former bank building that has been repurposed into a restaurant, with the salad bar in the vault. And next door, a large retail space that stood empty for a while is now “Wild Roots”. Home to many small businesses not large enough for their own storefront.
  • Cyclone Flour was one of the brands distributed from the Redfield mill. A sack with the Cyclone design hangs from the balcony of the Spink County Mercantile. It’s just one of the seed and grain bags retired dentist and entrepreneur Clay Yeoman rescued. His collection marks an era when many small towns had their own local seed sellers and there was a golden age of Ag Country seed bags.
  • If you’ve seen Dances with Wolves, you may be able to spot Redfield's Stan Schultz. Stan and his son Nick have a passion for working with horses, which has landed them roles on the big and small screens. Their ranch near Redfield is where the father and son duo train their horses for Hollywood.
  • A third of the Carnegie Libraries built have been lost or repurposed. Not so in Redfield. This one is the oldest one in continuous use, as a library, in the state of South Dakota.
  • Tony is a saddle maker and he took the time to show what goes into making a good working ranch saddle before it gets broken in.
  • How many towns with less than three thousand population maintain a movie theater and an active community playhouse? Winner has established itself as a prairie hub for the performing arts. We visit the people who light up stage and screen at the Winner Community Playhouse and Pix Theater.
  • An appreciation for the outdoors is baked into South Dakota's identity. Winner is no exception. The rolling hills and open prairies of Winner are one of the nation's most sought-after habitats for pheasant hunters.
  • Moses Brings Plenty may be best known for his portrayal of “Mo” in the smash hit series Yellowstone -- which he compares to Dances with Wolves for the visibility it brings to Native America. He’s rode bucking horses, portrayed icons in historic documentaries and performed in the music group Brulé.
  • The foreclosure crisis hit main streets across America hard, but the rejuvenation of the main street is alive and well in Eagle Butte. We take a look at a business helped by the Four Bands business incubator program.
  • The Wolves Den boxing program Joseph Brings Plenty Sr. established in an old ambulance garage in 2002 encompasses much more than physical athleticism. Now in its 20th year of operating we talk with members of the club to see what’s in store for the future.