The Laura Ingalls Connection

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

The Laura Ingalls Connection

Did you know HOD is located near Laura Ingalls Wilder’s homestead?  The Ingalls family moved to the De Smet area in 1879, at the beginning of the book By the Shores of Silver Lake.  Like many other settlers, free land brought the Ingalls family to Dakota territory.  The homestead can still be visited today!  Just outside our HOD Warehouse, cornfields can still be seen that look much the same as they did when Laura lived in South Dakota – though the size of the fields and the manner in which they are farmed has changed greatly!

Have a great weekend!

Come visit South Dakota!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Come visit South Dakota!

Did you know that South Dakota is a great state to take a family vacation? Come visit Mount Rushmore and enjoy the Presidential Wax Museum! If you are coming from the East, you can stop at Wall Drug for free ice water on your way through the “Bad Lands”! Here are a few links to check out if you are interested:

Calvin Coolidge meets South Dakota

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Calvin Coolidge meets South Dakota

Did you know that President Calvin Coolidge’s decision to make his summer White House in South Dakota back in 1929 kicked off a new industry – automobile tourism!* His stay coincided with the dedication of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills.

Have a great weekend! (And maybe come see South Dakota sometime! 😀 )

* From p. 355 of Coolidge by Amity Shlaes, copyright 2013.

Sioux Falls – a great place to live!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Sioux Falls – a great place to live!

Did you know that Sioux Falls, SD was ranked one of the top 100 cities to live in the United States by CNN Money in 2010? We live 18 minutes from Sioux Falls and we agree that it is a great place to live! South Dakota doesn’t get much press so when we do, we make sure that we let everyone know!
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Brrrr! Who’s ready for Summer?!

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Brrrr! Who’s ready for Summer?!

Did you know that it gets very cold here in South Dakota in the winter? On February 17th, 1936, McIntosh, South Dakota set a state record for the lowest temperature: -58 F. We haven’t gotten that cold this year (although we did get down to below -20 F. last week!) but we are all ready for some warmer weather!!

Have a great weekend!