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• Bird- Ringed-necked
Gemstone- Fairburn agate
Hail! South Dakota A great state of land,
Health, wealth and beauty, That’s what makes
She has her Black Hills, and mines with gold
And with her scenery, No other state can
• In South Dakota, did you know Mount
Rushmore had George Washington,
Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and
Theodore Roosevelt’s head are carved into
Mount Rushmore? South Dakota’s
Nickname is The Mount Rushmore state.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Hump Becky Norm Van
hrey Hammon Brocklin
South Dakota’s State sport is the
Rodeo. Rodeo traces it’s roots to
the old west when cowboys
gathered after a cattle roundup
and celebrated with entertaining
competitions to showing off their
horsemanship and roping skills.
It’s fast- paced action When the
cowboys get in the arena! They
compete in categories such as
calf roping,bull riding,steer
wrestling and saddle bronc
The Chinese Ring-Necked Pheasant is the state bird. It was
introduced to South Dakota in 1898 and is easily recognized
by it’s colorful imagery. It is also known for it’s delicious meat.
Since it is primarily a Midwestern bird, pheasant is considered
a delicacy in many other states.
The pasque is the state flower. It is also called the May Day
flower. It grows wild throughout the state, and its blooming is
one of the first signs of spring in South Dakota. A member of
the buttercup family, the pasque is a small, lavender flower.
The state animal is the coyote, a natural
predator of small game and rodents. The
adaptable coyote hunts the open prairies
and fields over the entire state, but occurs
in greatest numbers along the Missouri
River, its tributaries and in the Black Hills.
The Black Hills spruce, a member
of the evergreen family, is the
state tree. The pyramid-shaped
tree has short, blue-green needles
and slender comes.
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Who made the book series “The Little House On
Jackson 2. Matt Damon
3. Adam Sandler 4. Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 in a log
cabin described in Little House in the Big
Woods. As her classic Little House books tells
us, she and her family traveled by covered-
wagon trip with their daughter, Rose, to
Mansfield, Missouri. There Laura wrote the
classic Little House books and lived until she
was ninety years old From the readers point of
view however, she lives forever as the little
pioneer girl in the classic Little House books.
Becky Hammon is a basketball player for the New York Liberty. She is
their guard. She is 5 feet 6 inches. She was born on March 11, 1977.
Becky has an older brother, Matt and an older sister, Gina. She has a
golden retrieve named Trey and two rabbits named Grant and Griffey.
She enjoys hunting, fishing, water sports, playing softball and
recreational football, and going dancing, she also enjoys singing ,and
playing drums. She supports the group smart. This program helps
elementary students become involved in the community. She majored in
exercise and sports and science at Colorado University. She graduated in
In 1964 Billy Mills stunned spectators in one of
the worst upsets in Olympic history, when, is
virtually unknown, he outran the competition in
the last 100 meters of the 10,000- meter race and
took home the gold metal . He was born in June
30, 1938 in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Pine
Ridge, South Dakota. He was not only the first
of America to win that event but during that time
he made history with all his results he received
serves as the national spokesperson for the aid
organization Running Strong for American
Indian Youth . The movie Running Brave is
based on his life story.
Norm Van Brocklin
One of the greatest opening day performances
came in 1951 when Hall of Fame quarterback
Norm Van Brocklin of Los Angeles Rams threw as
a quarterback for a record 554 yards.
The mark still stands as the greatest single passing
effort in National Football League history.Van
Brocklin received the start that day when veteran
Bob Waterfield, also a member of the Hall, was
injured. The two quarterbacks were entrenched in
a cautious and crazy battle for the starting role.
The “Dutchman,” as Norman was nicknamed,
made the highest of his chances. He had more than
27 -41 perfect passes and tossed 5 touchdowns
which went to fellow Hall of farmer Elroy “Crazy
legs” Hirsch-en route to a easy 54-14 win, beating
the New York Yanks.
Marble balustrades, imitation marble pillars, stained glass skylights and mosa
oors lavish the rotunda of South Dakota’s state capitol in Pierre. Today,
his striking limestone structure looks much as it did when it was
ompleted in 1910 and is one of the most fully restored state capitols
n the United States.
Lewis & Clark Expedition from St.Louis to the Pacific.
The expedition passes through South Dakota twice.
While camped near the mouth of the Bad River in
1804. This was the first time the U.S flag was flown in
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A Senator from Minnesota and a Vice President of the United States; born in
Wallace, Codington County, S.Dak., May 27, 1911; attended the public
schools of Doland,S.Dak., where his family moved; graduated from Capitol
College of Pharmacy, Denver, Colo., 1933 and the University of Minnesota
1939; earned a graduate degree from Louisiana State University 1940;
pharmacist with Humphrey Drug Co., Huron, S.Dak., Louisiana State
University 1939- 1940 and University of Minnesota 1940-1941; State Director
of war production training and reemployment and State chief of Minnesota
war service program 1942; assistant director, War Manpower Commission
1943; professor in political science at Macalester College (Minn) 1943- 1944;
radio news commentator 1944- 1945; mayor of Minneapolis 1945- 1948;
elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1948; reelected in 1954,
and 1960 and served from January 3, 1949, until December 29, 1964, when
redesigned to become Vice President; Democratic whip 1961 - 1964; known
in the Senate as “the Happy Warrior”; chairman, Select Committee on
Disarmament ( Eighty- Fourth and served from January 20, 1965, until
January 20, 1969; unsuccessful Democratic nominee for President of the
United States 1968; resumed teaching at Macalester College and the
University of Minnesota 1969- 1970; chairman, board of consultants,
Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corp.; elected in 1970 to the United
States Senate; reelected in 1976 and served from January 3, 1971, until his
death in office; the post of Deputy President pro tempore of the Senate was
created for him and he held it from January 5, 1977, until his death in
Waverly, Minn., January 14- 15, 1978; chairman, Joint Economic Committee
(Ninety- Fourth Congress); unprecedented sessions of the House and Senate
Who is an athlete of my state?
1. Becky Hammon 2. A Camera
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The walleye is the state fish, as well as the well sought- after game fish
in South Dakota. National sportswriters who have fished the Missouri
River reservoirs and the Glacial Lakes now proclaim South Dakota the
“Walleye Capital” of America.
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The state gemstone is the Fairburn Agate, a semiprecious stone first
discovered near Fairburn, S.D. The stone is found primarily in an
Area extending from Orella, Neb., to Farmingdale, S.D. It is used in
jewelry and is a favorite of rock collectors.
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were held in his honor in October 1977, when he was gravely ill; lay in state in the
Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, January 14- 15, 1978; interment in Lakewood Cemetery,
Minneapolis, Minn.; after his death, he was awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom
on June 9, 1980.
• The Badlands takes you back in time. The
1880 Town is an authentic 1880 to 1920 era
town from buildings to their contents. The
displays and buildings range from Indian
relics from from the 1870’s to the fourteen-
sided barn built in 1919. Town Open daily
May thru October.
The triceratops, a horned
dinosaur of the late
Cretaceous period (
approximately 68 million
years ago), is the state fossil.
It was a vegetarian- eating
dinosaur and used its horns
for defense. Discovered in
Harding Country in 1927, the
skeleton is now on display in
the museum of Geology in
• The South Dakota flag features
the state seal surrounded by a
golden blazing sun in a field of
sky blue. Letters reading “South
Dakota, The Mount Rushmore
State”– the official state
nickname – are arranged in a
circle around the sun. The
official pledge to the state flag
is: “ I pledge loyalty and
support to the flag and state of
South Dakota, land of
sunshine, land of infinite of
variety.” The pledge to the flag
and to the state may not
preempt, replace or be recited
before the pledge of Allegiance
to the flag of the United states.
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• The state seal serves as a
symbol of life in South
Dakota. It depicts the
state’s diversity of
commerce and resources:
mining. It bears the motto:
“ Under God the People
Rule.” The seal was
adopted in 1885, four
before the state was
admitted to the Union.
• 1. Sheperd, Donna Walsh. “South Dakota
History Book” New Jersey: Children’s
2. Lepthien, Emilie U. South Dakota The
Beautiful New York: Children’s Press,
3. “America The Beautiful.” Grolier Online
Passport”. 2006. Online. http://0-go.Grolier.com