Blog - Simply South Dakota

  • Schmeckfest: It’s all about German Heritage

    March 12th, 2015

    Schmeckfest: It’s all about German Heritage Schmeckfest has become an annual tradition for our family. There is so much to see - and taste. The whole festival revolves around an authentic German meal that is served family style at table after table covered in red-checked tablecloths...Over the years many things have been added to the festival, including ethnic handicrafts and culinary arts demonstrations. Read More
  • 10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

    January 15th, 2015

    10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues The best way to beat the blues this winter is to get out and find some fun activities. If you can’t enjoy the winter outdoor experience, there is always some indoor options available as well. Here you will find a little bit of both to choose from. Winter will pass faster and much more enjoyably if you plan a winter season adventure. Read More
  • Fall Is For Festivals

    September 4th, 2014

    Fall Is For Festivals Since the cooler temperatures are inevitable in Southeast South Dakota, we find ways to turn the season into a celebration. There are alot of festivals that do just that, most of them revolving around harvest since that is the main event in rural communities this time of year. Most weekends throughout September and October are jam packed with fun fall events. Read More
  • South Dakota Birding Festival

    April 1st, 2014

    South Dakota Birding Festival One of the highlights of last year’s festival was the Bird Banding Workshops. Not being an early riser by nature, it was tough rolling out of bed in time to get to the Lake Andes Wildlife Refuge by 6:30 am, but it was so worth it. ... The birds that have been caught are carefully removed from the net, then measured, weighed and banded. ... It is just thrilling to see these amazing little creatures so close up. Read More
  • Good Earth State Park: Natural Beauty and History Preserved For Future Generations

    September 26th, 2013

    Good Earth State Park: Natural Beauty and History Preserved For Future Generations I recently spent an afternoon exploring South Dakota’s first new State Park in 40 years, Good Earth at Blood Run. There was little to identify it as a state park beyond the signs leading us to the park which is located just a few miles southeast of Sioux Falls. Right now it is completely undeveloped aside from some rustic trails, a few picnic tables and vault toilets, but to me this is the charm of it. Read More