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Frequently Asked Questions

How much money do visitors spend each year in South Dakota?

In 2004, visitors spent more than $750,000,000 in South Dakota and there was an economic impact of $1.88 billion across the state. Click on the following site for more information. http://www.mediasd.com/press/show_press.asp?PRID=318

Does South Dakota rank first in the production of corn?

According to the Department of Agriculture, South Dakota ranks sixth in the production of corn. In 2004 South Dakota did rank first in the production of bison. Click below to view more South Dakota products. http://www.state.sd.us/doa/rank/

Did Sioux City, Iowa have a corn palace before Mitchell, SD?

Yes, Sioux City built a corn palace each year from 1887 – 1891. Mitchell’s first corn palace was built in 1892. Click on the site below for more information.

Are traditional powwows still used by Native Americans today?

Yes, traditional powwows are still celebrated today. There are celebrations held across the State of South Dakota in which South Dakota residents and visitors from around the world can enjoy the exciting ceremony.

Click on the following site to find locations of modern powwow ceremonies: http://www.drumhop.com/sdpowwow.html 
Click on the following site for additional Native American attractions: http://www.attatribal.com/attatribal2/index.htm

Can I cut down a Christmas tree while traveling through the Black Hills National Forest?

Yes you can, but you must have a valid permit. Click on the site below for more information. http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/blackhills/passes/information.shtml

My dad and I love to fish and we were wondering what is the biggest fish ever caught in South Dakota?

This is a hard question to answer because there are different species of fish found in South Dakota. For example the largest paddlefish was 120lbs and 12 oz. The largest recorded red shiner was 0.044 oz.

A complete list is found at the following address: http://www.sdgfp.info/Wildlife/fishing/Info/StateRecords.htm

I do not want to travel to California because they have earthquakes. Has South Dakota ever had an earthquake?

According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources there have been many earthquakes in South Dakota. As of January 2004, South Dakota has had 79 recorded earthquakes.

South Dakota is a long state with many tourists. How many miles do vehicles travel in South Dakota each year?

According to the Department of Transportation, over 8.4 billion miles of travel took place in 2003. The 8.4 billion miles of travel took place on the 83,609 miles of roads in South Dakota.


When are the Dakota Pathways shows aired on SDPB?

Throughout the school year Dakota Pathways will air on Mondays and Fridays from 2:15pm – 2:30pm CT. Also, we air Dakota Pathways during the overnight schedule. The overnight schedule can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.sdpb.org/ , in our monthly SDPB Magazine, or in our weekly education newsletter. You can receive the SDPB Magazine by calling our Friends Office at (1-800-333-0789). If you are interested in receiving our weekly newsletter contact our office at EdServices@sdpb.org .

What age group is Dakota Pathways designed for?

Originally, the show was designed for South Dakota 4th graders; although, Dakota Pathways is enjoyed by people of all ages.

How many South Dakota Public Broadcasting Stations are there?

South Dakota Public Broadcasting is
South Dakota's statewide public broadcasting network. SDPB is vital community resource producing and broadcasting high-quality, commercial-free programs and valuable community outreach projects that educate, enlighten and entertain.


Call Sign Frequency City of License Transmitter Site Air Date
KUSD-FM 89.7 mHz Vermillion near Beresford October 1967
KESD-FM 88.3 mHz Brookings  near Hetland July 1967
KBHE-FM 89.3 mHz Rapid City Rapid City March 1984
KTSD-FM 91.1 mHz Reliance near Reliance February 1984
KDSD-FM 90.9 mHz Pierpont near Pierpont April 1984
KQSD-FM 91.9 mHz Lowry near Lowry June 1988
KPSD-FM 97.1 mHz Faith near Faith June 1989
KZSD-FM 102.5 mHz Martin near Long Valley July 1991
KCSD-FM 90.9 mHz Sioux Falls Sioux Falls July 1985


TV - Full Power Transmitters   

Aberdeen KDSD-TV Channel 16 DTV - 17
Brookings - Hetland KESD-TV Channel   8 DTV - 18
Faith - Eagle Butte KPSD-TV Channel 13 DTV - 25
Lowry KQSD-TV Channel 11 DTV - 15
Martin- Long Valley KZSD-TV  Channel   8 DTV - 23
Pierre - Reliance KTSD-TV  Channel 10 DTV - 21
Rapid City KBHE-TV Channel   9 DTV - 26
Sioux Falls KCSD-TV Channel 23 DTV - 24
Vermillion - Beresford KUSD-TV  Channel   2 DTV - 34

Low Power Translators

Aberdeen Channel 7
Belle Fourche Channel 19
Edgemont Channel 64
Mitchell Channel 9
Pringle Channel 55
Pine Ridge Channel 6
Spearfish Channel 4
Wagner Channel 55
Wasta Channel 13

Follow this link to cable Television Channel Assignments

How many episodes of Dakota Pathways will be produced?

SDPB TV produced 20 episodes.

Program Number Title Subjects
101 Rails and Other Roads Transportation and movement
102 Stories from the Skies Myths, stories, famous flyers
103 The Mighty ‘Mo The Missouri River influence
104 East River, West River Farmers and Ranchers and such
105 The First Hunters & Farmers Mammoth hunters & early Indian life
106 Mining Booms and Busts Mining in SD
107 Water and Dust The droughts and floods of SD
108 History and Legend Wild Bill and other tales
109 People of the Bison Lakota, Dakota and Nakota peoples
110 Headlines and Bulletins Newspapers, radio and television
111 Blackboards and Computers Education history in SD
112 Maps and Borders Changing borders of the region
113 Big Towns and Little Towns Sioux Falls to ghost towns
114 Playing Games Sports history of SD
115 Finding a National Voice Famous politicians & leaders
116 On Vacation History of tourism in South Dakota
117 The Home Front At home during WWI & WWII  etc.
118 Cowboys of the Open Range Cattle ranching, the early days
119 Telling Stories SD authors of fiction & non-fiction
120 A Dark Day Wounded Knee, the history

How long can I legally use a Dakota Pathway show after I have taped it?

All of the Dakota Pathways episodes are produced by SDPB. You have unlimited educational rights to use these programs. So enjoy them for years. Note: Some of the shows we air are not produced by SDPB and only have rights for a year. Please email EdServices@sdpb.org  if you have questions about other shows.

Feel free to contact EdServices@sdpb.org  if you have additional questions about any of our shows.

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