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.
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
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
Click on the following site to find locations of modern powwow
Click on the following site for additional Native American
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.
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
A complete list is found at the following address:
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
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.
many South Dakota Public Broadcasting Stations are there?
South Dakota Public Broadcasting is
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.
||City of License
||near Long Valley
TV - Full Power
DTV - 17
Brookings - Hetland
DTV - 18
Faith - Eagle Butte
DTV - 25
DTV - 15
Martin- Long Valley
DTV - 23
Pierre - Reliance
DTV - 21
DTV - 26
DTV - 24
Vermillion - Beresford
DTV - 34
Follow this link to
cable Television Channel Assignments
How many episodes of Dakota Pathways will be produced?
SDPB TV produced 20 episodes.
||Rails and Other Roads
||Transportation and movement
||Stories from the Skies
||Myths, stories, famous flyers
||The Mighty ‘Mo
||The Missouri River influence
||East River, West River
||Farmers and Ranchers and such
||The First Hunters & Farmers
||Mammoth hunters & early Indian
||Mining Booms and Busts
||Mining in SD
||Water and Dust
||The droughts and floods of SD
||History and Legend
||Wild Bill and other tales
||People of the Bison
||Lakota, Dakota and Nakota peoples
||Headlines and Bulletins
||Newspapers, radio and television
||Blackboards and Computers
||Education history in SD
||Maps and Borders
||Changing borders of the region
||Big Towns and Little Towns
||Sioux Falls to ghost towns
||Sports history of SD
||Finding a National Voice
||Famous politicians & leaders
||History of tourism in South
||The Home Front
||At home during WWI & WWII etc.
||Cowboys of the Open Range
||Cattle ranching, the early days
||SD authors of fiction &
||A Dark Day
||Wounded Knee, the history
How long can I legally use a Dakota Pathway show after I have
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
if you have questions about other shows.
Feel free to contact
EdServices@sdpb.org if you have additional questions about
any of our shows.