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Fun Facts About South Dakota

This past weekend, Al returned from a week long vacation from the “Mount Rushmore State” and he came back with a few interesting reasons you know you might be in South Dakota. I can’t say I know much about South Dakota, let alone say that I’ve even set foot in the state. However, Al’s blurb this morning about why you might be in South Dakota intrigued me, and one in particular stood out:

If the humidity is the same number as the temperature, you might be in South Dakota.

Even though humidity isn’t the most interesting of topics, I decided that I needed to study up on some more fun facts about South Dakota, and here’s what I came up with:


Most Notable



Believe it or not, many famous people walked the hills of South Dakota, some of whom I had no idea did. Tom Brokaw, among many others such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Hubert Humphrey, and Laura Ingalls Wilder all have South Dakota in their blood. Can you name more?

Photo courtesy of Flickr/givetoiowa
Photo courtesy of Flickr/givetoiowa


Don’t Forget to Follow the Rules



I’ve heard of some weird laws before, but none like these. Are South Dakotians actually expected to follow them? Do law enforcement agents know about these laws? They are definitely different…Here’s a few to wrap your head around:

It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.


Movies that show police officers being struck, beaten, or treated in an offensive manner are forbidden.


No horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants.

Photo courtesy of Flickr/jamesjyu
Photo courtesy of Flickr/jamesjyu


Yee-Haw Cowboy!



Rodeo, anyone? I never knew states had a “state sport,” but according to, South Dakota’s state sport is rodeo! Saddle up and ride, cowboy.

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Calimityjane
Photo courtesy of Flickr/Calimityjane


Hail! South Dakota



Let’s wrap up these fun facts with the state song, shall we? I do love a good ole Montana state song every now again, but it’s fun to switch it up and hear what other state’s songs have to say. This video comes complete with lyrics for you to sing along with


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