Fifties-Style Girl Group to Rock Back the Clock

By Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan
VERMILLION, SD- The Taffetas’ rendition of “Mister Sandman” will put you on Cloud 9.
But if “Mister Sandman” and other songs in The Taffetas’ “Musical Journey Through the Fabulous Fifties” put you to sleep, you could be cruisin’ for a bruisin’.
“The Taffetas” are a fictitious musical quartet modeled after the McGuire Sisters, the Fontane [...]

One Man’s Opinion

1:57 p.m. CDT: Black Sheep Coffee Shop, Sioux Falls

One man stood out to me as an interview prospect. His table was less than 10 feet from mine. I walked up to him, requested an interview, and he agreed, though hesitantly. His birth name is James Starkey, but he goes by Wanbli WiWohkpe, a Lakota name.
WiWohkpe [...]

Starting With the Two Daves

1:09 p.m. CDT, Sioux Falls:
After a voyage to find the office of Sioux Falls Mayor Dave Munson, we received a warm welcome. David Kranz, a well-known political reporter for the Argus Leader, gave me a firm handshake and welcomed me into the conference room.
Jim Cheeseman, multimedia news editor at the Argus Leader, asked instructor Kelly [...]

Last Hurrah?

Hillary Clinton made her final swing through southeast South Dakota, stopping in Yankton for a rally at the Yankton High School.

(Soundslide by Sarah Welliever, AIJI Staff)

AIJI Opens With Promise of Changed Lives

By Sarah Brubeck, Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan and Amelia Quiroga
AIJI Staff Writers
VERMILLION, S.D.—Gathered on opening night of the American Indian Journalism Institute June 1, students from 13 states and 16 native tribes were told by Jack Marsh, vice president for diversity at the Freedom Forum, “What you learn in the next three weeks will change your life [...]

A Day of Reflection

The town of Madison honored their military men and women who died in combat at a Memorial Day service.

Alexander Knight, DI Multimedia Scholar
Some Americans see Memorial Day as a vacation, because most adults are off work and children are out of school; however if you ask the brave men and women [...]

Memorial Day Blues

Thunderstorms sent the crowd running for cover at the annual Legends of the Blues Music and Arts Festival in Centennial Park.

Angelica Roberts, DI Multimedia Scholar
Spectators and organizers felt the blues from inclement weather during the 7th annual Legends of the Blues Music and Arts Festival in Centennial Park on Memorial Day.
The [...]

Even Vendors Get the Blues

Vendors working the annual Legends of the Blues Music and Arts Festival had a case of the blues when rain poured down and cancelled the event.

Erica Morrison, DI Multimedia Scholar
Not everyone is fortunate enough to take off on Memorial Day.
Darlene Davidson was hard at work at the Legends of the Blues [...]

Wives, Veterans Remember Fallen Companions

Memorial Day is about remembering and the town of Gallatin honored their fallen at the Sumner County Veterans Memorial.

Shivonne Foster, DI Multimedia Scholar
It wasn’t wartime combat that claimed the life of Ann Swaim’s husband. A staph infection and bladder cancer took the life of gun master F.E. Swaim years after he [...]

Military Honors

Thunderstorms delayed official Memorial Day services but many showed up at the Nashville National Cemetery to honor military men and women who died.

Ashley Slayton, DI Multimedia Scholar
Despite thunderstorms that forced the cancellation of a Memorial Day Service, friends and families turned up to honor their loved ones Monday at Nashville National [...]