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Was Laura Ingalls Wilder a young girl when she wrote the Little House Series?

For more information click on the following site: http://www.sd4history.com/unit5/notabledaklesson2.htm.

What is the difference between a fiction book and a nonfiction book?

A nonfiction book is based on true events. The author of a nonfiction book retells events as they happened in real life. A fiction book is based on imaginary events. A book can be based on true events but is fictionally enhanced to make it more interesting. Fiction books are commonly called novels.

What is the difference between an autobiography and a biography?

An autobiography is a story or book written about an author’s own life. A biography is similar to an autobiography but it is written by another person called a biographer.

Where would I find the Poet’s Table in The Black Hills?

The Poet’s Table is located somewhere in Custer State Park. The exact location of the Poet’s Table is a mystery.

For more information click on the sites below:
  – SDPB Radio archive – Poet’s Table

   - Hill City Chamber of Commerce

What is a memoir?

A memoir is a written account of a person’s life. A memoir is similar to a diary or journal except a memoir is written after the events have taken place. A memoir is a written account of a person's personal history while a diary is an ongoing record of the person's life as it unfolds.

Have any movies been produced which were based on books about living in South Dakota?

Yes, many South Dakota based books have been made into movies. For example, Oscar Micheaux wrote a book called The Homesteader which was made into a movie in 1919. The movie was about homesteading on a farm near Gregory, SD. The Homesteader was the first movie ever made by an African American in the United States.

For more information click on the following site:

I was with my family in Custer State Park. We came across a cabin called Badger Hole. Do you have any idea what the significance is of this cabin?

The cabin belonged to a famous South Dakota poet called Badger Clark. He wrote poems like "A Cowboys Prayer" and "A Ranger." Badger Clark wrote many poems in this cabin and the surrounding land. You can still visit Badger Clark's cabin today in Custer State Park.

Was Laura Ingalls Wilder a young girl when she wrote the Little House Series?

No, the first book of the series called "Little House in the Big Woods" was released in 1932. Laura would have been sixty-five years old in 1932.

For more information click on the following site: http://www.sd4history.com/unit5/notabledaklesson2.htm

Is Storybook Island found in Aberdeen, SD?

No it is not. Storybook Land in found in Aberdeen, SD and Storybook Island in found in Rapid City, SD.

For more information click on the sites below:
http://www.aberdeencvb.com/storybook.html  - Storybook Land

http://www.storybookisland.org/  - Storybook Island

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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