52 - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sunday 9/18, we arrived in Sioux Falls, SD for an overnight stop on our way to Winnebago for service. Nothing to say for this trip as all we did was walk over to Camping World to pick up odds and ends and then ate dinner in the RV (Salad and Brats, hot sausage for me). The most exciting part of the day was monitoring the end of the Jets game on my phone and shocked that they came back from down 30-17 with 2 minutes left and won 31-30. Very little to cheer about as a Jets fan so I'll take that win!!!! 👍

So, I'll take this opportunity to tell you about South Dakota a state that Mike and Abby (and Dutchess) have been to many times for hunting.

South Dakota is in the North Central region and part of the Great Plains. South Dakota is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes, who comprise a large portion of the population with nine reservations currently in the state and have historically dominated the territory.

South Dakota is the seventeenth largest by area, but the 5th least populous, and the 5th least densely populated of the 50 United States. As the southern part of the former Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889, simultaneously with North Dakota. Pierre is the state capital, and Sioux Falls, with a population of about 187,200, is South Dakota's largest city.

At the 2021 estimate South Dakota's population was 895,376 on July 1, 2021, a 0.98% increase since the 2020 US census. As of 2000, the five largest ancestry groups in South Dakota are German (40.7%), Norwegian (15.3%), Irish (10.4%), Native American (8.3%), and English (7.1%). South Dakota has the third-highest proportion of Native Americans of any state, behind Alaska and New Mexico.

Agriculture has historically been a key component of the South Dakota economy. Although other industries have expanded rapidly in recent decades, agricultural production is still very important to the state's economy, especially in rural areas. The five most valuable agricultural products in South Dakota are cattle, corn (maize), soybeans, wheat, and hogs.[121] Agriculture-related industries such as meat packing and ethanol production also have a considerable economic impact on the state. South Dakota is the sixth leading ethanol-producing state in the nation.

The world’s only Corn Palace is in Mitchell, South Dakota. The Palace is made from over 3,500 bushels of corn.

- The cow-to-person ratio in South Dakota is the highest in the nation. - There are more cows than people in South Dakota.

South Dakota is where the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex’s skeleton was found.

- The official state bird of South Dakota is the Chinese ring-necked pheasant.

The coyote is the official state animal of South Dakota and the mascot of the University of South Dakota.

- South Dakota’s state beverage is milk (the same can be said about 21 other US states).

- South Dakota produces more sunflowers than any other state, including “The Sunflower State” (Kansas). North Dakota comes in second place.

Strange laws in South Dakota

- It’s against the law for horses to go into fountains unless they’re wearing pants. 🤣

- To lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory is against the law. 🤷‍♀️

- It’s against the law to create static in Huron. 😜

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