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WikiProject South Dakota (Rated NA-class)
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I added highways to every county.--MNAdam 20:12, 5 November 2006 (UTC)

Possible way of addressing the weakness of articles[edit]

Something some other projects have done is not to try to get a collaboration within a set period of time, but rather for the members of the project to decide which articles they consider to be of top importance to the project, and then let them free to try to bring those articles up as they have the opportunity. I wonder if that sort of thing might work here. Given the comparitively small number of articles tagged with the project banner, I think maybe 25 could be the number of articles to shoot for trying to improve the first "round". It might also get a few more people to work on those articles, if the banner indicated their priority. Thoughts? Badbilltucker 01:48, 17 November 2006 (UTC)

Yes we need to get priorities.Spiesr 16:25, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

Yankton College[edit]

Was Yankton College really the first liberal arts college west of the MISSISSIPPI River? Should that be the MISSOURI River? (The reason I ask is that I can think of one liberal arts college in Iowa that was established in 1846...) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 16:51, November 18, 2006

Oahe Dam[edit]

Wikified Oahe Dam article. Is it enough to update the stub tag? Also, not sure what to do with the section I labeled "Native American Displacement." I think it's relevant info, I just don't know how to begin. Thoughts? Sculptorjones 02:12, 29 November 2006 (UTC)

Pages expanded/enhanced[edit]

I substantially expanded the content for Karl Earl Mundt and removed the "stub" tags from the article, but not the Talk page. Does someone want to review the article now? --orlady 04:02, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Origin of "Revillo"[edit]

I grew up in Milbank, just down the road from Revillo, and "everyone knew" that the origin of the town's name was "Olliver" spelled backwards. Always found this particulary unusual...I can't find a reference online, but would any of you project members at Northern have access to a hard copy reference? (I live in Nebraska.) RJASE1 19:26, 7 December 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia Day Awards[edit]

Hello, all. It was initially my hope to try to have this done as part of Esperanza's proposal for an appreciation week to end on Wikipedia Day, January 15. However, several people have once again proposed the entirety of Esperanza for deletion, so that might not work. It was the intention of the Appreciation Week proposal to set aside a given time when the various individuals who have made significant, valuable contributions to the encyclopedia would be recognized and honored. I believe that, with some effort, this could still be done. My proposal is to, with luck, try to organize the various WikiProjects and other entities of wikipedia to take part in a larger celebrartion of its contributors to take place in January, probably beginning January 15, 2007. I have created yet another new subpage for myself (a weakness of mine, I'm afraid) at User talk:Badbilltucker/Appreciation Week where I would greatly appreciate any indications from the members of this project as to whether and how they might be willing and/or able to assist in recognizing the contributions of our editors. Thank you for your attention. Badbilltucker 22:02, 29 December 2006 (UTC)

County articles need work[edit]

The county articles in South Dakota need work. They aren't using the standard infoboxes:

I have added "infobox needed" banners to all relevant articles, discussing the need for both of these changes. /Timneu22 20:21, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

New articles[edit]

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Historical Listings of South Dakota Legislators[edit]

I've been working on a historical table listing members of the South Dakota Senate from 1889 to the present. Anyone interested can take a look at it in my sandbox. The information was pulled from the South Dakota Legislative Research Council and the 2005 South Dakota Blue Book published by the Secretary of State. Note that there is a blank table for the House, as I haven't quite gotten that far yet. I think the article has merrit, as other states have complete or almost-complete lists of their respective state legislatures (see Members of the California State Legislature). I think an article such as this would improve South Dakota articles, particularly since several former state legislators already have articles due to them being later elected governor or congressman. There is also sufficient information to be found in libraries to generate at the least stub-based articles for former state legislators.

My reason for posting this is to check with the group on a preference for where to place table in the main article space. There is already a List of Members of the South Dakota State Senate which is currently a redirect to the South Dakota State Legislature article. My thought is the article could go under Members of the South Dakota State Senate, with the current "List of" redirect moved to point to that new article. I would do the same with Members of the South Dakota State House of Representatives once I find the time to start that project. If no one has any serious objections to this approach, I will make the change.Dcmacnut 03:28, 13 June 2007 (UTC)

  • One comment on how I have the Senate listing broken down. There are three separate tables to make navigation easier. I selected the yearly cutoffs based on where redistricting resulted in a clean break in senate terms so there would be no overlap.Dcmacnut 03:28, 13 June 2007 (UTC)
    • Update: Article added.Dcmacnut 19:41, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

Governor question[edit]

You have an early 1900s governor of SD whose article is currently at the title Robert S. Vesey, with one s in his surname, but the body text refers to him as Vessey with a double s, and the overwhelming majority of links to his article are also spelled double-s Vessey. As there's now also a Robert Vessey in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, could somebody clarify how your former governor's name should be spelled, so that we can make whatever link corrections and/or disambiguations are needed? Thanks. Bearcat (talk) 22:00, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

  • I checked the history and saw that it was moved from Robert S. Vessey by User talk:Kid Baxter who doesn't have any contribs beside moving the article, so I moved it back to match everything else. Spiesr (talk) 14:33, 19 November 2007 (UTC)
Okay. I'm going to dab the Canadian one, then, since a state governor is certainly more important than, and hence gets title precedence over, an MLA. And going by the sole comment on Kid Baxter's talk page, regarding the copyright status of a photo of the Canadian Vessey's caucus mate Cynthia Dunsford, it's pretty clear to me now that the move was a misguided disambiguation attempt. Bearcat (talk) 18:11, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

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Sioux Falls Uprising of 1923[edit]

All sources for the above South Dakota-related article are off-line, and my on-line research finds nothing to verify this event. The one url cited in the article is not working. The only links found doing a google search are to a piece done by comedian, Stephen Colbert, in 2007. This link ( suggests the whole thing may have been a spoof/hoax. See also this link ( to a Colbert related site, also suggesting this is a spoof. Someone with access to the cited sources needs to check this out and determine whether this article is a hoax. If so, it should be deleted -- even though it is an entertaining story. Please report any findings to the article's talk page.Cbl62 (talk) 20:25, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

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South Dakota articles needing geographic coordinates[edit]

437 articles in Category:South Dakota articles missing geocoordinate data do not have geographic coordinates. Coords are useful for making the article appear on Google Maps & many other mapping services; and they allow our users to click through to see the article subject location on a map. There's a short guide to on how to add geocodes to articles ... it really is very easy to do. I hope you'll take some time to ensure that South Dakota is as well represented as it can be on wikipedia by fixing up the listed articles. thanks --Tagishsimon (talk) 00:49, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Some of the articles missing coordinates may be NRHP-listed places. It's easy to add coordinates to any NRHP article by adding the NRHP infobox, which comes in with coordinates already. There's a handy NRHP infobox generator tool supported by User:Elkman, at You just enter "SD" and any part of the name of the place, and it generates a cut-and-paste ready infobox, all filled out with the available info, usually including coordinates and a map image. doncram (talk) 06:02, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

Coming soon - GA nom for South Dakota[edit]

In case some of you watchlist this page and not South Dakota, just a note that I'm planning to nominate our flagship article for GA status in a week or so, and I've left a few comments at Talk:South Dakota about a couple of final proposals before the nomination. AlexiusHoratius 14:21, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

Now nominated; I don't know that there will be too much work to do when it's reviewed, but we'll see... AlexiusHoratius 09:28, 31 December 2008 (UTC)

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"People from" cat for the Dakota Territory?[edit]

Please see Category_talk:Dakota_Territory#people_cat.3F.Skookum1 (talk) 14:20, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

Article assessment criteria[edit]

I've been working on assessing the importance of some articles, and I don't know that our current importance criteria is too helpful (Top importance = Articles that are of utmost importance, etc.) I was thinking that it might be an easier task if there were clearer criteria to use. I had always kind of liked what Wikiproject North Dakota used, so I stole it and made it a bit more SD-specific, along with making a few changes based on my own POV and adding a few things. It can currently be seen at my sandbox. (This isn't meant to be that rigid of a guideline or anything, just something to help when doing article assessments. Also, the criteria I've put down so far isn't set in stone, changes are of course possible if someone has a major problem with a particular entry.) I was wondering what other members thought as far as the new criteria and whether or not we should adopt some form of it. AlexiusHoratius 10:35, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

Seems okay for the most part. Spiesr (talk) 17:20, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
OK, I went ahead and added the criteria to the assessment page. I also added a few things today that I had come across when tagging articles, like what to do with politicians and so on. (I figured mid for former governors, senators and congressmen, as well as current major state officials like the cabinet, and low for everyone else, like state legislators.) AlexiusHoratius 14:26, 14 April 2009 (UTC)
I noticed that National Register of Historic Places listings in South Dakota was tagged as "low" importance. I think it should be high or mid. It covers approximately 1500 places throughout South Dakota, which comprise most of the most important, preserved houses, archeological sites, public buildings and so on. I could understand rating one of the NRHP-listed places, on its own, as low importance, but not the list of all of them! doncram (talk) 02:50, 24 May 2009 (UTC)
Okay, I'll reassess it as "Mid". I actually had trouble making a decision on that one, as well as most of the other 'list' articles as well. On one hand, they often don't provide much information and few people are going to see them, but on the other, like you said, it could be argued that if many of the, say, river articles are assessed as 'high' or 'mid', then the list of all rivers should at least be 'high'. The day I did the articles beginning with "L", I thought to myself that I may have been going a bit too high with the importance ratings, so I guess I kind of over-compensated when I hit the articles starting with "N". AlexiusHoratius 03:54, 24 May 2009 (UTC)
...But I'm gonna put the recently-created "NRHP sites in X County" lists as "Low". AlexiusHoratius 04:07, 1 June 2009 (UTC)
Coughlin Campanile, among the NRHP listings in Brookings County (one of pics just added to list-article by AlexiusHoratius, thanks!)
I noticed u doing that at, for example, National Register of Historic Places listings in Lawrence County, South Dakota. I would hope that the wikiproject would choose to adopt these lists and develop them by seeking photos to add, and adding descriptions, and perhaps creating the individual NRHP articles too. This could be a great way to involve wikipedians from all over the state, as there are NRHP sites everywhere, and each one is individually wikipedia-notable. You say "they often don't provide much information" but I don't agree: they have addresses and coordinates already and fully establish what are the NRHP sites in every county. Also you say "few people are going to see them", well, that is perhaps a self-fulfilling prophecy. I am not meaning to argue, and I am not likely to become a member of this wikiproject or visit this state any time soon, but I think they should get at least Mid rating. And be adopted and developed!  :) doncram (talk) 05:59, 1 June 2009 (UTC)
Hmm, I'm still thinking "Low" for the county lists, sort of a state-wide importance sort of thing, but I'm willing to change it if other members want to. I hope I didn't sound like I was disparaging your work in this area, we all have our interests or niches, and I think that they are all important in helping build the encyclopedia, I just think that in this case, especially with county-specific things like this, state-wide importance is the most important factor. Anyway, I do think that the lists are useful to people interested in this area, and, like you said, taking photos of these places could be a cool task if someone wants to take it on. AlexiusHoratius 06:55, 1 June 2009 (UTC)
Okay, no problem. Thanks for adding some starter pics to National Register of Historic Places listings in Brookings County, South Dakota! doncram (talk) 07:18, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

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Assessment update[edit]

The no-importance category is now empty, meaning the bulk of the assessment work is pretty much done. Towards the end, I removed the project banner from around a dozen or so articles, most of them were about ships named for things in the state (although I kept USS South Dakota as I suppose it could still fall under the project's scope) as well as a few people and events in which the article made no mention of the state. I'll probably go back and re-assess a few things - I'm thinking about bringing some of the longer state highways and governors of Dakota Territory up to "Mid". On the whole, though, most of the work is pretty much complete. AlexiusHoratius 19:23, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

Courthouse Photos[edit]

I propose that photos of all South Dakota county courthouses be added to their respective article, and possibly the corresponding county seat article. This would serve to beautify the article and serve as a visual representation of the county. Help is needed adding them to their respective county pages by adding the following to the County Infobox template

|ex image = courthouse image filename.jpg

|ex image cap = xxx County Courthouse in xxxx, South Dakota

The following counties do not have courthouse photos. Contributors may want to cross them off once a photo is taken and uploaded. -- Ichabod (talk) 01:52, 13 July 2009 (UTC)

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The Journey Museum and Gardens[edit]

I have been working on the page for the Journey Museum and Gardens off and on for quite awhile but have come to a point where it needs either a serious overhaul or a massive edit to make it more NPOV and WP Museum Standards compliant to get it to the next step. At this point, I have no idea where to go with it. If someone would be willing to help me out a bit to either edit/fix it or point out what specifically should be done to do so, it would be very helpful. If I could just get someone to put a week's effort into it, I may be able to take it from there (unless of course someone would like to help beyond that :) Fact-of-the-matter (talk) 18:01, 10 August 2009 (UTC)

GA reassessment of Ghost Dance[edit]

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Photography resources[edit]

I've had some luck in the past few months finding South Dakota-related public domain photos on the Black Hills National Forest photo gallery, and recently started looking through the Library of Congress site and uploaded a few photos. I've looked through some of these but not everything, if any one else wants to check these for pictures there are the links. (For the LoC one, just enter something like "Sioux Falls, South Dakota" or something into the search bar.) Just make sure that they are either specified as having been taken by a government employee or published before 1923 (otherwise they aren't in the public domain - many of the photos on those sites are PD, but some are not.) AlexiusHoratius 02:55, 15 January 2010 (UTC)

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Mount Rushmore[edit]

It was brought to my attention a few days ago that the historical facts presented in the section Controversy in the Mount Rushmore article are questionable. I posted this on the discussion page but since I have not heard anything, I thought perhaps I should post it on one of the project pages associated with the article. Atuuschaaw (talk) 09:04, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

Since this article is semi-protected, I have a question about the peaceful takeover and renaming of Rushmore to Crazy Horse Mountain in 1970. According to what I have seen and heard, it was not only AIM members Dennis Banks and Russell Means, but also a group of United Native Americans led by Lehman Brightman. The 1970 NBC news video interviewing Brightman can be viewed here on Quanah Parker Brightman's YouTube channel. Quanah Parker Brightman is the son of Lehman. There are also photos of newspaper clippings posted on Quanah Parker Brightman's Facebook concerning the takeover. If necessary, I think I could acquire copies of the photos of the articles. Please let me know what the next step should be. Thanks! Atuuschaaw (talk) 22:45, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

South Dakota article to FA?[edit]

I think it's time to put in South Dakota for a FA candidate. What do you all think? Renaissancee (talk) 02:18, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

Although I'll defend that article's status as a GA any day of the week, it's still a long way off for an FA. Both the writing and sourcing are decent but not great, and they'd have to be great, as the phrase anal retentive doesn't even begin to describe the average FA reviewer. (I'm serious, it's ridiculous. I've never encountered anything that approaches the level of nitpickery at FAC.) Virginia is a recent FA and a good example to hold up against SD. I'm not saying don't work on it, I'm just saying know that it would be a monumental task to take on. An easier (and arguably more useful for our dear readers) task may be to take up another article of major importance to the state, such as Sioux Falls, Black Hills, or Government of South Dakota and expand and improve those to get them towards decent GA material. I started Culture of South Dakota a month or two ago and that could use a lot of expansion. Also, a lot of high or top importance South Dakota articles are really lacking - for example I'd give Sioux Falls about a C and the other cities Ds or Fs right now. AlexiusHoratius 03:15, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

List of high schools[edit]

I'm in the process of converting List of high schools in South Dakota to a sortable table, with columns for name, type, city, county, and mascot. The code used is simple enough if anyone wants to lend a hand. Also, I only know a few of the mascots off the top of my head, so if anyone could help add more of these go ahead. AlexiusHoratius 10:11, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

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New requested images page[edit]

Check out Wikipedia:WikiProject South Dakota/Requested images. It's basically a page for listing and discussing the really important stuff related to South Dakota that is still missing a photo. Feel free to add to it or amend it if you want. AlexiusHoratius 07:37, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

Template:South Dakota portal[edit]

FYI, {{South Dakota portal}} has been nominated for deletion. (talk) 04:56, 24 May 2010 (UTC)

This has now been replaced by {{portal|South Dakota}}. Thanks! Plastikspork ―Œ(talk) 01:41, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

FAR of Mount Rushmore[edit]

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List of United States federal courthouses in South Dakota[edit]

This list is largely complete, but has bits and pieces of information missing, and needs images filled in - any help in completing it would be much appreciated. Cheers! bd2412 T 21:25, 8 August 2010 (UTC)

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A consideration for cross project consolidation of talk page templates[edit]

I have started a conversation here about the possibility of combining some of the United States related WikiProject Banners into {{WikiProject United States}}. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please take a moment and let me know. --Kumioko (talk) 20:24, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

US Collaboration reactivated & Portal:United States starting next[edit]

Casliber recently posted a suggestion on the talk page for WikiProject United States about getting the US Wikipedians Collaboration page going again in an effort to build up articles for GA through FA class. See Wikipedia:U.S. Wikipedians' notice board/USCOTM. After several days of work from him the page is up and ready for action. A few candidates have already been added for you to vote on or you can submit one using the directions provided. If you are looking for inspiration here is a link to the most commonly viewed articles currently under the scope of Wikiproject United States. There are tons of good articles in the various US related projects as well so feel free to submit any article relating to US topics (not just those under the scope of WPUS). This noticeboard is intended for ‘’’All’’’ editors working on US subjects, not just those under WPUS.

The next item I intend to start updating is Portal:United States if anyone is interested in helping. Again this is not specific to WPUS and any help would be greatly appreciated to maximize visibility of US topics. The foundation has already been established its just a matter of updating the content with some new images, biographies and articles. Please let leave a comment on the Portals talk page or let me know if you have any questions or ideas. --Kumioko (talk) 19:28, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

Adding "Popular pages" to U.S.-related projects[edit]

A very interesting tool of the Wikimedia Toolserver is called WikiProject Popular pages lists. These lists are similar to project-related article lists like U. S. article lists used for generating assessment statistics. The Popular pages lists include the rank, total views, average daily views, quality and importance ratings for the listed articles. Here is the full list of projects using popular pages lists. An FAQ also is available at User:Mr.Z-man/Popular pages FAQ.

I recently added links to lists of popular pages as shown below to the U.S. Portal - WikiProjects box and the nominations sections for each of the selected articles boxes.

Portal:United States/Projects/Popular pages

Because this project was not included, I am bringing up the popular pages tool here. This tool makes it very easy to track three of four balancing dimensions when selecting articles for showcasing at a portal - quality, importance and popularity. When tracking the fourth dimension, topic, the related article lists tool (such as for U.S. article lists tool) also might be useful by filtering on categories of interest.

If you do decide to use this tool, feel free to update Portal:United States/Projects/Popular pages as well.

Regards, RichardF (talk) 02:43, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Featured portal candidate: United States[edit]

Portal:United States is a current featured portal candidate. Please feel free to leave comments. -- RichardF (talk) 02:43, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

June 4 - 5, 2011, additions to Bill Janklow[edit]

Some of the recent additions to the Bill Janklow entry seem to be taking it in a somewhat negative direction. Wikipedia's objective is to present a balanced, fair, neutral perspective, with additions made being backed up by verifiable references, valid and verifiable images and so forth. This becomes all the more important when the subject is a well-known public figure and when the nature of the additions is contentious, in dispute or, in some cases, incomplete. I ask and encourage editors to take a look at this entry, assist in cleaning it up, and assist in assessing the neutrality and accuracy of additions and references. Thank you! SWMNPoliSciProject (talk) 02:31 6 June 2011 (UTC)


It's summertime and a lot of people are probably planning trips to the Hills or other places around SD. Just a reminder that a lot of fairly important articles on subjects out there still lack good photos - stuff like main street/infobox photos for larger (or smaller) towns (for example Hill City and Spearfish, among many others. The lack of a good pic of Bear Butte is another obvious one.) Also, the current infobox photo for RC isn't bad but isn't great either. Pretty much anything with an article - rivers, towns, mountains, important buildings, etc. Let me know if people have questions about uploading photos here or onto commons. AlexiusHoratius 15:44, 16 June 2011 (UTC)

2011 Missouri River Floods[edit]

The floods article is need of some local expertise. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.Americasroof (talk) 20:37, 20 June 2011 (UTC)

Great Sioux Reservation[edit]

How many km2 were in Great Sioux Reservation in 1868?--Kaiyr (talk) 09:50, 15 August 2011 (UTC)

I haven't been able to find an area given anywhere - as they said on the reference desk you could get a rough estimate by eyeballing it - or if you want to add up the area of all counties in West River and add a bit for the piece in Nebraska, I suppose that would give you an estimate that's a bit more exact. AlexiusHoratius 17:49, 15 August 2011 (UTC)

Suggestion for WikiProject United States to support WikiProject South Dakota[edit]

Someone recently suggested that this project may be inactive or semi-active and it might be beneficial to include it in the list of projects supported by WikiProject United States. After reviewing the project it appears that there has been no significant activity on either the main project page or the talk page since 2010. Please feel free to contact me if there are any comments or questions. --Kumioko (talk) 01:11, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Speaking for myself, I'm rather opposed to this proposal for several reasons, some of which appear on WikiProject Montana's talk page. We don't have too many members, but I think we get along alright. Some of the activity I've noticed, such as the West Virginia icon being 'demoted' in favor of a huge US icon on the talk page of a West Virginia state highway, makes it seem as though the scope of WP:US is a bit too wide. While it's not a perfect example, WikiProject:European Union focuses on articles highly related to the European Union; it doesn't put a huge tag on the talk page of every village in Romania. AlexiusHoratius 06:11, 4 September 2011 (UTC)
No problem at all. I'll keep watching the page but Ill tentatively strike this one from the list of projects that want to be supported. On the West Virginia comment though the intent isn't to demote anything or to take over a project. Its simply a matter of trying to take care of the articles. In the next coupe months I think you will see a lot more effort in article improvement and communication rather than the infrastructure work that's been going on the last couple months. The icons were a problem I agree and they are much much bigger now and only slightly smaller than the WPUS logo. BTW this is only the most visible thing. Whats a little harder to see is all the work being done to build up the categories, the bots running through the articles doing various different things, adding things like to do lists, article alerts, automating the recognized/featured content across projects, etc. Take care and happy editing. --Kumioko (talk) 14:42, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

A couple suggestions for the project[edit]

Since this project does not wish to be supported by WikiProject United States I'll leave these suggestions here if anyone wants to take them for action.

  1. I found quite a bit of content containing South Dakota or , SD that isn't tagged for the project yet. I created a page for that here. There are quite a few redirects but there are a lot of articles as well. There may also be a few false positives but it looks pretty clean.
  2. The project doesn't currently track things like needing infoboxes, references or articles containing to do lists, etc. This will allow editors interested in that topic area to more easily focus there efforts.
  3. I also noticed that some content types (like FM) are not supported by the WikiProject template. That may be good as well.
  4. I created a subpage for the project to automate updates of Quality content using JL-bot. All you have to do is place it on the project page and the bot will automatically display the Quality content you want. The subpage can be found here.
  5. The project has a to do list here but its currently not linked to the WikiProject Banner template and I also recommend that's done.
  6. The project is currently receiving article alerts here but I couldn't find a link to that on the project page and that would also be useful for visibility of the projects content that is submitted for deletion or comment.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments or need help with implementing these items if desired. --Kumioko (talk) 17:24, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

WikiWomen's History Month[edit]

Hi everyone. March is Women's History Month and I'm hoping a few folks here at WP:South Dakota will have interest in putting on events (on and off wiki) related to women's roles in South Dakota's history, society and culture. We've created an event page on English Wikipedia (please translate!) and I hope you'll find the inspiration to participate. These events can take place off wiki, like edit-a-thons, or on wiki, such as themes and translations. Please visit the page here: WikiWomen's History Month. Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to seeing events take place! SarahStierch (talk) 00:36, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

Greetings from GLAM-Wiki US[edit]

Invitation to join GLAM-Wiki US

Hello! This WikiProject aligns closely with the work of the GLAM-Wiki initiative (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums), a global community of volunteers who assist cultural institutions with sharing resources with Wikimedia. GLAM-Wiki US is a new community initiative focused on organizing cultural collaborations within the United States. GLAM organizations are diverse and span numerous topics, from libraries and art museums to science centers and historic sites. We currently have a backlog of interested institutions- and we need your help!

1rightarrow.pngAre you interested in helping with current or future GLAM projects? Join→ Online Volunteers

We hope you'll join the growing GLAM-Wiki community in the US. Thank you!
-Lori Phillips (Talk), US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator
For more information visit→ The GLAM:US portal or GLAM-Wiki on Outreach

South Dakota's 1st congressional district - counties?[edit]

What were its counties between the 1912 and 1982 elections? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:22, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

I searched around on the internet a bit and couldn't find anything exact. (South Dakota's 1st congressional district has some clues, but isn't specific.) I know there is a really large atlas at many libraries that basically has maps for every congressional election. There's one at a library near me, I just don't have it in front of me. AlexiusHoratius 16:37, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

New proposal to be supported by WikiProject United States?[edit]

Besides my recent edits to the members list, this WikiProject's main page has been inactive since January. It's quite sad to see this WikiProject in such disrepair, especially since South Dakota is one of the most underrated states in the US. I noted that it was proposed that this WikiProject be supported by WikiProject US, and the proposal failed. I'm still new to Wikipedia and newer still to its community, but I suspect that if WP:US was a parent of WP:SD, it would bring in many more editors to aid in the development of SD articles. I have no record of the recent work that has been done on South Dakota articles, but I suspect that it's low. The state of some of the highest-priority articles in this WikiProject is appalling, to say the least. While we are a tight-knit community, and it is difficult to find sources out-of-state (especially when relying on a Google search), perhaps some more prospective editors would be willing to get this project back on its feet. Editors in nearby states also might have access to physical resources on South Dakota. South Dakota has a very rich history (which is what I deal with) and a unique culture that is often ignored. At the very least, a to-do list needs to be produced. Being a newbie, I haven't the foggiest idea how one would start a proposal to have WP:US support WP:SD. Thoughts? TCMemoire (talk) 00:01, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

Contact the US project and request that the group be "merged" into it. In circumstances like this, that would generally just mean the US banner would be used for SD articles. This state, like a lot of others, including Nevada and some others, has a bit of a problem in terms of lack of readily available sources to outsiders. If someone were able to get together a good list of reference sources on the state, and possibly those sources listed as among the best or most useful sources in those reference sources, that might be a good way to start in working on the content. Although not a listed member of this project, I would myself probably support such a merger, to the degree of using the common banner at least, because that also adds those articles to the US project's assessment list, which is probably more widely seen than this project's separate list. John Carter (talk) 02:52, 4 November 2013 (UTC)
Okay, thank you. Does that mean that, like WP:Nebraska, the US project would be listed first and then would say "This article is supported by WikiProject Nebraska"? (For example, what is shown on the Omaha, Nebraska talk page.) The list of references is an excellent idea; I will try to start one on the main page of WP:SD (unless there is a better spot for it), though I won't be able to complete it by myself. Thank you for your input! TCMemoire (talk) 03:55, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

Black Hills focus[edit]

I'm interested in Black Hills-related articles, navboxes, categories, and lists. While Category:Black Hills covers much of this topic, there hasn't been an effort to curate all things Hills-related into navboxes or other formats that help the casual reader explore and discover all of the information about this region. Black Hills-centric material helps readers in a way county-focused or protected-area-focused structures do not. The current status of my work is here:


The ultimate goal is Black Hills as featured article with A-level supporting articles. Runner1928 (talk) 00:16, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride 2014[edit]

You are invited to participate in Wiki Loves Pride 2014, a campaign to create and improve LGBT-related content at Wikipedia and its sister projects. The campaign will take place throughout the month of June, culminating with a multinational edit-a-thon on June 21. Meetups are being held in some cities, or you can participate remotely. All constructive edits are welcome in order to contribute to Wikipedia's mission of providing quality, accurate information. Articles within Category:LGBT in the Americas may be of particular interest. You can also upload LGBT-related images by participating in Wikimedia Commons' LGBT-related photo challenge. You are encouraged to share the results of your work here. Happy editing! --Another Believer (Talk) 21:03, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:48, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

AfD: Miss South Dakota[edit]

Please see: Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Miss South Dakota. Thanks, Ejgreen77 (talk) 19:43, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject X is live![edit]

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Hello everyone!

You may have received a message from me earlier asking you to comment on my WikiProject X proposal. The good news is that WikiProject X is now live! In our first phase, we are focusing on research. At this time, we are looking for people to share their experiences with WikiProjects: good, bad, or neutral. We are also looking for WikiProjects that may be interested in trying out new tools and layouts that will make participating easier and projects easier to maintain. If you or your WikiProject are interested, check us out! Note that this is an opt-in program; no WikiProject will be required to change anything against its wishes. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Note: To receive additional notifications about WikiProject X on this talk page, please add this page to Wikipedia:WikiProject X/Newsletter. Otherwise, this will be the last notification sent about WikiProject X.

Harej (talk) 16:57, 14 January 2015 (UTC)


Hello all! I was curious if anyone else thought it might be a good idea to make a (nonbinding) guideline on how all the individual US state WikiProjects should organize themselves, to help standardize them. I originally put this suggestion in the WikiProject United States talk page, so feel free to look there if you're interested. It's pretty empty though; basically all they said was to see what each of the individual projects thought about it. Please tell me if you have any concerns with this idea; hopefully we can find a way for everyone to love it! Also, I'm new at making proposals, so please forgive me if I do anything silly. :) Hope that you like this idea! JonathanHopeThisIsUnique (talk) 04:57, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Controversial issues[edit]

I have ran across several issues that affect multiple articles concerning South Dakota and there is almost no coverage in the relevant articles. In fact I have ran across only one that contained information that should be found in a comprehensive encyclopedia.
These are issues with much controversy, and almost no coverage withing Wikipedia. I just briefly looked concerning South Dakota, and the references are staggering, which would suggest there needs to be coverage and possibly "Controversy" sections in relevant articles. I suppose, unless it is not really a problem just "conspiracy theories", that it is important. If I missed content someone please point it out to me. It seems we have a lot of great advertisement articles, like the good article South Dakota, but there needs to be coverage on the "not-so-nice things in the world to keep us informed. Otr500 (talk) 13:15, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

Category:South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame inductees has been nominated for discussion[edit]

Category:South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame inductees, which is within the scope of this WikiProject, has been nominated for deletion. A discussion is taking place to see if it abides with the categorization guidelines. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the categories for discussion page. Thank you. RevelationDirect (talk) 00:24, 15 May 2016 (UTC)

Category:South Dakota Hall of Fame has been nominated for discussion[edit]

Category:South Dakota Hall of Fame, which is within the scope of this WikiProject, has been nominated for deletion. A discussion is taking place to see if it abides with the categorization guidelines. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the categories for discussion page. Thank you. RevelationDirect (talk) 03:19, 29 May 2016 (UTC)

Missing South Dakota Supreme Court Justices[edit]

Drafts have been created for dozens of missing South Dakota Supreme Court Justices at Wikipedia:WikiProject Missing encyclopedic articles/United States state supreme court justices#South Dakota. Please feel free to complete these drafts and move them to mainspace. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Cheers! bd2412 T 02:29, 21 August 2016 (UTC)