Hardball Trivia: Questions and Answers
(Check each day for the previous day's answer)
sept. 19, 2017: invented in sd, it's called the door-hickey. what is it, and where was it invented? answer:
sept. 18, 2017: there are three geographical formations in SD smaller than canyons with many of the same features. two in Western SD, one in eastern sd. where is the one in eastern sd, and what is its' name? answer: big coulee west of Wilmot.
sept. 14, 2017: fall river county has one, harding county has two, and perkins county has one creek that all have the same name. what's that name? answer:
sept. 13, 2017: which restaurant within 50 miles of watertown, disassembled their bowling alley and made tables out of it? answer: charger café in Hayti.
sept. 12, 2017: reptile gardens got off to a slow start, until the founder added a new, dangerous attraction. What was it? answer: alligator wrestling.
sept. 11, 2017: during the tough times of the 30's and 40's the state of sd relied on homestake gold mine to weather the storm. there was one buyer for homestake gold. Name that buyer? answer: US Government
Sept. 8, 2017: who was the first south Dakotan to be inducted into the major league baseball hall of fame? answer: sparky anderson
sept. 6, 2017: what is the name of the south Dakotan who battled moonshiners on the yankton Sioux reservation, and served as a bodyguard for calvin Coolidge? answer: al capone's brother, james.
sept. 5, 2017: How did joe Foss' father die? answer: he drove over a live electrical cable.
sept. 1, 2017: the cowboy's prayer, a famous poem often attributed to anonymous, was actually written by a south Dakotan. Who was it? answer: Badger clark
august 30, 2017: how many steps are there to the top of the crazy horse monument? answer: 741
august 29, 2017: Josef Meier built a landmark in the black hills. what did he build? answer: the amphitheater for the passion play.
august 28, 2017: what month, day, and year was ground broken on the current watertown post office? Answer: may 23, 1975.
august 17, 2017: Aberdeen, Ipswich, Plankinton, timber lake, rapid city, and st. francis each had one. it no longer exists in any of those cities. what was it? answer: they all had "palaces on the prairie", similar to the corn palace.
august 15, 2017: it was called the greatest display of grain ever shown by any country. What was it, and in which sd city did it exist? answer: Plankinton grain palace.
august 14, 2017: what sd group played the kennedy center, and served up "pop rock with a punch" ? answer: kory and the fireflies
august 11, 2017: in the 1970's there was a spike in the opening of fast-food diners across sd. that cultural shift coincided with what change in families in sd? answer: mothers working
august 10, 2017: Thomas fawick did something that caused the biggest controversy for the state's youngest mayor. what was it? answer: he purchased the statue of david in Sioux falls.
august 9, 2017: canton sd used to have a college, what was it called? augustana
august 7, 2017: carrie nation, the crusader for prohibition, had a reputation for smashing drinking establishments. in Sd, she struck a deal with a deadwood bar owner to smash only what in his establishment? answer: cheap bottles of booze and mirror.
august 3, 2017: what is "searching for (or astride) the white mule"? answer: a book about prohibition in sd.
august 2, 2017: in which SD city is it against the law to cause static? answer: huron
august 1, 2017: in 1923, the state of SD constructed its' first what? answer: paved highway.
july 31, 2017: Gov. peter norbeck hired john kirkham to build what south dakotans had wanted for a long time. What did he build? answer: bridges across the Missouri river.
july 27, 2017: according to the SD State song, hail south Dakota, three things make our state grand. what are they? answer: health, wealth, and beauty.
july 26, 2017: in advertising for farmers to move to Sd, a phrase was coined. "the rains will follow the ______" it proved not to be true. Answer: plow
july 24, 2017: in 1902 one of the several last special events was held in SD, and president Theodore Roosevelt attended. what was that special event, of which many were called "the Last"? answer: Roundup
july 12, 2017: who was the runner on foot who in 1903 successfully defeated a young thoroughbred horse and rider in a 24 mile race from ft. Thompson to American creek? answer:
july 11, 2017: although pres. james Buchanan never had a strong reputation, he did something important for South Dakota. what was it? answer: he signed the documents creating Dakota territory.
july 10, 2017: before its' destruction, watertown business university was housed in a building called tarbell hall. who was it named for, and what did he do? answer: Dr. Herbey tarbell
july 7, 2017: before it was ellsworth air force base, it was named what? answer: weaver air force base.
july 5, 2017: in 1969 the FAA Honored the South Dakota aeronautics mechanic of the year. Who was it? Answer: Laverne Kramer.
june 28, 2017: in 1904 an eastern firm examined this mine, and offered the partners a certified check for $84,000 to buy it. one of the owners, who was very intoxicated, told them $100,000 or nothing. The deal fell through, and he died a pauper. what black hills mine was it? Answer: The comet mine.
june 26, 2017: starting on june 27, the combat raider schedule comes to SD. cattlemen have been warned about it, because of the star of the show. What is the star of the show? answer: B1 bomber
june 20, 2017: how many counties were formed by the first SD legislature? answer: 18
june 15, 2017: what is the number one complaint heard in treasurers office in South Dakota? answer: plates on trailers are too small.
june 14, 2017: give us the name of the first deaf person to earn a pilot's license in the US. Where is she from, and what is her name? Answer: Nellie willhite from box elder, sd.
june 12, 2017: smoke jumpers were used in SD starting in what year, and were phased out of service in what year? answer: 1959 and 1969.
june 8, 2017: what year did Wallace south Dakota have it's largest graduating class? Answer: 1959
june 6, 2017: lake area tech sold an airplane to fund the beginning of their aviation program. What airplane did they sell? answer: dehavilland Beaver.
June 2, 2017: what's considered to be the oldest works of man in SD? answer: the indian mounds.
may 16, 2017: name the city in NE south Dakota that was home to the last standard station in the united states to use the visible gas pumps? answer: crandall
may 15, 2017: only two states share a border completely and permanently marked. what are the markers made of, and how many of them are there? answer: SD and Nd have 720 quartzite markers along their borders.
may 12, 2017: hoven, Sd has a church that was built as a cathedral of the prairie, why can't it be called a cathedral? answer: they don't have a bishop.
may 11, 2017: the co-creator of the powerful anti-dandruff shampoo, selsun blue, is from which south Dakota city? answer: willow lake
may 10, 2017: how many times, including the Louisiana purchase, was the area of the united states that includes south Dakota claimed by a foreign country? answer: four
may 9, 2017: president Jefferson chose capt. Meriwether lewis, a cousin of George Washington, to head a party of explores to the Louisiana purchase. what position did lewis hold in the government? answer: Jefferson's personal secretary.
may 4, 2017: thousands of men and women traveled to tripp county to take part in the homestead lottery. one of those men lost out in the lottery, but later was elected to A high office. Who was he? answer: harry truman
may 3, 2017: someone from Deuel co. would meet you, shake your hand, and say "remember, I am your friend. Who was it? answer: e.w. weisel
may 1, 2017: who was the founder of Kranzburg?
april 28, 2017: What delicacy was introduced in Hutchinson co. in the 1880's? answer: Chislic from Russia.
april 25, 2017: this mine in the black hills was located by California joe and jack hunter. what was the name of the mine? answer: chief of the hills.
april 14, 2017: which association is credited with introducing aviation in SD? answer: sd stockgrowers assn.
april 13, 2017: in kingsbury county 1439 capsules of what were buried in 1961? answer: gold
april 12, 2017: what permit gave korczak ziolkowski permission to start crazy horse? Answer: mining permit
april 11,2017: what do the communities of Watertown, Hartford, hazel, Estelline, hayti, tea, and Humboldt have in common? answer: Locations of reliabank.
april 7, 2017: what was kyle evans' nickname? Answer: The singing troubadour.
april 6, 2017: a SD lawmaker is known for his black hat, friendly smile, and wheelchair. Who is he, and what put him in the wheelchair? Answer: Billie Sutton, who was injured in a rodeo accident.
april 3, 2017: the bank which eventually became reliabank was chartered as the farmers national bank of South Shore in what year? answer: 1920
march 30, 2017: what did congress do that caused many musical instruments to become obsolete, which then led to the creation of the national music museum in vermillion? answer: they created a new pitch level, changing the amount of vibrations in each of the notes.
march 29, 2017: who is the man in south Dakota who created the first mother's day? answer: Gov. Robert Vessey.
march 27, 2017: wounded knee, 1973, a building was burnt down. What was the name of that building? answer: Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
march 17, 2017: what is the name of the musical group who's mission is to bridge the gap between indian and non-indian cultures? answer: Brule'
march 16, 2017: in 1969 and 1970 which popular tv show filmed two episodes in the black hills? answer: gunsmoke
march 15, 2017: it started in 1912. It's called the biggest single-day event in SD. What is it? Answer: hobo day
march 14, 2017: it was formed in 1959 in SD. The engineers planned to work on government contracts, but it evolved. Ed Yost was the father of this industry. What industry was it? answer: Raven industries.
march 10, 2017: when Lawrence welk was hired to perform on wnax radio in yankton, what was the name of his band? Answer: the Honolulu fruit gum boys.
march 9, 2017: thanks to alfalfa and sweet clover, sd consistently ranks high in the production of what? answer: honey
march 8, 2017: how many steps are carved into the mountain, taking you to the top of the crazy horse monument? answer: 741
MARCH 6, 2017: vIC'S PLACE, tHE dEPOT, AND tACO tOWNE ALL HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON. wHERE ARE THEY, AND WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON? ANSWER: Vic's place is in Dimock, the depot is in Aberdeen, and taco towne is in vermillion. All of them are going to be inducted into the south Dakota rock and roll hall of fame this year.
February 24, 2017: who has been considered to be the state's premier historian? answer: doane Robinson
February 23, 2017: who gained fame for finding the largest gold nugget in the black hills? answer: potato creek johnny
February 21, 2017: when SD became a state, 92% of the residents were rural. how many years did it take for the urban dwellers to double? answer: 25
February 20, 2017: Gutzom Borglum set off a blast of dynamite to impress one person. Who was he trying to impress? answer: Franklin Roosevelt.
February 16, 2017: what couple is considered to be the mother and father of spelunking in SD? answer: herb & jan conn.
February 14, 2017: in SD, there is a former hospital turned beauty shop, turned women's clothing store, and now a private residence on the historic register, that is known by an unusual name. what is it called, and where is it? answer: the onion house in Delmont.
February 13, 2017: there is a college in SD that is known as the "college on Wheels". Which one is it? answer: augustana
January 26, 2017: ernest Lawrence graduated with honors from USD. They say he left his mark in vermillion by forming the first what on campus? answer: radio station
January 23, 2017: a public area in SD carries the same name as someone at kxlg. where is the public area, and what is it? answer: Faehn Game Production area, two miles west of Wallace.
January 3, 2017: the average what for South Dakotans steadily increased starting in 1889, and the trend reversed in 1950. what was it? answer:
December 28, 2016: his father wanted him to be a carpenter, but he went to law school. But, he quit after three years, and tried selling insurance, but was fired twice. he went on to run his own national business from SD. Who is it? Answer: Oscar austad - austad's golf.
December 27, 2016: in 1956, a movie premiered at the state theatre in Sioux falls. it showed actual footage of buffalo being shot and killed in sd. what was the name of that movie? answer: the last hunt.
December 23, 2016: where is the world's largest bee-keeping facility? answer: the adee honey company in Bruce, SD
December 22, 2016: how many years did it take to get electricity in the rural areas after the cities got it? answer: 50 years.
December 19, 2016: what did George t. mickelson do to a coyote? answer: named "tootsie" the coyote as the official state Coyote.
December 13, 2016: ba douglas was thrown out of work. what was douglas' purpose, and what brought an end to that purpose? answer: it was a steamboat that could no longer navigate the river because the bridge was too low.
December 12, 2016: what school in SD was known as the college on wheels? answer: augustana
December 9, 2016: in 1934 from January to may, sd had sixty of these reported. What was it? answer: dust storms.
December 8, 2016: sue Hendrickson found the biggest one of these ever in SD. What was it? Answer: A t-rex dinosaur skeleton.
December 7, 2016: in the early 19th century, promoters falsely claimed that the rains will follow the _____ in western South Dakota. Answer: the plow
December 6, 2016: two south dakotan's appear in one of wwII's most recognizable photographs. what is the name of the photograph? answer: gung ho!!
December 5, 2016: david ploof won more consecutive of what than anyone in the state of SD? legion baseball games.
December 1, 2016: in the steamboat era, how many steamboats were claimed by the Missouri river? answer:400
November 30, 2016: in 1876, henry smith, a minister, tried to clean up deadwood. What denomination was he? answer: methodist
November 21, 2016: in 1898, what happened to make the falls at Sioux falls flow more smoothly? answer: they shaved down some of the rocks.
November 18, 2016: where in Sd would you have to go if you wanted to actively take part in beseda dancing? answer: tabor
November 14, 2016: during the war of the outbreak, a man and 11 Teton Sioux young men rescued two women and seven children who had been taken captive at Lake Shetak, MN, by Santee Sioux. What was the name of the man, and what did they call the Teton Sioux young men?
November 11, 2016: why was dave deadrick chosen to be captain 11? answer: they flipped a coin.
November 9, 2016: who was the youngest mayor ever elected in Sioux falls, and how old was he? answer: rick knobe, 27.
November 8, 2016: in the 1930's the smallest county sheriff, Maurice nelson, was 5 feet tall and weighed 120 pounds. What county was he sheriff of? Answer: buffalo
November 7, 2016: a south Dakotan that was obsessed by getting rid of vermin got in trouble for his tactics. What was the vermin he was hunting? answer: rattle snakes
November 4, 2016: before Clarence hoel started the jackpine gypsies, what sort of business was he in? answer: he worked for an ice house.
November 3, 2016: the jackpine gypsies riding club held a meeting. that meeting is now a yearly event in SD. what is the event known as now? answer: the Sturgis rally
November 1, 2016: what is the name of the house where the ghost of Dorothy from the wizard of oz supposedly exists? answer: Easton castle
October 26, 2016: emil tucholke wore a fur coat for a professional photograph which was used on postcards for the celebration of what in 1961? answer: the 100th anniversary of the Dakota territory.
October 12, 2016: what was the act that congress passed in 1916 to specifically aid the cattle industry? answer: the stock-raising homestead act.
October 11, 2016: who was the south Dakotan that built the first cyclotron, and what was it? answer: earnest Lawrence. It advanced the science that made the atomic bomb possible.
October 10, 2016: in SD, who had the wisdom of Solomon, and the strength of atlas? answer: Dave deadrick as captain 11.
October 7, 2016: when was the last official benedictine mass held at blue cloud abbey? answer: august 5, 2012
October 6, 2016: an early manufacturing partnership was started by two local men just west of present day watertown. Who were the two partners and what did they make? answer: Arthur Mellette & john McIntyre made bricks
October 5, 2016: what percentage of manufacturing firms in SD are considered to be a small business: ANswer: 90 percent
October 3, 2016: in WWII there was a german pOW camp in SD located near which city? answer: nisland
September 30, 2016: in localities that did not have rail connections, communication with the outside world was maintained through what? answer: mail carriers
September 29, 2016: in what year did the SD State legislature enact a civil rights law which prohibited barring a person from any public place because of race, color, religion, or national origin? answer: 1963
September 28, 2016: in 1869 the bohemians colonized seven miles west of yankton. What was the name of that colony? answer: lake port
September 22, 2016: the first wetlands policy in America was written by a south Dakotan, who was he? Daniel Roberts
September 21, 2016: how many non-farm animal caretakers are there in south Dakota? answer: 550
September 19, 2016: Between 1919 and 1929, the number of business establishments in SD declined from 1054 to 615. but, value added rose from $17 million to $22 Million. One industry was responsible for 2/3 of the growth. Name that industry? answer: meat packing and processing.
September 16, 2016: what is the smallest county seat in south Dakota? answer: gann valley
September 9, 2016: in the 1930's a banker embezzled from closed state banks, and deposited the money in another bank owned by his family in platte. what was his name, and how much did he embezzle? answer:
September 8, 2016: the big stone canning company perfected machinery that made it possible to pack what? whole kernel corn.
September 7, 2016: it started in 1912, with 580 participants, the project carried on until 1946, and at that time, only two of the original group were still remaining in the belle fourche area. what was it? answer: belle fourche water district.
September 6, 2016: which sd city has a spot on the monopoly here and now edition game? answer: pierre
September 2, 2016: jewel cave is the world's third longest cave system, with how many miles of surveyed passage ways? answer: 120
September 1, 2016: what famous person rode in the 1952 hobo day parade? answer: Dwight D. eisenhower
august 30, 2016: who painted the mural on the back wall of the old Club 20, and where is the artist now? Answer: Debbie Bartron - Australia
august 19, 2016: before mt. rushmore was carved. The mountain had a name. what was the name of mt. rushmore before it was carved? answer: 6 grandfathers
august 18, 2016: in 1897, two thirds of the world's wheat passed through which SD city? answer: eureka.
august 11, 2016: what was the "festive steer king" east and north of rapid city in agriculture?
august 10, 2016: the cowbelles paid yearly membership dues. How much was it? answer: 50 cents.
august 8, 2016: in what year were the cowbelles of the south Dakota stockgrowers assn. formed? Answer: 1951
August 2, 2016: in early day south Dakota they were scarce, they were higher priced, more expensive to keep, less docile, and more likely to be stolen. What were they, and what were they replaced by? answer: horses by oxen.
August 1, 2016: in 1889 the ending of the territorial system ended with the exit of just one man. Who was it? Answer: Gov. Louis K. Church
july 28, 2016: the most important legislation passed in the 1883 SD legislature did what? Answer: moved the capitol to pierre.
july 27, 2016: creameries in the 1890's were modernized with a piece of equipment that eliminated the need for a skimming station. What was the new piece of equipment? answer: a separator centrifuge
july 25, 2016: the mortgages in the days of the settlement of the james river valley were generally $300, but due to bonuses, interest rates, commissions, and inspection fees, that mortgage often jumped to how much? answer: $400
July 20, 2016: Name the first city in South Dakota that had telephone service? Answer: deadwood
july 18, 2016: Teddy Roosevelt helped create an organization that brought together cattlemen to create a unified effort. What was that organization called? Answer: little Missouri stockman's assn.
july 15, 2016: when the tax started to create public libraries, which two SD cities were the first to start doing it? answer: Sioux falls and Aberdeen.
july 14, 2016: in 1887 SD passed a law permitting towns to establish a public institution, and collect taxes for their support. What was it? answer: libraries
july 13, 2016: the first Dakota territorial legislature had a nickname. What was yet? answer: the pony congress.
july 11, 2016: George w. kingsbury started a media outlet in south Dakota named what? answer: the Dakota union
july 8, 2016: in the late 1800's, when banks were being established, trading in gold dust vanished. Gold dust and nuggets were replaced by what currency? answer: gold coins.
july 7, 2016: congress provided funding for several counties in south Dakota to do something to offset the drought in the late 1800's. What was it? answer: dig wells
July 5, 2016: the organic act of March 2, 1861 gave something to south Dakota that remained in effect until statehood. What was it? answer: It created Dakota territory.
june 28, 2016: Chautauqua assemblies became very popular in the late 1800's in SD. One organization that organized these events began in 1891 and continued to 1933. what was it called? answer: lake Madison Chautauqua association.
june 27, 2016: in which city in SD, did the sheep breeders and wool growers Assn. start? answer: sturgis
june 24,2016: john f. Lindley was beaten. who beat him, and in what competition? answer: Governor - Nils boe
june 21, 2016: In 1887 they held the first one. It covered an area from Belle Fourche valley southward into fall river county. What were they doing? answer: rounding up wild horses.
june 17, 2016: in what year did the state of south Dakota create an organization to coordinate the activities of conservation in south Dakota? Answer: 1937
june 16, 2016: emmigration from south Dakotas rural areas, resulted in a trend toward what? Answer: larger farms.
June 14, 2016: present day Kennebec was formerly known as which city in South Dakota? Answer: hotch city
june 13, 2016: father pierre Desmet came from what country? answer: belgium
june 8, 2016: in the 1800's watertown and custer had competing manufacturers. what product did they make? Answer: paint
june 6, 2016: how much was the Governor of SD paid for his salary in 1967? Answer? $18,000.
June 2, 2016: which south Dakota political leader had no say in the matter, but the black hills gold rush was a major political problem for him? Answer: Gov. Pennington
may 31, 2016: Erasmus and john deffebach were among the first to arrive in the Dakota territory, and make a lot of money doing what? Answer: Raised beef
may 27, 2016: When did the first railway train arrive in Rapid city? Answer: July 4, 1886
may 24, 2016: during the civil war, there was a national draft, but it did not apply to the Dakota territory, why not? answer: They already had enough volunteers.
may 20, 2016: what city in SD sold about 200,000 trees on a single day in 1885? answer: redfield
may 19, 2016: What president put a stop to unfair land-swindlers in South Dakota? answer: grover Cleveland.
MAY 13, 2016: THE 1933 sd LEGISLATURE VOTED TO GET OUT OF THE COAL BUSINESS BECAUSE THE COAL PRICE WAS SO LOW. SO THEY SOLD THE STATE-OWNED COAL MINE. hOW MUCH DID THEY SELL IT FOR? ANSWER: $5500
may 12, 2016: the building that formerly housed cave supply and the pit stop in uptown watertown used to be a hotel. What was the name of the hotel? Answer: the arcade.
may 10, 2016: Two small businesses, the foto pla, and the idle hour, were located in what south Dakota city and what were they? answer: Theatres in watertown.
may 9, 2016: five creeks in south Dakota start with the same first word, what is it? Answer: sand
may 6, 2016: it's illegal to do this in a cheese factory in South Dakota, what is it? Answer: fall asleep.
May 5, 2016: miller boy scout lake is near which south Dakota city? answer: huron
May 4, 2016: In the state of south Dakota there is a new housing development called wildlife estates. where is it located? answer: clear lake
mAY 3, 2016: ON THE DEUEL COUNTY COURTHOUSE LAWN THERE IS A TREE PLANTED IN A CERTAIN TYPE OF SOIL MAKEUP. wHERE DID THE SOIL COME FROM? ANSWER: A BIT OF SOIL FROM EVERY COUNTY IN THE STATE.
April 28, 2016: A man named Jeremiah Milbank gave a $15,000 gift to a budding city... What was the city, and what was the gift? Answer: to build a church in Milbank.
APRIL 27, 2016 : wHAT WAS Sherwin Linton's FIRST BAND called? aNSWER - tHE FENDER BENDERS.
April 22, 2016 : Question- Watertown and Mitchell were formerly Sub-Bases to What Mother Base? Answer: Sioux City
April 26, 2016: Question: In December 1874, Congress Passed a Law to Allow Settlers to Absent from their Homestead until July. What was the reason for That? Answer: Grasshoppers