Hardball Trivia: Questions and Answers

(Check each day for the previous day's answer)

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:

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 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


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




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