Rosie's Blog
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Rosie Smith.Rosie's Blog is written by Rosie Smith, Executive Director for Glacial Lakes & Prairies Tourism. June 25th, 2013   It's going to be a beautiful weekend of weather.  A great time to be traveling with your family and enjoying on of the many great events in our region of Northeast South Dakota.  Be sure to follow us on facebook and check out our event calendar on the homepage for event details and pdfs of event posters.  You're sure to find something to attend every weekend this summer.  From rodeos to BBQ fests to car shows to Pageants and plays, there is something for everyone to enjoy.     The fishing has been excellent throughout our region.  With the late start to spring, things are just beginning to green up on the lakes as the water temps are finally warming up a little.  Be sure to check out our fishing report for further updates as well as guide services, lodges, and resort information.  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)May 13th, 2013   We've started our Where's Rosie Pic $50 gas card giveaways on Facebook this week.  Be sure to like our page and comment and name the picture to win.  Drawings will be held on Monday, May 20th.  Also be sure to check out all the latest and greatest events coming up in our Northeast Region of South Dakota.  Posters and more details are being added to our website weekly.  So check back often.  You don't want to miss all the exciting things coming up in our region.     Free Fishing Weekend and Open House at the South Dakota State Parks is this Friday thru Sunday.  You don't need a license to fish this weekend and you can visit any of our beautiful State Parks for free.  What a great chance to check out the best campsites and historic sites like Fort Sisseton State Park.  And do a little shorefishing along the way.  Especially now that the ice has finally left us....Lol     Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)April 29th, 2013   On the Road again....This week's travels include Highway 81 through Arlington and then on to Pierre for meetings for a couple of days later this week.  The return trip ventures through Miller and Faulkton and then on back to Watertown.  Kinda of a circular tour of Northeast South Dakota.  But beautiful weather in the forecast, things will start greening up this week, so the scenery across our state is going to start to take shape for summer.     I will be taking a few pics over the next three to four weeks.  May 4th-12th is National Tourism Week.  Be sure to like our Facebook page, and watch to name the "Where's Rosie" Pic, and be entered to win a gas card or chamber bucks, etc...  You're sure to learn about a few more Great Faces and Great Places to visit in South Dakota.     Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)April 22nd, 2013   Well, one more blast of Old Man Winter today, and then it's off to flip flop season this weekend:)  Forecast is for 3 to 5 inches of snow today, and highs in the 60s and sunny for the weekend.  Whoo hoo!  It will feel like Summer:) So dust off your flip flops and make plans to enjoy the Sunshine this weekend!  We have the perfect party for you to attend.  Hidden Hill Lodge near Roslyn, is hosting a "Goodbye Winter" Fun Night April 27th.  Pool table, darts, cards, hot tub, etc... Event includes steak or walleye supper, overnite lodging, and breakfast and use of the lodge.  All for only $75/person.  See the event flyer and contact information on our facebook page.  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes   Hidden Hill Lodge is a beautiful facility, and what a great way to getaway with a few friends and just relax and have some fun!  Give them a call and tell them Glacial Lakes sent you!     In the news today, some very talented young people from South Dakota traveled to Boston in the past week, for a Children's Choir Tour and Performances.  See the link for their performance at the Boston Marathon Bombing Site Memorial.  I believe you'll see, they gave a performance, they and others will never forget.  http://www.ksfy.com/story/22040524/pierre-childrens-chorus-performs-at-bombings-site#.UXVgYFJX4jM.email      Bring on Spring, and Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)   April 17th, 2013   What's your favorite place to travel and stay in Northeast South Dakota?  Request our 2013 Regional Visitor's Guide today, and you'll receive your entry form on page 2 of our guide, for our "Back Roads Giveaways" .  There are two ways to win.  Simply complete the form and mail it back into us, and you're entered to win $250 in Chamber Bucks, a $100 gas card, and an overnite stay in our region.  That's likely enough to get you a free trip to your favorite place to travel and stay in the Glacial Lakes & Prairies Region of Northeast South Dakota.  If you're planning to visit us this summer, return your entry form along with your original receipt from one of our lodging/camping members, and you'll also be entered for our grand prize, which includes $500 in Chamber Bucks, $100 gas card, and 2 overnite stays.  Now that's definitely a great Back Roads Giveaway, so request your 2013 Regional Visitor's Guide today, and enter to win!!     Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)   April 10th, 2013   Well Mother Nature hasn't let us yet.  We are in a winter storm warning the past couple of days, including most of the State of South Dakota.  Although the moisture is welcome, the mix of snow and ice is harder to accept.  Especially when most of us would like to be wearing flip flops by now:)     Oh well, instead of being in Spring, now is a great time to plan your spring activities.  Be sure to check out our event calendar for some great events coming up.  You won't want to miss A FREE DAY OF PLAY May 19th from noon-5pm, at the Children's Museum of South Dakota in Brookings.  The Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour, based on the PBS kids show, is coming to the museum.  Meet & greet Buddy T. Rex from the show, free admission into the museum where you can dig for dinasour bones, meet Mama & Max T.rex, vew amazing science demos and watch Nature Adventures with live animals.   What a great day to spend with you kids and celebrate Spring.     Next weekend in Aberdeen, you can check out the 2013 Antique Tractor Show at the Lakewood Mall and the Coors Bull Riding Classic at the Brown County Fairgrounds.  See our website calendar or Facebook for more details and event posters.  We have to wait a couple more weeks for spring like weather, but in the meantime dust yourself off, and get and enjoy some great events and activites in Northeast South Dakota!  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)March 25th, 2013   Well, after five weeks in a row on the road for Travel and Sportshows, I have a few more miles on my tires, and am so ready for Spring:)   Each week it seemed like Mother Nature followed me with more snow and more wind.   But, met some great people along the way, and helped several hundred folks plan their South Dakota vacation.     In your preparations for Spring, be sure to request a copy of our 2013 Regional Visitor's Guide.  Along with that, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, for great travel ideas, giveaways, event information, and specials.  Also, a good tip for you, be sure to see who our Facebook page follows and likes, and follow them as well.  Many of our members offer deals to their facebook followers, like The Wheel Inn Restaurant in Watertown, South Dakota.  They are drawing from their Facebook Fans every Friday, and the lucky winner will win a gift certificate to the Wheel Inn Restaurant.  Be sure to follow us and our membership for your travel ideas and deals.     Peace and Safe Travels!  and Bring on Spring:)-Rosie;)February 4th, 2013   Our 2013 Regional Visitor's Guide for Northeast South Dakota is now available.  Be sure to click off our homepage to request your copy today.  On page 2 of our Regional Guide, you can enter to win your own Take the Back Roads Giveaway.  There are two ways to win, so be sure to complete your entry form and mail it back in to us.  We'd love to hear from you, and it's a great getaway giveaway!   Our Regional Guide contains our complete 2013 Calendar of events, city and chamber information, lodging, restaurants, lakes and hunting lodging, campgrounds, and much more!  You're sure to find a new favorite place to shop and have a great time when you visit the Glacial Lakes & Prairies Region of Northeast South Dakota.  Request your guide today @ http://www.sdglaciallakes.com  or give our office a call at 1-800-244-8860.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)January 28th, 2013   2013 has started off on the road for this lady.  With a Sportshow in St. Paul and the State Tourism Conference in Pierre, each January, I manage to hit two state capitols in a week.  Unfortunately I also managed to catch the flu bug that has been floating around the last few weeks.  Well, one thing about it, can't say that winter has lasted real long yet, it's already going to be February:)    Lots of great events coming up in Northeast South Dakota.  Be sure to check our calendar for Farm & Winter Shows, weekend entertainment, Fishing tournaments, Bridal shows, and much more.  Also be sure to check out our travel specials link from our homepage.  If you're looking for a weekend getaway in our region, there are some great package deals out there.     Ice fishing has been great in the Glacial Lakes of South Dakota.  If you're not into ice fishing and want to dream about spring, be sure to check out our newest fishing videos from Jason Mitchell, Midwest Outdoors and others @ http://www.youtube.com/sdglaciallakes.     This summer will be bringing 300 to 500 new faces to our region.  Several hundred workers will be working on the Big Stone Plans air-quality upgrade project.   Last week, the Big Stone Plant AQCS project team launched http://www.BigStonePlantAQCS.com  This site has been set up to help connect local businesses and services with construction workers, who will begin to arrive in the plant area this spring.  Local City offices and Chambers have provided content and will promote the site.  People who have rental properties and other services will be able to post their offerings as well.  Check it out!  And if you have a place to rent, or laundry services, etc... that you can provide, be sure to contact the website host to have your information added to the site.     Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)December 10th, 2012    Our 2013 Regional Guide is ready and being prepared to be off to the printer.  The new guides will arrive the first week of next year.  If you'd like to receive a copy, just click on the Request a Guide on our home page, and indicatein the comment box, that you would like a copy of our 2013 Regional Guide.  Our guide contains regional information for Northeast South Dakota, including lodging, dining, family attractions, guide services, outdoor recreation, and our 2013 calendar of events.  We also have a new Back Roads giveaway for 2013 including in our guide, so be sure to request your copy, and enter to win!     Another round of $100 in Holiday Chamber Bucks will be given away this week, and still next week.  You have two more chances to win.  Be sure to enter by liking our page, and then commenting on each week's holiday post on our facebook page.  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes  You could be a lucky local shopper:)   Coming up this weekend, amidst your holiday shopping, you can check out Breakfast with Santa at the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown, SD.  For ticket and event information visit http://www.brambleparkzoo.com  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)November 27th, 2012    Well the holidays are headed our way.  Be sure to check out our event calendar for great events coming up in our region, that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.  We're also giving away $100 in Chamber Bucks each week so be sure to like us on Facebook, and then comment on our weekly holiday post, and you'll be entered to win $100 in local Chamber Bucks.  Now that's a nice holiday present for yourself, or that special someone.     We're busy wrapping up our 2013 Regional Guide.  If you want to be first on our January mailing list, drop us an email and request our 2013 publication.  They should arrive from the printer the week of January 7th.   Our Regional Guide includes regional travel information, places to stay, restaurants, family attractions, museums, golf course, and much more!  Our 2013 event calendar and affordable family attractions,  will surely give you several travel ideas in our region.  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)November 12th, 2012    It's beginning to look a little like Christmas....at least with a few snow flakes in the air this past weekend.  Temps look to warm up again into the 40s and low 50s, just the right temp to be taking in some great holiday events that are coming up.  Sisseton celebrates with their holiday lighted parade and chili cook-off this Friday, November 16th.  The Beaujolais Wine Festival is on Saturday in Huron at the Events Center.  Or you can celebrate Winterfest at the Civic Arena in Aberdeen this weekend.  Clark Flower & Gift Celebrates 35 years in business this weekend.     A new event this year coming up December 1st, is Christmas at the Redlin Art Center in Watertown.  With holiday movies, sleigh rides and snowman building....weather permitting.  Musical Entertainment and an early evening lighting of the park.  Check out all of our many holiday family fun events coming up on our event calendar on the home page.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)November, 6, 2012   Well, I texted my nieces and nephews and reminded them to vote today.  Hopefully they do.  Spread across the country, it's not like I can offer to drive them to the polls.   Hope all of you vote as well.  When I watch the news and see people standing in line for several hours, some over 7 hours waiting to vote, my five minutes or less in line, there is no excuse not to vote.  The issues of this country are so important, whether we agree or disagree on policies.     Back to tourism, there are some great hunting and fall travel packages on our website.  Be sure to check our our travel deals page and fall calendar.  If you're looking for a weekend getaway, we have several wonderful Bed & Breakfasts in our region.  And those that cater to hunters as well.  Be sure to check those out under lodging on our website.     We are busy working on our 2013 publications in our office.  Also making plans for our 2013 Sportshow Season.  If you live in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Sioux Falls, Omaha, or St. Paul, I may see you in 2013.   Sportshows are a great family activity, and it's always fun to check out what's new.  It's like window shopping but in a big arena:)Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)October 31st, 2012   Happy Halloween Everyone!  Hard to believe end of October is already here.  2000 work travel miles for me this last month has made for some well traveled highways.  This past week I traveled to Rapid City for a conference.  The weather was beautiful earlier this week with highs near 70 degrees and sunny.  Still plenty of time to take your fall trip to South Dakota.  Weather is expected to cool slightly to the mid to upper 40s, but still beautiful weather as we enter the month of November.     Be sure to check out our Travel Specials and Deals on our website.  You're sure to find something to suit your fall travel ideas.  Also be sure to check out event calendar, as there are several great family events coming up in our region of South Dakota.  Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook, as we've started out pheasant trivia contest.  Each week we will be giving away a $50 gas card and t-shirt to one lucky wise pheasant winner;)     Still time to plan your South Dakota Pheasant Hunt!  We've got many guides and lodges to make your hunting getaway memorable and a good time had by all.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)September 24th, 2012   Hunting season is fast approaching.  And the fall season is a great time to travel and vacation in South Dakota.  Beautiful fall colors at Sica Hollow State Park, and along Highway 7 around Big Stone Lake are in full bloom.  This week is the peak of fall colors, so be sure to not miss out.  Take a Back Roads Roadtrip this week and check them out.     We've got new travel specials being added to our website each week, so be sure to check back and find yourself a great fall travel deal.  Everyone likes a good deal right?  Also, if you're looking to plan your company holiday party, give our office a call.  We can give you some great location ideas to make your party memorable.  From resorts to lodges to locations with sleigh rides for groups, there is definitely something to match every group's needs.  So give our office a call @ 1-800-244-8860.   Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)September 14th, 2012   The fishing has been good this fall in our region.  And the pheasant count is out and looking good across northeast South Dakota.  If you're looking for information to plan your fall hunting or fishing trip, just give our office a call, and ask for your sportsman's packet.  We've got fishing and hunting regulations, hunting public access guides, and more.  Looking for a resort or guide service, be sure to check out the many options in the outdoor section of our website.     Many fun fall events still coming up too, including Schmeckfest in Eureka this weekend, the Watertown Arts Festival, the SD Film Festival in Aberdeen and much more!  Plan your weekend getaway or day trip today!  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)August 28th, 2012   Did summer fly you by?  Did you forget to take a vacation?  Vacation days aren't meant to be stockpiled.....they are meant to be experienced.  It's not too late to plan your fall getaway to South Dakota.  With B&Bs, Retreats, Great Events, Family Attractions, the fall fishing and hunting season...there is something for everyone to enjoy.     Need an idea for your Take the Back Roads Road Trip?  Give our office a call.  We'd be happy to share some ideas with you, what's new in our region, and what events are coming up soon for your enjoyment.  From car shows, to threshing bees, to art shows, you'll find something you like. Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)August 20th, 2012   This week I will travel to Sioux Falls for the Travel Media Showcase.  Several dozen writers from across the country will be spending several days in South Dakota.  From Family travel to golfing, to outdoor adventures and culture, we're hoping to see a number of articles and photos published about South Dakota.     One of the events several of them will be attending this weekend is the 50th Anniversary of the Steam Threshing Jamboree at Prairie Village near Madison, South Dakota.  This event is sure to draw a crowd and is a great event for families to enjoy some history and fun entertainment.  You can find their full schedule of events @ http://www.prairievillage.org  If you're not a history buff, travel to Aberdeen, South Dakota for their annual Sizzlin Summer Nights Car Show in downtown Aberdeen.  I attended this event last year, and thoroughly enjoyed it.  You'll find more information at http://www.visitaberdeensd.com     Safe travels this week for all the young people headed back to school and to the many families on the road this week taking their students off to college.  -Rosie;) August 13th, 2012   If you're looking to plan your fall hunting trip, the new Public Hunting Atlas is now available.  The Hunting Regulations should be out later this month as well.  If you'd like to receive our Glacial Lakes Sportsman Packet, please give our office a call.  1-800-244-8860.     And if you're looking to get your young son or daughter orientated for hunting season and the outdoors, the local NRA Youth Sportsfest is coming up Saturday, September 8th, at Codington County Sportsman's Club Trap Range.  8:30am-3pm.  This event has many local sponsors and clubs and is a great opportunity for them to experience and gain knowledge about outdoor activities.  From archery to camping to trapping to black powder rifle....Free to girls and boys 8-15 years old.  Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, September 4th.  Forms are available at the Watertown Game, Fish, & Parks Office.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)August 6th, 2012  I had a great time this past weekend volunteering during the Annual Redlin Art Center Celebration.  Great turnout and an awesome concert for Watertown.  If you're looking for more concert opportunities in our region, be sure to check out our homepage event calendar.  The Brown County Fair is coming up later in August, and the South Dakota State Fair will be in Huron over Labor Day Weekend.  Both have great entertainment line-ups for this year's events.     Coming up this weekend you can travel to Britton for their annual Harvest Days and to Castlewood for their annual Castlewood Days.  Both are great for families to enjoy.  Also this weekend is the Twin Brooks Threshing Show and Corn Fest in Doland.  And if you're feeling a little crazy, there is also Looney Days in Colman this weekend.  Find more details on our website calendar, and be sure to follow us on Facebook for continued updates and event posters for these and other events.     There are just a couple weekends left to enjoy before the school bell rings, so make plans now to Take the Back Roads to Northeast South Dakota!  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)August 2nd, 2012   Well I had a beautiful five days at the lake, hardly any wind, beautiful sunshine and highs in the upper 80s/low 90s, couple rounds of golf in, some water recreation, a little fishing, and some good friends, lots of laughs, and fabulous food on the grill.  Less than 70 miles from home, even better:)  And I'm still the boccee ball champ...lol   South Dakota is a great place for your summer vacation, and if you're from South Dakota, and haven't seized the opportunity yet, summer is passing you by.  There are lots of fun family friendly events coming up in August.  From the free concert and celebration at the Redlin Center in Watertown this Saturday, with music by Dennis DeYoung from the Styx, to the Brown County Fair coming up in Aberdeen August 13-19th, from the 50th Anniversary of the Prairie Village Steam Threshing Jamboree August 23-26th, to the annual Redfield Bull-a-Rama August 18th.  There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.     If you're planning ahead for your fall hunting or fishing trip, be sure to check out some of our latest posts and pictures on facebook.  The bite has been great all summer long.  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes   Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)    July 23rd, 2012  Great events this past weekend, even in the heat of summer, with the forecast looking a little more tolerable this weekend with highs in the mid to upper 80s, take the opportunity to "Take the Back Roads" and enjoy an event the last weekend in July.    The Storybook Land Festival in Aberdeen is coming up July 27 & 28th.  This event includes Storytellers, Jugglers, Arts & Crafts, Musicians, Live Storybook Land Characters and more!   Plus Free Admission:)  For more info check out http://www.aberdeen.sd.us/sblfestival     Arlington Days will be held July 26-29th.  Activities include a Bean Bag Tournament, Youth Laser Tag, Fishing Derby, Vendor Fair, Parade, the Dueling Pianos, and the Andy Gibson Band.  You can find a complete schedule of activities at http://www.arlingtonsd.com     Other events to choose from this weekend include the Harvest Fest and Ranch Rodeo in Wilmot, the Monthly Hoe Down in South Shore, And the Crazy Days Sidewalk Sale in Brookings.  For a complete list of events check out our calendar on our website home page or follow us on Facebook.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)July 16th, 2012   I'd like to encourage you to Take the Back Roads this Summer and travel somewhere you've never been in South Dakota.  There are many opportunities across the state, but here are a few you may not have visited before in Northeast South Dakota.....-Joy Ranch is a camp and retreat center situated on a quiet lake nestled in the prairie hills just Northwest of Watertown.  Joy Ranch offers several retreat and workshop opportunities, along with it's ability to host your next special event, business meeting, or family reunion.  For more information, visit their website@ http://www.joyranchsd.org   -Buffalo Ridge Resort located on the northeast edge of Gary, South Dakota, is a full service resort, with meeting space, large banquet room, restaurant/bar, 19 unit hotel, campground, lake, and much more.  Formerly the School for the Blind, it is beautifully restored and perfect for your next weekend getaway, family reunion, or conference.  -Maroney Commons in Howard, South Dakota delivers state-of-the-art meeting and conference space, hotel rooms, and a unique culinary experience at the Forecast Restaurant.  Howard offers a 9 hole golf course, and is centrally located for excursions to Prairie Village, De Smet, Mitchell, and Huron.     Looking for a destination for your next Roadtrip?  Give our office a call, or check out our website for more options and details.  1-800-244-8860, http://www.sdglaciallakes.com  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)July 9th, 2012   Lots of great events coming up in July.  You have two weekends left to see either the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in De Smet or the Northern Fort Playhouse performances at Fort Sisseton State Park.    This weekend also bring the annual Brookings Summer Arts Festival at Pioneer Park in Brookings.  Over 70,000 people attended last year's event.  This festival is very well organized and provides great entertainment for adults and families alike.  Also this weekend, you'll find the 10th Annual Music Fest at Central Park in Aberdeen.  For more details and contact information on any of these events, be sure to check out our website calendar on the home page.     If you're looking for a family fun event for this Sunday, join us at the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown, on Sunday, July 15th, from 1-4pm.  We are co-sponsoring kids games, cake, rootbeer, and prizes, for Tika the Tigers 21st Birthday.  This event is free with your paid admission to the Zoo.  And we will be giving away some Zoo admission tickets on our Facebook page this week as well, that you can use for this event or any time you wish to visit the Bramble Park Zoo.     We will also soon be giving away another overnite package via our Facebook page.  Be sure to tell your friends, like our page, and watch for instructions on how you can enter.  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)June 25th, 2012   Ladies, if you're looking for something fun to do with your girlfriends this weekend, Schade Vineyard & Winery is introducing an event especially for the Ladies!  Sisters of the Vine will be held this Saturday, June 30th, from 5pm-7pm.  Come and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends, live music, food and wine pairing, scarf fashion, and a blind wine tasting.  Space is limited, please RSVP by June 25th!  today!!!  605-627-5545, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Cost is $10/person, Includes the above, a wine glass, and scarf.     Looking for some family fun this weekend, this year's Farley Fest in Milbank is sure to fit the bill.  Cook-offs, fireworks, road races, car shows, music, concerts and much more!  Find a complete list of event times and details @ http://www.farleyfest.com     Have yourself a very safe and fabulous 4th of July!  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)June 19th, 2012   Even with some scattered thunderstorms as of late, we've still had some beautiful weather across our region the past week or two.  People are geared up and ready to enjoy summer, spend time with family and friends, and we encourage you to Take the Back Roads this Summer to the Glacial Lakes & Prairies Region of Northeast South Dakota.  Looking for something to do this weekend, take in the Crystal Springs Rodeo north of Clear Lake, South Dakota.  Check our event calendar or facebook for event poster and detailed information.     From affordable family attractions, museums, arts, history, state parks, and great events, we've got some great options for your weekend getaway.  Be sure to follow us on facebook, we're going to be giving away some more $50 gas cards, concert tickets, admission tickets and more!  You don't want to miss out, to stay tuned and tell your friends to watch for ways to enter on our facebook page.  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakesPeace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)June 11, 2012   So many great events, so little time.....so many things going on across our region last weekend, and so many more to come.  Be sure to make plans now to attend the Estelline Rodeo this weekend or maybe FinnFest in Frederick.  Lots of great family activities for your kids and adults alike to enjoy.  Be sure to check out our event calendar for the upcoming months to find your weekend itineraries.  We'd love to hear from you too, if you've attended an event and had a great time, be sure to drop me an email with your review.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it      I will be on the road again this week to Pierre and back and seeing a couple new sites along the way.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and enter in our "Where's Rosie" Photo contest.  Comment on the photo, and you'll be entered to win a free $50 gas card.  Tell your friends, and keep updated on area events and attractions @ http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes     The fishing has been phenomenal across our region in the last two weeks.  I had the pleasure of enjoying some mighty fine walleye on the grill last nite with friends.  The walleye and bass and crappie fishing have been fantastic the last couple of weeks in the Glacial Lakes Region of Northeast South Dakota.  Make your plans today for your fishing getaway!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)June 4th, 2012   We'll be hitting the highway tomorrow for another "Jeff and Rosie Roadtrip", with live remotes throughout the day on KDLO, 96.9FM.  We'll be giving away three $50 gas cards, so be sure to listen in, learn about upcoming events going on this weekend, as well as some new places to see. We'll be hosting over a half dozen live remotes throughout the day starting at 8:15am, and then 9:15am, etc....   Lots of great events coming up this weekend, so be sure to check our calendar out, from car shows to rodeos, concerts, and small town festivals, you'll surely find something or more than one event you'll whole family will enjoy!     I had the pleasure of judging at last weekend's SD BBQ Championships in Huron.  What a fun event, a beautiful day, and a great turnout.  This summer Watertown will be hosting their first Kansas City Certified BBQ Contest in late July.  It's a great chance to enjoy live entertainment and some awesome BBQ.     Whatever you decide to do this weekend, hope you have a safe travels and a fabulous time on your Take the Back roads trip!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)May 29th, 2012   This weekend kicks off a very busy event season for June.  Be sure to check your schedule and our website for ways to spend your free time this summer.  The SD BBQ Championships and Wheel Jam are in Huron this weekend.  The Fort Sisseton Festival as well as car show in Sisseton are also coming up this weekend.  You'll find more details on our website calendar as well as our facebook page for these events.  If you like bargains, be sure to check out the city-wide rummage sales this Saturday in Miller and Redfield.      Be sure to like us on Facebook and tell your friends.  We've still got a couple more weeks of $50 gas card giveaways coming up.  A great way to save you money for your weekend "Take the Back Roads" trips.  June is filled with great events for you and your family and friends.  From rodeos to car shows, great outdoors events to concerts, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)May 21st, 2012   Last week I traveled to Sisseton, and then a backroads tour via Doland, Redfield, Ipswich, Leola, Eureka, and Hoven.  Be sure to check out some of my pics on our facebook page.  We've got another "Where's Rosie" pic or two on there, you could enter to win for your $50 gas card.  We've also got additional giveaways coming up, so be sure to like our page and tell your friends.  We want to help you take your very own backroads tour this summer!  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes   If you and your friends and family like rodeos, be sure to check our event calendar.  Coming up this weekend is the 10th Annual Foothills Rodeo in Wessington Springs, as well as the Buckhorn Rodeo east of Britton.  Check our website calendar on the homepage for more details.  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)May 14th, 2012   Last week, my travels took me to Mitchell, Faulkton, and Aberdeen.  De Smet is on the list this week, along with Summit and Dakota Magic Casino, along with a workshop in Watertown.  And there is still one more day to plan out yet, but enough with the hints....Be sure to follow us on Facebook, each week in May, we will be giving away a $50 gas card if you can name the photo from the Where's Rosie picture.  We gave away our first gas card last week, and also gave away two tickets to the Bramble Park Zoo.  Be sure to follow us and tell your friends, you could be our next big winner.  Our latest where's Rosie pics are on our facebook page, and we will be drawing our next winner on Wednesday, so you still have time to enter!  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes   Don't forget it's State Park Open House May 18-20th, as well as free fishing weekend this weekend.  You don't need a license to fish in South Dakota, or to tour and visit one of our beautiful South Dakota State Parks.  Now you can't beat that deal:)Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)   May 7th, 2012   May 5-13th marks this year's National Tourism Week.  Many special events are happening across the country this week to spotlight the impact of travel in the US.  South Dakota Travel Rally events will be held in Mitchell May 8th and in Rapid City May 9th.     Tomorrow I travel to Mitchell for the East River Literature Swap and Travel Rally Day where numerous businesses, cities, and attractions will bring their brochures and promotional materials to stock up the State Information Centers.  A special Rally event for the media will be held at noon as part of the day's activities.  Do your part to support National Tourism Week by taking your family to a local attraction or museum this weekend.  Visit a State Park, take your kids fishing, or take part in a local event.  Tourism matters to everyone in South Dakota.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)April 27th, 2012   This week I travel to Sisseton, Howard, and Dakota Magic.  Sisseton and Howard for work, Dakota Magic Casino & Hotel with friends to celebrate my upcoming birthday.     Nicollet Tower, just west of Sisseton, is now open for special groups, and opens for the summer season Memorial Weekend.  You can see three states atop the 75 ft. tower.  Enjoy the film "Dakota Encounters",  about French map maker Jose[h N. Nicollet's 1830's mapping of the area.  http://www.sissetonmuseums.org     I will travel to Howard this week for our Board meeting.  Maroney Commons delivers state-of-the-art meeting and conference space, brand new hotel accommodations at Windward Inn and a remarkable culinary experience at Forecast Restaurant.  It's a great location for a business meeting, wedding, family reunion, or special event.  http://www.maroneycommons.com     Friends are also gathering this weekend at Dakota Magic Hotel & Casino to celebrate my upcoming birthday.  Check out their website to view their upcoming concerts, special promotions, and packages.  Pry won't be nice enough for a round of golf this weekend, but Dakota Magic also features an 18-hole golf course.  http://www.dakotanationgaming.com     Hope your week includes some intersting and fun travels for work or pleasure.  It's always a great time to check out what's new in your area.  Take the Back Roads to Northeast South Dakota this summer.  There is much to see and enjoy!Peace and Safe Travels, Rosie;)April 25th, 2012   I'd like to invite you to "Take the Back Roads" to Northeast South Dakota this summer!  Now more than ever, people need to just get away from everything.  We've got something for everyone.  Beautiful State Parks, private campgrounds, great family events and affordable attractions, history, art and culture, and much more.     Check out our event calendar for great events coming up this summer including rodeos, horse racing, car shows, BBQ fests, concerts, fairs, historical reenactments, and theatre, there is certainly something for everyone in your family to enjoy.  We keep you posted on a weekly basis through our twitter and facebook pages, on upcoming events, promotions, giveaways, attractions, and more.  So be sure to follow us to keep up on the latest happenings in Northeast South Dakota.Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)April 16th, 2012   Well I checked an item off my Bucket List this past weekend.  They've had the training session a few times in Huron already, but I finally had the date work out in my schedule.  I traveled to Huron this past Saturday, and became a Kansas City Barbeque Society Certified BBQ Judge.  YEAH:)Which means I am trained in to judge any Kansas City Barbeque Society Sanctioned event.  I love to cook, and always thought it would a great opportunity to participate in some of our regional events.  This summer, a sanctioned event will be held in Huron the first weekend in June, and in Watertown in late July.  Check out calendar for event dates and details.  Lots of additional entertainment and family activities are lined up during these events.  Huron's event includes Wheel Jam, and live music will be just part of the entertainment during the Watertown event.     We hope you'll make a family vacation to South Dakota part of your Bucket List this summer.  Affordable family attractions, beautiful state parks, historic monuments, and great events are just some of the reasons to travel to South Dakota this summer.  There is something for everyone to enjoy during their American Journey to South Dakota.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)April 9th, 2012   It has been a couple of world wind travel weeks for me.  The Northwest Sportshow in Minneapolis the last week in March, and then out to Rapid City, Hot Springs, and Deadwood for state-wide meetings.  The Northwest Sportshow could have been a little busier but thanks to everyone that attended the show.  We will be drawing later this week for our Pheasant Hunt and Weekend Giveaways from the sportshows we've attended.  So if you've registered this winter, good luck, and we will be notifying the winner later this week.     While out in the Black Hills, we received some exciting updates from Jewel Cave, Wind Cave, MinuteMan Missle Site, and Mount Rushmore.  We also got to tour the new Market Street Square in Downtown Rapid City.  What a wonderful addition to the community, and lots of great events going on there all summer long, so if you're headed out west, be sure to check that out.  Also toured the new Education Building opening up at the Mammoth Site this summer in Hot Springs.  You can sign your child up to be a little digger, and now they will be able to offer adult programs as well.  Fun for the whole family.  We also got a preview of the new Days of 76 Museum opening up in Deadwood later this summer, likely July sometime.  If you're into Deadwood and Rodeo history, it's a must see stop for you.  As well, we got to check out the new facilities at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino.  Lots of great entertainment coming there this summer.     If you're planning your trip be sure to request our Northeast Regional Guide, we've got lots of affordable family attractions for you to see, beautiful state parks, wonderful museums, and great events!  We can also assist you with your state-wide vacation.  Our Visitor Information Area is open year-round and staffed late-May to mid-August, and located on the first floor of the Redlin Art Center in Watertown.  Be sure to stop by and see us!  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)March 19th, 2012    With Spring definitely in the air, it feels like a great time to start making your Spring/Summer Travel Bucket List.  I hear from several people as I'm working Sportshows throughout the Midwest, I've always wanted to stop there, or we need to plan on attending that event this summer.  If you haven't already, email or call our office to request your 2012 Northeast Regional Travel Guide.  It's filled with family attraction and museum ideas, camping and fishing information, and events throughout Northeast South Dakota.  Lots of ideas to make your Summer Travel Bucket List complete.  The new South Dakota State Vacation Guides are available now as well, so be sure you include South Dakota at the top of your list.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)March 13th, 2012   Great events coming up this weekend!  Be sure to check out our facebook page and website calendar for details and further information.  The 19th Annual Sports & Leisure Show will be held in Ortonville, MN at the High School March 17th & 18th.  Over 80 Vendors and seminars including Man Caves (Samples & Demos), Miche Purse Demo, and Tech Time with Design Electronics.  The Annual Outdoor Show will be held at the Huron Arena this weekend as well.  Be sure to check out the boats, campers, and travel options for your summer vacation in Huron this weekend.  Also this weekend is the annual Curt Carter Gun Show at the Codington County Extension Complex in Watertown March 17-18th.  And if you're wanting to celebrate the Irish Holiday, be sure to check out the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration in Clear Lake, South Dakota.     Beautiful weather, and spring fever, make the best reasons to check out one or more of these great events this weekend!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;) March 5th, 2012    Weather will be mild as we proceed into March.  With daily highs in the low to mid 40s through much of this week, it's a great time to think spring, and think vacation.  Be sure to check out our new travel packages on our website for getaway ideas and deals.  Also, look for weekend travel giveaways coming up in May on our facebook page.  Be sure to like our page on facebook and tell your friends and relatives as well!  A free girls weekend would sure come in handy this summer, so remind your friends to enter, but you must like our page, and watch for the wall post to enter.  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes     Speaking of giveaways, we're also giving away a weekend getaway valued up to $500, and a pheasant hunt during this year's sportshow season.  We will be drawing in early April after the Minneapolis Northwest Sportshow, but if you live in the Sioux Falls area, stop by our booth this weekend and register for our sportshow giveaways.  March 8-11th at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.  Lots of camper and boats on display, as well as several South Dakota booths to help you plan your summer vacations.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)February 27th, 2012   Looks like Mother Nature is waking up from her nap to bring us a major winter storm Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  As my Mom would say, now might be the time to break out the classic movies and that new puzzle you got for Christmas.  And better yet, start planning your summer vacation.    State Park Campground reservations are starting up...remember you can reserve at our State Parks up to 90 days in advance, so planning ahead for the weekends as much as possible is always better.  After visiting with some folks south of us this past week, on the upside, it is nice to know that our parks our popular, clean, well maintained, but thus busy during the summer season, which beats being not maintained and thus underutilized.  Helps to keep things in perspective I think.     Another suggestion for you, remember to follow us on facebook, and tell your friends as well.  We'll have more travel giveaways coming up, and over the summer season, we award weekend giveaways, family attraction admission tickets, chamber bucks, etc.... to our fans.  So join us now, and watch for your chance to win.  A free gas card would definitely come in handy this summer:)  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakesPeace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)   February, 21st, 2012   Well, the weather back home is looking like winter....guess we shouldn't complain, it is almost March afterall.  I have been on the road the last several days, promoting Northeast South Dakota in Kansas City, at the National Pheasant Fest this past weekend, and in Omaha this week, for the upcoming Omaha Boat, Sport, & Travel Show.  Omaha's show runs Thursday thru Sunday, so if you live in the Omaha area, be sure to stop by our booth and say hi.  We're having folks register at our shows this season, to win a pheasant hunt, as well as a weekend getaway.  Our drawing will be held after the Northwest Show in Minneapolis in early April.  We'll also be in Sioux Falls, March 8th-11th, for the Sioux Falls Boat, Sportshow & Camping Show.  Sportshows are a great event to attend and start planning your summer vacation, or check out the latest in RVs, camping, & fishing equipment.     Also, be sure to check out the upcoming events in Northeast South Dakota.  Our event calendar will give you ideas and ways to spend your upcoming weekends away.  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;) February 14th, 2012   Happy Valentine's Day to one and all.  Hopefully you've either received or better yet, have given someone you care about a very special Valentine today.  Looking to plan a weekend getaway for your special lady?  A weekend stay at a Bed & Breakfast, or resort or retreat, is a relaxing affordable way to treat yourself.  Browse thru our lodging directory or give our office a call.  We'd be glad to assist you with your winter break plans.     Keep up to date with what's new for attractions, events, and lodging via our facebook page.  We also have regular giveaway and vacation promotions.  Tell your friends and families to follow us and watch for your way to enter.  You could be our next lucky winner.  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)February 6th, 2012   If you're looking for some great family getaway ideas this summer, we have some great options for you and the kids.  From the Children's Museum in Brookings, to Laura Ingalls Wilder in De Smet, Storybook Land and Wylie Park in Aberdeen, to the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown.  Climb the Nicollet Tower west of Sisseton, and experience history on the frontier at Fort Sisseton State Park.  We've got affordable hotels, beautiful campgrounds and state parks, just waiting for you and your family in Northeast South Dakota.  Be sure to request our 2012 Northeast Regional Visitor's Guide today!  It includes our 2012 regional event calendar, attractions, lodging options, restaurants, shopping and more.  Just give our office a call and request your copy today.  1-800-244-8860, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)February 1st, 2012   I had the opportunity earlier this week to attend the 4th Annual Chamber and Person of the Year Banquet in Arlington, South Dakota.  That had a great turnout and a wonderful speaker.  The real focus of the evening was to recognize those members of the community who have contributed many countless hours towards their home town.  This also was emphasized by the guest speaker, who talked about the importance of Investing in your Life, Investing in your work, and Investing in your Community.   It was a wonderful evening, and a pleasant reminder of depending upon how you live your life, what a gift a person can be towards those around them.    "Practice the Vacation Principle.  Regard your life as an extended working vacation.  Be a tourism in your hometown, and your own life." (Creating a Charmed Life by Victoria Moran)  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)   January 23rd, 2012   Hey, in case you missed it last week, winter finally arrived.  If you're looking for things to do on these colder weekends, be sure to check out our 2012 event calendar on our homepage.  We also give updates a few times a week on our facebook page.  Need another reason to like our page??... we also do great giveaways:)  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes  You're sure to find some fun ways to spend your free time.And best of all, some are free, and most all are affordable.     Need help planning your upcoming ice fishing trip?  Check out our lodging/guide sections as well as the latest fishing report.  Remember to use extra caution on area lakes.  Most had open water as of last week yet.  Ice thickness will vary on different parts of the lake.     Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)January 19th, 2012,     Well, at least I have the right year this week.  lol.  I've been out and about the last week in a half.  We had a great show and wonderful interest at the St. Paul Sportshow last week.  Lots of folks making their plans to visit South Dakota this summer.     This week brings out annual South Dakota Governor's Conference on Tourism.  What an exciting week it has been, getting together with colleagues from across the state, meeting new tourism folks, and learning all the new ways and upcoming trends to promote South Dakota.  If you're looking to plan your vacation this summer, be sure to check out our website links at the bottom of our homepage for the other three regional associations, as well as the SD Department of Tourism website http://www.travelsd.com     While it's great to be on the road, there is no place like home.  As the conference ends this evening with the Awards Banquet and Gala, it will be back to Watertown tomorrow.  TGIF and have yourself a fabulous weekend!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)January 5, 2011    Happy New Year Everyone!  Hope 2012 is off to a great start for all of you.  The weather has been beautiful, can't ask for anything better in January.  People are golfin, walking, and ice fishing at the same time.  Only in South Dakota right;)      Our 2012 Calendar of Events for Northeast South Dakota is available on our website.  Be sure to check out what's coming up in January and February.  Our 2012 Northeast Regional Visitor's Guide is also now available.  You can email us from our website home page, or give our office a call to request your copy today!  1-800-244-8860.  Our guide is a great tool to help you plan your spring getaways and summer vacation!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)December 27th, 2011   Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday, and I'm sure most of you are already looking forward to a Happy New Year.  There are many options for your weekend entertainment.  The casinos in our region, all have entertainment and special promotions coming up for the holiday weekend.  Check out http://www.dakotanationgaming.com  for more info.    Be sure to check out area hotel websites as well.  For example, the Drake in Watertown is promoting Comedian Bob Meddles for New Year's Eve.  Many options are available for your holiday weekend entertainment.  We'll be posting more on our facebook page later this week.  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes   Peace and Safe Travelsand a Happy New Year!-Rosie;)December 22, 2011   Well, it's been a busy pre-holiday week of last minute shopping, holiday parties, wrapping gifts, etc...  Everyone has their holiday traditions each year, and I hope your traditions bring you many wonderful memories, laughs, and moments to treasure.  Life isn't about trying to always keep caught up, and catching your breath, it's about all of life's moments, that take our breath away;)     May you enjoy all your presents and those gifts you give away, but especially, I wish for you many of those moments in 2012.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!Peace and Safe Travels this Hoilday Season, -Rosie;)December 16th, 2011    Sorry for my lack of report this past week.  I unfortunately didn't get a flu shot, not that it would have helped in this case, but a nasty head cold has kept me heavily medicated through much of this week.  So much for getting ready for Christmas.  Oh well, guess there is still 8 days left right;)  Just makes for more of a Mission Possible type shopping experience.  I shop better when I'm on a mission anyway.      Hope all of you are enjoying the holiday festivities.  It's a special time of year, and great things can happen, or better yet, you can make some great things happen for yourself;)  Peace and Safe Travels this Holiday Season!-Rosie;)December 5th, 2011   We are giving away another $100 in local Chamber Bucks this Wednesday.  Like our page, and comment on today's post about your favorite Christmas memory, and you'll be entered to win!  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes   And be sure to tell your friends.  Maybe they will expand their Christmas list and put you on the nice list:)     We are going to be seeing the beginning of ice fishing season soon.  Please note however, that the SD GF&P has issued a a thin ice warning for portions of our state yet and within our Northeast Region.  Use caution before you or your animals go out on the ice.  Lake Thompson for example was open water yet as of last Thursday.  If you'd like lodging or guide information for planning your winter ice fishing weekend, give our office a call.  We'd be happy to help.  1-800-244-8860.Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)November 28th, 2011   Did you shop local this past weekend?  Continue to spread the trend, and encourage your family and friends to do the same.  I purchased some Christmas gifts at a couple of locally owned shops this past weekend in Watertown.  It's fun to give and receive, something unique, that no one else has.  We like our local shops to be there year-round, and now is the best time of year to support them.     A wonderful annual event is coming up next weekend.  The Fort Sisseton Frontier Christmas at Fort Sisseton State Park near Lake City, will be held December 10th, from 10am-5pm.  Tour the historical buildings and museum, catch a sleigh ride, spend time making holiday crafts, enjoy traditional Christmas music, and learn about the traditional trade of spinning and weaving.  Take part in lighting the Christmas tree at 4pm.  For more information contact Fort Sisseton State Park @ 605-448-5474.  An fyi, the road north of the park is now open, so the park is reachable via Highway 10.     Check out more upcoming holiday events on our website @ http://www.sdglaciallakes.com  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)November 21st, 2011   With the holidays just around the corner, a reminder to check out our event calendar for all the holiday happenings in the region.  Also, if you haven't already, be sure to like our page on facebook.  We'll be giving away $100 in local chamber bucks each week in December to one of our lucky fans.  Be sure to watch our page for updates and your chance to enter.  You can pick any member city in our region and receive local chamber bucks for that town.  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes     Along with that, just a reminder to shop small and shop local this holiday season.  Most of us have less and less disposable income these days to spend on gifts, decor, and family outings.  Take an extra look at your hometown main street, small locally owned stores, and spend your holiday cash where it will have a ripple effect in your community, your region.  I shopped local this past weekend in De Smet at their local craft show, and at Cheryl's in Uptown Watertown.  I've also purchased gifts this holiday season at Doubletree Gallery in Sisseton, Uniquely You'res in Faulkton, at Obsessions in Brookings, and at a local vendor show in Watertown.  You can find a unique gift, support a local business owner, and have a positive impact on your local community.     So shop small, shop local, and have a fun and safe holiday weekend!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)November 14th, 2011   I will travel to Brookings this week for meetings.  Which brings up one of the many ways you can spend some fun family time indoors, with winter approaching, sooner or later, the cold man winter wind is gonna blow.  The Children's Museum of South Dakota has been open for a little over a year.  It's a wonderful way for your young children to be entertained and educated and have fun.   http://www.prairieplay.org     Many may not know but the Laura Ingalls Wilder homes in De Smet, South Dakota stay open year-round for visitors to enjoy.  There are also unique gift shops in downtown DeSmet, making it a nice Saturday winter getaway.  Need a romantic weekend, there are two beautiful Bed & Breakfasts in De Smet for you to choose from, along with wonderful hotel accomodations if you're looking to unwind in the pool at nite.     The Redlin Art Center, and Bramble Park Zoo are open year round.  The Redlin Center is decorated for the holidays and the gift shop provides new and unique items for your holiday shopping.  Bring the kids along, and then enjoy the Bramble Park Zoo.  The new bear exhibit is open, and if you're looking to purchase some stuffed animals this Christmas, there are plenty in their gift shop to choose from.     Also, be sure to check out the holiday happenings on our website.  There are several parades, concerts, and holiday events to choose from in Northeast South Dakota!  http://www.sdglaciallakes.com  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)November 7th, 2011   Mother Nature plans to be kind yet again this week, with daily highs in the mid to upper 40s, and mostly sunny skies.  Not bad at all as we approach mid-November.  It's a great time of year to be out and about and enjoy the fall weather.  I know I've had friends put up their Christmas lights already, and although I do luv the holidays, I could go for a few more weeks of mid to upper 40s and no snow.     Pheasant hunting season is still well underway.  There is some nice weather in the forecast, and most areas of our region are averaging 2 birds/hunter in their hunting party.  Whether getting together for a hunting trip with family or friends, we'd be happy to help.  Just give our office a call, and be sure to check out our hunting guides/lodging pages on our website.  We'd be glad to mail you a copy of the South Dakota Hunting Regulations or the Public Access Guide as well.  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)November 2nd, 2011   Looking for something to do this weekend before the snow flies?  The Annual Customer Appeciation Day at Schade Vineyard near Volga, South Dakota is this Saturday.  Sample their holiday wines and do some early holiday shopping for friends and family.  Schade Vineyard is located just a few miles west of Volga, right along highway 14.  http://www.schadevineyard.com     Also this Saturday, take in the Hobby Show for gift ideas at the City Auditorium in Uptown Watertown.  Downtowns make great locations for unique shopping items for the holidays.  And it's always fun to window shop while strolling the downtown streets in our region.  Several communities in our region have a variety of stores for your holiday shopping needs.     If you're not already, like us on Facebook.  We are again going to be giving away $100/week in Chamber bucks in December.  We'll help you Shop Local this holiday season.  We hope you do:)Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)October 24th, 2011   With Halloween coming up this week, be sure to check out our website event calendar for local community events.  Lots of great locations to trick or treat.  To me, communities across our region plan some wonderful small town family events.   The Haunted Walking Tour of Downtown Aberdeen is tomorrow nite, Zoo Boo at the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown is October 29th.  Also this Saturday nite, enjoy the Halloween Carnival and 5th Annual Haunted House in Willow Lake.  The annual Spooktacular is also this Saturday nite in Clark.   There are also Halloween Trick or Treating in Uptown Watertown on Halloween, the Lakewood Mall in Aberdeen, in Colman, and several more.  I'm sure you'll be able to find plenty of tricks and treats.    We'd also like to get to 1111 fans by November 11th.  If we do, we'll be giving away another overnite stay package.  Be sure to tell your friends, relatives, and co-workers, to join us on facebook today, and watch for your chance to enter:)  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)October 20th, 2011    Lots of great fall events coming in the Glacial Lakes Region.  Beer Fest this weekend at the Watertown Events Center, Monthly Hoe Down in South Shore this weekend.  Beautiful weather in the forecast is a great time to check out your local downtown main streets and do some pre-holiday shopping.  Weather looks to be in the low 60s for the next several days.     We are going to be having some Shop Local Promotions on our Facebook page again this winter.  Be sure to tell your friends to become a FAN and watch for how to enter.  Last season we gave away $100 in Chamber Bucks each week in December.   Encouraging you and yoru friends to shop local and shop in the Glacial Lakes & Prairies Region of Northeast South Dakota.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)October 11th, 2011   Meanwhile, back at the ranch.....sorry I put alot of miles on last week.  From Watertown to Rapid City, to Pierre, to Aberdeen, to Watertown, to Sioux Falls, and then to Brookings.  We do have a beautiful state though, wouldn't change a thing about it.     We also got the opportunity to tour a lodge.  One of our new members, Oakwood Lakes Lodge near Bruce, South Dakota, invited us down for a tour.  They host hunters during pheasant season, but are also open for fishermen, retreats, weddings, groups, family reunions.  Several bedrooms, and a main hall that seats around 100 for an event.  Beautiful location, if you're looking for a place to meat for your family reunion, or to go on a hunting trip with your buddies, be sure to check them out.  http://www.owllhunting.com  They are located about fifteen miles northwest of Brookings.     Pheasant Season opens this weekend.  I wish you all an enjoyable and safe hunting weekend with family and friends.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)September 30th, 2011   I am writing my blog a little early....I will be traveling out west for meetings next week.  Rapid City on Monday, Pierre on Tuesday, Aberdeen on Wednesday, and Sioux Falls on Thursday.  Beautiful fall colors, wide open spaces, and seeing how many pheasants I can spot await me next week.  What are some of your favorite locations across the state of South Dakota?  If you get a chance, drop me an email while I'm on the road.  Perhaps you'll give me an idea of a new place to stop and check out.  (  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   )     Meanwhile, seize a few moments this weekend to take in the beautiful fall colors.  Sica Hollow State Park west of Sisseton is a beautiful drive, along with SD Highway 109 around Big Stone Lake or MN Highway 7 between Ortonville and Browns Valley make great roadtrips during the fall.  Peace and safe travels to all!-Rosie;)September 27th, 2011   You gotta luv this gorgeous fall weather.  This is one of my favorite times of the year.  Not too cold, not too hot.  Great for walks in the park, taking in outdoor events, and checking out the local rummage sales.  I had a chance this past Saturday to attend the annual Chili Cook-off at the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown.  Over 2000 people attended the event, great to see lots of families with their kids enjoying a free day at the zoo.  The monkeys were loving all the attention.     This next weekend brings the annual Quilt Festival to the Codington County Extension Complex in Watertown.  There is also a the annual Bowl for a Cure Fundraiser Vendor Fair at the VFW on Saturday from 10am-3pm.  Be sure to mark your calendars for next weekend, as both Webster and Huron will be holding their annual Pumpkin Festivals.  These are great family events to attend.  Also next weekend October 8th, is the Lake Benton Craft Fair, the Whetstone Jamboree in Wilmot, Harvest Festival at Strawbale Winery in Renner, and the Brew and Blues in Downtown Aberdeen, as well as the annual Fine Arts and Craft Show at the Lakewood Mall.    Check out our calendar of events on our website for more details and information.  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)September 19th, 2011   Fall is a beautiful time of year to explore your own backyard.  The upcoming forecast, besides tomorrow's windy day, looks partly sunny with highs in the 60s and 70s through the weekend.  Take this opportunity to take a hike through Sica Hollow State Park and view the gorgeous fall colors.  Or take in a local outdoor athletic event.  Looking for an idea for a lady's weekend, The SD Women's Expo will be held in Huron this Saturday, along with the SD Quilt Guild Show Friday through Sunday in Huron.  For a fun family event, take your'es to the Watertown Radio Chili Cook-off at the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown on Saturday.  Nearly twenty teams have entered, and for a small fee you can sample and cast your votes for the favorite.  Also this weekend the Monthly Hoe Down is at the Community Center in South Shore on Saturday, and the bi-annual Threshing Bee is in Leola on Sunday.  Another great fall event to mark in your upcoming calendar is the Fall Open House at Fort Sisseton State Park.  On Saturday, October 8th, Kids can make and take an Apple Doll, there will also be Historical Demonstrations & Blacksmithing, Wood Stove Cooking, Weaving, and Woodworking;  Tours of the Historic buildings and Wagon Rides.  Whatever you choose to do, enjoy this beautiful fall weather!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)September 12th, 2011   Throughout the year, it always makes me feel good to give back, and to volunteer.  This past Saturday, I helped with the coordination of our local NRA Youth Sportsfest.  We had 80 kids learn about six different aspects of the outdoors, from trapping, to shooting, from camping to Black Powder.  It was a great day, and with over 70 volunteers, time well spent, teaching and helping young people learn about the great outdoors in South Dakota.  Young people are our future hunters and fishermen, and future campers.  If you get the opportunity this fall, take your favorite young person, niece or nephew, grandson, son or daughter, for an evening of fishing or on a morning hunt in South Dakota.     Our new South Dakota State Maps are available, and will soon be found at our member locations throughout Northeast South Dakota.  If you'd like your copy of the new map, or a copy of our Northeast Regional Visitor's Guide, please give our office a call or email us today.  We'd be happy to help you plan your fall getaway to South Dakota.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)September 6th, 2011   There are a variety of events coming up this weekend in our Northeast region of South Dakota.  Something for everyone to enjoy.  From the Vintiques Car Show in Watertown, to the Grape Stomp at Shade Vineyard, from the Bull Bash in Wessington Springs, to the Whetstone Jamboree in Wilmot.  Arlington will be hosting a Fall Festival on Saturday, and it is also Christmas at the Mansion at the Pickler Mansion in Faulton this weekend.   Be sure to review our calendar on the homepage for more details and information, and contact phone numbers.       The forecast looks beautiful for the next week, with daily highs around 80 degrees and mostly sunny skies.  Now is a perfect time to take a short roadtrip, enjoy a stroll through one of our many state parks, do a little shorefishing, or rent yourself a kayak or canoe.  A variety of activities are available at our state parks and recreation areas, so be sure to check out what the park has to offer in your area.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)August 30th, 2011   We've got some great options for your Labor Day Weekend.  Even with the cooler forecast, it will still be a wonderful time to be outdoors and do some fall camping and recreation.  Several State Parks have events going on this weekend, including the Lantern Tour at Fort Sisseton State Park, the evening of September 3rd.  As well as a Labor Day Patriotic Campsite Decorating Display at Oakwood Lake State Park and Lake Poinsett Recreation Area.  And it's that time of year again for the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.  I was in Huron on Monday, and there are already a ton of campers parked and set up ready to go for the holiday weekend.  For details and event schedules for this year's fair, be sure to visit http://www.sdstatefair.com  This year's Grandstand Entertainment includes Don Williams, Sammy Kershaw, and Ronnie Dunn.  Be sure to check out the South Dakota Wine Growers Association Pavilion, Exhibits, Carnival, and much much more!  So travel to Huron September 1st-5th, for the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, Country Pride Statewide!!Peace and Safe travels!-Rosie;)August 23rd, 2011   With summer quickly coming to an end, just remember there is still some beautiful fall weather ahead.  We've got great events coming up like the Sizzlin Summer Nights Car & Bike Show in Downtown Aberdeen August 27th, the 49th Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree at Prairie Village August 26-28th, and the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, September 1st-5th.     Fall is also a wonderful time to go camping.  Cooler weather makes for better campfires.  And September has several events happening at our state parks, including a Lantern Tour at Fort Sisseton State Park September 3rd, and Basic Birding at Oakwood Lakes State Park September 13th.     There are a few things on my bucket list for fall yet, I'll share those with you next week.  Meanwhile, be sure to start your own bucket list.  Last winter was long, and a good reminder to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather while you can.  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)August 15th, 2011   What beautiful weather this past weekend.  I hope you all had the chance to be out and about and enjoy the sunshine.  I worked in our Visitor Information Area on Sunday afternoon.  Had a wonderful visit with a three generation family from North Carolina.  The young girl had read an article on South Dakota three years ago in her Highlights Magazine.  She said, I had to wait three years for this trip, but am so looking forward to traveling across the state and seeing South Dakota.  It is wonderful to hear stories about what brings people to our beautiful state, what lures them here, and why they decide to spend their vacation time with us.     If you're still looking for a great weekend getaway idea, please give our office a call.  Most of our summer attractions and museums stay open at least thru Labor Day, and some into the fall as well.   We can give you recommendations on where to eat, what to see, and where to stay.  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)   August 8, 2011   We've got several great family events coming up again this weekend.  Harvest Days in Britton, the Twin Brooks Threshing Show, Doland Corn Fest, Looney Days in Coleman, and many more.  Wonderful small town festivals provide fun affordable family entertainment.  For more details and schedules be sure to check out our website calendar, and the city links provided within their event descriptions.  Have further questions, please contact our office @ 1-800-244-8860.    If summer has passed you by too quickly, fall is still a great time to plan a camping weekend, fishing trip, or take in one of our may fall events.  From car shows to art shows, rodeos to the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, from Grape Stomp at Schade Vineyard to the Annual Vintiques Car Show in Uptown Watertown, there are many options available for your weekend getaway.  Need more ideas or information, please give our office a call.     Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)   August 1, 2011   Only a few summer weekends remain, so take this opportunity to make some plans to enjoy them as best you can.  There are so many wonderful events coming up the next two weekends.     This Saturday, The 8th Annual Redlin Summer Celebration will be held on the grounds of the Redlin Art Center.  Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a day filled with family entertainment.  Storytime, Phil Baker, and the Bramble Park Zoo will be performing for the kids. Fly By Night and the SGT Rock, 147th Army Band will be performing in the afternoon/early evening.  Three Dog Night in concert at 8:30pm, followed by a fabulous fireworks finale.  Check the full schedule and parking information at http://www.redlinart.com     Other events coming up this weekend include the annual Riverside Park Days in Flandreau, Foothills Classic Car & Tractor Show in Wessington Springs, Straw Bale Day in Carthage, and the 18th Annual Madison Car Show at Prairie Village.  Check out more website calendar for more event details, or give our office a call at 1-800-244-8860.     Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)July 25th, 2011   There was an article in the USA Today this past weekend in the Life Section, encouraging families to "Magnify vacation value by giving kids experiences."  South Dakota's Badlands and Mount Rushmore made the article, and there are many more options in our beautiful state and in your own backyard as well.  If your children love literature, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Series and attractions are a wonderful combination.  Or maybe your kids get excited about the outdoors.  There are some great activities coming up at several of our beautiful state parks, as well as several educational animal parks in South Dakota, including Reptile Gardens and Bear Country in Rapid City, and the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown.  If you want to get your children more excited about history, why not take a day trip to Fort Sisseton State Park, or the Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen.  And the new Children's Museum of South Dakota in Brookings, is all about interactive educational activities for kids.  These and many other ways to add real experience to your vacation, await you in South Dakota.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)July 18th, 2011   By this time, I know what you're thinking.....I'm bored staying indoors, but can't take the heat outside.  Here are some fun ideas for you and your family to enjoy during the current heat wave.     The Children's Museum of South Dakota in Brookings opened up last fall.  They are close to their 100,000th visitor.  This interactive educational museum for kids is truly an entertaining way to spend the afternoon.  While in Brookings, you can also visit the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum and the South Dakota Art Museum, both located on the SDSU campus.     The Redlin Art Center in Watertown showcases over 150 original oil paintings by Terry Redlin.  If you have kids, the staff offer children word find games, where they locate certain items in different pictures throughout the museum.  Great entertainment for you and for your family to enjoy.     Looking for other roadtrip indoor ideas.....why not travel to Schade Vineyard near Volga for some wine tasting, and you can also visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder attractions in De Smet on your way.  You can also travel to Aberdeen and visit the Dakota Prairie Museum downtown.  Looking for ways to cool off....the Aberdeen Aquatic Center offers a 9000 square foot leisure pool.     If you need more trip ideas for your travels, please give our office a call.  And don't forget to check out our event calendar on the homepage.  Lots of great events are coming up this weekend, and the weather is supposed to cool off slightly later this week.  1-800-244-8860.Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)July 11th, 2011   Summer has hit that mid-way point.  As I was out and about this weekend, the hot weather has finally arrived, as well as the school supplies showing up in the stores.  If you haven't made your travel plans yet, or taken the time to enjoy our short summer, there is no time like the present.  We've got some wonderful family events coming up this weekend, from Kampeska Wing Fling in Watertown, to Horse & Buggy Days in Sisseton.  There are also still two more weekends of performances yet for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in De Smet and the Northern Fort Playhouse at Fort Sisseton State Park.     Our region also has some other wonderful affordable family attractions like StorybookLand in Aberdeen, the Children's Museum of South Dakota in Brookings, and the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown.  ThunderRoad Family Fun Park is also a great way to spend time with your kids on a Sunday afternoon.     The fishing bite is still on in our region, with a few perch starting to be caught on area lakes as well.  Beautiful State Parks await you for your next family camping weekend.     So with summer half over, there is also half of the summer remaining; to spend time having some fun, experiencing new things, and making your family vacation memories in South Dakota!  Send us your Glacial Lakes summer pics!  We'd love to post some of your vacation photos on our facebook page.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)July 7th, 2011   There are so many great events coming up this weekend, I wish there was time to attend them all.  Live music will be the featured entertainment at this weekend's Aberdeen Pig Out.  Friday and Saturday nite, check out great regional live bands.  For ticket information and schedule, check out http://www.aberdeenmusicfest.com.  Also coming up this weekend the 40th Annual Brookings Arts Festival.  Over 200 artists on display, free entertainment, food booths, and much more.  West Hwy 14 in Brookings, SD.  Shuttle buses will run from Lowe's and First Bank & Trust - East Branch, Sat. 9am to 8pm, and Sunday, 10am to 5:30pm.  Catch a ride for $1.00 each way, and enjoy the Festival!  http://www.bsaf.com     The next three weekends also bring the opportunity to see the 40th Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in De Smet, South Dakota, as well as the Northern Fort Playhouse Theatre at Fort Sisseton State Park.  For schedules and more information check out their websites respectively at http://www.desmetpageant.org  and http://www.northernfortplayhouse.com     StorybookLand in Aberdeen was closed earlier this week due to flooding issues from heavy rain, however the park has reopened today.  Be sure to like our page on Facebook, to receive these and other event and attraction updates throughout the year.  http://www.facebook.com  Our next giveaway package will be coming up later this month!  You could win an overnite stay to Watertown, South Dakota.     For other event options and upcoming festivals be sure to review our website calendar on our homepage.  Or give us a call to receive a copy of our 2011 Northeast Regional Visitor's Guide.  1-800-244-8860.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)June 22nd, 2011   After all this rainy weather, I hope Mother Nature definitely brings us some sunshine for this weekend and the 4th of July holiday.  I'll be on vacation starting tomorrow through next week.  Finally getting a week at the lake.  My family has had a cabin for 60 years in Northeast South Dakota, and of all the places I've been, and all the places I'll go, the Smith Family Cabin is my favorite place to be.  Many fond memories from childhood and growing up, and recent great times & laughs with family and friends.  Blessed and thankful to my Grandparents and folks for carrying on such a wonderful family tradition.     I wish for you all an enjoyable end of June/early July.  Take advantage of the sunshine while you can.  There are so many wonderful events and attractions in our region to pick from, or take a drive through on of our beautiful state parks, or venture out with friends for a round of golf.  Don't let summer pass you by.  Live is made more making memories.....Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)June 20th, 2011   We have a great giveaway going on through our Facebook Page.  If you're note a Fan already, become one and enter, or you can recommend a friend, email us your recommendation, and be entered as well.  And best of all, you can enter more than once.  Recommend five friends to become Fans, once they do, email us their names, and you'll have five chances to win.  We're giving away an overnite at the Aberdeen Super 8, StorybookLand tickets, dinner certificate, and $200 in Aberdeen Chamber Bucks.  It's a great package, and once we've reached 888 Fans, we'll be giving it away!  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes     So many great events coming up this weekend.  From the Crystal Springs Rodeo in Clear Lake, to 125th Celebrations in Bryant, Conde, and Turton.  We've got wonderful family events like the Farley Fest in Milbank this weekend to the Monthly Hoe Down in South Shore.  Check out our event calendar for details, and give us a call if you have any questions.    If you're traveling in the Black Hills Region this weekend, an event not to miss is at Crazy Horse Memorial on Sunday.  The Crazy Horse Memorial plans to commemorate the 85th birthday of Ruth Ziolkowski on Sunday with a night mountain blast.  Ruth is Crazy Horse president and chief executive, and widow of the late sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski.  I attended this event several years ago, and it is definitely a site to see, and a memorable event.  Admission to the memorial after 7pm Sunday is free with three cans of food per person for a local food charity.     A reminder, when traveling our Northeast Region, our Visitor Center is open and staffed 7 days a week, inside on the main floor of the Redlin Art Center in Watertown.  Stop by and see us!  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)June 13th, 2011   We are having another "Jeff and Rosie Roadtrip" this Friday, June 17th.  We'll be traveling and doing radio remotes in Milbank, at Schmidts Landing Resort, Thunder Road in Watertown, and in Estelline, Arlington, and Bryant.  There are a variety of events coming up in these communities in June and this will give you a great chance to hear about what's happening, and also to win a roadtrip of your very own.  Our remotes will air on KS93 this Friday starting at 8:15am.  Be sure to tune in and listen for your chance to win an overnite camping trip, tickets to Thunder Road, as well as tickets to the Estelline Rodeo coming up this weekend.  We'll be throwing in some gas cards as well, to help you fill your tank for your very own roadtrip.     If you're looking for more ideas for your next roadtrip, be sure to call and request our 2011 Northeast Regional Visitor's Guide.  You'll find information on area events, attractions, lodging, camping, etc...  There are Great Places and Great Faces waiting for you in South Dakota!   Peace and Safe Travels,  -Rosie;)June 6th, 2011   With summer finally arriving, and a cool forecast for the coming weekend, this makes a great time to plan yourself a little roadtrip.  South Dakota's got many Great Places, and Great Faces to add to your very own Summer Bucket List;)     From Laura Ingalls Wilder in De Smet to Storybook Land in Aberdeen, from the Pickler Mansion in Faulkton, to Fort Sisseton State Park, and from great events like Farley Fest in Milbank to the Crystal Springs Rodeo in Clear Lake, there are many things to do and see in the Northeast Region of South Dakota.     Coming up this weekend, check out the annual Uptown Watertown Festival of Arts and Crafts, Old Settler's Day Celebration in De Smet, the Whetstone Jamboree in Wilmot and the SD Outdoor Expo at the State Fairgrounds in Huron.  Find other great event ideas to add to your Summer Bucket List on our homepage.  With the Brookings Car Festival and Old Timer's Weekend in Volga coming up this weekend as well, you'll find plenty of options for your weekend roadtrip:)Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)May 27th, 2011   Lots of events coming up this weekend and in June in Northeast South Dakota.  We've got options for all your interests.  Rodeos, historic festivals, art, music and much more.  Be sure to review our upcoming events calendar for your next travel getaway.     We'll be announcing another overnite travel giveaway on our facebook page next week.  We'll also have a camping weekend up for grabs as well.  You don't want to miss out on your chance to win, so be sure to tell your friends and family to like our page, and watch for instructions on how to enter.  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes  We'll keep you updated on all the great events heading your way this summe!Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)May 23rd, 2011   Well, with some sunshine finally in the forecast, it's looking like a great time to start your summer travels.  Whether you love the outdoors, or are looking for some family fun, our region is a great place to take your weekend getaway.  The fishing bite has definitely turned in on in the glacial lakes.  And spring/early summer is a great time to camp.     We've got great family trip options as well including the new Children's Museum of South Dakota in Brookings, StorybookLand in Aberdeen, the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown, and Laura Ingalls Wilder attractions in De Smet.  Great events are on the way too including Wheel Jam in Huron, the annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival at Fort Sisseton State Park, and the Foothills Rodeo in Wessington Springs.  Check out the calendar on our website for more great ideas, or give our office a call.     And remember to tell your friends to become a fan of our facebook page.  We'll have more chances to win great travel packages coming up in June!  You don't want to miss out on your chance to win:)Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)May 16th, 2011   Lots of great events are coming up in Northeast South Dakota.  Attending on of our region's events can be a great mini getaway, and very affordable.      This weekend is free fishing weekend and State Park Open House Weekend in South Dakota.  You don't need a state park sticker to visit one of our many beautiful campgrounds in our region.  That includes Historic Fort Sisseton as well.  This Saturday, is also FREE ZOO DAY at the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown, from 10am-4pm.  Prairie Lakes Healthcare System will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary, and free zoo admission also includes snacks, gifts, and all the fun you can handle!  Also this Saturday, in Watertown, the Yankton Children's Choir will give a free performance at the Redlin Art Center at 1pm.  Other events this weekend include the Brown County Horse Races in Aberdeen.     Be sure to check out our event calendar for upcoming May and June events.  There is something for everyone to enjoy!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)May 9th, 2011   Did you read the USA Today this past weekend?  They had an article by Jayne Clark in the life section with some great tips for your summer travel.  Things you can do to save a little extra money, so that the higher gas prices don't stall your vacation plans.   Here are some of her suggestions:  "Before you go:  Plot the most efficient route to your destination.  Get a tune-up on your vehicle.  Utilize and pre-book your vacation packages or reservations to guarantee your price.  Consider redeeming loyalty rewards points.  Look into close-to-home destinations that offer a variety of options.  "On the road:  Slow down for greater fuel efficiency.  Making fast stops and starts wastes fuel.  Use your smartphone to locate the best gas prices.  Drive during off-peak times to avoid traffic jams.  Take the most fuel-efficient vehicle you own on vacation.  Watch for hotel and destination promotions."  If you're from the Upper Midwest, South Dakota offers a variety of options for your summer vacation, and we're located right in your backyard.   South Dakota is a trip of a lifetime for many families.  And our region also makes for a great weekend getaway for folks who life affordable family attractions, camping, fishing, and great events.  My advice is to maybe skip a couple of days eating out one week, maybe I'll give up a golf outing or two, but I won't let the price of gas keep me from taking my summer vacation.  Everyone needs some time to just getaway.  A good informational site I found is http://www.fuelgaugereport.com  It can help you figure your costs for traveling.  The way I figure for an 800 mile trip, at a dollar more a gallon thanlast year, with a vehicle getting 20 miles/gallon....the trip will got you $40 more than a year ago.  Still affordable for one's summer travel plans.  For more trip planner ideas, and fuel facts, you can also check out the SD Department of Tourism website @ http://www.travelsd.com/Trip-Planner/Fuel-Facts Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)May 2nd, 2011Our Glacial Lakes & Prairies Birding Trail made this week's South Dakota's Great Places News Release by SD Tourism:PIERRE, S.D. – Some of South Dakota’s Great Places are along the birding trail in northeast South Dakota. The 38 trail sites are home to more than 300 species of birds.(This region is known to be one of the most productive waterfowl breeding areas in North America. The rivers, streams and lakes in the area provide hundreds of miles of shoreline. In these types of habitats songbirds, marsh birds and shorebirds are common. Rare grassland habitat is also prevalently found in the area because of the tall and mixed grasses. The Glacial Lakes & Prairies Birding Trail brochure describes each of 38 sites with several categories for the birder’s convenience. Categories include what the habitat is, which birds to look for, tips and insider information, best birding months and contact information. A free copy of the Glacial Lakes & Prairies Birding Trail brochure can be obtained by calling 1-800-244-8860. An online copy of the birding guide can be viewed here: http://gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/docs/glacial-lakes-birding.pdf.   Here are a few reminders before you head out birding. Take caution and slow down when driving on gravel roads in wet and snowy conditions. In many areas, it is recommended that you walk rather than attempt to drive on rough roads, so watch for “No vehicles beyond this point” signs. While there is an abundance of public land in northeast South Dakota, continue to be considerate and respectful of other birders, hunters or photographers. )Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)April 26th, 2011   I think Mother Nature needs to take a vacation.  We've got another rainy week ahead of us in the Glacial Lakes region.  Fishermen are anxiously awaiting the excitement of open water fishing.  Hopefully we'll get a couple dry days in the mix this week.  Tomorrow is looking like the best shot, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.     We have more giveaways coming up on Facebook next month.  One will be for a free camping weekend at County Line Campground in Summit, South Dakota.  Another will be towards a day road trip, during our live radio remote day, Jeff and Rosie Road Trip, coming up next Tuesday, May 3rd.  We'll be live on KDLO throughout the day at several locations in our region.  Giving you some great ideas and ways you can take your own road trip.  Be sure to join us on facebook, and watch for your chance to enter and win! http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)April 18, 2011   This coming Thursday evening, South Dakota Public Broadcasting will be focusing on the upcoming tourism season with a live broadcast from 8pm-9pm.  Be sure to tune in and listen to the projections for the summer, what's new across the state, and the highlights from across the state.  Perhaps you'll learn about somewhere new you'd like to take your vacation this summer.     The Border Water Opener is this Saturday, April 23rd.  Hopefully Mother Nature will turn us to spring, with 50s in the forecast for the weekend, looks like a great walleye opener coming up on Lake Traverse and Big Stone Lake.  For more updates check out the fishing report from Schmidt's Landing on our weekly fishing report.     Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)April 11th, 2011   We've got some great events coming up yet in April and in May in Northeast South Dakota.  Be sure to check out the calendar of events on our homepage for more details.  A great weekend to getaway is the Free Fishing weekend and State Parks Open House in South Dakota, which will be held May 20th-22nd this year.  You don't need a license to fish in South Dakota, and you don't need an annual parks sticker for admission.  The annual open house weekend is a great time to check out the improvements in our region's state parks.     If you're looking for other deals, we now have fifteen travel specials and deails listed on our website, just follow the link from the homepage.  Be sure you tell them Glacial Lakes & Prairies Tourism sent you.  Look for more travel packages to be added yet this spring.     Jeff Anderson from KSDR Radio and I will be heading out on another Jeff and Rosie Roadtrip Tuesday, May 3rd.  We will be broadcasting live throughout the day on KS93.  Look for our travel itinerary to be advertised on our facebook page in the next week.  We're also have more travel giveaway announcements coming up this spring, so be sure to sign up to be one of our fans.  http://www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes  and enter to win.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)April 3rd, 2011   The last day of the Northwest Sportshow in Minneapolis is today.  I will be traveling home to Watertown, South Dakota on Monday.  Visited with lots of folks and helped them with them plans to visit South Dakota this year.  Whether it be for fishing, hunting, camping, events, or family attractions, the Glacial Lakes & Prairies Region and South Dakota, make for a very memorable trip.     Also, had a friend of mine, set up a very believable and funny April Fool's joke on me.  Bob, I'll get you back next year, and to Chuck and Connie, it was very nice to meet you.  Even though you made yourselves out initially, to be a very challenging, unique, and quirky potential tourist.  Lots of laughs to you, and it's good to know that even after 40, I am still a very patient woman.    If you still need help planning your South Dakota vacation, be sure to check out our website, facebook, and twitter sites for further updates.  Request our 2011 Northeast Regional Guide, and give our office a call with any questions.Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)March 28th, 2011   Where do you plan on taking your summer vacation this year?  What is your favorite memory of spending time on the Glacial Lakes of South Dakota?  What's your favorite attraction in South Dakota?  Go to our Facebook page, like our page, and share with us your comments in on of our discussion groups, and you'll be entered to win a $25 gas card from Casey's.  But be sure to post your comments soon, as we'll draw the winner on April 8th.  www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes        Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)March 22, 2011   If you're from the Twin Cities area, be sure to stop by our booth at the Northwest Sportshow in the Minneapolis Convention Center, March 30th through April 3rd.  We'll be happy to help you plan your trip to South Dakota.  Several booths from across the state will be in attendance at this year's sportshow.     Since the weather still isn't cooperating in our region, if you're looking for things to do indoors this weekend, you can check out the museums in Brookings, including the new Children's Museum of South Dakota, as well as the State Art and State Ag Museum.  The Redlin Center and the Bramble Park Zoo make great stops in Watertown during the early spring months.  Also in Aberdeen, the Aberdeen's Women's Expo will be held this Saturday from 9am-5pm at the Ramada Aberdeen.  And the monthly Hoe Down will be held this Satudray nite in South Shore.  You can check out our website for more details on these and other possible attractions and events to visit.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)March 14th, 2011   According to Yahoo News last week, South Dakota ranks in the top 10 of the happiest states.  Ranking number 7 in well-being, the survey looked at scores related to life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, and community satifisfaction.   At the Sioux Falls Sportshow last weekend, I talked with two different gentlemen who had recently relocated to South Dakota from Michigan.  If you're interested in moving to South Dakota, looking for job or real estate information, community profiles, etc... please give our office a call.  Our Northeast Regional Guide is a great source for chamber and city contact information.   You'll also find job and relocation information for the state of South Dakota @ www.dakotaroots.com   Be sure to share that information with or friend or family member who is looking for a wonderful new home.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)March 7th, 2011   This weekend will be Daylight Savings Time already.  For some of you, it might feel like spring already, but around here we've had temperatures below normal the past few weeks, and well above normal snowfall totals.  Even though the weather may be not be warming up to spring yet, here are some ways to keep your spirits up, and start boosting your mood for spring:)-Attend the Spring Arts and Craft Show at the Lakewood Mall this weekend in Aberdeen.  Buy yourself a new outdoor lawn decoration or sometime for your front patio.  -Buy yourself a new pair of flip flops and a spring handbag.  I did this past weekend, and have to admit, it made me feel a little better.-Plan yourself a weekend getaway.  Even if it's not to somewhere necessarily warmer than Northeast South Dakota, packing an overnite bag, and seeing something new, or attending an out of town event, is a great way to perk yourself up.-Start planning your spring vegetable or flower garden.  Trust me, it will get green again one of these days.  -And it's not too early to plan your spring or summer vacation.  May 1st, is only 8 weeks away:)Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)February 28, 2011   On my way back from Omaha, Nebraska today.  The annual Omaha Boat, Travel, and Sportshow had a real nice crowd this weekend.  Lots of people planning to take their vacation in South Dakota this summer.  Others already planning on coming in May, or taking a weekend trip this month.  A number of our museums and attractions are open year-round.  If you have questions, or need suggestions for your weekend or vacation getaway, remember to give our office a call.  I am a well-traveled lady, and a pluthera of information.     Next weekend, you can stop by our booth at the annual Sioux Falls Boat, Sport, and Travel Show, March 10-13th, and we'll be in Minneapolis for the Northwest Sportshow March 30th-April 3rd.  Check out our website and facebook page for more updates and information, or give our office a call.  South Dakota is a family vacation of a lifetime!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)February 22, 2011   Don't forget if you live in the Omaha area, be sure to stop by our booth at the Omaha Boat Sports and Travel Show coming up this week, February 24-28th, at the Qwest Center.  We'll also be at the Sioux Falls Sportshow March 10-13th, and in March 30-April 3rd.  We'd be happy to help you plan your vacation to South Dakota.     Mother Nature wasn't too kind to most of our region this past weekend, with anywhere from 10-20 inches of snow falling in less than 24 hours.  If you like snowmobiling though, or cross country skiing, this weekend will provide you a great opportunity to enjoy some outdoor recreation in South Dakota.     Also coming up this weekend, the monthly Hoe Down in South Shore Saturday nite, and the Power 106.3 Big Boy Toy Show in Watertown.  Check out our event calendar on our homepage for more details and information.  Or give our office a call @ 1-800-244-8860.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)February 16, 2011   On the road again...traveled to Pierre earlier this week, will be on the road again tomorrow, and then home for a few days before heading to Omaha, Nebraska next Wednesday, to set up for the Omaha Boat Sports and Travel Show, going on at the Qwest Center in Omaha, February 24-28th.  If you area from the area, please stop by our booth and say hi.  Our booth number is 1337.  We'll help you plan this summer's vacation to South Dakota.     We were excited to see the new South Dakota Vacation Guides arrive yesterday.  It's always easier to unload skids when it's 35 above rather than 25 below.  Especially when the sun is shining.  A reminder to our 2011 Northeast Regional Guides are available.  Request your copy today from our website homepage.  Lots of great events coming up later this year, and affordable family attractions to see.     If you love camping, a reminder that campsite reservations open up February 19th, for a May 20th arrival.  February 26th for a May 27th arrival, and so on.  Campsite reservations are accepted for South Dakota State Parks within 90 days of arrival, except at Custer State Park, which opens January 2nd for all arrival dates.  Check out www.campsd.com for more information.  Looking forward to Summer!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)February 9th, 2011   If you and your Sweetheart need some ideas of ways to spend your weekend, be sure to check out our calendar of events on our website.  There is Murder Mystery Dinner this weekend in Aberdeen, Dwight Yoakam will be performing at Dakota Magic Casino on Sunday night, and it the Whetstone Jamboree in Wilmot this Saturday night.   Saturday, with the warmer weather and sunshine in the forecast, is a great time to take a day trip and tour one of the best wineries in South Dakota, Schade Vineyard near Volga.  If you need recommendations on a Bed & Breakfast getaway, or restaurant to have dinner, give our office a call.  And if you don't have someone else to treat, be sure to treat yourself:)   We are getting close to our 700th FAN and giving away our overnight package to Brookings, South Dakota.  Be sure to tell your friends to like our page, and watch for the post to respond and enter to win!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)January 31st, 2011   Winter, winter.....oh January is going out like the Lion's Master with a Winter Weather Advisory in effect through early Tuesday morning.  Snow accumulations will again be over 8 inches across much of our region.  Definitely puts a damper on travel and ice fishing, but certainly gives you time to plan a weekend getaway, or your summer vacation....I'm just trying to look at the brightside.     If you're looking for alternative forms of exercise, to let's say shoveling snow, their's always walking your local mall for the latest deals, or makin snow angels:)  Our next big event in our region will be this year's Watertown Winter Farm Show February 8-12th, going on next week at the Codington County Extension Complex.  Lots of vendors and exhibits to take in as well seminars and entertainment.  www.watertownsd.com     Don't forget to request our 2011 Regional Visitor's Guide.  It's filled with places to see and great events coming up in 2011!www.sdglaciallakes.com  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)January 24, 2011   There's no place like home:)  Sorry for my lack of a blog update last week.  I spent five nights in St. Paul, MN at a sportshow, and then home one night, then on to Pierre, SD, for three nights for our State Tourism Conference.  Don't think I've ever hit two state capitals in less than a week before.  But the trips were well worth it, although it's really nice to be home once again.     The event schedule in our region is starting to pick up.  Be sure to check out our 2011 Calendar of Events on our homepage.  This weekend is the Day County Farm, Home, and Sportshow in Webster, along with a bridal show in Huron and Watertown.  If you like ice fishing, the Kool Kid's Klassic Fishing Derby will also be held at Oakwood Lakes State Park on Saturday.     We are also getting closer to our 700th FAN on Facebook.  We'll be giving away an overnight package to Brookings, South Dakota, so be sure to like our page, and register to win when we announce the prize package.  And by all means, tell your friends:)  www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes   I don't know about you, but for me, winter is getting a little long already......a great way to put some sunshine in your day, is to start planning your summer vacation.  For helpful websites, check out the regional links on our state maps on our home page.  Events, lodging, attractions, travel specials, and more await you.  We'd love to have you visit South Dakota.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)January 9, 2011   Most days I don't mind winter, and I love that we have four seasons in South Dakota.  But when the snow continues to fall, and you're forced to hibernate indoors, it can get a little frustrating.  I find it helps to start planning your next vacation.  Whether it be for a family reunion, fishing or camping trip, or a girls weekend getaway, there is much to see and do in South Dakota.     We've got some great options for your family reunion location, business retreat, or camping trip.  From a remote farm location, or lakeside, to a premier resort and business center.  Browse our website and see for yourself, and give our office a call for more assistance.  We are well traveled, and can tell you exactly what to expect, and help you find what you're looking for.    If you're planning a trip to the Black Hills, fishing the Missouri River, or camping at Lewis and Clark Rec area, see the state map in the bottom left-hand corner of our website.  This map links off to each of the other three Regional Associations in the state.  And be sure to check out our State Tourism website @ www.travelsd.com for more great vacation ideas, lodging options, attractions, events, etc....Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)January 3, 2011   Happy New Year Everyone!  With over a foot of snow across our region and high winds over the holiday weekend, I hope you all stayed safe and warm at home.  My only regret is that after the Vikings played so well against Philadelphia, they lost to Detroit yesterday.  Otherwise, being snowed in, isn't all bad.     Next week I will head to St. Paul for the Minnesota Sportsmen's Boat, Camping & Vacation Show at the St. Paul Rivercentre, January 13th, 16th.  If you live in the Twin Cities area, check out this great vacation planning event, and stop by and say hi.  It will be our first sportshow of the season, so always a lot of fun and excitement as folks start making their spring and summer travel plans.     Our 2011 Northeast Regional Visitor's Guide arrives this week.  Be sure to check out our new website homepage, and request your copy today!  And let us know if you have any special interests, such as history, events, etc...  we'd be happy to help you plan your trip.  1-800-244-8860. Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)December 27th, 2010   I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas this past weekend.  Mother Nature wasn't too cruel over the holiday weekend, but we are expecting rain, freezing rain, and more snow starting this Thursday and into the weekend.  Just in time for New Year's Eve of course.  At this point, the snow would be kinder to receive than the rain, so keep your fingers crossed everyone.     If you're looking for a reason to daydream....now is a great time to start researching your 2011 summer vacation.  Our new Northeast Regional Vistior's Guide will be arriving from the printer next week.  Be sure to request your travel packet today.  Let us know what your interests are; camping, fishing, attractions, casinos, museums, events, and we'll add that information into your travel packet.  Our 2011 calendar of events is on our website, and there is something for everyone to choose from.  And by all means, if you have further questions while you're planning your trip, please give our office a call.  1-800-244-8860.  www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes  Happy New Year to you, your friends, and family!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)   December 20, 2010   It's definitely looking like Christmas across our region.  About 3-7 inches of snow is expected today throughout much of the Glacial Lakes & Prairies Region.  It will definitely be a White Christmas.     There is sunshine in the forecast for this weekend though, although we have a 40% chance of some more snow on Thursday, and into Friday.  Ice fishing pressure is picking up across our region though, so hopefully with the long holiday weekend, and sunshine in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, it will be a great time for folks to get out on the lake.     If you haven't already, be sure to like our facebook page.  We've given away our final $100 in Chamber Bucks, but our grand prizing drawing will be next Monday, December 27th.  If you visit our website @ www.sdglaciallakes.com , and put Super8 of Abr note in our Request for our Regional Guide Form, along with your name and address, and you'll be registered to win an overnight stay at the Aberdeen Super 8, $100 in Aberdeen Chamber Bucks, dinner for two, and two movie tickets.  And don't forget to like our Facebook page as well, for great event and attraction updates, as well as future prize giveaways.  www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes     Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)December 14, 2010   Sorry, I'm a little late this week with my blog, not only did we have a snow storm move through the area this past Friday, Saturday, but I've been under the weather and home sick since the weekend.  On the upside, just pharyngitis not strep throat, and several area events were postponed due to the weather, so I didn't miss out on anything, and hopefully this way, my turn of being sick will be out of the way well before the holidays.     Frontier Christmas at Fort Sisseton was postponed and has been rescheduled for this Saturday, December 18th.  It's a wonderful family event, and if you were thinking about attending before, now you'll have your chance.  They'll be sleigh rides, old-fashioned crafts, music, and activities at Historic Fort Sisseton this Saturday.  And so far, Mother Nature looks like it will cooperate, with partly sunny skies.  Breakfast with Santa at the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown was also postponed.  Please keep your tickets, as they are checking with Santa and trying to reschedule this event, and watch for updates on their website @ www.brambleparkzoo.com     If you love the outdoors, our ice fishing season is starting to pick up across our region.  With an average of a foot of ice, hopefully Mother Nature will bring a steady forecast for the next couple of weeks.  Fishing pressure and the bite is starting to pick up.  You can request your ice fishing packet by requesting our guide, emailing me, or calling our office.  We'd be happy to help you plan your trip!  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)December, 6, 2010   We are in our final days of production for our 2011 Regional Visitor's Guide.  If you'd like to be added to our mailing list and receive our 2011 publication, please email me your request.  We expect deliver shortly after the first of the year.  Our guide is a great source for upcoming events, attractions, campgrounds, hotels, museums, and a fun way to explore and plan your trip to South Dakota in 2011.     Also, if you haven't already, be sure to become a FAN and register for our weekly holiday giveaways.  We've been giving away $100 in Chamber bucks to your favorite Glacial Lakes city the last two Mondays.  And we have an exciting overnite giveaway coming up, sponsored by the Aberdeen Super 8.  Don't forget to tell your friends too!  We're trying to encourage people to shop local, shop regionally this holiday season.     Our new website has been launched.  Be sure to check out the new lay-out, photos, banner ads, and look for more travel packages and deals to be added this week.  If you have suggestions for material or information you'd like to see included in our site, please email me or give our office a call.   Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)November 29, 2010   Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgving Holiday weekend.  Time with family and friends should always be treasured.  And as your kids get older, they grow up so fast, it's important to make memories with them as often as you can.     There are several wonderful family events coming up in December.  Be sure to check out our event calendar on our new homepage.  There are several holiday parades or events this Saturday, including Britton, Aberdeen, and Schade Vineyard near Volga.  The annual Christmas on the Prairie Concert at St. Anthony's Cathedral in Hoven is also this Sunday, along with the Christmas Contata in Faulkton.     From Frontier Christmas at Fort Sisseton next Saturday, area holiday parades and holiday lights, there are many ways to celebrate this festive season with family and friends.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)November 22, 2010   Our region is receiving it's first snowfall of the season today.  It's beginning to look alot like Christmas.....  Many fun and festive holiday events are coming up in our region.  Be sure to check our our new website homepage, and more details on our event calendar.     Coming up this weekend, there are many holiday lighted parades, and tree lighting ceremonies across our region, including in Watertown, Huron, Brookings, Aberdeen, and Hendricks, Minnesota.     In December, be sure to plan on attending this year's Frontier Christmas at Fort Sisseton State Park, being held December 11th, from 10am-5pm.  Tour the historical buildings and museum, catch a sleigh ride, string popcorn, church butter, and sample hearth baked bread, and much more.  Take part in the lighting of the Christmas tree at 4pm.  For more information contact Fort Sisseton State Park at 605-448-5474. Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)  November 15, 2010   Hope everyone has the chance to enjoy a little sunshine today!  It is a beautiful mid-November day in South Dakota.  I am traveling to Pierre for meetings for a couple of days.  While there, we'll have the opportunity to tour the Casey Tibbs Museum in Fort Pierre, which I'm excited to see.  Also, on the way this afternoon, going to stop by one of our members, Great Plains Hunting near Wessington, for a tour of their hunting lodge.     If you're looking for unique places to visit, weekend road trip ideas, or information for planning your fall hunting trip, please give our office a call.  1-800-244-8860, We'd be happy to help you out.  And don't forget, if you haven't liked our facebook page yet, our next giveaway is coming up soon, you won't want to miss it! www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)November 9th, 2010   Mother Nature has given us some beautiful weather in South Dakota to start the week, with highs in the 60s.  The rest of this week, will bring daily highs in the low to mid 40s, and partly sunny skies.  Still not bad for this time of year.     If you're looking for some fun weekend plans, take a drive through on of our many beautiful state parks to scope out your favorite campsite for next season.  Pheasant season is well underway, with a number of hunters out and about.  With highs in the low to mid 40s, should be a great weekend to take your best friend, Butch the yellow lab, for a walk through the fields.  If you're looking for more information, hunting regulations, public access guide, local guide service and lodging recommendations, give our office a call.  1-800-244-8860.     If you're looking for a girlfriend outing, there are many local craft and artists sales going on the next several weekends leading up to Christmas.  Sisseton merchants are hosting a holiday open house this Saturday, and in Watertown, local artists will have their work on display and for sale at County Fair Banquet Hall in Uptown Watertown Saturday and Sunday this weekend.   And they'll be many local holiday shopping specials the weekend after Thanksgiving, as well as holiday lighted parades.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)November 1st, 2010   The weather forecast for this week calls for mostly sunny skies and highs in the low to mid 50s.  Not a bad forecast for the first week of November.  Take the opportunity to participate in some great events coming up in November.     Coming up this Saturday, November 6th, from 10am-5pm, Schade Vineyard near Volga will be holding their annual Customer Appreciation Day.  Sample the wines, and get a early start on your Holiday shopping.   If you're not quite in the Christmas spirit yet, and need a boost, stop by Lake Norden this Saturday.  They will be hosting a vendor fair including jewelry, gift items, crafts, and much more.      If you're an outdoorsman, the annual Ringneck Festival and Bird Dog Challenge will be held in Huron November 4-6th.  Check out their website for more information.  www.huronsd.com  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)October 27th, 2010   Well, Mother Nature sure knows how to put our region on our toes.....very high winds the last two day and much cooler temperatures, making for some icy conditions across South Dakota.  Tomorrow, Thursday will bring sunshine and highs near 40, with sun and highs in the 50s for the weekend.  Those coming to pheasant hunt, will just have to find something else to do until she calms down.     I am heading to Rapid City in the morning.  One of my favorite people in the whole wide world is being celebrated at a Retirment Banquet tomorrow evening.  After 30 years, Bill Honerkamp will be retiring from his position as President of the Black Hills, Badlands, and Lakes Association.   If you've traveled South Dakota in the past several decades, you've enjoyed a piece of Bill Honerkamp's work and his legacy.  He has accomplished remarkable things for tourism in South Dakota, and will always be considered a very dear friend.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)October 18, 2010   Several great events are coming up this weekend across our region.  The annual Haunted Forest at StorybookLand in Aberdeen will be held October 22-23rd.  The First Chance Bonanza PRCA Rodeo will be held at the Swiftel Center in Brookings October 22-23rd.  Also this Saturday night, the Monthly Hoe-Down in South Shore and Hobo Days at SDSU in Brookings.     With daily highs around 60 degrees for much of this coming week, now is a great time to explore on of our many State Parks and Historical outdoor sites with your family.  If you're looking for ideas for a weekend road trip, give our office a call.  Enjoy the continued sunshine, and have yourself a great week!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)October 11th, 2010   If you're looking for plans during your family's upcoming Teacher's Inservice School Break, there are many great attractions and events to see in Northeast South Dakota.  We would be happy to help you plan your Road Trip to South Dakota.  Either check out our website or give our office a call.  We can answer questions, suggest stops along your way, and help you make your mini-vacation a memorable one.  www.sdglaciallakes.com  1-800-244-8860.  If you're not a FAN already, be sure to Like our Facebook page.  You'll get updates throughout the year, and have a chance to win some great prize packages too.   www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)October 4th, 2010   Another week of beautiful fall weather is in our forecast for this week, with highs in the low to mid 70s through the weekend.  Great chance to travel through one of our state parks, drop a fishing lure along your favorite shoreline, or take in one of the many great events coming up this weekend.  From Pumpkin Fest in Webster, to the Women's Expo at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, seize the sunshine, and take your family on a little road trip.    The South Dakota Pheasant Opener is coming fast on October 16th.  With the pleasant weather the last two weeks, the crops are coming off the fields.  Should make for a great opening weekend.  If you have family and friends coming home this fall to hunt, be sure to check out our event calendar for other great weekend options while they're here.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)Septemer 27th, 2010   Hope everyone got the chance to enjoy the beautiful weather this past weekend!  The fall colors are nearly at their peak, if you can, take the opportunity to travel to Sica Hollow State Park west of Sisseton this week, or I would recommend Highway 7 along Big Stone Lake.  The weather forecast this week calls for mostly sunny skies through the weekend, and highs in the low 70s.  Hopefully the wind in the forecast for this afternoon, will lead into some calmer days....give everyone time to enjoy this beautiful fall weather and the fall colors.     Had the chance to enjoy the Second City Comedy performance at the Goss Opera House in Watertown this past Saturday night.  The Opera House made for a great venue and the performers were awesome.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 21st.  At 7:30pm, Anita Renfroe Comedy performs.  For ticket and more information, you can check out their website at www.gossoperahouse.com  or give the Goss Opera House a call at 605-878-4677.     For information on other coming events, check out our website homepage @ www.sdglaciallakes.com  Or give us a call at 1-800-244-8860.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)September 20th, 2010   With the economy slowly trying to turn around, it can be challenging to find an affordable weekend getaway, take the family on a day trip, let alone plan yourself a vacation.  But with winter approaching and shorter days, I believe it at least helps to daydream, and to take steps, and to make plans to enjoy some time off.  Whether it's plans for the weekend, or a family vacation in 2011, give our office a call @ 1-800-244-8860.  For regional attraction and event updates, also like our facebook page @ www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes.  The next prize giveaway is coming up soon!   This weekend families can enjoy a free day at Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown, as well as participate and donate to the KS93 Chili Cook-Off, with proceeds going to the Bramble Park Zoo.  Or take your family on a road trip to enjoy the fall colors at one of our many beautiful state parks.    If you're looking for an outing with your girlfriends, the SD Women's Expo will be held at the State Fair Grounds in Huron this Saturday.  For ticket information visit www.huronsd.com  1000 women participated in this wonderful event last year.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)September 13th, 2010   This week I will travel to Milbank on Tuesday, one of my favorite small towns in Northeast South Dakota.  Milbank, population a little over 3500, is know as the Hospitality City.  Five beautiful community parks, Flynn Prairie Nature Trail, a community fitness center, and thriving localled owned businesses, make it a great place to visit or relocate to.  Annual events include the Farm & Home Show, Health Expo, and their annual Farley Fest.     I'll also be traveling to Rapid City for meetings later this week.  It's a beautiful time of year in South Dakota, which makes it a great place for your fall getaway.     Also in our region this week, "The Moving Wall" will be on display on the grounds of the Redlin Art Center in Watertown, SD, September 16-20th.  "The Moving Wall" is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for more than twenty years.  For a schedule of activities and events and viewing hours, you can find the schedule at www.redlinart.com     Have a great week everyone!  Hope you get a chance to enjoy some of our beautiful fall weather.Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)September 9th, 2010   South Dakota has many beautiful fall travel ideas.  Great events coming up this weekend like the Grape Stomp at Schade Vineyard, or the James Valley Threshing Bee in Andover, are wonderful opportunities to enjoy the crisp fall air, and take your family to an affordable outdoor event.  Check out our event calendar for these and other upcoming events on our homepage.     Fall is also a great time to take a drive and view the beautiful fall foliage.  Sica Hollow State Park, and the drive around Big Stone Lake are gorgeous about the third or fourth week of September.  Waubay National Wildlife Refuge and Sand Lake Wildlife Refuge also make for great family day trips.  Fall is a great time to teach your kids about appreciating nature.     If you need help planning your South Dakota Road Trip, give our office a call.  1-800-244-8860.  Also, remember to become our Fan on Facebook.  Our next giveaway is coming up!  www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakesPeace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)September 2nd, 2010   Well, I hope most of you have more than exciting plans for your Labor Day Weekend!  With schools already starting, and homecoming weeks, etc... seems a person needs to schedule their play time in order to have any time for fun.  I spent a long weekend last weekend at the lakes.  A little windy, but always a great time with good friends around.  So even though my closets need to be cleaned out, apartment, etc... I'm still making time for a picnic with friends at a local park.     This weekend marks the 125th Anniversary of the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.  Great family event, with headliners including the Oak Ridge Boys and Martina McBride.  Check out the September 2nd-6th schedule at www.sdstatefair.com     Coming up next weekend is the annual James Valley Threshing Show in Andover, South Dakota.  www.jamesvalleythreshers.com  September 11th marks the annual Grape Stomp at Schade Vineyard near Volga, SD.  Always a great family fun event with lots of activities.  www.schadevineyard.com  For more upcoming fall event information, be sure to check out our calendar of events on our homepage.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)August 23rd, 2010   When you can't be on vacation, take this advice from one of my favorite books.  "Practice the Vacation Principle.  Regard your life as an extended working vacation.  Be a tourist in your hometown, and your own life."Creating a Charmed Life by Victoria Moran.   With Summer of 2010 soon behind us, try to save some time each week for your own personal vacation.  Whether it's visiting a local museum, taking in an event, fishing with your buddies, or enjoying some window shopping and lunch with your girlfriends.     Some time with friends or family is usually the best part of my week.  Whether it's golfing, a potluck picnic supper, or time at the lake, those moments in life, have been the best "vacation" moments of all.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)August 17th, 2010   Great events on the way this weekend!  From the Brown County Fair in Aberdeen, August 16-22nd, to the 72nd Annual Cornfest in Ortonville.  Also this weekend, is the Bull-A-Rama in Redfield, and the Brookings Wing Festival at the Swiftel Center.  Be sure to check out the calendar of events on our homepage for more information.  With school starting next week, now is the time to enjoy some affordable family entertainment.     If you haven't had a chance yet this summer, spending the day at one of our beautiful state parks, is also a great option for some affordable family entertainment.  The weekend forecast looks to be sunny and highs in the mid 80s.  There is still time to make yourself a sand castle this summer.     Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)August 9th, 2010   Lots of great events coming up again this weekend.  If you like classic cars, check out your options at the car shows in Arlington, Madison, and Britton this weekend.  If you like classic tractors, the Twin Brooks Threshing Show is a wonderful annual event.     I'll be headed to Webster and Aberdeen this week, and then hopefully to the lake for a couple of days.  Summer is flying by, so make some plans, and take your own road trip this weekend!  Check out our event calendar at www.sdglaciallakes.com   If you're needing a little help with your weekend trip, our next giveaway on our facebook page is an overnight stay at Dakota Sioux Casino and $200 travel cash!  We're going to give it away when we reach 555 fans!  We're at 526, so be sure to like our page soon and be entered to win!  www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes   And be sure to keep an eye out for our new website homepage coming later this month!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)August 2nd, 2010   This week on Wednesday, I will be taking a live radio remote Road Trip with Jeff Anderson from KSDR.  We will be live throughout the day on KDLO, 96.9 FM, starting around 8:20am with a stop in Webster, then at 9:20am in Britton.  11:15am, we'll be visiting StorybookLand in Aberdeen, and at 12:15pm, we'll be talking about the Brown County Fair.  1:15pm we'll be in Redfield, and at 2:15pm will be stopping in Doland.  Each community wil be sharing information about their upcoming events in August.  Be sure to tune in!      There is one month of summer left, so if you haven't already, be sure to make your "Summer Roat Trip" plans with us!  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)July 27th, 2010   With the last weekend in July coming up, I hope everyone takes advantage of some of the great events and attractions in the area.  This weekend's events include Arlington Days, Crazy Days in Madison, and Potato Day in Clark.  You'll find event schedules and details on our website homepage, in the calendar of events section.  There are several County Fairs coming up as well as the State Fair in Huron over Labor Days too!     Also, with fall only a little over a month away, be sure to make your own "bucket list" for August.  Take your kids to your city park, tour a local museum, or take part in a small town festival.  We have many affordable family attractions in our region too, like StorybookLand in Aberdeen, Laura Ingalls Wilder in De Smet, and the Redlin Art Center in Watertown.     Good luck with your vacation plans, and if you have further questions, please give our office a call!  1-800-244-8860Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)July 20th, 2010   So many of my friends tell me, I wish I had your job, and 98.9% of the time, I do love my work.  I am fortunate and lucky to have a position where I get to continuously meet new people, travel, and promote a beautiful part of the country.     This past weekend, through my work on their Board of Directors, I took my co-worker and friend to the Northern Fort Playhouse at Fort Sisseton State Park.  The students from Northern State University gave a hilarious performance of "Leading Ladies".  If you love theater, their final weekend of shows for this season will be July 23 and 24th.  Check out their website for tickets and information.  www.northernfortplayhouse.com     This week I will travel to meetings at the Buffalo Ridge Resort and Business Center in Gary, South Dakota.  Buffalo Ridge was once home to South Dakota's School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Now fully restored, the facility includes a hotel, campground, lake, meeting facilities, racquetball court, banquet room, and a newly opened Rock Room Bar & Grill.  Check out their website for photos, hotel and restaurant information, etc..www.buffaloridgeresortsd.com     Here's hoping that you get the chance to see and travel somewhere new this week!  Looking for a new event, be sure to review our calendar of events on our website homepage.  There are great family events coming up yet this summer!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)July 14th, 2010   There are a number a great family events coming up yet in July.  You have two more weekends to possibly go see the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in De Smet, SD, or the Northern Fort Playhouse at Fort Sisseton State Park.  I've been to both the Pageant and the Playhouse.  They are wonderful events.  Seeing Laura's stories, "live" on the prairie, is something you're kids will never forget.  Check out our calendar of events section for event time and details.  Horse and Buggy Days will also be held in Sisseton this weekend, along with their Smokefest on Friday.  If you're looking to hang out at the lake, the Kampeska Wing Fling will be held at Lake Kampeska near Watertown.  Lots of affordable family events coming up, and so much to choose from!  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)July 7, 2010   Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  I got to spend nearly a week at my family's lake cabin on Clear Lake, by Lake City, SD.  The weather started out windy, but just like when we were kids, we amused ourselves with lawn games, puzzles, etc... The 4th of July turned out to be a gorgeous day.  So many families celebrating together with boat rides around the lake, jet skis, tubing, swimming, etc...  Brings back alot of childhood memories and wonderful times spent with family and friends.     If you haven't already, become a FAN on our facebook page.  Then go to our discussion groups, and share with us, your favorite memory at the lake, or how you plan to spend your summer vacation.  If you haven't already, we hope you'll make plans to spend some of your summer free time in Northeast South Dakota.Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)June 28th, 2010   There are a number of great events to enjoy over the upcoming 4th of July weekend.  From Classic 4th at the Fort, at Fort Sisseton State Park Sunday afternoon.  The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate 143rd Annual Wacipi will be held July 1-4th, at the Agency Village Pow-Wow Grounds south of Sisseton, SD.  Hendricks, MN will host their annual Summerfest event July 2-5th.  The annual Wild West Days in Faulkton July 2-4th is always a fun-filled weekend event as well.  Check out these and other event schedules and details on our website Calendar of Events page.     Have questions on upcoming events, or area attractions, museums, etc... please give our office a call.  We'd be happy to help you plan your Glacial Lakes Getaway in South Dakota.  Me, later this week, I am off to the lake for the 4th of July.  I hope everyone has a safe and fabulous holiday weekend!  Peace & Safe Travels!-Rosie;)1-800-244-8860June 24th, 2010   I took a Live Radio Remote Road Trip yesterday with Jeff Anderson from KSDR Radio.  First stop was at the County Line Campground in Summit.  Just off I-29, they have 19 pull-through campsites.  Very nice campground, and a great option for your next RV weekend.  Lake Summit is only a couple miles down the road.  Our next stop was in Sisseton, SD.  They have several great events coming up.  A big 4th of July Band fest, with the classic bands of yesteryear, along with Horse & Buggy Days the weekend of July 17th.  We also made stops at Fort Sisseton State Park, the International Vinegar Museum, Bur-Oak Lodge on Enemy Swim Lake, and the Waubay National Wildlife Refuge.  If you're looking for your own Road Trip ideas, please give our office a call.  We'd be happy to help you plan your own Day or Weekend Road Trip!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)June 14th, 2010   Through my job, I get the opportunity to travel  across our region and the state of South Dakota all throughout the year.  Although I prefer spring and fall, season-wise, summer is a great time to travel and see something new, travel where you've never been, or attend one of our many family-friendly and affordable attractions and events.  Most of the historical museums in our region open up just for the summer tourist season.  Museums are a great way to have your children experience and learn about our past.  From the many local County and City museums, to the Pickler Mansion in Faulkton, from Laura Ingalls Wilder Homes in De Smet, to the Eureka Pioneer Museum, from the Mellette House in Watertown, to the SD Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in Lake Norden, there are many places for you and your family to visit with summer.   Request your 2010 Regional Visitor's Guide and let us help you make your summer travel plans!  Peace and Safte Travels!-Rosie;)June 7th, 2010   Great events coming up this weekend including the SD Outdoor Expo in Huron at the State Fairgrounds, Old Settler's Day in De Smet, Old Timer's Weekend in Volga, Ipswich Trails Days, and the Uptown Artwalk Festival in Watertown.  Check out details and more great events on our website.  If you have questions about any of our upcoming events or family attractions, please give our office a call.  We'd be happy to help you plan your trip!  1-800-244-8860.  Have a fabulous week and enjoy the sunshine off and on while it lasts!  If you haven't already, be sure to become our latest FAN on Facebook.  www.facebook.com/sdglaciallakes  Our prize giveaways will be starting later in June.  You don't want to miss the updates on great events, attractions, and happenings in our Northeast Region.  Become a FAN today!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)June 2nd, 2010  Have you ever been to Fort Sisseton State Park?  The Annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival is this weekend.  Living History Re-enactments, Ranch Rodeo, Melodrama, Renedezvous and Black Powder Shoot, Military Encampment, and Demonstrations, and much more!  Lost of fun for the whole family.  Fort Sisseton State Park is located 10 miles SW of Lake City, off SD Highway 10.  Daily Fort Festival Admission is $5.  Camping is also available.  Enjoy the fun at Historic Fort Sisseton this weekend!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)May 25th, 2010   Summer is here, and many great events are coming your way!  Be sure to check out our event calendar on our website, for details on upcoming rodeos, small town festivals, concerts, historical events, and much more!  There are many affordable family friendly options for you to enjoy.  So if you need ideas or have questions, please give our office a call.  www.sdglaciallakes.com  1-800-244-8860.  We can help you make your checklist of things to see and do, to make this a wonderful, memorable summer!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)May 17th, 2010   Sunshine in the forecast for all this week!  Should lead up to a great chance to take your kids, grandkids, or your friends, and cast a line on one of our beautiful lakes this weekend.  May 21st-23rd, 2010 is Free Fishing Weekend and Open House at South Dakota's State Parks.  Meaning, you don't need a license to fish this weekend in South Dakota, just be sure to follow our fishing regulations.  And if you want to scope out some new possible camping sites, you don't need a state park sticker to enter South Dakota's State Parks this weekend.  Overnight camping fees would apply, you can make your reservations by calling 1-800-710-2267, or visit www.campsd.com  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)May 7th, 2010   National Tourism Week is May 8th-16th.  See South Dakota week will be promoted state-wide this coming week.  Now's your chance to make plans, and see something new, or take in a museum or attraction you've never been to before.  Great events are coming up later this month and into June.  If you haven't been to one of our beautiful state parks in years, May 21-23rd, is Open House at South Dakota's State Parks, as well as free fishing weekend.  You'd don't need a license to fish that weekend, nor do you need a state park pass to tour the parks.  So, plan yourself a road trip or two, and experience something new in your own backyard this summer.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)May 4th, 2010   If you like history, this Saturday, May 8th, at the Historic 1914 Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Depot, they will be showing historical train footage at 2pm, along with treats and more.  View the restoration of this historic landmark, beautiful woodwork, authentic artifacts and enjoy an afternoon of local history.  For more information, visit the Redfield website@ www.redfield-sd.com  and click on the Depot link.  Peace & Safe Travels!-Rosie;)April 26, 2010   Buy your Mother something special for Mother's Day this year.  Coming up Friday, May 7th, from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Redlin Art Center in Watertown, South Dakota, there will be a VIP Jewelry Showcase.  Meet artist, Tammy Canaan, and hand-pick your collectible Terry Redlin Jewelry and also see the latest wines from South Dakota's best wine from Schade Vineyard.  Please RSVP via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Peace & Safe Travels!-Rosie;)April 19th, 2010   Some great events are coming up this weekend.  In Brookings, the History and Garden Festival will be held April 23-24th.  Also in Brookings this weekend, the Swiftel Center will host Ultimate Cage Fighting.  A great family event will be the monthly Hoe-Down in South Shore this Saturday night.  Or take in Bubba's Bike & Car Show at the Codington County Extension Center in Watertown, this Saturday and Sunday.     However you choose to enjoy this early spring, hope you have a great week, and a fabulous weekend!Peace & Safe Travels!-Rosie;)April 12th, 2010   Glacial Lakes & Prairies Tourism is now on Facebook.  Sign up to be a FAN of our new Facebook page.  You'll get event and attraction updates throughout the spring and summer.  We will be giving you travel ideas, sharing photos, trivia, etc....  Becoming a FAN and recommend us to your friends.  It's a great way to share travel information and plan a trip with family and friends.  Peace & Safe Travels!-Rosie;)April 5th, 2010   Are you looking for a great place to have your family reunion, business retreat, or girls' weekend?  We've got some great suggestions, and would be happy to help you plan your summer getaway.  Whether it be a Bed & Breakfast, Retreat, Lodge, or Lakeside resort, we have many wonderful options for you to choose from.    Browse our website, request our 2010 Regional Visitor's Guide, or give our office a call@ 1-800-244-8860!Peace & Safe Travels!-Rosie;)March 30th, 2010   Hopefully, April showers(less is more), will bring May flowers.  Like most people, I am ready for spring and summer.  I'm looking forward to lake season, spending time with family and friends outside, golfing, and just enjoying the sunshine.     As you look to plan your free time this spring/summer, be sure to check out the many affordable family attractions in our region, great events, and upcoming entertainment.  There are lots of things to see and do in your own backyard.  We'd be happy to send you our 2010 Regional Visitor's Guide, and brochures for area attractions, events, etc... Make your summer vacation memories with us.Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)March 22nd, 2010   Come see us March 24th-28th, at the Northwest Sportshow at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  It's a great event to plan your summer getaway.  We'll be there with our Regional Guides, hunting and fishing information, state maps, we well as camping, attraction, and event information.  If you're from the Minneapolis area, or live close by, stop down and visit with us at our travel show booth.  We look forward to helping you plan your next vacation!Peace and Safe travels!-Rosie;)March 15th, 2010   Great events coming up this weekend.  Stop by the Curt Carter Memorial Gun Show in Watertown March 20-21st, or take your family to the 17th Annual Sports & Leisure Show in Ortonville, Minnesota, March 20-21st.     Are you a lover of the Arts?  A reception will be held this Friday evening to recognize three South Dakota artists at the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings.  The artists include Rita Tate, pastelist and painter from Toronto, Philip Michael Hook, printmaker from Vermillion, and Gerry Punt, ceramist from Sioux Falls.  For more information visit www.southdakotaartmuseum.com  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)March 8th, 2010   If you're looking to plan your summer vacation, stop by our travel show booth at the Sioux Falls Boat, Camping, and Vacation Show this weekend at the Sioux Falls Arena, March 11-14th.  We'll be there with information on area attractions, events, camping options, and much more!  Our booth will be located in the north end of the Arena area.  Stop by and visit with Rosie, Sandi, or Andy, we'd be happy to help you plan your summer getaway!     If you're from the Minneapolis area, we'll also have our travel show booth at the upcoming Northwest Sportshow in Downtown Minneapolis March 24th-28th!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)March 2nd, 2010   March is a great time to get out, enjoy some sunshine, and some great events.  March 5-7th, attend the Watertown Home Builders Show at the Codington County Extension Center.  Also being held this weekend, is the Spring Art & Craft Show at the Lakewood Mall in Aberdeen, and the Melodrama in Carthage.  Events next weekend include the Spring Craft Show at the Watertown Mall, and the 27th Annual Winter Festival in Britton.  Be sure to check out more great events on our website calendar.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)February 22, 2010   So far, there is some sunshine in the forecast for this coming weekend.  Great time to do some window shopping on your hometown Main Street or at your local Mall.  You can also take your family to the Big Boy Toy Show in Watertown, March 27th and 28th.  Many vendors on hand including boats and motorcycles, with workshops also being held.  Vikings Cheerleaders will perform at noon each day.  The Big Boy Toy Show will be held at the Codington County Extension Complex 10am-5pm on Saturday, and 11am-4pm on Sunday.  Free admission.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)February 16th, 2010   Looking for a great family event?  Coming up this weekend take your family to the Winter Games at the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown, SD.   Come celebrate the diversity of the animal kingdom at the Bramble Park Zoo’s Winter Games. Enjoy games, animal arts and crafts, face painting, animal enrichment activities, and keeper talks. Also, animals from around the world will be displayed in the Discovery Center. Event will be held from 1-4pm, Saturday, February 20th.  General Admission: $3.502 and under - free; 3 and over $3.50 or LAZS Membership Please consider donating a non-perishable food item. For more information contact the Bramble Park Zoo at 605-882-6269, or visit their website at www.brambleparkzoo.com  February 8, 2010    Want to do something special for your favorite person this Valentine's Day?  Travel to Schade Vineyard by Volga, South Dakota for their Valentine's Day Open House this Saturday, February 13th, from 10am-8pm.  Schade Vineyard will be featuring their cherry, cranberry spritzer, mulled elderberry, and beet wines. One of the activities of this event will be to help them develop the final formula for their 10th Anniversary Signature Wine. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day celebration with your sweetheart and a bottle of Schadé wine.  www.schadevineyard.com  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)February 1st, 2010   Are you looking for a great family event this weekend?  The South Dakota Art Museum in Brooking is hosting a Valentine “Make-and-Take” event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6.   “A Valentine can say a million words, but it says even more when it is handmade,” said Lynn Verschoor, director of the South Dakota Art Museum. The SDAM will open its doors to encourage children and adults to create together homemade Valentine love notes.  “It’s a wonderful opportunity for families of any make-up … mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts or uncles … to have fun creating lasting memories with children,” said Verschoor. The cost is $5 per family to cover supplies such as glitter, lace, paints and stickers  Pre-registration is suggested and more information is available by calling the South Dakota Art Museum at 605-688-5423.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)January 26, 2010Warmer temperatures are in the forecast starting this weekend and there are  lots of great events coming up as well.  Gather your family and friends and make some plans to get out and enjoy some fun family entertainment.  The Day County Farm and Home Show will be held in Webster this Friday and Saturday.  Also coming up January 29th and 30th, is the Living History Fair in Brookings at the Swiftel Center.  Saturday, you can enjoy the Kool Kids Ice Fishing Derby at Oakwood Lakes State Park.  Sunday, you can check out the 72nd Annual Carnival of Silver Skates in Groton, or the annual Public Opinion Prom and Bridal Show at the Codington County Extension Center in Watertown.Make some plans and enjoy your weekend in the Glacial Lakes & Prairies Region of Northeast South Dakota.  Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)January 15, 2010Well, with two winter storms under our belt, 30 degrees and sunny feels like the tropics.  Days are starting to get longer, ice fishermen are having better luck when the sun shines, and spring is fewer days away all the time.  Meanwhile, enjoy your sleds, winter activities and events, and wait til at least February before you break your New Year's Resolutions:)   Our 2010 Northeast Sportsmen and Visitor's Guide arrived today.  If you're looking for great events, family attractions, a place to have a family reunion, or just want to schedule a getaway, give our office a call.  We'd be happy to help you plan your next vacation to South Dakota.    Peace and Safe Travels! -Rosie;) A few of my local favorites, in the Glacial Lakes & Prairies RegionRedlin Art Center in Watertown, South DakotaOver 150 original Terry Redlin oil paintings  on display, a beautiful facility, free to get into, and open year-round.  Enjoy a stroll in the park this summer, you might just see some baby ducks out for swim. (Please note our regional office is located in this building, so yes I am a lucky gal) Laura Ingalls Wilder and Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South DakotaMy nieces each loved going here, and Marisa recently turned 8, so now it's her turn to go with me this summer.  You can tour the actual house that Pa built in town, along with the Surveyor's House where they first lived.  Be sure to check out Ingalls Homestead, which has plenty of wide open prairie for kids to explore.  My nieces each enjoyed the horse-drawn wagon ride, going through what prairie school was like, and learning how they made rope in the old fashioned days.  Storybook Land  in Wylie Park in Aberdeen, South DakotaAlso a family favorite, this magical theme park features 65 scenes from the Wizard of Oz, including the famous yellow brick road.  Hours of fun including bumper boats, train rides, a carousel, zoo, and miniature golf.  Your kids will love and remember a good time forever.  There new welcome center opened the summer of 2009.A few of my favorite locales throughout South DakotaDeadwood, South DakotaI have visited Deadwood for work and for fun.  It's a great place to throw yourself a birthday party(I took friends of mine there almost two years ago), maybe win a little money playing three-card poker, or have fun losing a little, and lots of history and entertainment.  My recommended stops include the Deadwood Times for lunch...unique menu, wonderful food, and warm hospitality.  Take yourself home a souvenir of an old-fashioned western photograph or stroll the main street shops.   My favorite hangout is Saloon #10.   So many fun stories I could share.....There are many other great places to stay, eat, and have a good time at, so enjoy!  Hot Springs, South DakotaI traveled to Hot Springs a couple of summers ago.  Hot Springs is unique...Well-known for it's warm mineral waters that still flow through Hot Springs today, it's also home to the Mammoth Site and Wild Horse Sanctuary, both great family attractions.  There's Evan's Plunge, the world's largest warm water indoor pool.  I also recommend the Springs Bath House.  Definitely treat yourself to a massage, facial, and relax in the outdoor, warm, mineral water pool.  If you've never been to South Dakota, get ready to experience a great family vacation.  I've told my friends across the country, and yes some think I'm a little crazy, I enjoy traveling for work and fun throughout South Dakota, but I love living here even more.Peace and Safe Travels, -Rosie:) November 30th, 2009Now that you've eaten turkey and all the fixings, probably more than once, and you've begun to decorate your holiday tree and hang the Christmas lights, this weekend has several opportunities for you to boost yourself into the holiday spirit.  Coming up this weekend is the Christmas Show in Flandreau, a Holiday open house at Schade Vineyard near Volga, Holiday Harmonies in Sisseton, and several other wonderful festive events to enjoy.  Check out our calendar of events, and city pages on our website.  Call your community chambers and plan on enjoying some holiday spirit this weekend!Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)November 23, 2009If you are in need of some holiday spirit this weekend, and some cheap entertainment after your Christmas shopping, there are a number of free small town holiday happenings going on this weekend.  After you've celebrated Thanksgiving, and had enough leftover turkey, take your family for a stroll through our hometown mainstreets, and visit one of our many local holiday parades.  Huron, Watertown, Milbank, and Aberdeen, all have parades and holiday celebrations this week.  Check out our calendar of events for more information.  www.sdglaciallakes.com Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;) November 11th, 2009As we get closer to Thanksgiving, and with today being Veteran's Day, I am reminded what is important in life.  Family, good friends, good health, inner peace, and quality of life.   Recently, I've had the opportunity to reconnect with a long, lost Uncle, who will turn 80 in February.  His wife passed away this summer, and he's now moved into the Soldier's Home in Lisbon, ND.  As a young man he worked in the Gold Mine in Lead, and later served during the Korean War.  Having spent some time visiting with him on several occasions this fall, has reminded me to be grateful to those young men and women who have served our country in the military in the past, present, and who will serve in the future.  I lost a dear friend of mine nearly 20 years ago. His helicopter went down off the coast of Oregon, while practicing maneuvers prior to heading off to the Gulf War.  William Rolfe Nolte, you will always be remembered.  Call a friend or family member today who has served our country, remind them and yourselves of what you're grateful for.  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)November 4th, 2009With sunshine in the forecast for this weekend, if you're not out and about deer or pheasant hunting, there are still plenty of great event options for you.  The Annual Ringneck Festival and Bird Dog Challenge will be held in Huron, November 5-7th.  The 11th Annual Gun Show will be held in Redfield November 7 and 8th.  If you're into great eats and drinks, there is also the 71st Annual Lutefish Supper in Summit this Saturday, as well as the Annual Open House event at Schade Vineyard by Volga.  Check out more event and attraction options on our website, and by all means, get out and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)October 26th, 2009Tricks or Treats planned for this weekend in Milbank, Clark, Willow Lake, Watertown, and throughout our region.  Check out our Calendar of events and community links for more details information.  Since rain is in the forecast again for the middle of this week, seize the moment and treat yourself to the sun while it shines.Good luck to area hunters.  Those I ran into this past weekend, may have worked a little harder due to the harvest delays and weather, but still had success and fun on their hunt.  We wish them continued good luck and good times!Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)October 19th, 2009Rain and below normal temperatures continued in our part of the country last week.  Folks around here are still looking for that beautiful autumn summer, mostly area farmers and pheasant hunters.  The remainder of October looks to be rainy during the week and upper 40s/50s on the weekends.  At least it will be nice when most of us are out playing, hunting, or trying to get our lawns ready for winter.  Look to the brighter side, look forward to the sunny days, and plan yourself some time for family recreation and fun!  Coming up this weekend is the Haunted Forest in Aberdeen, First Chance Bonanza Rodeo at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, Harvest Moon Festival in Clear Lake, and Zoo Boo at the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown.  Check out these and other great events coming up on our homepage.  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)October 7th, 2009It's been a rainy October, and with colder weather in the forecast for this weekend, today's a day to enjoy some much needed sunshine.  Plan yourself an early evening walk with a friend, enjoy a backyard barbacue with family, window shop the mall or downtown streets.  Most of us will be busy working, but if you can, take that afternoon meeting outside if possible.  Even with the forecast calling for temperatures around 40 degrees for the weekend, there is some hopes of sunshine.  Take in one of the many great fall events happening this weekend.  There are fall festivals being held in Huron and Webster this weekend, as well as the 21st Annual Farm Toy & Doll Show in Watertown, and the Fall Craft Show at the Aberdeen Mall.  For more information, check out our event calendar on our homepage.  Make plans and enoy the sunshine while it lasts!Peace and Safe Travels!-Rosie;)September 30th, 2009South Dakota's Pheasant Opener is soon upon us.  The South Dakota Department of Tourism  and communities across South Dakota, will be rolling out the welcome mat for this season's hunters.  As part of that welcome, hunters can register to win a pheasant hunt with Chad Greenway from the Minnesota Vikings.  Football and pheasant hunting are two of South Dakota native and NFL player Chad Greenway`s favorite sports. Register now for your chance to win a South Dakota hunt with Chad in early 2010.  Go to www.huntinsd.com to register for your chance to win!  Rooster Rush 2009!This weekend's forecast calls for partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 50s.  Plan some fun in the outdoors this coming weekend.  Rain will surround the pre-weekend and post-weekend, so take advantage of this autumn weather while it lasts.  Pease and safe travels!-Rosie;)September 23rd, 2009When is the last time you've been to a Zoo and tasted great homemade chili, all in the same day??  KS93 Chili Cook-off and WCFYC Free Day at the Bramble Park Zoo this weekend, will be a fun-filled family event.  Enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere, browse the exhibits and animals, taste chili, play games, listen to music and take in the magic show.  General Admission to the Zoo this Saturday is FREE.  Visitors may taste the contestants chili for a small fee, $3/cup or $10 per family.  Enjoy a great day at the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown, this Saturday, September 26th.  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)September 16th, 2009Need some ideas to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend....Many exciting and affordable family events coming up this weekend.  -The annual Schmeckfest will be held in Eureka September 18-21st.  Schmeckfest activities on Saturday include demonstrations at the Pioneer Museum, vintage car, tractor, and motorcycle show, craft booths, entertainment, parade, etc....for more information check out their website at www.cityofeureka.govoffice2.com -Other events this weekend include the annual Fall Festival in Arlington.  Toilet races, Rib Fest Cook-off, and Best Brewer contest all are part of the fun on September 19th in Arlington.  Check out event highlights at www.arlingtonsd.com -Also check out the SD Film Festival in Aberdeen, with special appearances by Kevin Costner.  For schedule and ticket information, check out www.southdakotafilmfest.org -For other event information like the Miller Bull Bash, and North Country Fiber Fair in Watertown, check out our website event calendar, or call our office at 1-800-244-8860.  However you decide to spend your weekend, enjoy some fun, and enjoy the sun!Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)September 9th, 2009If you love South Dakota, be sure to check out a new social network site on www.ning.com that is truly a way to share with others, everything you enjoy about South Dakota, as well as learn from other locals and travelers like yourself their ideas, photos, experiences, etc... http://sdexplorer.ning.com  "I created this site to share my experiences, stories and photos with others who love South Dakota." Thomas Ritchie from Elk Point, SD.  "Whether it's outdoors, in the cities, on the back roads or in your backyard – South Dakota Explorer celebrates all that makes South Dakota great."So check it out, add your photos, your experiences, and share your own favorites about South Dakota.  Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)September 1st, 2009One of my nieces turns 16 today.  So many "firsts" yet to be experienced.  Oh to be sixteen again, or maybe just think like one for awhile.  A good friend of mine in her late 30s, shared with me last week, how it's been a year of firsts for her....first time on a real vacation.....first time running on a treadmill.....first time playing golf.  Young, middle-aged, or just beginning to enjoy retirement, you can always create your list of firsts.  New hobbies to try, places to see.  Spontaneity has it's good points, but if you don't make plans, things usually don't happen.  As we approach another Labor Day Weekend, plan yourself a few firsts to enjoy.  Whether it's that coffee shop you've always wanted to try, calling a friend you haven't talked to in years, checking out a local museum or event....make some plans for this weekend....and by all means enjoy yourself.Peace and safe travels!-Rosie;)August 26, 2009I hope overall, you've had a great summer.  With most schools back in session this week, and Labor Day around the corner, you may be going over your checklist of things you didn't get done, those things you accomplished, and those you'd still like to squeeze in before that fall crisp air appears.  However if you'd like some ideas of ways to further avoid that lengthy honey-do list....look no further.  Great events are coming up just around the corner....Coming up this weekend-The 47th Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree featuring Allis Chalmers "Gathering of the Orange" National Show at Prairie Village west of Madison.  Antique tractor pulls, horse and steam-powered threshing, train rides, carousel rides, antique car show, over 300 antique tractors, old fashioned demonstrations, and the largest flea market in the area, there is three big days of entertainment at this year's jamboree August 28-30th.  Check our their schedule of events at www.prairievillage.org -Also coming up this weekend, Sizzlin Summer Nights-Wheels & Wings Weekend & Air Show in Aberdeen.  With over 14,000 spectators this event is the largest car and bike show in the Northeast Region of SD.  An average of 400 cars and 200 bikes will line Main Street Saturday evening.  The Aberdeen Regional Airport will showcase a full day of entertainment and Air Show on Sunday.  Check out www.visitaberdeensd.com for a complete schedule of weekend activities in Aberdeen August 29th and 30th.    Need travel plan ideas for your Labor Day Weekend.......-Plan on attending the 124th Annual SD State Fair in Huron, coming up September 3-7th, 2009.  With entertainers including Mel Tillis, Chris Cagle, and Foreigner, a BBQ Cook-off, the South Dakota Vineyards' Wine Pavilion, and great 4-H Exhibits, carnival rides, and so much more....you'll have plenty of entertainment options for your family to enjoy.  For a complete schedule of events at this year's South Dakota State Fair, go to their brand new website at www.sdstatefair.comBe sure to make plans, seize the summer, and enjoy!-Rosie:)
 
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