Abbie Gardner: Framing Memories

Designing on Main Street


Aberdeen’s Palace on the Prairie

Twelve years have quickly flown by since my book, Palaces on the Prairie, was published by the North Dakota Institute… Read more »

Pioneer Buildings

I saw this picture pop up on Facebook a few weeks back. The author of the post said it was… Read more »

Period Perfect

Jamin Krause is a hard worker. He works two to three jobs on a regular basis to earn money. Not… Read more »

Area Businesses Remodel 1930s Building

ABERDEEN, S.D.  An Aberdeen classic has fallen into capable hands. 21 North Main Street was first the site of a… Read more »


Abbie Gardner: Framing Memories

One of the most famous residents of Spink County lived there about 16 years before the county was created, but… Read more »

Making a Mark

I first met with Herschel and Bea Premack for this story a week after the Jewish holiday of Passover. Typically,… Read more »

The March to Tame Polio

Virtually unheard of today, polio once struck fear into American parents. Even though the disease affected relatively few people—its worst… Read more »

The Legacy of Senator James Kyle

Imagine a hot, 1890 Fourth of July political rally. All the gentlemen in their coats, ties, and hats; women in… Read more »


Designing on Main Street

The business that would one day become Interior Design Concepts (IDC) started in 1973 when Dave Arlt and a partner… Read more »

Three Generations…and Counting?

One of the oldest family businesses in Aberdeen might not be around today if the second and third generation owners… Read more »

Manufacturing Opportunities

“I never imagined that I would work at DemKota,” recalled Marketing and Customer Service Manager Richelle Braun.  “Then, I went… Read more »

The Heart of Palm Garden

Situated on the corner of Third Street and Sixth Avenue South West is the Palm Garden Cafe and Chocolate Shoppe.… Read more »

Early History

Beautiful: The Country School Experience in Brown County

One hundred ten years ago, superintendent M.M. Guhin launched the first commencement exercises for eighth-grade graduates of Brown County rural… Read more »

Happy Birthday Aberdeen! Established 1881? 1880? 1882? 1883?

Most people haven’t noticed that 2021 is Aberdeen’s 140th birthyear. Previously we have celebrated the Golden Jubilee (1931, 50 years),… Read more »

Between Pandemics

By now, most of you have heard the incredible story of how the Presentation Sisters conceived a strategy to move… Read more »

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round ‘Til They Fall Off

Public Transportation in Aberdeen. For about Aberdeen’s first 70 years, there was a lot of interest in private public transportation—that… Read more »