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South Dakota Will Always Be Great Faces, Great Places

By Mike Konstant, Designated Broker, Fay Ranches, Inc. Licensed in MT, SD, WY

As a native of South Dakota who has lived in our great state most of my life, I have experienced firsthand what South Dakota has to offer. I will invite you to explore our state from its extensive farmlands in the east to the vast cattle ranches in the west. Yes, agriculture is our largest economic industry (hay, sunflowers, rye, honey, soybeans, corn, wheat, & cattle). Tourism and outdoor adventures provide both economic and recreational opportunities throughout our beautiful state and are the reason we are notably recognized as the “Rushmore State”.

The top three reasons why I choose South Dakota every day:

Tax Benefits
Although South Dakota’s geographic landscape changes immensely across the state, several other attributes stay consistent. Our stable tax-friendly and fiscally responsible environment and our hard-working and growing workforce incentivize diverse businesses to remain or relocate to South Dakota. Rural and urban communities alike support agriculture, small businesses, large corporations, manufacturing, technology, medical, and science industries.

Recreation
The meandering, Missouri River, locally known as the “Mighty Mo” and its four reservoirs – Lake Oahe, Lake Sharpe, Lake Francis Case, and Lewis and Clark Lake – draw residents, national and international visitors for unforgettable water activities and outdoor adventures. South Dakota is recognized for its trout and pan fishing.

Not only does South Dakota provide water-based recreation activities, but also world-class big game hunting, a multitude of four seasons sports, family-friendly state and historic national parks, and hundreds of miles of scenic hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and biking trails. Regardless of the season, South Dakota’s grasslands, prairies, lakes, Badlands and the Black Hills are prime playgrounds filled with abundant recreational opportunities.

I am an outdoor recreation enthusiast and enjoy hunting and fishing, my future articles will often refer to South Dakota’s legendary pheasant hunting and walleye fishing.

Community & Events
South Dakota offers ample parades, festivals, shows, and community events. Given it is February, here are some winter-related happenings:

  • The Rapid City Stock Show and Rodeo. This event brings the agriculture and business communities together for the world-class rodeo, livestock showcase, livestock sales, and an enormous trade show.
  • Lead-Deadwood is always entertaining with historical western flare, gambling, and musical entertainment. Here visitors can Stay and Play close to some local ski hills and a plethora of snowmobile trails.
  • Across the state, National and State parks are open and offer beautiful scenic drives and wildlife views.

Come visit us here in South Dakota. You will be welcomed by honest, friendly, and respectful people.



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