South Dakota Public Television presents February Dakota Life

South Dakota Public Television presents February Dakota Life The State Capitol, the state's icons and Calvin Coolidge's South Dakota connections are hot topics this month on February's Dakota Life, premiering Thursday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. and encoring on Monday, Feb. 17, at 10:30 p.m.

State Capitol Tour

The State Capitol building in Pierre is not only a home to state government, it's an icon of democracy. In this segment, viewers take a tour of the Capitol building, take in a quick architecture lesson and are let in on a few secrets inside this historic building.

State Icons

The coyote, the pasque flower, the ringneck pheasant � all enduring symbols of our state. In this story, SDPTV gives viewers a look at some of the symbols of the state, including the stories of how they came to be.

The Coolidge Connection

The State Game Lodge at Custer State Park was once known as the "Summer White House" during the Calvin Coolidge administration. SDPTV explores the history of Coolidge in South Dakota by introducing viewers to a gentleman who works in Custer State Park who, as a child, went to church with Coolidge in Hermosa. SDPTV also takes viewers inside the rooms that Coolidge stayed in and some of the places he frequented. The segment also features an interview with historian Rex Allan Smith about Coolidge's influence in building Mount Rushmore.

Larry Rohrer is host for this extraordinary look at people and places in South Dakota. Dakota Life takes the state's highways and byways to find the stories that make life in our state unique. Questions, comments, or ideas for Dakota Life can be e-mailed to Each show is also archived for convenient viewing online at

For more information about this or other SDPB programs, call 1-800-456-0766 or visit the Web at

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