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State Grasses – The Dakotas and Wyoming

The official state grass of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming is western wheatgrass.  It’s a prairie native, and I particularly like the statement from the North Dakota official state website NorthDakota.gov: “tough native prairie grass, once covered nearly all … Continue reading

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Poetry of the Great Plains – Letter to an Imaginary Friend

  Thomas McGrath (1916-1990) wrote his epic long poem Letter to an Imaginary Friend between 1957 and 1985.  Simply put, it is brilliant.  It has no match in American literature except for maybe Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, although … Continue reading

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It’s “Butte”-iful Out Here

One of the most distinctive  landforms of the Great Plains is the lone butte.  Nothing says “Great Plains” like a towering monolith reposing in the dreamlike distance – not quite mountain, not quite hill, but an unmistakable and proud feature … Continue reading

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And Carry a Big Stick

The following several posts will be about the National Parks or National Monuments of the Great Plains.  Moving from north to south, we will begin in North Dakota with Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the pride … Continue reading

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