Mother Nature is full of wonderful surprises! South Dakota residents were lucky enough to witness unique, bright colors in the sky over the weekend.

The Aurora borealis (also known as the Northern Lights) made another appearance in South Dakota. This was a rare opportunity to see the spectacular light show over the South Dakota skies. Some Sioux Falls residents even stayed up late or woke up early for a glimpse of this majestic sky.

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Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota Northern Lights-Getty Thinkstock
Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota Northern Lights-Getty Thinkstock

So what are Northern Lights? Northern Lights Centre is a great resource is learn about the "polar lights" in the sky. Northern Lights are the "collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as 'Aurora borealis' in the north and 'Aurora australis' in the south." The most common color light to see is yellowish-green.

It's awesome to have a unique opportunity to see these gorgeous lights in South Dakota. Many people around the Sioux Empire were chasing them throughout the weekend. Some even shared photos on our Facebook page.

Beautiful South Dakota Northern Lights

A special thank you to anyone who shared their pictures and videos with me! Your pictures and videos showcasing the beauty of the Northern Lights are just stunning!

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Each and every state has its own way of saying certain words, and South Dakota is no different.

We South Dakotans have our own unique way of saying certain words which sometimes leaves outsiders scratching their heads.

Here's a list of five words, and how to use them, to help you blend in.

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