You've probably heard the old joke, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" The answer is "Practice, practice, practice!!"

For one former Redfield, South Dakota student, that dream is coming true. Nathan Payant started his education in Redfield, South Dakota, and in less than a month will be taking the stage at Carnegie Hall in a debut choir performance.

Nathan Payant directing a choir
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According to Dakota News Now, Payant graduated from Redfield High School, and then went on to Northern State University in Aberdeen. He became a teacher in the Denver area, then went on to get a PhD at Colorado State University.

Dr. Payant was surprised and thrilled at being contacted for this event. He said it may be because he directs several choir groups in the Fort Collins area.

He is bringing about 70 students with him and there will be an additional 50 students from a Wisconsin group that will make up the rest of the sizeable choir.

Nathan Payant directing a choir
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Payant will conduct two performances at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, April 13. The first performance will be at 1 PM and the second at 8:00 PM.

It's truly a case of a small-town guy making good.

Source: Dakota News Now

10 Small-Town South Dakota Restaurants That Are Worth The Drive

The Sioux Empire is full of restaurants that are long-known to be local favorites.

Sure, they might be a short drive from home, but you won't regret the experience at these hometown mainstays.

Here are 10 of the best small-town restaurants in South Dakota.

Gallery Credit: Andy Gott

A Survival Guide For Your First Winter in South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the rest of the Sioux Empire (AKA southeastern South Dakota) are welcoming thousands of new residents every year.

Many of you new folks will be experiencing your first eastern South Dakota winter. While it doesn't usually get as bad as our Dakota friends up north, I speak from experience when I say it can get a little rough.

So, to help ease you into winter in Sioux Falls and South Dakota here are some winter survival tips:


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