The last couple of years have seen an explosion in the popularity of short video comedy on social media platforms like TikTok. You'll find people making videos about almost anything.

Do you want to watch funny cats? Plenty of those. Car repair? You'll be ankle-deep in how-to videos. Just want to laugh and follow someone who has an interesting life? You're in luck, TikTok is full of those.

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South Dakota Farmer's Daughter Videos

Like South Dakota's own Ashley Binger. She is a self-described "farmer, rancher, daughter & mama." She makes super funny short videos about her life on a South Dakota cattle ranch.

People are loving her wit, fun attitude, and positive representation of rural life. There's a reason she says, "it’s tough bein the funniest person i know."  😃

Ashley has nearly two hundred thousand followers on social media with her videos are getting thousands of views each.

I have to give credit to my wife who found Ashley's videos and brought them to my attention. Neither of us are 'farm kids.' But we both grew up farm-adjacent in rural Nebraska towns and know a lot of farm families.

More her than me, she's an old hand at detasseling and setting up irrigation pipes. I have been on several farm field trips and more than a few...um...clandestine beverage-centric social gatherings out in fields and along dirt roads.

Comedy About Rural Life

What is really great about Binger's videos is the positive portrayal of rural South Dakota life. Like the best creators from any background, she mines her unique experience and presents it in ways that people from any background can find entertaining and relatable. That's a fancy way of saying we learn that we all are the same.

Larry the Cable Guy-style humor can be funny, but I love it so much more when comedy and entertainment about our midwestern lives is not the 'look how dumb country people are' type.

Creators like Binger and Charlie Berens, another social media star who makes very funny videos about life in the Midwest, give us the opportunity to laugh at ourselves and bond over our shared culture.

Berens may be in Wisconsin, but you feel him whether you live in Madison or Sioux Falls. I mean, we all love beer and cheese curds.

It's easy to fall for the tired trope about the internet being bad for society. But, the access that the internet provides allows talented local people to reach an audience in ways they never would have before.

Life on a Cattle Ranch in Western South Dakota

Life is different out in the country. One look at the photo from Robin Bickel and you quickly realize that a workday is quite different as well, after all, she lives out west in South Dakota Cattle Country.

Robin Bickel took time to tell KIKN Country a little bit about her life out west and life as a woman, working outdoors with animals and nature in God's Country. Bickel lives and works on a cattle ranch operated by herself, her father, Jack, and his brother Keith. How far out in the country is she? How does 50 miles west of Mobridge, South Dakota sound? Yep, mountain time out there.

Life is so different in Sioux Falls, South Dakota compared to what our friends on the farm and ranches deal with. It's a half-mile to the grocery store for our family. For Robin, it's 17 miles. However, it's a quick step out her door and she's right in the middle of where a lot of the groceries come from.


10 Smallest Towns in South Dakota

South Dakota is loaded with small towns in every corner of the state. But where are the smallest towns in the Mount Rushmore state? According to the latest census data, here are the ten smallest towns in all of South Dakota.

13 Famous Iowans

It's a great day for Iowans. The first ever Major League Baseball game was played in Dyersville, Iowa last night (August 12) in The Field of Dreams game and it was awesome!

What a great way to showcase a beautiful state and celebrate the hospitality of Iowans.

Iowa may seem far away from Tinsel Town, but The Hawkeye State has produced many famous actors, musicians, and athletes!

The following 13 are just the tip of the iceberg!