Christopher Vondracek

South Dakota Correspondent

A native of Wells and Kiester, Minn., Vondracek went west for college in 2003, attending the University of South Dakota on a scholarship named for Al Neuharth, the founder of USA Today. After picking up a B.A. in Journalism in Vermillion and writing for the student newspaper, The Volante, Vondracek stayed for his M.A. in English literature. He taught college English in Rochester and Winona, Minn., between 2009 and 2015, and eventually received his MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Hamline University in St. Paul. Since 2017, he has covered legal affairs, education, religion, and politics with various publications from South Dakota to Washington D.C. and back. In 2020, his poetry book — Rattlesnake Summer, a collection of 66 poems for 66 South Dakota counties — was published by Ipso Gallery and Badger Clark Publishingin Sioux Falls. Vondracek moonlights on piano for his Twin Cities-based band, The Golden Bubbles, as well as a traveling radio show in South Dakota, the Rock Garden Tour. He once played The Corn Palace in Mitchell. English speaker. Email at

U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson speaks with Forum News Service about his bipartisan act to unfetter clogged ports that have led to supply chain dilemmas for South Dakotans, from a dairy near the Minnesota border to a children's bicycle manufacturer in Rapid City.
Landowners told organizers of the Midwest Carbon Express Project they doubted science on carbon sequestration, suspected federal tax credits were the real objective, and would sue. The Public Utilities Commission has until February 2023 to approve or deny the project's application.
Supporters say by increasing grain violations to the state's catalog of theft statutes, the perpetrators in the $5 million H&I Grain fiasco would have faced stiffer penalties.
The House agriculture committee approved sending the funding request to the joint appropriations committee. Ranchers say airborne hunting -- a pilot and a gunner -- are needed to thin a coyote population threatening livestock.