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Prairie Village News  9/4/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. What a great time we’ve had. This season began with the challenges of the snowiest April on record, the throes of winter holding us back from a […]

Prairie Village News  8/28/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. Two happenings during the past week were heartwarming as well as historically impressive. One was so big you couldn’t be anywhere near Madison and miss it; the […]

Prairie Village News  8/21/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. It seems stuff just doesn’t last like it used to. Whether it’s a tote bag, a tacklebox, or a toaster, you won’t likely get the years of […]

Prairie Village News  8/14/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. I always seek to utilize this column principally for things ahead, anticipating and expounding on exciting events and activities we’re bringing your way. Reporting on what’s already […]

Prairie Village News  8/7/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. We’re about to take you on a fabulous historical journey. We plan to tunnel back approximately 115 – 120 years, then snugly tie what we discover to […]

Prairie Village News  7/31/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. Now it’s real. Exactly one year, nine months, and 22 days after our beloved Herschell-Spillman carousel headed to Ohio for the restoration of a lifetime, it returned […]

Prairie Village News  7/24/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. When planning our Opera House concerts and entertainment for each season, we like to think big, stretching ourselves outside the boundaries many folks might think limit us. […]

Prairie Village News  7/17/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. The accelerator is nearly to the floor. I mentioned in last week’s column that the typical mid-July lull in our schedule normally allows us to catch our […]

Prairie Village News  7/10/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. We’re entering the mid-summer stretch here at the village. With no negative connotations intended, one might consider it the eye of the hurricane; a pause where the […]

Prairie Village News  7/3/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. One of the keys to keeping our recreated historic village unique and balanced is that it is surrounded by a working, full-size railroad. And it’s so fitting. […]

Prairie Village News  6/26/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. Remember last week when I wrote about waiting, especially that part about the tougher the wait, the sweeter the reward? Well, things just got a bit sweeter! […]

Prairie Village News  6/19/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. Waiting can be tough. It seems we usually must wait for those things in life worth waiting for. Typically, though, the more rugged the wait, the sweeter […]

Prairie Village News - 6/12/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. Now and then you see or hear something which, without warning, propels you back to an earlier time. Often, it’s music, which sets up camp in your […]

Prairie Village News  6/5/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. It’s one of the fastest growing sports in the United States today. And it involves just one seemingly straightforward concept: climb onto the back of a bull […]

Prairie Village News  5/29/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. With spring comes moisture (usually). With moisture comes grass growth. And with grass growth comes mowing. While many of us felt as though we lost some of […]

Prairie Village News  5/22/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. We typically kick off some light camping at the village during late April, with the overall momentum ramping up through May. And then comes Memorial Day. Once […]

Prairie Village News  5/15/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. Last week I wrote about a handful of happenings from 1918, and how such a re-visit of history is a worthy task. Staying in the vein of […]

Prairie Village News  5/8/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. A great deal of my column content tends to focus on our current and upcoming village events. But rooted in historical preservation as we are, it would […]

Prairie Village News  5/1/18

Faron Wahl, Manager. Extreme variance in weather is a phenomenon most of us native South Dakotans have come to expect, even embrace. But most would agree…. April 2018 has been […]

P.V. carousel will return in spring

Plans begin for next year By MARY GALES ASKREN Staff Reporter    Seasons mark time in South Dakota, indicating the work to be done and leisure activity to be enjoyed. Right […]

Faron Wahl, Manager Time flies when you’re having fun. It also flies when you’re crazy busy. Between the two, it’s no wonder the season zoomed by so swiftly for us […]

Faron Wahl, Manager It’s almost upon us. The details packing the final days of countdown are coming together, and suddenly it’ll be Thursday. The start of Steam Threshing Jamboree 2017. […]

Faron Wahl, Manager We’re all about preservation. Conceptually, our organization’s motto has it covered: “Where preservation of the past is building for the future”. In practice, acts of preservation are […]

Prairie Village News  8/8/17

Faron Wahl, Manager Several weeks ago, I promised an update on the restoration of our carousel. As the news and plans have been shifting a bit lately, I’ve held off […]

Prairie Village News  8/1/17

Faron Wahl, Manager Here we are…. only a week away from the 24th annual Madison car show at Prairie Village. If you’d like to showcase your vehicle, you can enter […]

Prairie Village News  7/25/17

Faron Wahl, Manager As part of our staff’s fine work re-doing many of our buildings this summer, some of us were walking recently through our hotels, talking about what should […]

Prairie Village News  7/18/17

Faron Wahl, Manager A healthy portion of the traffic passing through our gates originates in our immediate region. We treasure and rely on folks from this area who have made […]

Prairie Village News  7/11/17

Faron Wahl, Manager Nothing is quite as disappointing as a stale cookie. If you enjoy cookies like I do, you anticipate and savor that first bite well before tasting it, […]

Prairie Village News  7/4/17

Faron Wahl, Manager The more I pause to contemplate the generations of stories surrounding us here, the longer it makes me pause. I often realize we’re not even scratching the […]

Prairie Village News  6/27/17

Faron Wahl, Manager Nothing ties an early 20th century village more directly to its own roots than the railroad. The beginning of nearly every settlement, as well as its hope […]

Prairie Village News  6/20/17

Faron Wahl, Manager Our Prairie Village gift shop sees a great deal of activity, particularly during school tours and on busy camping weekends. Bev, our shop manager, works thoughtfully to […]

Prairie Village News  6/13/17

Faron Wahl, Manager I’m a purist at heart. In past years as a scale railroading hobbyist, it disturbed me greatly to allow any details of questionable authenticity or mixed-era into […]

Faron Wahl, Manager The annual cycle of activity at Prairie Village, to the eyes and understanding of most, runs for a three-month summer and falls into dormancy during the other […]

Prairie Village News  5/30/17

Faron Wahl, Manager It takes dozens of behind-the-scenes details, organized methodically, to keep a place like Prairie Village humming. Nestled within those details are a few critical items such as […]

Prairie Village News  5/23/17

Faron Wahl, Manager For many years beginning in 1985, David Letterman’s show boasted the popular nightly “Top 10 List”. It became such a boon of late night TV that when […]

Prairie Village News 5/16/17

Faron Wahl, Manager We’re sure not getting any younger. Whether you’re a college student taking photos of our village buildings, a middle-aged dad spending the afternoon here with his family, […]

Prairie Village News 5/9/17

Faron Wahl, Manager Most of us find comfort in what’s familiar. Even the most restless and adventure-seeking folks tend to hold some inner longing for a certain amount of life […]

Prairie Village News 5/2/17

Faron Wahl, Manager For those who like to shop, there have never been more ways to get it done. You can visit your locally-owned business (excellent choice), major chain stores, […]

Prairie Village News 4/25/17

Faron Wahl, Manager You can certainly tell it’s spring at Prairie Village. The grass along historic main street is emerald green, camping families are staking their summer claims, and sunlight […]

Prairie Village News  9/06/16

Faron Wahl, Manager       What a magnificent season we have experienced at Prairie Village during 2016!       As it goes with the passage of time, we’ve […]

Prairie Village News  8/30/16

Faron Wahl, Manager       After months of preparation we suddenly find ourselves in post-Jamboree mode. What a great event to log in the books for 2016!     […]

Prairie Village News 8/23/16

      When a person anticipates all year the return of a favorite annual event, it seems like an eternity before the calendar finally rolls around to it. For […]

Prairie Village News  8/16/16

Faron Wahl, Manager The great Massey folks are going to be front and center with us this year, as we’re hosting the Massey Expo of North America during our Steam […]

Prairie Village News  8/9/16

Faron Wahl, Manager We’re about to witness a transformation. It’s an annual happening, but certainly one of spectacular proportions. It’s our transition into the Steam Threshing Jamboree at Prairie Village. […]

Prairie Village News  8/2/16

Faron Wahl, Manager A family from Omaha was touring the Village this past week, taking in each building with thought and conversation. While I like to ensure folks can meander […]

Prairie Village News  7/26/16

Faron Wahl, Manager Of the various traditions at Prairie Village, one of the least known to many is our school tour program. It’s been happening for so many years now […]

Prairie Village News  7/19/16

Faron Wahl, Manager The calendar says July is already down to its final two weeks. Additionally, Jamboree-related inquiries are suddenly coming my way several times daily. But for me, nothing […]

Prairie Village News  7/12/16

Faron Wahl, Manager There’s nothing quite like a steam whistle echoing across the prairie to make your day. Such has been the experience of many of us over the past […]

Prairie Village News  7/5/16

Faron Wahl, Manager We’ve been looking back all season at the fascinating 50 years that have unfolded at Prairie Village, and this weekend we’ll arrive at the celebration we’ve been […]

Prairie Village News  6/28/16

Faron Wahl, Manager With our grand 50th anniversary event less than two weeks away, there’s been a whole lot of “50” talk around here. Besides the obvious point that this […]

Prairie Village News  6/21/16

Faron Wahl, Manager You sweat. We listened. A couple of weekends ago, a number of good folks camping with us in our “north trees” had an experience less desirable than […]

Prairie Village News  6/14/16

Faron Wahl, Manager Anyone who has managed an organization (and is honest about it) will tell you their true strength lies in their staff. I can assure you it’s no […]

Prairie Village News  6/7/16

Faron Wahl, Manager Congratulations to our 2016 Miss Prairie Village – Cayden Eliason, and our Miss Prairie Princess – Sophia Sudenga! Who would have imagined, back when the Village was […]

Prairie Village News  5/31/16

Faron Wahl, Manager We’re pretty traditional here in South Dakota. While edgy trends punctuate the U.S. coastlines, we folks of the Plains hold closer to time-honored values. This is evident […]

Prairie Village News  5/24/16

Faron Wahl, Manager I was checking the village’s spring wheat crop the other day, as I like to do often, and was impressed with the stand. I pulled one healthy […]

Prairie Village News  5/17/16

Faron Wahl, Manager It’s been said that the 1960’s began to define modern America, and the year 1966 may well have defined the 1960’s. But in stark contrast to the […]

Prairie Village News 5/10/16

Faron Wahl, Manager It began with a tent, and lantern, and a camp stove. My wife and I started camping with our two children when they were very young (one […]

Prairie Village News  5/3/16

Faron Wahl, Manager A dark, shadowy figure has been hanging around the village for some time now. Anyone who is around much has seen him, but most don’t give him […]

Prairie Village News  4/26/16

Faron Wahl, Manager A sunny welcome to spring from Prairie Village! The calendar is about to turn to May, bringing with it the opening of the 50th anniversary season of […]

4-H'ERS Built Picnic Tables

LAKE COUNTY 4-H’ERS built benches and picnic tables for the historic Prairie Village west of Madison. Youth learned measuring skills and how to use construction tools like drills, wrenches, hammers […]

Prairie Village News 9/2/2015

Stan Rauch, Manager It seems that the just completed 53rd Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree was a big success. Judging by the large number of comments received, and observations made, it […]