Several alumni group members found connections to family roots in Ireland and Scotland on the trip. Brad and Kathie Sanderson rented a car and drove north to find the headstone of Brad’s great, great-grandfather, James Barron, who was born in 1780. The headstone is in a cemetery near Keith, Scotland.

The group tried “Haggis” at several local eating establishments. It is an interesting mix of ingredients. While in Ireland, they also tried the black and white puddings. Shepherd’s pie and Guinness beef pie were tasty, along with fish and chips.

Kilts were sold at many shops around Edinburgh. You’ll have to ask if any came back to South Dakota. A number of people will be sporting tartan plaids.

J.K.Rowling lived in Edinburgh, and so a Wizardry shop featured all sorts of magic products. It’s easy to see where she found inspiration for some parts of the Harry Potter stories with the alleys, called keeps and close.

Many buildings date back hundreds of years.


January 21, 2020

Leadership Seminar Focuses on Rural Health Care, Technology and Global Industry

The 10th seminar of Class X of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) provided an in-depth look at Biofuels, Rural Health Care, and …

December 31, 2019

Leadership Class Learns Perspectives on International Agriculture at Aberdeen-based Seminar

Members of Class X of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) Program improved their understanding of international trade, cooperatives, and agricultural processing during …

December 31, 2019

West River Ag Awards Presented to SDARL Graduates

The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce annually recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to agriculture in western South Dakota.  At a ceremony on December …

October 24, 2019

SDARL Graduate Has Largest Native American-Owned Buffalo Herd

Ron Brownotter (SDARL VI graduate) and his family are featured in an article from Forum News Service and seen in the Duluth News Tribune. It’s …

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