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Kickin’ Country Small Town of the Day-Tyndall

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The Water tower in Tyndall, South Dakota (pic by Kelly Nielson)

There is something about a ‘small town,’  A small town my be one of the places you  drive through, or drive by and never give a second thought.  Stores, businesses, church’s, post office maybe a bar..or two.  One might even go as far as saying, there’s something ‘special’ about a small town.

Yes, Sioux Falls is a melting pot for people from all over the world, but chances are if you stop someone on the street and ask, they’ll tell you the same thing.  They’ll tell you they come from a small town.

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Over the past few summers we’ve been ‘highlighting’ a single town, (mostly in our listening area) and giving them the notoriety  of being The Kickin’ Country Small Town of the Day.

To kick it off, we chose Tyndall, SD.  Tyndall is located about 90 miles southwest of Sioux Falls.  Population just over 1000.  And if you stop in to the Corner Bar or swing by Bob’s Dairy Queen on the south edge of town you’ll quickly figure out why I chose it as the first Small Town of the day.

If you know anyone from Tyndall, you’ll know they’re proud of their heritage. It shows when they get together with their friends from Tabor during Czech Days. It’s a neat town where people keep things mowed and painted and always looking great.  Tyndall is one of the small towns that still has a bakery and Gemar’s Market features some of the friendliest people you’ll meet anytime anywhere.

Last time I was through Tyndall, the 4-H grounds were neatly trimmed and painted and ready to go for achievement days. It looked like they had recently installed new playground equipment.  They even have a pretty little pond in the middle of town complete with a bike and walking path.

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In short, Tyndall is quite a town.  If you’re up early you might catch Harvey delivering the Yankton Press and Dakotan. If you’re there Sunday morning you might see a crowd of vehicles around St. Leo’s Catholic Church.  And if your in Tyndall on a Saturday night you might catch most of the folks at the Corner Bar or bowling alley. (Yes, they have one of those too.)

One of the coolest things about Tyndall is, last time I checked, they still even pumped the gas for you at Franks Trading Post on the south side of town. (Way to go Fred) Try finding that in Sioux Falls.

My wife Cindy is from Tyndall.  She always tells me ‘her small town’ is better than mine. You see, I’m from Kennebec where we still have mostly gravel roads in town.

So how about you?  Are you from a small town in Kickin’ Country?  If you are, we would love to hear from you.  You can e-mail me a picture and a paragraph or two about your town.  Who knows, maybe we’ll make it The Kickin’ Country Small Town of the Day!

(E-mail JD Collins with your Small Town information.











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