'The Pioneer Woman' is coming to South Dakota!

Please note that she says, "here we come!"

UPDATE: Since the original posting of this story (April 18, 2022), another South Dakota college threw its hat in the ring. The University of South Dakota in Vermillion has made an offer!    

Will Todd be a Jackrabbit or a Coyote? Brookings or Vermillion? I have no dog in this fight, I just want Ree to come to South Dakota so I can meet her. Seeya soon, Ree!


Ree Drummond AKA 'The Pioneer Woman' has made a name for herself through a cooking and lifestyle blog that was then turned into a Food Network show, The Pioneer Woman.

She lives on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma with her family hence the name 'The Pioneer Woman'.

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She also has a line of cookware and kitchen gadgets at Walmart. She and her family also have opened many businesses/restaurants in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

She has four biological children and one foster son. Her youngest son, Todd, is quite the high school football star. And, he recently paid a visit to South Dakota State University in Brookings!



Her other kids Alex, Paige, Bryce, and Jamar have all attended other colleges. Her oldest daughter, Alex, went to Texas A&M. Paige goes to the University of Arkansas. Bryce attends and plays football at the University of North Texas while Jamar attends and plays football at the University of Central Oklahoma.

The other kids all stayed a bit closer to home and/or in the South.

Could Todd be the one to break that trend?

Full disclosure, I watch The Pioneer Woman every Saturday morning. If her son, Todd,  ends up going to SDSU, I might have to attend a few home games in the hope that Ree is there rooting for her son.

I have picture evidence that she does it for her other kids! See below.

I don't want to put the cart before the horse, but let me be the first to welcome The Drummonds to South Dakota!


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.

South Dakota Foods You Must Try

Some foods are distinctly South Dakota. How many of these amazing South Dakota dishes have you tried?!

If you live in South Dakota chances are you've eaten many of the items on this food list.

But if you are visiting our state or if you just haven't gotten around to chowing down on these great eats, you need to get on it.

Some foods are distinctly South Dakotan. Here are the 9 South Dakota Foods You Must Try Before You Check Out …

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