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"South Dakota is a "state in the "Midwestern "United States of America. The state is named for the "Lakota Nation of native peoples, many of whom still call South Dakota home. The "Great Plains cover most of South Dakota. The "Black Hills rise in the southwestern corner of the state with the "Badlands to their east. The "Missouri River splits the state into eastern and western halves. Previously the southern portion of the "Territory of Dakota, the "State of South Dakota was admitted to the "Union as the "40th State on November 2, 1889. South Dakota ranks 17th in total area and 46th in population among the "50 states. The "United States Census Bureau estimates that the state population was 812,383 in 2009. "Pierre is the "capital of South Dakota. "Sioux Falls is the most populous "city and the center of the most populous "metropolitan area. "Rapid City is the state's second most populous city and metropolitan area.

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State Symbols

"State flag:
"Flag of the State of South Dakota
"State seal:
"Great Seal of the State of South Dakota
"State motto: Under God, the people rule
"State nickname: "The Mount Rushmore State
State slogan: Great Faces. Great Places.
"State animal: "Coyote (Canis latrans)
"State bird: "Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
"State fish: "Walleye (Sander vitreus vitreus)
"State flower: "Pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris)
"State grass: "Western Wheat Grass (Triticum aestivum)
"State insect: "Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
"State tree: "Black Hills Spruce (Picea glauca)
"State fossil: "Triceratops (Triceratops horridus)
"State beverage: "Cow's milk
"State bread: "Fry bread
"State desert: "Kuchen
"State gemstone: "Fairburn agate
State jewelry: "Black Hills Gold
"State mineral: "Rose quartz
"State soil: "Houdek loam
"State sport: "Rodeo
"State song: "Hail, South Dakota!
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