A national feature story on the widespread irruption of Snowy Owls, with birders from the Pacific Northwest to New England reporting frequent sightings of the yellow-eyed birds.
A feature story on legendary college basketball coach Don Meyer as he prepared to break Bobby Knight’s all-time NCAA win record (a mark eventually surpassed by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski). Meyer, who later was was the subject of a Buster Olney biography, included my story in his recruiting packet sent to prospective players.
A story on how cool summer temps were putting the strain on South Dakota beekeepers and honey producers.
A story on the continued popularity of the pipe organ despite many modern churches transitioning to services led by praise bands and a nationwide shortage of qualified organists.
A feature on the little-known McPherson County town of Hillsview, which boasts a population of 3. The town south of Eureka once was home to a couple hundred people and boasted its own butcher shop, bank and ZIP code.
A story about the FBI finally acknowledging publicly that a black civil rights activist was killed during the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee and saying it suspects militant members of the American Indian Movement are responsible.
A travel feature on the National Music Museum in Vermillion, S.D., a tourist attraction that boasts more than 15,000 items ranging from a Stradivarius violin to a Bob Dylan acoustic guitar.
A first-person travel feature on my 19-day trip backpacking across Europe using a train pass and staying at hostels.
My award-winning investigative project on how the U.S. Small Business Administration was granting loans slated for 9/11 recovery to many business far away from Ground Zero. The project and follow-up stories won the 2006 Gerald Loeb Award, business and financial journalism’s highest honor.
My installment in The Associated Press’ award-winning “Meltdown 101” series that sought to explain aspects of the 2008 economic crisis in terms the average reader could understand. The project won a 2008 Best in Business Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
To check out a few dozen of my other national stories written for The Associated Press, visit the news service’s Big Story site.