A South Dakota singer is shining bright on one of the biggest stages on television.

A Black Hills State University student from Mitchell, South Dakota named Logan Culhane is showing the world her talents on the upcoming American Idol season.

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Logan is a freshman majoring in music and minoring in theatre at Black Hills State University. Music was always part of this South Dakota's girl life. Logan tells Black Hills State University in a recent interview that her family knew she was going to be something. Logan's family encouraged her to submit her virtual American Idol audition and to go after her dream. She just didn't think this opportunity would happen so soon!

“I always had dreams of doing big things like this, but I never thought it would happen so soon, in my freshman year of college. I’m very thankful for it, and I’m really excited for people to see it.”

After multiple Zoom calls and meetings, Logan finally got invited to the televised auditions to perform in front of the all-star judges panel: Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie. Logan admits in the interview with BHSU it was a surreal moment:

“I was so nervous, and it didn’t feel real until I was going into the audition room with them. You look at these people that are so incredibly talented and have so much presence in the industry, and it’s like wow! So, it was an honor to sing in front of them.”

Logan loves to sing and perform. She's actually starring in the upcoming BHSU Theatre and Music Department’s production of “Little House on the Prairie: The Musical.” She's playing the role of Laura Ingalls.

Logan's audition did not air on television yet. Make sure you watch Season 22 of American Idol on ABC to watch Logan Culhane's audition! South Dakota is rooting for you, Logan!

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Beyond the well-traveled tourist paths, there’s a whole different world of food exploration throughout South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. From tiny restaurants in historic towns serving up generations-old recipes to small town dive bars that not only have cheap, cold beer, but unique and unexpected homemade dishes.

We’ve created an exploration of off-the-beaten path restaurants nestled in the charming landscapes of the tri-state area. Take a detour from the ordinary and discover the extraordinary flavors as you travel the roads not-so-often traveled. 

Gallery Credit: Karla Brown / Townsquare Media

35 Movies That Take Place in South Dakota

When it comes to South Dakota and Hollywood, we've seen our fair share of films that have used our state as the backdrop for a number of productions over the years. They may not have always filmed here, but movie folk love to set stories here.

We're all familiar with the blockbusters like 1990's Dances With Wolves, 1959's North By Northwest, and more recently, 2007's National Treasure: Book of Secrets. But our state's life on the big screen goes back nearly 100 years.

According to IMDb, it all started with Courtin' Wildcats, a 1929 film which, like so many of the 29 films on this list, is a Western set in the time before South Dakota became a state in 1889.

Gallery Credit: Jeff Harkness/B1027.com

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