At The Gas Stop's more than 20 locations across Minnesota and South Dakota, customers can pull into automated car-wash bays, where their cars receive beautifying polishes and foam baths. Gas pumps stand by to replenish tanks, and an indoor deli sates customer appetites for everything from coffee and ice cream to taquitos and salads. The Gas Stop supports good causes throughout its communities, such as the Land O' Lakes Save Five for Schools program, which helps increase school budgets while bringing high-fives back into the K–12 curriculum.
For more than 50 years, the employees at Get N Go Car Wash—a division of the locally owned Get N Go fuel and convenience stations—have found ways to make people's lives easier. Not only do the automated washes render vehicles squeaky-clean in about 15 minutes, but the company's online car-wash club also lets customers buy packages and manage their accounts 24/7. Some Get N Go locations even offer fresh mixed salads and wraps for hungry, health-conscious travelers or SUVs trying to diet down to compact-car size.
Remember the Alamo. In their own unique way, the game designers at Splat Attack Paintball honor that charge with a scenario based around the legendary battle. The Alamo is one of Splat Attack's 13 games, which range from classics such as capture the flag to mutants, a riff on hide-and-seek where players search for their "contaminated" foes. Rounds take place across Splat Attack's more than 12 acres, which encompass landscapes both large and small—not to mention open and dense. Giant wooden spools and barrels populate the more traditional, speedball-style fields, while woodland surroundings include trenches and confined trailers, where players can take cover behind walls and napping movie stars.
At Wireless World, phone techs help customers connect to the world with a wide assortment of cell phones from brands such as Samsung, Nokia, and Droid. With phones activated, they can then assist customers in sprucing up their vastly updated string-and-can with accessories such as cases, hands-free headsets, and screen protectors. They can also hook phones up with Internet devices such as tablets, mobile hotspots, and 4G USB modems.
Since 1985, South Dakota Magazine’s writers have traversed their home state to unearth unique stories about its past and present. From their Yankton offices, housed in three old brick buildings built in the 1870s by Territorial Governor John Pennington, staffers recall tales from their travels with entertaining articles paired with full-color photos. Recipes for prize-winning pies share space with accounts of outdoor excursions, previews of upcoming events, and historical articles documenting little-known pieces of South Dakota’s past. One issue is sent to subscribers every two months, giving them plenty of time to read every article and plan which outfit they will wear when reading the next.