Well now that the epic solar eclipse has come and gone, what should South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota residents do with their special eclipse glasses?

The lifetime experience of seeing a total solar eclipse happened this past Monday. Even though South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota saw parts of the total solar eclipse, people still went outside with their special glasses to view this majestic event.

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Solar eclipse watchers across the country listened to experts and purchased solar eclipse glasses.

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So since the solar eclipse is over, what do South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota do with their special glasses? 

The United States will wait decades until the next total solar eclipse in 2044. According to an article from NPR, special solar eclipse glasses should not be used again if they are more than three years old. However, the National Weather Service is reporting the next solar eclipse will be happening this October!

The upcoming annular eclipse will be on October 2nd, 2024 and it will cross the Southeast Pacific, far southern South America area. So anyone who has the special eclipse glasses can donate them!

READ MORE: Kwik Trip Posts Best Eclipse Picture…Ever.

Organizations like Astronomers Without Borders and Eclipse Glasses USA  are collecting eclipse glasses for others to enjoy this special moment.

We invite individuals and organizations to donate their used eclipse glasses so that they can be repurposed for future eclipse events in other parts of the world. By doing so, we aim to foster a love for astronomy and science among young minds, while also promoting safe viewing practices.

This is a great opportunity for South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota residents to give back to others! More information on how to donate your eclipse glasses can be found here.

Standing Where South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota Meet

Wanna stand in three states at once? You can do just that at the Tri-State Iron Monument just outside the city of Valley Springs, South Dakota.

It's a simple monument, but it's neat to know so much history lies in the area. You just have to know where to look.

Gallery Credit: Andy Gott

The Coldest Temperatures in Sioux Falls History

When a polar vortex rolls through Sioux Falls, it can get even the heartiest dreaming of indoor fires, baking, and hot chocolate.

Mr. Bendo is tough enough but for the love of Pete, someone put a scarf on the Statue of David!

All this icy chatter had us wondering about the coldest days ever recorded in Sioux Falls. Here is the historical data from the National Weather Service with the coldest temps ever recorded in Sioux Falls since record-keeping began in 1893.

Gallery Credit: Danny V