Coming from a family who gets attached to furniture, and almost any and everything else, basement storage of items hasn't been a choice, it's been a way of life.

Our dad collected statuary and very artsy liquor bottles (like the Pietà replica and beautiful jade duck sitting on my piano right now). Mom collected books and of course anything we gave her.

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Those items included costume jewelry, kitschy items like a gold-plated bunny bank, (I found it at a jewelry store for the whopping price of $10, which back then I had saved for quite a while) and books, lots and lots of books!

And don't even get me started on the stuff my sisters and I collect! So, needless to say, when I came across the information in a Reader's Digest article on things you should keep out of your basement my concern level was raised.

Here are 10 items you should never store in your basement due in a large part to the fact that they draw insects and vermin to them, end up smelling awful, or disintegrate due to moisture.

Source: Reader's Digest


Have You Ever Explored the 'War Eagle Monument' on the South Dakota/Iowa Border?

Originally being from the Sioux City area, I grew up knowing about the War Eagle Monument perched on a bluff along I-29. There was at least one field trip for every kid in the area to the monument.

However, speaking with folks from Sioux Falls, they didn't seem to know what I was talking about. All they know about I-29 in Sioux City was that it was usually under construction.

When crossing into Iowa from South Dakota on I-29, look up!

See Inside the Sioux Falls 'Castle on 22nd Street'

I don't know when I first saw the home, nor do I remember when I started lovingly referring to it as the "Castle on 22nd Street." I only know that I did and have referred to that Sioux Falls house as such for about 20 years now.

Worst Places to Live in South Dakota

A surprising town was named the worst place to live in all of South Dakota and the reason behind it is a bit unexpected.

Money Inc. made a list of the 20 worst cities and towns to live in all of South Dakota and no part of the state is left unmarked.

The list focused on a number of key factors, including crime rate, unemployment, low wages, and school funding.

So which city is the "worst" in South Dakota, according to the article? Read on: