Tom Lawrence of Sioux Falls, S.D., has been a reporter, editor and author since 1978. He has covered his native state as well as writing about politics, government, and other issues in Texas, Montana, Iowa and elsewhere. Lawrence is the author of "Pictures, a Park, and a Pulitzer," the story of Mel Ruder and Montana's Hungry Horse News.

Photo illustration of Kyla Mercy in a gold frame with lit candles and an evidence marker collaged on top.

Native American woman Kyla Mercy Red Bear died this month under strange circumstances. At the 25-year-old’s vigil, family and friends celebrated her spirit while seeking answers.