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Western South Dakota benefits from film’s success


RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- Tourist attractions in western South Dakota that appeared in the Academy Award-winning film "Nomadland" are seeing an increase in visitors credited to the film's success.

Reptile Gardens and Wall Drug Store are both reporting an early bump in tourist traffic, the Rapid City Journal reported Saturday.

Both were in "Nomadland," which won best picture, best director and best actress Academy Awards.

Wall Drug Store chairman Rick Hustead said the store has seen a 114% increase in sales over 2019 while year-to-date for 2020 showed a 92% increase.

The state tourism department is also anticipating a large amount of tourists to the state with the film's awards.

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