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Firefighters saved some piglets from a blaze; then they ate them as sausages
Fargo man delays ‘pro-white’ rally; no new date set
A postal worker faked cancer and got paid to miss two years of work. Here's how a judge punished her.
Small town Minn. grocery store shares tips on how to remain viable
The strange story of a 'Blacks for Trump' guy standing behind the president at his Phoenix rally
Walmart and Google are plotting to change your shopping habits
Google's newest Android operating system gets its official name: Oreo
Macy's to restructure merchandising unit, cut 100 jobs
Move over Ticketmaster: Amazon in talks to offer event ticketing in U.S.
Google is said to work on news product competing with Snapchat
Getting drought-relief hay to Northern Plains no easy task
SD ag, fishing officials update water issue
Officials seek trucking help for donated drought-relief hay
Seeing red: Take a trip to Wisconsin's cranberry marshes
Ag credit counselor, mediator say new lending rules hit hard
ESD coaches poll: Harrisburg heavy favorite for conference football crown
DWU, DSU set for college football rivalry clash
New Twins reliever Curtiss reaches majors two years after elbow scare
ESPN Radio host Ryen Russillo arrested after police find him drunk and naked in stranger's condo
Robison wants preseason snaps but status is uncertain
Award-winning ‘Over the Ocean’ is first-rate read
KIRK: Gratitude for the little country things
Fulton sisters celebrate 10 years of bow rehairing, restoration business
ACT’s ‘Mary Poppins’ wows audiences with vocals, dance scenes
Saddle making: Hobby turned full-time career
John A. Fillaus
A time for wine, a time for beer
Commentary: Trump's Arizona rally showed just how unfit he is
DAUGAARD: There's something for everyone at the State Fair
WOSTER: Musings about tractor mowing
BANDA: From Parmesan to Gruyere to ricotta, here are ways to eat and appreciate this palate pleaser
Wiltz: Adventures at Isle Royale National Park
South Dakota graduate student conducts fox study
Wiltz: Good outdoorsmen have to be on their game
South Dakota researcher study fish density
Wiltz: Chasing the thrill of hunting boars
James and Karen Geppert
May 26, 2016
WILTZ: On egg farms and SD's underappreciated fighting fish
During the past year, I've written about wind turbines, pipelines, and livestock confinement units. Were it not for a growing population with a gluttonous appetite for food and energy, there might be easier answers to these issues. As it is, all sides have reasonable arguments.
May 26, 2016 - 12:20am
May 17, 2016
WILTZ: What's for dinner? Something new
How receptive are you to eating wild game? Most of us would probably fall into a "shades of gray" category. A recent experience has left me wondering exactly where I am on the gray scale.
May 17, 2016 - 11:47pm
May 10, 2016
WILTZ: World of hunting trips not immune to change
Recent changes in the world of hunting have affected some of the places I've been. Another touches my recently booked British Columbia moose hunt.
May 10, 2016 - 11:41pm
May 3, 2016
This book taught me more than I garnered in a year of college
Occasionally I read a book I just have to talk about, and Peter Aughton's Endeavor is such a work. Aughton chronicled Capt. James Cook's initial three year around the world expedition that included the discovery and limited exploration of Australia. Cook set sail on the HMS Endeavor...
May 3, 2016 - 11:47pm
April 26, 2016
WILTZ: On South Dakota's scenery and hunting buffaloes
Have you ever felt like you wanted a change in scenery for a few days? After church on Sunday April 10, Betsy and I headed for the Black Hills. We took the scenic route by heading west on State Highway 44, crossing the Platte-Winner Bridge, turning north on Highway 47 at the Lone...
April 26, 2016 - 11:50pm
April 20, 2016
WILTZ: Preparing one's mind and body for the big hunt
In early October, hunting partner Mike Hall and I will head to British Columbia for a moose hunt. We plan to drive. Other than experiencing some incredible landscape, we will be able to take home our moose meat if either or both of us are successful. We will also be able to avoid...
April 20, 2016 - 12:13am
April 13, 2016
Let's take a look at our Game, Fish & Parks commissioners
As you probably know, our eight South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks commissioners are appointed by our governor to four-year terms. I have sometimes wondered about our GF&P commissioners. Are their appointments political favors? Are they themselves fishermen, hunters and campers? Do their...
April 13, 2016 - 1:33am
April 5, 2016
WILTZ: More than 50 years worth of fishing tips
I've recently encouraged you to chase walleyes beneath the Fort Randall Dam or the Big Bend Dam with a jig and minnow. While the stretch between Chamberlain and Fort Thompson was good advice, the action at Randall has been almost non-existent. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has...
April 5, 2016 - 11:29pm
March 30, 2016
WILTZ: Current background checks are plenty thorough
It was about 48 years ago when Betsy and I drove to Olivet in order to change our voter registrations from Democrat to Independent. It probably had to do with gun control, as I had recently become of life member of the National Rifle Association. Politics-wise, we were like many young...
March 30, 2016 - 1:47pm
March 22, 2016
Improved eyes means better hunting next fall
While I attempt to keep this column relevant for all ages, I sometimes reveal my age and such will be the case today. Back in January, I admitted that a doe I had dropped with my muzzleloader got up and ran off. I had apparently nicked the top of its spine and momentarily stunned...
March 22, 2016 - 10:47pm
February 9, 2016
Knowing the lay of the land for tag draws
I've never really done much of what I'm going to talk about today, but I do have a hunter friend who is constantly "rolling the dice," so to speak. I'm talking about Jerry Hnetynka. I would guess that he has been applying for various hunting licenses for the past 45 years. Like South...
February 9, 2016 - 11:38pm
February 2, 2016
Silencers, weatherizing firearms, and one of the greatest sporting rifle ever built
The most important thing going on in my life right now relates to my wife Betsy's latest fall. She broke her femur just below the screws and hardware that are part of a hip replacement. It will be nurse Roger and therapy for a few months. I can write about grizzly bears and crocodiles,...
February 2, 2016 - 10:47pm
January 26, 2016
Grizzly bears deserve some planning ahead
Those of us who ever took a general psychology class probably remember Ivan Pavlov's dog. Through classical conditioning, the dog was taught...
January 26, 2016 - 11:46pm
January 20, 2016
Don't ever look for me in Dallas
After hearing about my "Revenant" deer last week, or the deer that came to life, got up and ran away, you might be wondering if Jerry and I returned to that abandoned farm house for a second go round. We didn't. On the morning of Jan. 11th, I had a cataract removed from my left eye....
January 20, 2016 - 12:01am
January 5, 2016
Wiltz: I'm a proud grandpa after Sam's 'Big Eight'
Some big South Dakota deer were taken this past season. To date, the highest scoring deer was Austin Earley's Brookings County whitetail that...
January 5, 2016 - 11:39pm