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RAPID CITY -- America's "Shrine to Democracy" is in the center of a dispute over the freedom of information. The Mount Rushmore Society, the private, non-profit organization that is the national memorial's leading concessionaire and friends group, filed a complaint in federal district court in Rapid City late Friday.
Action on a open sealed loader and gravel bids will highlight Tuesday's Davison County Commission meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Davison County Courthouse in Mitchell. The complete agenda is as follows: • 9 a.m.: Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approval of minutes, citizens' input. • 9:30 a.m.: Highway Superintendent Rusty Weinberg, opening of sealed bids for front-end loader. • 9:45 a.m.: Weinberg, gravel bids. • 10 a.m.: Change order for Puetz Corp. • 10:10 a.m.: Approve phone system for north offices.
PIERRE -- The election of Dennis Daugaard as governor and running mate Matt Michels as lieutenant governor in 2010 came at a good time for South Dakota taxpayers generally and for tens of thousands of people whose pensions depend on the South Dakota Retirement System. Daugaard showed in his first budget speech in January 2011 -- when he called for 10 percent cuts in state government -- that he is fiscally conservative. It is part of his character, learned from his parents, who worked despite both being deaf, and from his time as a trust officer at a bank.
This photo, thought to have been taken in June 1912 at the Elks Lodge in Mitchell, of the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) and WRC (Women's Relief Corps) at...
Ranch and country living keep us well-grounded and humble, making it difficult to get an uppity attitude. We repurpose things, live within our means, are practical, conservative and we use an outhouse. Modest living is not exactly considered popular in today's American society, but it keeps us from having a reputation as being a snooty family. What's kept us unpretentious as of late has been reviving the use of the old-fashioned outhouse on our place.
When the sun rises over the pond on the first page of "Ribbit!" all looks serene. The early morning haze hangs in the air. A soft ring of yellow-green grass shimmers in the yellow-rose light. But "Ribbit!" by Rodrigo Folgueira, is not a serene picture book. When you turn the page, you'll see a big pink pig perched on a rock. That's right. A pig. When the chief frog dares to ask, "What can we do for you?" the pig answers with one giant word. "Ribbit!" To say the least it's funny. But here's where the story takes an interesting spin.
Used to be most kids hated early September. Those back-to-school ads all over the place, and the dreaded specter of another long year sitting in front of Miss Crabtree or whomever. Most baby boomers like me equated Labor Day with a trip to the dentist. No longer. These days many urchins actually LIKE school. They look forward to getting up early, hopping on the bus and learning their buns off. How is this even possible? I think I know.
"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24 These words of the Psalmist speak a truth that is abundantly helpful for us, but so difficult for us to follow through with in our lives. This summer has brought some pretty warm weather with a correspondingly high dew point. Complaints about the heat and humidity have been abundant. It would be nice to have 75 degree weather with a lower humidity, along with gentle rain showers each night. That would be nice, but that is a dream.
Kody Heller, of Platte, was part of a civil and environmental engineering team at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology placed third nationally in the PCI Engineering Design Competition, taking home a prize of $1,500. The seven-person team fabricated and tested a pre-cast, pre-stressed 20-foot long concrete beam. Prizes are awarded to the top three in each of the seven zones for efficient design, highest load capacity and other categories. The School of Mines team placed first in Zone 3, enabling it to compete nationally.
When Pat Tanumihardja moved with her son, Isaac Wheatley, from Seattle to Fairfax, Va., in April, she presumed that the transition would be no big deal for him. After all, she figured, a toddler is going to be adaptable because his world is so limited. She figured wrong. Isaac displayed the 3-year-old's equivalent of stressing out, Tanumihardja said. His potty-training successes generally evaporated. His sleep habits unraveled. "He had been sleeping very well through the night but started waking up and coming back to our room after we moved," she said.