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CHEERS to news that U.S. farmers could see a record corn crop this fall. A report in Friday's Daily Republic told how this could be the biggest-ever harvest, and it...
PIERRE -- As human West Nile virus cases continue to rise, a state health official urges South Dakotans to use mosquito repellent and take other precautions to protect themselves. "South Dakota has the highest number of human West Nile cases in the nation, as well as the highest number of the more serious neuroinvasive cases," said Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist for the Department of Health.
Dear Readers: Here is this week's Sound Off, about prescription medications: "I take a number of medications, most of which are white -- prescription and nonprescription drugs. There are a number of colors in the rainbow. Why not make many colors of pills so that pharmacists and consumers can better tell them apart? I realize that the drugs that are being taken now need to continue to look the same. Pharmacy companies, please make new medications in a variety of colors and shapes. -- Christine V., Salem, Ore."
As the father of Maegan Spindler, I must take issue with The Daily Republic's editorial, "Drunken driving more complex than a drink tax can fix" on Aug. 5. Let us start with the lab samples from Ron Fischer. It took the state crime lab 11 days to return the results to the Charles Mix County Sheriff. The samples were sent via U.S. mail, not by courier, even though it was a double homicide. Apparently (according to Lt. Welsh of the S.D. Highway Patrol as quoted in the Argus Leader) an "analyzer" was out of town; we assume one
DIMOCK -- Planners of the annual mission festival at Immanuel Lutheran Church have changed the start time of the morning service to 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18. The other events will remain the same.
PIERRE -- Enrollments at South Dakota's public universities rose in recent years because more people took off-campus courses, while the numbers of students physically attending classes declined system-wide in 2011 and again in 2012, according to a new report prepared for the state Board of Regents. The regents, who govern the state's higher education system, plan to discuss the enrollment trends Wednesday and Thursday when they meet in Sioux Falls for their annual planning retreat.
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, new dean of Washington National Cathedral, started out as a comedy writer for Steve Allen. He got the gig, he says, through his parents. Hall's father was an actor in Hollywood, his mother a costume designer. And the connection he forged through them with the comedian-turned-"Tonight Show" host made a lasting impression on Hall's approach to ministry. "Steve was a big influence in my life," says Hall.
Q: During this hot summer weather, I'm downing four or five sodas a day. That can't be good, can it? -- Tom D., Scotch Plains, N.J.
A boy, Xavier Matthew Schmidt, was born on July 12, 2013, to Casey and Jonathon Schmidt, Plankinton, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Grandparents are Dave and Cheryl Miller; and Philip and Dorene Schmidt, all of Plankinton.
A girl, Emma Ann Perry, was born on July 2, 2013, to Nick and Megan Perry, Ethan, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Grandparents are Brian and Michelle McBrayer, Ethan; Steve and Mary Sternhagen, Yankton; and Steve and Melaine Perry, Becker, Minn.