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BROOKINGS -- South Dakota State University Extension launches Backyard Biodiversity in South Dakota for 2014 this month. "The Backyard Biodiversity project is designed to engage South Dakotans in monitoring pollinators and other beneficial insects in their immediate environment," said Amanda Bachmann, SDSU Extension consumer horticulture field specialist.
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Ryan Storm a farmer from Mount Vernon, served as a delegate to the Pork Act Delegate assembly March 6-8 in Kansas City, Mo. Storm was appointed as a delegate by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. "It was important to me to represent pork producers from across the U.S. as a Pork Act Delegate," said Storm. "As an industry, when we stand united and work toward a common goal we can yield positive results for pork producers."
BROOKINGS -- South Dakota State University Extension invites you to a Managing the Margin Workshop focused on market and risk decisions South Dakota producers will need to make this year from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on March 20 at the SDSU Extension Regional Center on the Mitchell Technical Institute campus in the Trades Center building. The workshop will be an interactive learning experience, where producers can discuss different strategies and express their risk tolerance. Each class is divided into two sessions.
A Mitchell man and woman were arrested in February for identity theft. Ruth Clemente, 29, and Joel Garcia, 37, found a debit card in a grocery cart in Walmart and used it for several transactions in town, according to court documents. Video surveillance showed Garcia use the debit card to pay for gas at Casey's on First Avenue and attempt to purchase a flatscreen TV at Walmart. Surveillance also showed Clemente purchase groceries at Walmart. The TV purchase was stopped through a theft-detection program associated with the debit card, according to court documents.
A Mitchell man is charged with failure to register as a sex offender. Tracy Charles De Voe, 41, was convicted in 1994 of second-degree sexual assault in Wisconsin, according to court documents. He failed to register as a sex offender within three days of moving to Mitchell. The charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of an Illinois man accused of stealing from the McCook County State's Attorney. Tyler Massengill, 23, of Peoria, Ill., is charged with third-degree burglary for entering Mike Fink's hoop barn -- an open-ended structure that can be filled with farm implements -- with the intent to commit a crime. He is also charged with three counts of petty theft for taking a bale spear attachment, a mobile home hitch and scrap metal, according to court documents completed by Deputy State's Attorney Roger Gerlach.
Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Pa., led 44 members of Congress in asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to crack down on the online classified advertising site, Backpage.com. The group sent a letter asking Holder to use authority they believe he has under existing federal law to investigate and prosecute operators of the website. "Backpage.com is deeply involved in the sex trafficking industry and advertises sex acts with children, minors and women," Noem told reporters Wednesday. "It's something that really needs to be shut down."
Federal lawmakers from states along the Upper Missouri River are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to disclose the steps it's taking to prepare for potential spring floods. Mountain snowpack levels in the Missouri River basin so far this season are comparable to 2011, when flooding devastated hundreds of thousands of acres of mostly farmland across the Midwest. On Wednesday, members of congress from Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota asked Army Corps Brig. Gen. John Kem what infrastructure repairs and improvements have been made in the years since.
A Mitchell man is accused of distributing a controlled substance. Israel Torres, 50, is charged with distributing oxycodone on Dec. 20 and Jan. 3. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.