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I read in the local newspaper that Mike Kehrwald will be inducted into the Chamberlain High School Athletic Hall of Fame this month, and the trumpet solo from Bert Kaempfert's "Wonderland by Night'' ran through my head. Mike -- we called him "Speed'' back in high school -- played trumpet for a six-piece combo called The Bearcats. I played rhythm guitar. We played swing and big-band music from the 1930s and 1940s. That's what Charlie Roberts, the CHS band instructor, had in his boxes of sheet music.
We learn from an Associated Press report that the South Dakota Certified Beef program, launched eight years ago with mighty fanfare during the Rounds administration, has fallen short of its goal of helping producers in the state sell state-branded beef as a premium product for higher prices. It appears that although South Dakota produces several million head of livestock, only 16,386 cattle over the past eight years have been enrolled in the program. Maybe the program still will catch hold in time, as former Gov. Mike Rounds believes it will.
VFW Post Commander Pat Ziegler is dunked after a throw from 6-year-old Reed Prickett, of Ethan, on Saturday outside the Masonic Temple in Mitchell. The event was part of the...
BROOKINGS -- Dutch elm disease has begun to show up in trees across the state. The symptoms to be on a lookout for include; wilting and browning leaves, often throughout the canopy but sometimes restricted to the length of an individual branch or limb, said John Ball, SDSU Extension forestry specialist. "The trees expressing symptoms now were probably infected last year or even several years ago, sometimes by root grafts with nearby DED-infested trees that were not promptly removed," Ball said.
BROOKINGS -- Thanks to the rain this growing season has been a vast improvement over last year's drought for most gardeners, said David Graper, Extension horticulture specialist and director of McCrory Gardens. "Granted, sometimes we received too much rain at one time but I think that is better than almost no rain at all," he said. However, even in a year with normal rainfall, Graper pointed out that most people will have to water their gardens at least once in a while to get them through the dry periods and therefore have better production.
BROOKINGS -- Compared with agronomy and cropping sciences, grazing and grassland production generally require less economic input. Because of this, there can be the misconception that grazing management is an enterprise that requires less forethought and management, explained Pete Bauman, SDSU Extension range field specialist. "This assumption was challenged over the past year as producers managing grazing land were required to respond to a drought that still lingers in the southwest portion of the state," he said.
Most mothers take their 13-year old daughters shopping or out to lunch for a mother-daughter day. I take mine windrowing or raking. Farm and ranch life provides unconventional mother-daughter time. All-day shopping trips are hard to come by when the nearest mall is 60 miles away and leaving ranch responsibilities takes strategic planning ahead. In order to have mother-daughter time, my daughter and I capitalize on our time spent doing ranch work together. We spend quality time in the windrower cutting hay or on the tractor raking.
WASHINGTON -- Former KGB General Oleg Kalugin was once asked why so many Russian spies used sex in their work, intelligence historian H. Keith Melton recalls. Kalugin's reply was simple: "In America, in the West, occasionally you ask your men to stand up for their country. There's very little difference. In Russia, we just ask our young women to lay down."
As President Barack Obama heads for a nice vacation in Martha's Vineyard, a place of wealth, I want him to work on a simple math calculation. One of the major themes of the president's administration is that there is a tremendous problem of "income inequality" in this nation and it must be addressed.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a Brandon couple on a motorcycle died in a crash with a minivan in Brookings. The patrol says 61-year-old Leonard Feltman and 61-year-old Janis...