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Even with the price of gasoline 10 cents higher than last year, tourism officials expect a strong turnout this Memorial Day weekend. "Memorial Day is just right around the corner, and that's kind of the big kickoff, and we're all looking forward to it," said Wanda Goodman, deputy secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism.
A two-vehicle crash quickly evolved into a hazardous-material situation Tuesday morning as an estimated 60 gallons of diesel poured onto a Mitchell roadway, authorities said. As of approximately 11 a.m., officials remained at the intersection of Sanborn Boulevard and the South Dakota Highway 37 bypass in northern Mitchell to clean up diesel that poured from a delivery truck following a two-vehicle collision.
A statewide anonymous crime reporting system has found support from the director of a similar program already in place in Mitchell. With the implementation of Project Stand Up, a state program that facilitates anonymous reports of drug crimes, Dean Knippling, director of Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers (MACS), believes the two programs can work together in one community.
Before this year's class of Mitchell seniors received their diplomas, two of their classmates urged them to look back and press forward. On Sunday, 175 Mitchell High School seniors walked across the Corn Palace stage during this year's commencement ceremony, which featured commencement addresses from seniors Raina Grimsley and Timothy Morgan. While Grimsley believes her classmates are filled with talent and potential for success, she encouraged everyone to take a moment away from celebrating to look back at everyone who helped them along the way and say, "Thank you."
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Say yes. That was U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem's message to Wessington Springs High School seniors during this year's commencement address at the graduation ceremony, held on Saturday at the elementary school in Wessington Springs. Noem was invited to speak by the students themselves. "That meant the world to me," Noem said at the start of her commencement address.
SIOUX FALLS — As South Dakota celebrated its newest state park, tribal members from across the region made the journey to their ancestral home. On Friday, the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks hosted a dedication ceremony for Good Earth State Park, the state's 13th state park and the newest in 40 years, and the ceremony drew a crowd that included Native Americans from tribes as far away as Oklahoma. "I want to welcome all our indigenous brothers and sisters. Welcome home," said Dick Brown, development director for the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation.
PIERRE — With a new staff member and more efficient testing practices, South Dakota forensic chemists are reinforcing their role in combatting drug use. With law enforcement officials expressing concern about lengthy turnaround times for blood, urine and drug tests, forensic chemists with the State Public Health Laboratory, operated by the South Dakota Department of Health in Pierre, are feeling the pressure, too.
More commodity and conservation programs for less cost. That's part of an ideal farm bill for John Thune, a Republican U.S. senator representing South Dakota. Thune is a member of the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and has helped write three farm bills since he took office in 2005. He said the next farm bill, scheduled to be passed in 2018, must be "more creative, innovative and forward-thinking," all while cutting costs.
Rural services may take a hit under the president's budget proposal, which cuts more than $4 billion from the Department of Agriculture. Trump's budget blueprint, titled "America First" and published by the Office of Management and Budget on March 16, requests $17.9 billion for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is a $4.7 billion, or 21 percent, drop from this year's funding.
On a weekend of celebration for graduates, law enforcement took extra precautions to keep the roads safe. With high schools in Ethan and Mount Vernon holding graduation ceremonies Saturday, the Davison County Sheriff's Office doubled its usual Saturday evening staff as part of a saturation patrol.