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BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST, S.D. -- They're called the Black Hills, but the peaks and valleys that dominate this forest in western South Dakota contradict the region's genial moniker. In the southern Black Hills, Harney Peak's craggy summit rises 7,242 feet above the level of the sea. To the north, Terry Peak surpasses 7,000 feet. Up close, the region is lush, green and quite mountainous. And dissecting it all is the Mickelson Trail, a railroad line-turned-bike path that transforms the average visitor from tourist to trailblazer on a tranquil lane that is as scenic as it is serene.
SPRINGFIELD -- Tim Peterson is a professional fishing guide and jack of many trades, but he's also quick to push, prod and promote all sorts of tourism opportunities in Bon Homme County. So when he spends some time Tuesday fishing with Dave Carlson of the TV show "Northland Adventures," it's likely Peterson won't miss the chance to plug southeast South Dakota and Bon Homme County in particular. "I'm really going to push hard with that.
The New York Yankees are just plain offensive to some people around these parts. I suppose good folks like Pete Jones, Joe Kramer, Terry Heisinger, Dean Minder, LaMoine Torgerson and a score of other local Yankees die-hards will consider dropping their subscriptions over such a statement. I hope they don't, but it's true that the Yankees prompt strong feelings, one way or another. I guess it's hard to explain. To each his own. As for me, I can't stand the team.
Considering my longevity at The Daily Republic, this is rather embarrassing to admit: the current publisher of this newspaper had no clue about fonts, leading and serifs until a couple of months ago.
The man on the phone was nice enough, and I appreciated his candor. He called to tell me he heard The Daily Republic has been sold, and he evidently was concerned by such news. He isn't the first to ask. Even the mother of one of our department heads heard The Daily Republic has a new owner and expressed concern. I've probably been asked five or six times in the past few months. So here is the answer: No.
It was 1986, and quite a first meeting. Gov. Bill Janklow that year dabbled in officiating high school football games, and it worked out that he would be on the crew to work the Wessington Springs High School homecoming game against Parkston. It created quite a stir around Springs, and especially among us players.
The State Fair continues to show growth and prosperity, just a few short years after intense statewide scrutiny put the fair in a bad light and potentially hindered its ability to grow, the fair manager told a Mitchell service club this week. Jerome Hertel, of Huron, was the featured speaker Thursday at the Mitchell Rotary Club and said scrutiny was hindering the fair's growth. He was backed up on that point by state Sen.
Massive Louisiana State University is ranked No. 1 in this week's NCAA football poll. At the moment, the Tigers are the best college football team in the land. Tiny Dakota Wesleyan University is ranked No. 16 in the NAIA, the division reserved for the smallest of college football teams. LSU has an enrollment of nearly 29,000; Wesleyan's enrollment is around 780. Eighty-one years and two weeks ago, they met in a nonconference matchup that today is all but lost to memory. Even Wesleyan President Bob Duffett was caught off-guard when asked about it earlier this week.
Traditionally, newspapers aren't great at marketing themselves. That's a wonderful irony, and not one unique to Mitchell, S.D. Back in the 1980s, a marketing guru told USA Today that "your product is better than the competition's, but you're not communicating that to the advertiser. The truth is, your advertising (stinks)." It took guts to say that to a venture backed by Al Neuharth, the media bigwig, founder of USA Today and subject of the biographical book "Confessions of an S.O.B." Neuharth knows a thing or two about marketing.
Kelsie Smith isn't concerned with traditional gender roles and rarely notices when she's the only woman in the press box at a major league stadium. The native of Arlington -- a town on South Dakota's eastern edge, 90 miles northeast of Mitchell -- grew up watching Minnesota Twins baseball with her father. And on the family farm, Dad cooked meals most nights and Mom built furniture and worked with power tools, so covering sports and breaking stereotypes is nothing for the 27-year-old. "I always tell people I grew up without any notion of gender roles," Smith said.