When President Barack Obama this week called for a U.S. troop increase in Afghanistan along with an announced pullout beginning in the summer of 2011, he set clear parameters that America's resources and troop commitments are not endless, U.S. Rep.
"Deep frying a turkey," the press release says, "can be a hazardous endeavor." Numerous Thanksgiving related press releases are sent to newsrooms across America in the weeks leading up to the holiday, most of which at best prompt a smile from editors who likely only glance at the self-promoting prose before tossing it away. "Be sweet on sweet potatoes," suggests the American Heart Association.
As a preschool teacher at Palace City Preschool, Harriet Baldwin stresses learning with an emphasis on games, puzzles and social interaction with other children. There are computers and TVs available for use at the city-run facility, but they are used in moderation and with learning in mind, she said. "If TV is watched, it is a book that has been made into a movie or (programs) that coincide with themes that we have done. We may have a 15-minute video that corresponds to a theme," said Baldwin.
The likelihood of a motor vehicle hitting a deer in South Dakota is 1 in 107, ranking the state among the worst in the nation for such roadway collisions, according to a national insurance agency. According to statistics from State Farm Insurance, South Dakota's vehicle-deer collision claims through the company have increased 11 percent in the past five years.
Thousands of hunters will head into South Dakota's fields today, chasing roughly 7.5 million pheasants, most of which are concentrated in the central and eastern reaches of the state. Who has the advantage?
A provision was added Thursday to the Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill that would, for at least a year, extinguish any possibility of a so-called "cow tax" being levied against American livestock producers. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has lobbied against the possibility of a cow tax for the past year and spoke against it on the Senate floor during Thursday debates.
The Troubled Asset Relief Program has saved the United States from a depression and still requires a measure of flexibility if the country hopes to pull itself out of the current recession, U.S. Sen.
The Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation is on pace to raise $200,000 by the end of the year and is optimistic it can land an additional monetary gift from the South Dakota Community Foundation. Aided by recent donations -- including a notable gift from Gene and Lorraine Hamaker of Mitchell -- the Mitchell organization has received "positive responses" throughout the community during the drive, said Jean Koehler, the group's president.
TABOR -- Tabor Elementary has been named a "Blue Ribbon School" by the U.S. Department of Education, the latest Mitchell area school to earn the distinguished and coveted designation. The honor was officially released to the public Tuesday, although Principal Mike Duffek has known for some time of the honor, which he attributed to a communitywide atmosphere that is conducive to providing a good education. "Being in a town that's smaller, you know your families," Duffek told The Daily Republic Tuesday afternoon.