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At least three agricultural entities in the state are reminding South Dakotans that eating pork and contracting swine flu are in no way related. Jeremy Lehrman, executive director of the South Dakota Pork Producers Council, told The Daily Republic Thursday that misconceptions about the influenza outbreak abound, and he worries pork is getting a bad rap. "That's our big concern," he said. "We want to get the message out that pork is safe. A lot of the media show (pho- tos or videos of) swine farms when they're talking about swine flu.
Kathye Miller comes from Oklahoma, where in song the wind comes sweeping down the plain and where in reality a typical year brings 52 tornadoes and five fatalities. Yet Miller left the Sooner State with no harrowing firsthand tornado experience, marrying a South Dakotan and moving north to the very edge of this continent's tornado alley.
PICKSTOWN -- Paul Gildersleeve didn't actually catch a trout Wednesday afternoon, but the sight of the bright, coldwater game fish being stocked into the Missouri River near here certainly caught his attention. "I was just actually checking on my cabin and I thought I'd stop out real quick," said Gildersleeve, of O'Neill, Neb. "Once they let them go, it's really good.
From an idea first broached at meetings years ago to actual approval in recent months by the Mitchell Board of Education, the new Longfellow Elementary has so far been nothing more than hopes, proposals, financial planning and blueprints. Friday, construction of the new school in Mitchell becomes reality, and with that comes a certain sense of joy, said Principal Mary Wilson. "I don't think it's relief, but just a building of joy," she said. "The children will be so enthusiastic about this on Friday.
Jill Young sure is continuing a tradition of exceptional women's basketball players from Mitchell who are doing well at college. It's hard not to think of Young as the baby-faced seventh-grader at Mitchell Christian, earning playing time alongside her older sister as her family -- and especially her dad, Tom -- watched nervously on the sidelines. But Young's all grown up now, and she's just the latest Mitchell woman to show that this town is producing some of the best basketball talent, year in and year out, in the state.
SIOUX FALLS -- Jill Young doesn't exactly remember when she began dreaming of playing in the NCAA women's basketball tournament. But as the South Dakota State University redshirt freshman stood on the floor of the Sioux Falls Arena Tuesday afternoon in the aftermath of the Jackrabbits' come-from-behind win over Oakland in the Summit League tournament championship, the stunning reality of an NCAA berth hit the Mitchell native. "It's been a long way, and it's gone fast," Young said of a career that began as a seventh-grader at Mitchell Christian High School.
We get them all the time -- unsolicited submissions of stories or requests for our reporters to pen feature pieces about interesting people. We always welcome them, but sometimes simply can't get to them or, in some cases, just can't find the "hook" -- to use an industry term -- to get the story into the newspaper. Fact is, even when it doesn't work out, I love reader-submitted ideas.
After two decades of promoting pheasant habitat conservation, the Mitchell chapter of Pheasant Country Ltd. is joining Pheasants Forever, a like-minded national organization that has more than 600 chapters in North America. "We feel that after 24 years of success as Pheasant Country Ltd., we want our organization to move up another step on the ladder and grow bigger and better," said chapter president Dave Allen, of Mitchell.
I think it was in 2006 that I declared Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez the greatest player of this era. A regular attendee of Twins games, my family has seen the Yankees play at the Metrodome for four consecutive years now. We're forced into such cliché attendance because my 10-year-old son adores the team. We're also addicted to batting practice and it was 2006 when we saw A-Rod saunter into the batting cage during the regular pregame routine and, after a few warmup swings, hit consecutive home runs to all fields -- a home run to right field, one to center field, one to left field.