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SIOUX FALLS — It’s a Republican rooster battle. South Dakota gubernatorial candidates Marty Jackley and Kristi Noem revealed over the weekend detailed initiatives to enhance the state’s pheasant population while campaigning at the 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic. Both acknowledged the importance of pheasant hunting as an economic driver for South Dakota and used the gathering as a platform to discuss their respective five-step programs.
TRIPP — Following two executive sessions during a public meeting, Tripp-Delmont Superintendent Gail Swenson and school board member Jeff Kramer resigned earlier this week. Tripp-Delmont School Board President Becky Hotchkiss on Saturday morning mostly declined comment citing “personnel issues.”
Thousands of orange- and flannel-clad folks are arriving to South Dakota this week, but fall pheasant opener certainly isn't here. National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic begins Friday and runs through Sunday at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Among the notable speakers expected are South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Secretary Kelly Hepler.
Davison County's former veterans service officer who was fired in November has filed an appeal to the South Dakota Department of Labor for "unlawful disciplinary action" and for "wrongful termination." Jessica Davidson, through her Sioux Falls-based attorney R. Shawn Tornow, is seeking a judgment from the state regarding her termination by the Davison County Commission, according to recently filed documents.
South Dakota is boosting its snow-removal arsenal. After the state Department of Transportation expanded its fleet with the addition of three tow-plows prior to this winter season, officials are already planning to purchase three more before next winter. "These tow-plows help us do our jobs more efficiently and get the roads cleared sooner," said Jason Humphrey, Department of Transportation construction/maintenance engineer.
Welp, here we go again. The seemingly sleepless nights. The dirty diapers. The spit-up and the "what-the-heck-is-wrong?" screams. Yes, it's back to baby time. My wife is 20 weeks pregnant, so we're expecting our second child to be born sometime in mid-May. Really, I'm thrilled. As the father of a 3-year-old little girl, I've realized parenting is pretty cool. But it's only gotten really fun since Grace turned 2, when she was potty trained and could verbalize to us what she was thinking and wanted.
Davison County's former veterans service officer believes she was terminated for "whistleblowing" on the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, which she said upset state Veterans Affairs Secretary Larry Zimmerman, who then recommended she be fired. Jessica Davidson, who was terminated Nov. 29 via a letter signed by Davison County Commission Chair Brenda Bode, is pursuing legal action against Davison County for wrongful termination, according to Davidson's Sioux Falls-based attorney, R. Shawn Tornow.
Zero. Nothing. Zilch. That's how many Walk-In Area acres of public hunting land are enrolled in Davison County. But a new initiative headed up by the local Pheasants Forever chapter is hoping to change that. On Tuesday night, the board of directors for Pheasant Country — the Mitchell-area chapter of Pheasants Forever — announced its decision to earmark $150,000 to go toward a new community-based habitat access program, which further incentivizes landowners to enroll their property into public hunting.
Miscarriage. Scary word, isn’t it? It sure can be, especially for expecting parents who are delivered the blow of the horrible news. 2017 began with the devastating feeling of loss for our family. It was a miscarriage. Our first ultrasound for my wife’s second pregnancy was a few weeks after Christmas, when we revealed to our family we’d be parents again.
The dreaded drop-off. As parents, we’ve all experienced it. Whether it’s for work, a vacation or a night away, the drop-off is inevitable. Sooner or later, someone else is going to have to watch your child. And while leaving your little-loved one can result in a number of outcomes from them, the feeling for mom and dad is typically the same. Blue. Somber. Sad.