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A disclaimer: If you're at the hospital today and squeamish about giving blood, you probably shouldn't continue reading this. To all the nurses out there, how do you do it? Really, how can you stick people with needles on a daily basis, watch blood flow into that little container and not get woozy? You're all superheroes in my book. Same goes with my wife, who gives blood as routinely as breathing. It's a phenomenal process, really — wife sits down, nurse comes in, needle goes in her arm and about 20 seconds later they're done.
VIRGIL — Sprih Harsh moved nearly 8,000 miles from her home in India to study South Dakota's pheasants. So when she first met with state Game, Fish & Parks Department officials about the project, the 28-year-old working toward her doctorate in wildlife science was met with a big pot of pheasant soup. "Eating my own subject was weird," she said, laughing, "but it tasted good."
Does anyone else feel like America just put on one heck of a reality TV show? The past 364 days have been like a made-for-television program that had its viewers constantly on edge. For goodness' sake, Merriam-Webster chose "surreal" as its word of the year, proving 2016 couldn't have been reality, right? Let's backtrack quick on some highlights on "2016 — Surreal as it Gets."
Now in a state of emergency, thousands of South Dakotans who saw their holiday lights turn off from the weekend storm are still waiting for power to return. Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued an executive order Tuesday declaring all of South Dakota in a state of emergency following the Christmas Day storm that brought electrical power outages and shut down a majority of Interstate 90.
She runs around in red-and-white, polka-dotted footie pajamas. It's bedtime for Grace Averill Hagen, our 2 ½-year-old daughter and first child. And yes, her middle name was used, and most parents know that means patience is wearing down for the day. Grace, however, seems to find that her most productive, awake hours of the day are right before and during bedtime. Bedtime, defined in a parent's dictionary as, "the best and worst time of the day." Who knows? Maybe we're just doing it all wrong, this bedtime thing.
Fifty-mile-per-hour winds and sideways snow pierced first responders while they searched for bodies along the freezing lake. About 75 people from at least 10 agencies spent hours in the bitter cold earlier this week seeking two brothers who went missing during an afternoon duck hunt near Arlington. "Initially we were in rescue mode and were willing to risk a lot to save a lot," said Brookings Fire Chief Darrell Hartmann, who assisted in the recovery efforts.
Twenty-thousand teddy bears are sent soaring through the air. What's become one of the greatest holiday charity events that needs to expand throughout the world, the teddy bear toss, is all thanks to the Kamloops Blazers. It's been 23 years since the Kamloops Blazers, a Canadian junior hockey team, started the tradition. Today, the teddy bear toss is becoming a popular Christmas-season promotion at many minor and junior hockey arenas throughout North America. And people are taking notice.
South Dakota has lost nearly 15,000 resident waterfowl hunters in the past two decades and dipped to a record low last year. That's concerning for many outdoor enthusiasts, especially those who are participating in this weekend's duck opener for a large portion of South Dakota. The season begins one-half hour before sunrise Saturday, but recent trends show there will be fewer people who will march into marshes to chase an estimated 3.3 million resident ducks this year.
Finding roosters may be a little more difficult this fall, but hunters should expect to harvest more than 1 million pheasants in South Dakota again. The South Dakota Game, Fish...
Call it, "the year of the fish" in South Dakota. State fish records are falling repeatedly with six species set in 2016. That matches 2009 for the most record species set in a single year, according to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website. Is it just a lucky day of fishing for these anglers? Or is there something more behind these monster catches this year?