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A state Game, Fish & Parks Department decision to close access to a select group of lakes was an overreaction and caused significant confusion, some state's attorneys agree. South Dakota anglers are now seeking answers and legal advice following GF&P's reaction to a state Supreme Court decision to gate off public boat ramps in an attempt to avoid facilitating access to non-meandered waters. And that's putting a burden on state's attorneys to interpret the ruling.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard anticipates a proposal to be offered next session on the public’s use of non-meandered waters for recreational purposes, such as angling. On Monday, Daugaard’s Chief of Staff Tony Venhuizen said in an email response to The Daily Republic that “ … given that the Court held that the Legislature has to act to resolve this, the Governor believes an interim legislative study that brings together all interested parties is the best way to reach a resolution.”
The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department will not be giving "black and white answers" on a Supreme Court decision regarding certain South Dakota bodies of water. GF&P Secretary Kelly Hepler said Friday the state will not take a position as to whether people can use the bodies of non-meandering water overlying private property that were given restricted access. "We're not telling you can go fish and we're not saying you can't," Hepler said in an interview with The Daily Republic.
WAGNER — Welcome to Wagner, where support of high school wrestling infuses dedication, which then leads to success. It doesn't seem too long ago that the town of about 1,600 people undeniably had the best wrestling program in the state, and, of course, many of the best wrestlers, including a kid named Kokesh and trio of Kocer boys who won a combined 10 individual titles.
Early in his retirement speech, Chad Greenway expressed his love for his South Dakota roots. The 11-year Minnesota Vikings linebacker officially announced his departure from the NFL on Tuesday during a press conference at Winter Park, Minnesota, and numerous times he referenced his native state of South Dakota and hometown of Mount Vernon. He said his dream to play in the NFL began when he was "5 or 6 years old."
U.S. Sen. John Thune said the 2018 farm bill will need "innovative solutions and flexibility" to alleviate low commodity prices that are plaguing producers. The third-term Republican senator on Thursday introduced the Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP), the first individual farm bill proposal he plans to bring forward in the coming months.
A couple weeks ago, a reader called The Daily Republic's office and gave her polite, straight-to-the-point opinion. "You know, there's not a bubble around Mitchell and our region, right?" she said. In a way, this was a great compliment to our newspaper. This reader felt that we had too much local content and not enough national news in our paper.
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."