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Paul Coughlin talks about the landscape in South Dakota as if it were a radiant, elaborate painting. The 47-year-old Aberdeen native has lived in the state his entire life. While growing up, he developed a passion for the outdoors. "I really enjoyed hunting and fishing, but I really enjoyed the aspect of all wildlife," Coughlin said. "Whether it's our wetlands, the grasslands, the Black Hills, the Badlands, or wherever it is, I just enjoy the landscape we have in South Dakota." Coughlin's hobby morphed into a career.
South Dakota's newly created conservation fund has already doubled, thanks to a $100,000 donation from Pheasants Forever. On Wednesday, Dave Nomsen, of Pheasants Forever, told The Daily Republic that the organization is encouraged by the state's dedication toward improving habitat for wildlife and is making a donation because of it. Earlier this year, Nomsen was named the director of Pheasant Forever's South Dakota Regional Office in Brookings. He said that during an Aug.
Davison County's District 3 commissioner, Gerald Weiss, died Saturday evening in Sioux Falls, District 2 Commissioner Randy Reider told The Daily Republic on Sunday. Weiss was battling liver cancer, Reider...
Class B state amateur baseball tournament pairings Aug. 6-17 at Cadwell Park in Mitchell First-round games Wednesday Tabor vs. Clear Lake, 6 p.m. Groton vs. Winner/Colome, 8 p.m. Thursday Plankinton...
Tim Kessler readily admits South Dakota's pheasant hunting is at a critical point in state history. "We're getting close to a tipping point in habitat going too far the wrong direction, and if we get too severe of a loss, our pheasant numbers will be too far down to rebuild," said Kessler, a member of Pheasants Forever's National Board of Directors. "We've lost 1.5 million acres of grassland in South Dakota since our height in the mid-2000s because of conversion to cropland.
Shown is the decorating crew, supervised by Doug Baldwin, working on one of the murals of the 1974 Corn Palace. Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and the Blackwood Singers were the...
Collin Ell, of Mitchell, cuts a board used to frame a closet Saturday at the home being built by Mitchell Regional Habitat for Humanity, located at 1004 E. First Ave.,...
STICKNEY -- A former Corsica and Stickney music teacher who died Friday was described as "a fun-loving, laid-back guy" and someone who "connected well with the kids." Michael Nepodal, 54, died of cancer Friday at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. His funeral was held Wednesday at the Stickney High School gymnasium. Stickney Superintendent Bob Krietlow said Nepodal was battling throat cancer for about three years. "He was very, very musically inclined," Krietlow said Wednesday afternoon. "He would write and compose some of his own music.
CHAMBERLAIN -- A 127-pound, 9-ounce paddlefish caught earlier this month by a Chamberlain man is the fifth-largest state-record paddlefish in the nation. Bill Harmon landed the monster fish May 7 on the Missouri River's Lake Francis Case, breaking the old state record of 120 pounds, 12 ounces that was held since April 1979. Harmon's catch is the largest fish ever recorded by an angler in South Dakota. "That's a big fish for sure," said Steve Zigler, a research fishery biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey who is stationed in La Crosse, Wis.
Travis Runia looks back at winter with a sigh of relief. "Yes, it was very cold, but we didn't have blizzard conditions or very much snowfall," said Runia, the upland game biologist for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. One of Runia's main duties is to study the state bird, the ring-necked pheasant.