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The calls can be described in so many ways. Polite, yet frustrated. Mean. Honestly, some even hurtful. The stacks of letters were similar, with a wide-variety of tones from our readers. We even got a couple group letters in which 50 or so people from a retirement home signed in petition-like form. The message was clear: People wanted to know what was on their television and we were at fault for taking that service away.
STURGIS — A 29-year-old Nevada man has been sent to prison for two years for attempting to pay to have sex with an underage girl in an undercover operation at the 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Michael Z. Preston, 29, of Henderson was sentenced last week in federal court in Rapid City by Chief Judge Jeffrey Viken on the charge of attempted trafficking.
A bill has been drafted that seeks compromise between property owners and outdoor enthusiasts for people who wish to recreate on water over private land in South Dakota. The proposed solution opens access to now-restricted non-meandered lakes and forces landowners to petition to the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department to restrict recreational use of the water.
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.