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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."
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.