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LETCHER — In the spring, Randy Becker's workload gets busy. Busy as a beaver, you might say. Becker is wildlife damage specialist for the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Department. His job, otherwise known as "state trapper," involves ridding nuisance animals like coyotes and beavers for South Dakota landowners. Yes, beavers — those little semi-aquatic rodents that can cause "a world of headaches" — are a big problem here.
Looking for another way to support local veterans? Hit the links. On Sunday, May 27, the Second Annual Muth Electric Mitchell Veterans Golf Fundraiser will be held at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell. Joel Reinesch, Tyler Neuharth and Eric Hieb have been organizing the event in hopes of growing it significantly from last year when about 20 golfers raised about $1,000. Reinesch served in the Marines, Neuharth with the National Guard and Hieb is the manager at Lakeview.
The look and follow-up question are almost always the same. "What do you think of that?" Two girls. Our second child, due May 19, is a little girl. She'll be just about four years younger than our first child, Grace. Yeah, we found out the sex of our soon-to-arrive child. We decided not to find out what we were having before Grace was born. The way I looked at it, there was one opportunity to have your first child be a complete surprise. The build-up and reveal were indescribable.
The look and follow-up question are almost always the same. "What do you think of that?" Two girls. Our second child, due May 19, is a little girl. She'll be just about four years younger than our first child, Grace. Yeah, we found out the sex of our soon-to-arrive child. We decided not to find out what we were having when Grace was born. The way I looked at it, there was one opportunity to have your first child be a complete surprise. The build-up and reveal were indescribable.
Enough already, Old Man Winter. Record-low temperatures for April 4 were set Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Tyndall and Howard. And while there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel next week with a warm-up forecasted, another snow event is predicted for this weekend. "We're having a hard time shaking this colder weather," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Kyle Weisser, of Sioux Falls. "We're going to stay locked in this pattern, and another system with a very good chance of widespread, measurable amounts of snow coming as we get into Sunday."
As the first phase of work to repair Sanborn Boulevard begins with street closure today, another section of the project has received significant progress. The viaduct on Sanborn that goes over the railroad tracks, alongside Dry Run Creek, received approval for a Bridge Improvement Grant during a recent state Transportation Committee meeting in Pierre.
It's a soggy start to spring. At least that's what it looks like throughout the region with muddy farm yards, massive melted snow puddles and flood warnings near Mitchell for both the Firesteel Creek and the James River. With yet another shot of snow Monday night into Tuesday morning and more precipitation in the forecast, southeastern South Dakota is seeing a soggier spring than in recent years.
There were not many fans in attendance to see Jason Christensen's first collegiate basketball coaching win. "Literally one DWU fan there," Christensen recalled Wednesday afternoon, about 15 hours after winning the NAIA Division II national championship in Sioux City, Iowa. "It was our athletic director, Curt Hart." Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, Christensen gets his first win at DWU. Brittany Pritchard scored 24 points and recorded 12 rebounds to lead DWU to a 72-70 win over York College. That was one of six wins that entire 2010-11 season.
TYNDALL — Zach Johnson was a well-liked student who loved competing in wrestling, Bon Homme Superintendent Mike Elsberry said. Johnson, 16, and his parents, Dan and Tina Johnson, were killed Saturday morning in a car vs. semi crash on South Dakota Highway 37, about four miles south of Parkston.
Pat Feterl and Zach Schroder are gearing up for a spring that could see more soybeans sowed into South Dakota's ground. Corn has historically been king in the United States and locally, but this year could be the first time in 35 years that more soybean acres are planted nationally than corn. And Feterl and Schroder, owners of Agronomy Plus in Mitchell, are seeing that in their seed sales.