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CHANCELLOR — Jeff Spieler studies and teaches corn characteristics. He'll even refer to the plant as having blonde hair and blue eyes. "What I mean by that," he says, "is the traits we're looking for. Does it have yield potential, drought tolerance and disease tolerance?" On a recent muggy August morning, Spieler checked in at a training site, a plot of land near Chancellor, where rows of different types of his Dekalb corn are stretched tall.
The search for South Dakota's pheasant population began this week. State officials got this year's annual pheasant brood survey routes started Wednesday, which continues for three weeks into mid-August. And, the state's top upland game biologist said the heavy amounts of rain that much of eastern South Dakota received this year spring will play a large role in the pheasant population.
Before leaving a large debris field in a residential neighborhood from crashing, Terence Gonzales was traveling 93 mph and had a blood alcohol level of 0.254 percent, according to authorities.
CHAMBERLAIN — A powerful storm blasted the region Wednesday and caused flooding, crop damage and power outages. Up to half-dollar-sized hail and heavy rain poured through Lyman and Brule counties near Chamberlain in yet another late-June storm that smacked a portion of South Dakota with more water. "In a nutshell, we've had too much rain," said Tim Masters, technician for the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.
While significant new information will be revealed Monday night, don’t expect the city council to make any immediate decisions on Lake Mitchell’s future. Fyra Engineering — the firm hired to study the lake — will be presenting during the regularly scheduled council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
JAMES RIVER — Splashed and speckled in mud, Dave Lucchesi jumped into action. He quickly stepped over the slow-moving James River, from one boat into another, to take control of the wheel as flathead catfish emerged one by one.
CHAMBERLAIN — A 19-year-old Chamberlain man has been charged with first-degree murder. Nicholas Yellow Lodge had his initial appearance Monday morning at the Brule County Courthouse in Chamberlain. A status hearing was set for later this month, and cash bond was set at $500,000. Doug Papendick was appointed Yellow Lodge’s defense attorney.
How does the old saying go? Something like, "It's easier to ask for forgiveness than it is permission." Lake Mitchell, or a portion of the waterway, was recently turned into a testing ground, or a guinea pig, so to speak. A man named Brian Brown, from Austin, Texas, distributed something into Lake Mitchell to show an alternative method for removing harmful algae. Is this man a snake oil salesman? Someone here just trying to make a buck off his too-good-to-be-true product? Who knows.
The city of Mitchell plans to file a formal complaint to the state after a Mitchell mayoral candidate posted videos online showing areas where chemicals were dumped into the lake without proper approval. Tara Volesky is one of four candidates on the ballot in Mitchell's June 5 election for mayor. She posted a video to her Facebook page recently showing an area of Lake Mitchell where she says, "Mr. Brown threw that stuff in."
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.