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South Dakota is boosting its snow-removal arsenal. After the state Department of Transportation expanded its fleet with the addition of three tow-plows prior to this winter season, officials are already planning to purchase three more before next winter. "These tow-plows help us do our jobs more efficiently and get the roads cleared sooner," said Jason Humphrey, Department of Transportation construction/maintenance engineer.
Welp, here we go again. The seemingly sleepless nights. The dirty diapers. The spit-up and the "what-the-heck-is-wrong?" screams. Yes, it's back to baby time. My wife is 20 weeks pregnant, so we're expecting our second child to be born sometime in mid-May. Really, I'm thrilled. As the father of a 3-year-old little girl, I've realized parenting is pretty cool. But it's only gotten really fun since Grace turned 2, when she was potty trained and could verbalize to us what she was thinking and wanted.
Davison County's former veterans service officer believes she was terminated for "whistleblowing" on the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, which she said upset state Veterans Affairs Secretary Larry Zimmerman, who then recommended she be fired. Jessica Davidson, who was terminated Nov. 29 via a letter signed by Davison County Commission Chair Brenda Bode, is pursuing legal action against Davison County for wrongful termination, according to Davidson's Sioux Falls-based attorney, R. Shawn Tornow.
Zero. Nothing. Zilch. That's how many Walk-In Area acres of public hunting land are enrolled in Davison County. But a new initiative headed up by the local Pheasants Forever chapter is hoping to change that. On Tuesday night, the board of directors for Pheasant Country — the Mitchell-area chapter of Pheasants Forever — announced its decision to earmark $150,000 to go toward a new community-based habitat access program, which further incentivizes landowners to enroll their property into public hunting.
Miscarriage. Scary word, isn’t it? It sure can be, especially for expecting parents who are delivered the blow of the horrible news. 2017 began with the devastating feeling of loss for our family. It was a miscarriage. Our first ultrasound for my wife’s second pregnancy was a few weeks after Christmas, when we revealed to our family we’d be parents again.
The dreaded drop-off. As parents, we’ve all experienced it. Whether it’s for work, a vacation or a night away, the drop-off is inevitable. Sooner or later, someone else is going to have to watch your child. And while leaving your little-loved one can result in a number of outcomes from them, the feeling for mom and dad is typically the same. Blue. Somber. Sad.
FARMER — These whitetails have quite a tale. "They were big deer, I know that," said Annette Steilen, who lives in rural Hanson County. On Tuesday night, Annette and her husband, Paul, were out checking cattle when she noticed something didn't quite look right. What they found turned into a heck of a memory. The Steilens found two male whitetail deer with their antlers locked together. As they approached the animals, they noticed one had its head down and was dragging the other, which had already died.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Poachers, beware. Hunters trespassing and anglers fishing without a license continue to be the most-issued citations by state conservation officers. According to a recently released report by the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department, there was a 17 percent increase in violations reported by state wildlife officers in 2016 compared to the previous year.
Some hunters and anglers caught more than they bargained for in 2016. Hunters trespassing and anglers fishing without a license continue to be the most-issued citations by state conservation officers. According to a recently released report by the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department, there was a 17 percent increase in violations reported by state wildlife officers in 2016 compared to the previous year.
SALEM — McCook Central/Montrose has seen enough of Daymein Lucas. Sioux Valley's senior running back bounced off tackles, broke free for big gains and scored three touchdowns Friday night to keep the No. 1-ranked Cossacks unbeaten this season. The meeting — which included the last two unbeatens in Class 11B — handed MCM its first loss. "He's a horse," McCook Central/Montrose coach Ryan Evans said following his team's 34-7 loss to Sioux Valley. "And he's been a horse for four straight years."