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Call it, "the year of the fish" in South Dakota. State fish records are falling repeatedly with six species set in 2016. That matches 2009 for the most record species set in a single year, according to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website. Is it just a lucky day of fishing for these anglers? Or is there something more behind these monster catches this year?
The final out is recorded at Sunday's state amateur baseball championship game, along with the trophy presentation.
KIMBALL — Three tips from the public within about 10 minutes led to the arrest of a suspect involved in an Amber Alert on Monday night near Kimball.
BEADLE COUNTY — Pheasants, both adult birds and chicks, were speckled on the edge of a harvested wheat field. Nearly 40 birds were counted in a matter of seconds. "That's a really good group," said Travis Runia, upland game biologist for South Dakota's Department of Game, Fish & Parks. "There's about six broods right there."
Pikachu, is this really what our world is coming to? By now, a large chunk of the population has learned of Pokemon Go, a new augmented reality app that is breaking download records. The game has people wandering around while staring at their phones to look for Pokemon — cartoon characters like the infamous yellow Pikachu — anywhere and everywhere. Six days after being released in the United States, 7.5 million users downloaded the app.
MINER COUNTY — With his scratched arms cradled around the lively, belly-up bird, Rocco Murano clenched his pliers down on a shiny, new band. The state's senior waterfowl biologist loves this time of year, despite the annoying "goose hickies" that come with the work. "They can getcha," said Murano, referencing the lacerations where Canada geese clawed, scraped and chomped him. During a recent June morning, Murano and 10 other South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department employees corralled a gaggle of geese on a wetland in Miner County.
A pursuit involving a reported stolen vehicle reached speeds of 120 mph and spanned about 35 miles Thursday evening. Natasha Demarrias, 20, of Rapid City, and Ryan Bruguier, 26, of Chamberlain, were taken into custody at about 7 p.m. Thursday, about two miles east and four miles north of Kimball, and face multiple felony charges from an incident that originated as a shoplifting call at Mitchell's Shopko store. According to Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink, a man and woman walked out of Shopko on Thursday evening with stolen clothing and other merchandise.
It is amazing what a child's eyes can do. Those looks. The expressions. They're those little moments that can make parenthood so tough, but also make it worth every minute. As I'm learning so well with our soon-to-be 2-year-old daughter, Grace, parenthood isn't always picture-perfect. No one is going to tell me she's anything but an angel, but there have been temper tantrums and tears since Grace, our first child, came into our lives.
ARMOUR — For 57 years, Burnell Glanzer has gone to school. Now, he'll finally learn what the last day feels like. Glanzer, who for more than four decades has been a educational figure in Armour, is retiring this year. His last official day is June 30, when school administrators' contracts are complete. But Glanzer's last day to interact with students on a day-to-day basis is today, the final day of the school year.
For a third straight year, South Dakota's pheasant harvest increased, but maybe not as much as some would have expected. According to State Upland Game Biologist Travis Runia, hunters in South Dakota harvested 1.259 million pheasants in 2015. That was a slight increase from 2014's 1.233 million harvest. The upland game harvest statistics were released Friday morning to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department Commission based off an annual survey.