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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.
Curt Hart will announce his retirement Wednesday after seven-plus years at the helm of the Dakota Wesleyan University athletics department. Hart, 67, is an Alexandria resident who was hired to take the top position in the DWU athletics department in February 2009. Dakota Wesleyan is holding a press conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Sherman Center on campus to recognize Hart’s work.
PIERRE — Newton Hills State Park near Canton helped lay the foundation for Katie Ceroll to become South Dakota's director of parks and recreation. The 31-year-old Ceroll, pronounced "sir-roll," is native of rural Beresford who last week began her new position with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. Ceroll took the parks division's top post after Doug Hofer retired on April 1 after 44 years with GF&P. Only about 12 miles from her parents' farm is Newton Hills State Park, where Ceroll garnered many memories with her family.
A few hours after signing what likely will be his final contract in the NFL, Chad Greenway reflected on being a 33-year-old who has spent 10 years in professional football. Greenway has endured multiple knee surgeries. He's taken and delivered bone-crunching hits and has played through wrist, hand and rib injuries, among others. When asked about the health effects of playing football for so long, Greenway acknowledged the implications but held no regrets in playing linebacker for a large portion of his life.
GREGORY — The South Dakota Highway Patrol used a plane to help coordinate the arrest of a fugitive who allegedly escaped from law enforcement, stole two vehicles and led officers on a 30- to 40-mile, high-speed chase in Gregory County. Jamie Ray Benedict, 29, of Spearfish, was arrested Sunday evening following a pursuit in which speeds reached 100 mph and ended at a farmhouse near Herrick, Gregory County Sheriff Tim Drey said Tuesday.
The article was relatively small, but the significance was huge. On the front page of what was for the first time "The Daily Republic," showed a headline that read "Announcement" and was written by "THE EDITOR." It was March 19, 1934. And for the first time, the "The Evening Republican" switched its name to The Daily Republic. "For many years the ownership has considered a somewhat different heading. Inasmuch as this paper has been strictly independent in politics for two score years, the name The Evening Republican was a misnomer," the article read.
HOWARD — Brad Baumgartner's intuition kicked in when the airplane's wings tilted hard in the wind. "They've got one," said Baumgartner, a wildlife damage specialist, aka "state trapper" for the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department. "When he turns hard like that, you know they saw one." Soon, from the CB radio inside Baumgartner's truck, the pilot relayed that a coyote was located on a quarter of land southeast of Howard. It was the same quarter of land where a calf was killed by coyotes recently, which instigated Thursday's joint aerial-ground hunt.
The night could be a complete disaster. You know, one of those nights when patience is at a minimum because toys are scattered all over the house, food is smeared from the high chair to the floor and a couple temper-tantrums were thrown for whatever reason. But when our 19-month-old daughter, Grace, smiles as she says "ni-nigh" while giving a cute princess-in-a-parade wave, this first-time father's heart melts and everything is right with the world.
The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that a blood draw aiding in the conviction of a man who killed two U.S. Fish and Wildlife workers was constitutional.