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Now in a state of emergency, thousands of South Dakotans who saw their holiday lights turn off from the weekend storm are still waiting for power to return. Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued an executive order Tuesday declaring all of South Dakota in a state of emergency following the Christmas Day storm that brought electrical power outages and shut down a majority of Interstate 90.
She runs around in red-and-white, polka-dotted footie pajamas. It's bedtime for Grace Averill Hagen, our 2 ½-year-old daughter and first child. And yes, her middle name was used, and most parents know that means patience is wearing down for the day. Grace, however, seems to find that her most productive, awake hours of the day are right before and during bedtime. Bedtime, defined in a parent's dictionary as, "the best and worst time of the day." Who knows? Maybe we're just doing it all wrong, this bedtime thing.
Fifty-mile-per-hour winds and sideways snow pierced first responders while they searched for bodies along the freezing lake. About 75 people from at least 10 agencies spent hours in the bitter cold earlier this week seeking two brothers who went missing during an afternoon duck hunt near Arlington. "Initially we were in rescue mode and were willing to risk a lot to save a lot," said Brookings Fire Chief Darrell Hartmann, who assisted in the recovery efforts.
Twenty-thousand teddy bears are sent soaring through the air. What's become one of the greatest holiday charity events that needs to expand throughout the world, the teddy bear toss, is all thanks to the Kamloops Blazers. It's been 23 years since the Kamloops Blazers, a Canadian junior hockey team, started the tradition. Today, the teddy bear toss is becoming a popular Christmas-season promotion at many minor and junior hockey arenas throughout North America. And people are taking notice.
South Dakota has lost nearly 15,000 resident waterfowl hunters in the past two decades and dipped to a record low last year. That's concerning for many outdoor enthusiasts, especially those who are participating in this weekend's duck opener for a large portion of South Dakota. The season begins one-half hour before sunrise Saturday, but recent trends show there will be fewer people who will march into marshes to chase an estimated 3.3 million resident ducks this year.
Finding roosters may be a little more difficult this fall, but hunters should expect to harvest more than 1 million pheasants in South Dakota again. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is reporting a 20 percent decrease in the statewide pheasants-per-mile index compared to 2015 after completing its annual pheasant brood survey.
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."