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Gary Munsen once asked if I would be willing to write a book about his life. That request came in 2012, which was the final of 39 years Munsen was the head Mitchell High School boys basketball coach. Munsen received a heck of a send off that year. He received standing ovations from opposing schools at away games. Then came his final regular-season home game in mid-February, a Tuesday night when the Corn Palace had about 2,200 basketball enthusiasts pack the gym to give their final salute to the longtime coach.
Gary Munsen, who for nearly four decades commanded the Mitchell boys basketball team, has died. He was 72. Munsen, a White Lake native, retired following the 2012 season and finished his career with 902 combined wins in both girls and boys basketball, the most in South Dakota history. He won 12 state titles combined in both girls and boys basketball after 47 years on the bench, including 39 years as a varsity head coach.
Gary Munsen, who for nearly four decades commanded the Mitchell boys basketball team, has died. He was 72. Munsen, a White Lake native, retired following the 2012 season and finished his career with 902 combined wins in both girls and boys basketball, most in South Dakota history. He won 12 state titles combined in both girls and boys basketball after 47 years on the bench, including 39 years as a varsity head coach.
For now, Chad Greenway is relishing the moment. With a 10-5 record and a guaranteed spot in the NFL Playoffs, Greenway and the Minnesota Vikings are focused on winning a division title in their final game of the regular season Sunday night against rival Green Bay. Yes, it's a successful season thus far for the 10th-year professional and Mount Vernon native who recently has fielded the questions about retirement and whether this will be his final year with the Vikings.
BURKE — The Charles Mix County state’s attorney will not spend additional time in jail after pleading guilty to drunken driving. Scott Podhradsky, 54, of Wagner, was sentenced Tuesday in Gregory County to 30 days in jail, with 29 suspended and credit for one day served, for driving under the influence of alcohol in August.
Mild winters and a lower-than-desired deer population have left bleak opportunities for depredation hunts across South Dakota in recent years. Registration for the state's depredation hunts opened Monday, but the program has not been utilized since the winter of 2010-11, according to Keith Fisk, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks Wildlife Damage Management Program administrator. GF&P's Wildlife Damage Management Program assists landowners with wildlife depredation abatement techniques. When other methods are ineffective to remove animals from an area, GF&P may utilize hunters o
WHITE LAKE — Dead pheasants were flying from a vehicle cruising down the interstate. Tossed out the window by a couple of hunters, the birds were over the limit wildlife evidence obtained recently by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. For 24 hours from Sunday to Monday afternoon, GF&P and a collection of other agencies conducted a game stop on an Interstate 90 rest area, just east of the White Lake exit. Andy Alban, GF&P law enforcement program administrator, said the attempted disposal of pheasants was just one of the noteworthy events from the game stop, which diverte
Fewer people are reporting game violations to the Turn in Poachers hotline than average, but a higher percentage of calls are resulting in successful arrests. According to a recent report from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, there were 213 investigations that came from South Dakota's TIPs hotline (1-888-OVERBAG) during the 2014 TIPs year, which ran from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014. The 10-year average of number of investigations called in to the TIPs hotline is 391, while the 20-year average is about 400. "I don't know the rationale for that, but the calls we are gettin
YANKTON — A small wake broke from the back of the watercraft, and a 125-foot net was slowly released from the front end. It's a routine job duty for Sam Stukel, 40, a Gregory native and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks fisheries biologist. Stukel, based in Yankton, spends a majority of his time on the Missouri River researching the pallid sturgeon, a species that's been on the endangered list since 1990. During a recent October morning, Stukel and two other GF&P fisheries biologists worked up and down the Missouri River near Yankton in search of pallid sturgeon. "You n
LETCHER — As eight rows of corn slid through his combine, B.J. Zoss was thinking about pheasants. Zoss farms near Letcher but also assists his parents, Adolf "Todo" and Dotty, in operating a pheasant hunting guiding lodge service, A&D Zoss Pheasant Hunting. "I've been thinking about pheasant opener all week," B.J. Zoss, 45, said Wednesday while working on harvest.