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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.
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.