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The annual Pheasants Forever banquet last year in Mitchell stretched into homes across the country. A television crew that was filming a show about South Dakota’s pheasant hunting tradition was in attendance at last year’s local banquet, capturing highlights of the annual event. Later, the film crew assembled a show called “Opening Day,” which ran on NBC Sports and was narrated by South Dakota native Tom Brokaw.
SALEM — Alongside a field of tall grasses on a brisk October morning, Gov. Dennis Daugaard preached habitat. "Habitat conservation is important in South Dakota," Daugaard said.
A Mitchell policeman has been deemed justified for intentionally using lethal force during an altercation that killed a man earlier this month. According to a report issued Tuesday by the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office, Mitchell Police Officer Russell Stevenson feared for his life while struggling over a firearm with Curtis Meyer, 37, of Mitchell, on Sept. 4, in Mitchell. “During a short period in the physical altercation, Officer Stevenson recognized that the barrel of the firearm was pointed away from himself and pointed at Meyer,” the report says.
PLATTE — Officials on Friday concluded an investigation into a fatal house fire, but the community of Platte continues to honor those who died. As the Platte-Geddes High School football team prepared for its Friday night game in Kadoka, a special No. 28 sticker was added to each player's helmet.
The day before East River Deer hunting season opened in 1999, Andy Alban started as a full-time conservation officer stationed in Plankinton. Alban's main responsibility was protecting wildlife laws and regulations in Aurora and Jerauld counties. "I really hit the ground running with calls and violations," Alban recalled of his first weekend on the job. Today, Alban oversees all South Dakota conservation officers.
Controlling the overabundant population of South Dakota's resident Canada geese has cost millions of dollars in recent years, but the efforts seem to be paying off. Officials say a number of factors — including a special August Management Take — have helped in the decline of an estimated 115,000 resident Canada geese in South Dakota in the past five years.
On Monday, July 16, 2007, our newspaper made what could be considered a subtle change that impacted our front page for eight years. We changed our flag. A newspaper's flag is the emblem on the top of its front page that symbolizes its readership. In our case, we are "Central South Dakota's newspaper" and located in Mitchell, known as the home of the Corn Palace. So, naturally, the Corn Palace is one of the dominant elements on our flag. Since July 16, 2007, we've held the same flag that's on page A1 of today's edition.
SALEM — A McCook County Sheriff's deputy was justified in shooting a man last month outside a Main Street bar in Salem, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's Office. A summary report from the incident that occurred on July 19 says McCook County Deputy Randy Schwader fired his duty weapon 12 times and struck Cornelius Milk seven times in his arms and torso outside the Brewery Bar. "It is the conclusion of this report and the Attorney General that Deputy Schwader was justified in firing his weapon and using lethal force," says the investigation results.
TYNDALL—Dave Boska had a big impact on a lot of people. That's the memory two of his daughters shared Friday, nine days after the 72-year-old Tyndall man drowned on a windy day on Lake Francis Case near Pickstown. On the afternoon of July 23, Boska was fishing from his boat with his wife and lab, Chester, and Boska attempted to pull up the anchor when he fell into the water and later drowned. Authorities recovered his body after about an hour of searching. "For me, it's still pure numbness," said Boska's youngest daughter, Amanda Willuweit.