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Jaryd Guericke isn't shy to talk Lake Mitchell walleyes. Guericke, a 21-year-old Mitchell native, says he spends about 200 days per year fishing the lake. When last year he heard the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department planned to skip a year of walleye stocking efforts in Lake Mitchell, Guericke wasn't happy. "They're not doing enough," he said Wednesday. "I would really like to see them do more as far as pumping more walleyes in there.
Favorable weather for a second consecutive year is helping to increase South Dakota's pheasant numbers after a period of a declining population, giving hunters reason to be optimistic for the upcoming season. Travis Runia — the lead upland game biologist for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department — said as the mid-June pheasant hatch arrives, he's predicting "a modest increase" in the statewide population this year. "Information is starting to trickle in and we're starting to get some good reports," he said earlier this week in an interview with The Daily Republic. Run
An investigation on a Tucson, Ariz., man is underway for allegedly stealing a vehicle after he was arrested Tuesday night following a two-vehicle crash in Mitchell. Elmer Yellow Hair, 43, was arrested for first-offense driving under the influence, careless driving, having an open container in a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended license, according to Mitchell Patrol Sgt. Joel Reinesch. A call to dispatch came in at 9:17 p.m.
Some of my earliest memories growing up are Saturday morning cartoons. I'd like to think most people from my generation got to experience waking up, crawling out of bed and meandering to the couch with a blanket and pillow to watch some of these early '90s classic cartoons: • "Bobby's World" • "Taz-Mania" • "Sonic the Hedgehog" • "Darkwing Duck" • And, of course, my favorite, the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Watching Saturday morning cartoons was the greatest part of the week.
MOUNT VERNON — With a click of a button, Charlie Mahaffey will be headed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Mahaffey — a senior at Mount Vernon High School — has been accepted to the service academy located about 10 miles outside of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was nominated by Rep. Kristi Noem, Sen. John Thune and former Sen. Tim Johnson. Mahaffey has yet to enlist, but he said Friday in an interview with The Daily Republic that he was sent a website link from the academy that gives him the ability. "All I have to do is click yes or no," he said. "I plan on doing it.
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks is hoping to add some flower power across the state. Brian Pauly — a GF&P private lands habitat biologist — said his department is promoting a new seed mix this year for a program that promotes planting food plots for wildlife. The new mix is a nine-species blend of flowering cover crops that, according to Pauly, will provide brooding habitat for insects. "That, in turn, provides forage opportunities for upland game birds like pheasants that predominantly eat insects," Pauly said.
Dave Allen admits he's out of his element when he's in a packed Corn Palace during Mitchell's annual Pheasants Forever banquet. The banquet is hosted each year by Pheasant Country, Mitchell's chapter of Pheasants Forever, of which Allen is the president. Last year, it was the largest Pheasants Forever membership banquet in North America, with about 650 guests attending. As president of the chapter, Allen is the banquet's key organizer. "He's always thinking of that banquet," said Dave's wife, Julie. "It never quits. The wheels in his head are going 24/7.
Snot was oozing from her nose. Her poor little eyes were red, and her cough came from deep, deep in her chest. Grace, our 8-month-old daughter, has endured two ear infections, mono and pink eye. This flu season has been a pain, for sure. While learning her allergies, she's sustained a barrage of rashes that would stun even someone who's rolled in poison ivy. Recently, I saw more vomit spew from her than a college student celebrating a 21st birthday.