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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.
It's been 20 years since the state Ducks Unlimited convention was held in Mitchell. That changes this weekend. Outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists will gather this weekend to discuss wildlife habitat concerns and celebrate South Dakota's duck hunting heritage. The state Ducks Unlimited convention is Friday and Saturday at the Highland Conference Center, the first time since 1995 the event is in Mitchell. "We'll be looking at the challenges of what we face in South Dakota and what we plan to do about it," said Steve Donovan, Ducks Unlimited's manager of conservation programs in South D
Mitchell School District will start classes at their normal time this morning, Superintendent Joe Graves said. Graves said buses will go where they can travel. The city of Mitchell also issued a public safety alert early this morning that east-west streets will begin getting plowed at 8 p.m. All vehicles must be moved off these streets or are subject to ticketing.
He's still wearing purple, but Chad Greenway's life has seen major changes in the past year. The Mount Vernon native and Minnesota Vikings linebacker is playing for a new head coach, the third since he entered the league in 2006. Greenway, 31, was forced to learn a new defensive scheme for the first time in his professional career after the Vikings hired longtime NFL defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as head coach. There's been a transition away from the game for Greenway, too.
TOLSTOY -- Eric Johannsen says there's been a demonization of the American farmer. Especially in South Dakota, and as pheasant numbers declined in past years, outdoor enthusiasts have pointed fingers at farmers and agriculture producers. As grain prices increased, more ground was planted and pheasant numbers rapidly declined, it was the farmer that unfairly became scapegoat, Johannsen said. "Really, to run a business, and to have the risks there are, to manage the risks, and to have a couple years where you're making money, you can't blame those farmers," Johannsen said Thursday evening aft
An hour-long television program on NBC Sports Network shown Wednesday night will feature the opening weekend of pheasant season in South Dakota. It will feature Mitchell residents, along with Mitchell’s annual Pheasants Forever banquet, which more than 700 people attended this year. Tom Brokaw, of NBC News and a South Dakota native, recently spoke about the special and described opening day as a “religious holiday.” The show, called “Opening Day,” airs on the NBC Sports Network at about 10 p.m., following an NHL game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.