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At a glance By Forum News Service Flaring Up, a report released Monday by Ceres, a Boston-based organization founded by a group of investors after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, highlights the long-term economic waste and environmental damage of flaring, a process which is being used in North Dakota's Bakken shale fields to burn off natural gas. The report's findings include: Between May 2011 and May 2013, volumes of flared gas have more than doubled, even though the percentage has decreased. In 2012, flaring resulted in the loss of about $1 billion in fuel.
PIERRE -- Four people have made a commitment to preserve South Dakota's history by agreeing to serve on the board of directors of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation. The nominations of Korrie Wenzel, of Mitchell and publisher of The Daily Republic; Carey Miller, of Sioux Falls; Erin Hogan-Fouberg, of Aberdeen; and Vicki McLain, of Rapid City, were approved during the foundation's board meeting Thursday. "All of these people bring a strong interest in the state's history to the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation board of directors," said foundation president Michae
It was Jeff's week to use the cabin, and seven of us would make the road trip to Pickle Lake, Ontario, where we would fly by float plane to a very comfortable private camp on Lake Kwinigans. I was to be in Jeff's yard at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night to load up as we would head out at eight. The date was July 6. Our diverse group included Jerry, Dick and me -- the 70s guys: Jeff, Bill and Roger -- the 50s guys and Kyler, Bill's grandson, who will be a freshman at Parkston High School this fall. Without question, the highlight of the trip for me was being around Kyler.
Weber wins, Bormann second at SDGA Junior Championship By The Daily Republic WATERTOWN -- Parkston's Sydney Weber claimed the 14-15 girls' title at the SDGA Junior Championship Tuesday. Weber shot a two-round total of 156, which was 20 shots ahead of Brooke Piearson, of Brookings, and Samantha Langford, of Madison. Sydney Bormann, of Parkston, took second in the 16-18 girls' division, falling to Yankton's Megan Mingo by two strokes. Bormann shot a 75 in the first round and finished the tournament with a 74.
- Mitchell Legion Post 18 baseball vs. Sioux Falls West, 6 p.m. at state tournament in Rapid City. - Sunshine League District Tournament: Tripp-Delmont vs. Platte, 6 p.m.; Corsica/Stickney vs. Dimock/Emery, 8 p.m.
SALEM -- The varsity teener Region 2B tournament is being held in Salem this week. Teams competing in the region tournament are Salem/Montrose/Canova, Kimball/White Lake, Mount Vernon/Plankinton, Alexandria, Emery and Scotland. Two teams will advance to next week's state tournament. TUESDAY'S GAMES SALEM/MONTROSE/CANOVA 11, MOUNT VERNON/PLANKINTON 2 S/M/C defeated MV/P 11-2 Tuesday with the help of pitcher Anthony Tuschen, who gave up two runs on four hits while striking out two in four innings. Luke Loudenberg pitched three innings in relief, striking out four.
GREGORY -- The elevator goes by Interstate Commodities Inc., Gregory branch -- successor of Gregory Farmers Elevator -- a cooperative that failed this spring after 98 years. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission describes what happened in the Gregory Farmers failure as an example of proper handling of an elevator insolvency -- evidence that a system for regulating marketing grain is not broken in the state. The elevator has about 600,000 bushels of storage and a feed program, with no rail.
PRESHO -- Dennis Stanley, of Presho, thinks South Dakota farmers should by law have a first lien on delivered grain -- even on credit-sale contracts -- until it's paid for. "The bank and anybody else should be second," says Stanley, who attended a South Dakota Farmers Union meeting on the topic July 17 in Chamberlain. Stanley was a previous customer of Anderson Seed, the Mentor, Minn.-based company that went insolvent in February 2012.
The Send a Cow to College campaign will kick off Wednesday when the first donor cow will be sold between noon and 1 p.m.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is leveling out the Mitchell to Rapid City rail line. When the MRC line was rebuilt last year between Mitchell and Chamberlain, it was done with used rail, which meant some of the rail was mismatched and uneven in height. "It's hard on the rail to have that height mismatch," said Bruce Lindholm, railroad manager for the state Department of Transportation. When the department ordered the rail for the project, it specified a maximum wear, or use, the rail could have.