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Mitchell chapter of Pheasants Forever among many honored at national banquet

SIOUX FALLS -- Pheasant Country, the Mitchell chapter of Pheasants Forever, was recognized for having the largest banquet of the year during the 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic over the weekend.

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Dave Allen, president of the Mitchell Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Pheasant Country, talks at the national banquet during the National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic in Sioux Falls. (Submitted photo)
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SIOUX FALLS - Pheasant Country, the Mitchell chapter of Pheasants Forever, was recognized for having the largest banquet of the year during the 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic over the weekend.

Pheasant Country President Dave Allen, along with other chapter members, were honored Friday night.

There were 1,500 people on hand during Saturday night's banquet in Sioux Falls, where South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued his support for an expansion of the nation's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to 40 million acres, including 1.5 million acres in South Dakota.

South Dakota is celebrating "Pheasantennial" - 100 years of pheasant tradition in the state - this year. The three-day national event was held in South Dakota for the first time.

Several people and Pheasants Forever chapters were honored for their work. Here are list of the awards:

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Conservationist of the year: Rod Sather, Lyman County landowner.

Chapter of the year: Fort Randall, of Armour.

Work-A-Holic: Jeremy Clay, of Winner.

Dedication award: Dave Meyerink, Platte; Daryl Schoenfield, Hamlin County; Jason Weber, Wessington Springs; and Denny Dykes, of Kimball.

Youth chapter of the year: Rosebud, of Winner.

Partner of the year: Sioux Falls Convention Visitors Bureau

Top Dog: Fort Pierre chapter

Acre-maker of the year: Northern South Dakota, of Aberdeen.

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Professional of the year: Teri Schmidt, of the Sioux Falls Convention Visitors Bureau

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