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Wed
06
Sep
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Donations of game meat appreciated

By Ron Fowler South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger

Donation of game meat to families in need increased again in 2016 with a modest increase in donations by hunters and significant increase in meat donation through the Sportsmen Against Hunger (SAH) salvage processing program.

Deer hunters continued to show interest in, and play an important part in, donation of game meat through SAH to food pantries across the state.

Total harvested deer which were donated increased from 348 in 2015 to 397 in 2016. These numbers included 256 antlerless deer in 2016 compared with 204 antlerless deer in 2015.

The antlerless deer were donated through the SAH program in which a processing certificate completed and submitted by the hunter to a participating SAH game processor paid for most or all of the processing cost.

 

Wed
06
Sep
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Fortifying our defense against animal disease threats

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

The last day of August was an eventful one for Linda and me. We stopped first in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair where we toured the value-added agriculture tent and also attended the Century Farms Recognition and Salute to Veterans ceremonies.

We went on to Brookings for an SDSU ground breaking and attended the evening football game. It was a great day in eastern South Dakota. The SDSU ground breaking event celebrated the start of upgrading and expanding the South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory.

The lab provides critical research and diagnostic support to protect our citizens and livestock industry from disease outbreaks.

 

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Wed
30
Aug
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School activities bring communities together

By Bob Gardner

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike.

Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school absences than nonathletes, they also develop the kind of work habits and self-discipline skills that help them become more responsible and productive community members.

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Wed
30
Aug
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A time line of a cosmic adventure

By Amanda Fanger

2:34 a.m. — Wide awake. Can’t sleep. Excited like it’s Christmas but it’s not even December. It’s Aug. 21... right? Okay, concentrate. Need sleep, just a little longer anyway...

2:35 a.m. “Quit playing with my arm, Little Kitty, I need to sleep.”

4 a.m. — Alarm goes off. Finally

4:44 a.m. — All the snacks bought. Time to meet up with the crew for the trip.

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Wed
23
Aug
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Something for everyone at State Fair

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Before the season turns and the kids are fully immersed hin school activities, there’s one more summer event you will want to experience. South Dakota’s great get-together, the State Fair, runs from Thursday, Aug. 3, to Monday, Sept. 4 in Huron. This year marks the 132nd State Fair, and it’s an event you don’t want to miss.

For the last 10 years, the State Fair has charted a consistent trend of success, with year-over-year increases in virtually all areas. Since 2007, attendance has increased an incredible 40 percent, from 151,000 to more than 210,000, and with good weather, we may set another alltime record in 2017.

 

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Wed
16
Aug
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Graduating college, career and life ready

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

It’s hard to believe my oldest grandchild is starting kindergarten this year. With a week-and-a-half left before his first day, Henry is looking forward to starting school.

Even though it’s been a while since I was in the classroom, I’ve learned a few things as a parent, public servant and now, grandfather. I know how crucial education is to individual achievement and how, particularly during high school, planning and forming good habits can help students succeed.

For high schoolers and their parents, I have three tips to share for the upcoming school year.

 

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Wed
16
Aug
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Distracted driving

By Seth Bendigo, Missouri Breaks Summer Intern

Every day in the United States nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. An auto accident can happen so quickly... for example a driver who is going fifty-five miles per hour, sending or reading a text will take their eyes off the road for about five seconds, which is long enough to drive the length of a football field. The three main types of distractions when driving are: visual/eyes off the road; manual/hands off the wheel; and cognitive/taking mind off of driving.

Wed
09
Aug
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When to worry

By Richard P. Holm MD

When should one worry that he or she might be having a heart problem?

Sometimes there are no indications for trouble until very late in the game. On top of this, classic heart-problem symptoms can just as easily be due to something not heart-related, like an esophageal spasm or musculoskeletal strain. That said, there are clues for heart trouble that help us know when to seek help.

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Wed
09
Aug
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In celebration of friends

By Jill Pertler

“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”

National Friendship Day is August 6, but in my opinion every day should be a day to celebrate friends and the different types of friendships we have in our lives. From best friends all the way to acquaintances, I know I value mine.

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Wed
02
Aug
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Changing One’s Mind

By Mark Peacock

I am a conservative man from a conservative state.

Being from this place and with my orientation being such, I grew up learning that anything which is different must be wrong.

Recently my small family and I returned from another state, where we met the most astounding people….truly.

 

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