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CHANCELLOR, S.D. — Jeff Spieler studies and teaches corn characteristics. He'll even refer to the plant as having blonde hair and blue eyes. "What I mean by that," he said, "is the traits we're looking for. Does it have yield potential, drought tolerance and disease tolerance?" On a recent muggy August morning, Spieler checked in at a training site, a plot of land near Chancellor, where rows of different types of his Asgrow corn are stretched tall.
PIERRE, S.D.—The search for South Dakota's pheasant population began this week. State officials got this year's annual pheasant brood survey routes started Wednesday, which continues for three weeks into mid-August. And, the state's top upland game biologist said the heavy amounts of rain that much of eastern South Dakota received this year spring will play a large role in the pheasant population.
JAMES RIVER — Splashed and speckled in mud, Dave Lucchesi jumped into action. He quickly stepped over the slow-moving James River, from one boat into another, to take control of the wheel as flathead catfish emerged one by one. For 30 years, Lucchesi has worked as a fisheries biologist for the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department. During a recent morning, he maneuvered a boat back and forth near Kelly's Cove, northeast of Yankton, as his partner, B.J. Schall, netted and unhooked the whisker-faced creatures as a part of a two-year state study on catfish.
PIERRE, S.D.—One out of every five juvenile arrests last year in South Dakota was related to drugs, putting a somber outlook on a problem at the forefront of the state's law enforcement. There were 1,056 juvenile arrests for drugs, narcotics or drug paraphernalia last year in the state, according to the new Attorney General's Crime in South Dakota report released Wednesday. That's quite the jump from 2008 when there were 573 juvenile arrests for the same violations.
PIERRE — He's the state's non-meandered waters mediator. Kevin Robling was put on special assignment by the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department last year to implement House Bill 1001, aka the non-meandered waters legislation enacted following a special session in June last year. His job puts him at the epicenter of what sometimes seems to be an insurmountable task — helping outdoor enthusiasts find common ground with South Dakota landowners to allow recreational opportunities such as fishing and hunting.
MITCHELL, S.D. — "Tale as old as time ... True as it can be ..." Could you hear Mrs. Potts? I don't even need to watch "Beauty and the Beast" to hear her motherly voice singing perfectly to the tune that almost every parent knows. In 1991, Disney came out with the animated version of "Beauty and the Beast" that was redone and released last year with human actors Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston) and others.
Welp, here we go again. The seemingly sleepless nights. The dirty diapers. The spit-up and the "what-the-heck-is-wrong?" screams. Yes, it's back to baby time. My wife is 20 weeks pregnant, so we're expecting our second child to be born sometime in mid-May. Really, I'm thrilled. As the father of a 3-year-old little girl, I've realized parenting is pretty cool. But it's only gotten really fun since Grace turned 2, when she was potty trained and could verbalize to us what she was thinking and wanted.
Miscarriage. Scary word, isn't it? It sure can be, especially for expecting parents who are delivered the blow of the horrible news. 2017 began with the devastating feeling of loss for our family. It was a miscarriage. Our first ultrasound for my wife's second pregnancy was a few weeks after Christmas, when we revealed to our family we'd be parents again.
The dreaded drop-off. As parents, we've all experienced it. Whether it's for work, a vacation or a night away, the drop-off is inevitable. Sooner or later, someone else is going to have to watch your child. And while leaving your little loved one can result in a number of outcomes from them, the feeling for Mom and Dad is typically the same. Blue. Somber. Sad. In three-plus years of being a father, I've experienced at least a few of the drop-off debacles that can happen. Drop-off scenario 1: Kicking and/or screaming, squeezing and crying.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- Significant South Dakota drought has shot down the state’s pheasant population. The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department’s annual survey released Friday morning, Aug. 25, shows a 45 percent decline statewide in the number of pheasants per mile compared to 2016. The results showed a statewide pheasants-per-mile index of 1.68, down from last year’s index of 3.05.