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TYNDALL, S.D. — Bon Homme County polls had been closed for one minute when Sheriff Lenny Gramkow fired the deputy who defeated him in a landslide vote in Tuesday, June 5's Republican Primary. Former Deputy Sheriff Mark Maggs won by a tally of 878 to 331, or 73 percent to 27 percent. Maggs will almost certainly win the general election in November and take charge of the sheriff's office in January. Bon Homme has 2,033 Republican voters, 1,246 Democrats and 619 independents.
MITCHELL, S.D.—Red streaks and a floating canteen swirled near the center of an ocean whirlpool where an amtrac ferrying 20-25 Marines had exploded and sank moments earlier. Blue was the dark hull of the Battleship Tennessee, sailing near an amtrac that carried then-19-year-old Jack Thurman, of Mitchell, toward battle on Iwo Jima. White were the Pacific Ocean waves breaking upon the volcanic black sands of Iwo Jima's forbidding beaches on Feb. 19, 1945. Thurman threw one leg over the side of the floating steel target, so anxious was he to leave it.
PIERRE, S.D.—South Dakota tourism grew for the eighth straight year in 2017, although expansion was hindered somewhat by a lagging farm economy. "We're a rural state, and we depend a lot on our drive market," said Kirk Hulstein, industry outreach and development director for the South Dakota Department of Tourism. "We definitely did feel the impact of the ag economy," he said.
HURON, S.D.—They represent diverse industries — meatpacking, banking and manufacturing — but share the same problem: a dire shortage of workers. Panelists representing a cross-section of South Dakota employers on Thursday, May 3, shared their job recruitment strategies and struggles with members of the state Workforce Development Council. The council, created by a mandate of the federal Workforce Investment Opportunity Act, meets quarterly to address workforce-related issues in South Dakota. One common prescription offered by panelists: Stay nimble.
MITCHELL, S.D.—Less than a single full day was suitable for fieldwork in South Dakota last week, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, and thick wet snow blanketed most of the state since. Snow totals for the past seven days in Mitchell creeped past 20 inches on Wednesday, and snow moisture content was high. All of that wet and cold have some farmers watching a normally busy planting season grow shorter and more concentrated.
MITCHELL, S.D.—The 2018 Statewide Point-in-Time Homeless Count taken Jan. 23 found 1,159 homeless individuals in South Dakota, an increase from the 955 counted in 2017. This year in Davison County, 11 people met the criteria to be considered homeless, and all of them were in shelters. "Fortunately in Mitchell, our homeless count is not high," said Bev Robinson, who heads a local network that works to address the needs of area homeless. "That being said, one person out in the cold is one too many," she added.
MITCHELL, S.D.—Thousands of newborn calves face a more perilous spring and summer because calving season hit its stride as snowmelt pooled atop soil solidified by a frigid February. That mud, cold and wind raise the disease and mortality risk for calves between now and their September weaning, said Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension cow/calf field specialist in Mitchell. March to April is the popular calving time for commercial cattlemen, she said Monday, March 26, so a lot of ranchers are dealing with the problem.