Crews Battling Fire At Oasis Inn

OACOMA, S.D. - Authorities say no one was hurt in an early morning fire at the Oasis Inn in Oacoma. KDLT spoke with a manager by phone at Al's Oasis, which is located about a block away from the hotel. Tanna Rose tells us that fire crews were still on scene as of about 7:25 a.m. She says no flames are visible from her vantage point but there is still heavy smoke. She says fire crews are currently throwing water up on the roof. Rose says Al's Oasis has not received any damage from the fire. The hotel's owners say a lightning strike likely caused the fire.

Major spending planned at Aberdeen and other airports

PIERRE | The state Aeronautics Commission talked Tuesday about a very big year ahead for public airport projects in South Dakota. There “possibly” will be about $43.8 million in work, according to Bruce Lindholm, an administrator for the state Department of Transportation. The estimate is based on pre-applications filed for 2016. Public airports normally use a combination of local, federal and state funding to pay for projects. Last year, projects totaled about $20 million. A typical year runs $30 million to $35 million. Jon Becker, a state airport projects engineer, said $43 million could be the most the program has seen. “In a number of years, anyway,” Becker said. Commission Chairman Skip

$140.3 million came from nonresidents, $29.9 million from residents

PIERRE – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department says pheasant hunters spent more than $170 million in the state last year. Nearly 85,000 nonresident hunters spent $140.3 million. The state’s 65,000 or so resident hunters spent about $29.8 million. GF&P Secretary Kelly Hepler says pheasant hunting continues to be an economic driver for businesses across the state. Spending levels peaked in Tripp, Brule, Brown, Lyman, Spink and Beadle counties. Hepler says it’s no accident that the places where the most money is spent are places with large tracts of quality habitat. County-specific spending estimates are generated by applying per-hunter spending estimates to the number and distributi

South Dakota has one of the lowest rates of women dying from the cancer.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The numbers are in and at first glance they look concerning for South Dakota however that is not the case. Quite the opposite in fact. South Dakota is sitting well above the national average when it comes to the amount of women in the state who are diagnosed with breast cancer. In fact, it has the highest rate in the nation a recent poll from the Center for Disease Control. The CDC released their latest numbers, which are from 2012. 141 women per one hundred thousand were diagnosed in the state. State health officials can't pin point a cause, but a local breast surgeon has a theory that could quiet some people's worries. Andrea Sprik is a Pink Lady who has changed her bat

South Dakota banks on big tourism season

South Dakota's visitor industry is looking at a pair of high-profile milestones and stable gas prices to drive vacationers to the state during the 2016 tourism season, which will be well underway by the end of May. Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen says the 75th anniversary of the completion of Mount Rushmore and the National Park Service's centennial celebration are expected to help fuel interest and bring visitors. Maureen McGee-Ballinger is chief of interpretation and education at Mount Rushmore. She says there will be events to celebrate the anniversary of the famous carving's completion. About 13.7 million visitors to South Dakota spent nearly $3.8 billion in in 2015. It was a strong year for

Need a Job? Come to South Dakota.

Workforce is a major challenge for South Dakota. The state has a great number of jobs available but not enough bodies to fill positions. The unemployment rate is 2.7% and the economy is very strong. So why aren't people moving to South Dakota in droves? In a word, misconception. If you talk to people who live in other states and have either never been to South Dakota or they have only visited the state as a tourist, their perception of South Dakota is pretty much always the same. "Flat, prairies, Mt. Rushmore, nothing to do, rural, agriculture, cold." What they don't know is that South Dakota is a great place to live for many reasons. Low crime, lower cost of living, no state personal income

3 days of free South Dakota fishing

The final summer pregame is going down this weekend. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) annual Open House and Free Fishing Weekend is May 20-22. The statewide event waives entrance fees and allows free fishing for residents and nonresidents. All state park and recreation areas will also be free during the three day event. The event allows anglers to fish without a license statewide. Fishing regulations and limits as well as camping fees still apply. Parks will also be offering daily activities to celebrate the event.

There's something for everyone in South Dakota

. Every May, we recognize tourism in the United States and celebrate the many unique opportunities that are available for travelers from coast to coast. While my job sometimes requires me to spend time in Washington, D.C., away from the beauty of South Dakota, it does give me the chance to encourage people who have never been to our state to make their way to the heartland. I often hear, “South Dakota — I’ve never been, but I hear it is beautiful,” or “That’s the state with the faces, right?” People not familiar with our state probably don’t realize that while Mount Rushmore is awe-inspiring and something that everyone should experience, our state has so much more to offer. South Dakota has

Volunteers get to work on South Dakota's Lake Mitchell

MITCHELL, S.D. - Twenty volunteers gathered at the lake Saturday morning and planted approximately 500 cattails along the water's shorelines. The cattails, placed at 10 different locations, act as a "natural filtration device," according to Parks and Forestry Supervisor Steve Roth, by removing excess nutrients in the water, such as phosphorus and fertilizer. The buckets of cattails were divided among two groups. One stayed around Lake Mitchell, and the other traveled by boat to the Firesteel Creek area. Roth said most of the locations were in bays, and shallow areas that tend to accumulate a lot of algae. "It's going to help hopefully clean up the nutrients in some of the bays," Roth said. "

BOR approves name of new DSU IT building

Dakota State University in Madison has received approval to name its new information technology building after one of its donors. The Board of Regents approved the request this week as part of its meeting in Brookings. DSU asked to name the building the “Beacom Institute of Technology” after Miles and Lisa Beacom. The Beacoms pledged two-and-a-half-million dollars toward the construction of the institute of technology building. An additional two-and-a-half million dollar pledge was also received from T. Denny Sanford for the building. Miles Beacom is a 1981 graduate of Dakota State, and is currently the CEO of First Premier Bankcard. The Beacoms have also established an endowment at DSU, and

Hitchcock native named new education director at SDFU

HURON — South Dakota Farmers Union recently hired Rachel Haigh-Blume to serve as Education Director. “We are excited about Rachel’s background and professional experience, as well as her enthusiasm for youth and agriculture,” said Doug Sombke, President of South Dakota Farmers Union. Haigh-Blume will be responsible for educational programming, which serves more than 3,000 South Dakotans each year. Since it was established to serve family farmers and ranchers more than a century ago, education has been a focus of South Dakota Farmers Union. “SDFU Educational programming is developed to enrich the lives of rural South Dakotans; whether it’s through county, district or state camps held th

These Are the Best and Worst States for Growing Older

Cold-weather states offer high-quality elder care at lower costs. When it comes to senior care, you generally get what you pay for. In most states, low costs correlate with relatively poor elder care and vice versa. But there are exceptions—a few states offer the right combination of high-quality senior care services at a lower cost, as well as an excellent quality of life. Those are the findings of a new study from Caring.com, an online care-giving adviser, which ranked the best and worst states for aging. The rankings are based in part on long-term care services (home health aides, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes), as reported in the Genworth cost of care survey. Other metric

Farmers Play Vital Role in Economic Development For Rural Communities

MITCHELL --- The final results are in for the 2015 Annual Report which provides a summary of financial data from farms enrolled in the SD Farm/Ranch Management program. Overall, the average operation saw cash expenses reach $887,312 which is down slightly from the prior year. Cash farm income of $1,016,995 also showed a small decrease which resulted in net cash farm income slipping again for the fourth consecutive year. Both cash grain prices and the value of market livestock dropped rather dramatically which has resulted in cash farm income falling to levels not seen since 2009. For most farms enrolled in the program, livestock production still ranks as the top source of revenue and it ther

Counterpoint: Gee, did you have to slam South Dakota — again?

JEFF WHEELER STAR TRIBUNE Paul McCartney brought his One on One tour to Target Center in Minneapolis for two nights, on Wednesday and Thursday, after visiting Sioux Falls for the first time on Monday. “For once, you may envy the folks who live in Sioux Falls,” wrote the Star Tribune’s reporter in a May 4 article lamenting the fact that Paul McCartney’s Midwest tour began in South Dakota rather than Minnesota (“5 reasons to see Sir Paul yet again”). As a writer, I know this was just a cute way of starting an article, so I’m not condemning the wonderful Star Tribune. There are days when some of us in South Dakota are envious because the Star Tribune isn’t published here. Still, that article’s

Cabela's Ladies Day Out

Name: Cabela's Ladies' Day Out Date: May 12, 2016 - May 15, 2016 Website: http://www.cabelas.com/mitchell Event Description: Thursday, May 12: 5-9 PM Free gifts for first 25 ladies! 6 PM Cooking Demo 7 PM Archery 101 Friday, May 13: Free gifts for first 25 ladies! 10 AM Canvas & Coffee - Pre-register by calling 996-0337 beginning Tuesday, May 10. Two reservations/call. 1 PM Archery 101 Saturday, May 14: Free gifts for first 25 ladies! 10 AM Canvas & Coffee - See above. 1 PM Fashion for Comfort & Purpose Sunday, May 15: Free gifts for first 25 ladies! 11 AM Can Cooker Demonstration & Samples 1 PM Selecting the Perfect Concealed Carry Firearm Drawing for $50 Gift Cards at eve

Biosciences a great match for South Dakota

Speaking on USA TODAY and Wells Fargo's Real Economy panel in South Dakota, state commissioner of economic development Pat Costello talked why the state is investing so much in growing the biosciences industry.

International University Students: another workforce pipeline

Is your company looking for new and different ways to grow your workforce? Have you considered hiring an international student from Northern State University to fill that role? According to Stacey Schmidt, International Student Coordinator at NSU, there are over 200 international students on campus this year, with eight graduating on May 7, 2016. Many of these students are interested in gaining work experience while earning their degree and some would like to continue working in the United States upon graduation. Interested? Here’s what you need to know: Students attend Northern State University on a F1 Student Visa, which allows them to work on campus part time during the first school year.

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