South Dakota flu vaccination rate tops nation’s

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota’s overall flu vaccination rate continues to be the highest in the nation for the third straight year. The office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard says 56.9 percent of South Dakota residents were vaccinated against the flu during the 2015-2016 season. The office says data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the state’s rate topped the nation’s, which was 45.7 percent. Daugaard says the state’s ranking is a “well-earned pat on the back for the doctors, nurses and other providers who promote vaccination.” He says South Dakotans also deserve credit for taking the flu seriously. The CDC recommends yearly flu vaccinations for anyone over the age of six month

Winter wheat planting in South Dakota nears halfway point

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Winter wheat planting in South Dakota is nearing the halfway point, while the corn and soybean harvests are getting underway. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 42 percent of the winter wheat is seeded, well behind 65 percent last year at this time and the long-term average of 53 percent. The corn harvest is 6 percent complete and the soybean harvest 13 percent done. The report says corn silage cutting has wrapped up in the state. Pasture and range conditions in South Dakota are rated 38 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 72 percent adequate to surplus. ​

New plant could help pulse crops in South Dakota

$6.5M Harrold facility set to open doors in November Aberdeen,SD-- The planned opening of a pulse processing plant near Harrold has the CEO and others expecting an expansion in pulse crop production in South Dakota.“I think the acres will probably expand rapidly,” said Steve Brown of South Dakota Pulse Processors.Pulse crops include various types of peas and beans, such as chickpeas and lentils.The plant is a 12,000-square-foot facility that is nearly finished. Though announced in 2012, Brown said initial construction plans stalled, but got back on track in 2014. Construction of the plant started about a year ago, he said. He said he anticipatesequipment testing in October with the $6.5 mill

South Dakota Pheasants; Arkansans convene for a storybook shotgunning adventure

GREGORY, S.D. -- I awoke to the cackling of a ringneck pheasant Sept. 16, a sound that presaged three glorious days of picture-book quality hunting. I have longed to hunt pheasants in South Dakota, so I eagerly accepted an invitation from Judge Bill Wilson to join a group that hunts in the southeastern part of that state at a place called Wild Wings. It is a pheasant preserve that was established decades ago by the late Rick Johnson, an attorney and close friend of Wilson by way of their profession and their mutual love of hunting, horses and mules. Johnson devoted considerable resources to creating and enhancing pheasant habitat, and he later converted an old home into a lodge to accommodat

South Dakota needs more people for more students

PIERRE, SD (KELO-AM) Fall enrollment at South Dakota's six public universities basically stayed flat, increasing by a total of only 92 students. A big challenge persists. South Dakota is a low population state. "That is the issue we are facing in this part of the country," says State Board of Regents Executive Director Mike Rush. Rush says schools must increase the so-called penetration rate, getting the word out to more students about quality higher education in South Dakota. The total headcount at the state's six schools was 36,531, a minuscule increase of 0.25 percent. The enrollment of equivalent full time students actually decreased by 84 students. "Hopefully our high school enrollments

South Dakota city rated one of the best.

Money Magazine has named Sioux Falls as one of the top 50 cities to live in. AT A GLANCE Population- 173,212 Median Home Price- $159,450 Property Tax- $2,600 Unemployment rate- 2.3% Commute time- 15 minutes Named for the picturesque Sioux Falls it surrounds, this growing city has developed into a hub of entertainment and community life. Events like the annual summer SculptureWalk, which features art celebrating the city’s history, or monthly “First Fridays,” where businesses and restaurants stay open late and organize live music, are always sure to draw bring crowds together on the banks of the river. Sioux Falls also, unique for the towns on our list, has its own hockey, basketball, and bas

South Dakota Film Festival kicks off in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, S.D. The 10th edition of the South Dakota Film Festival kicks off Wednesday in Aberdeen. More than 300 films were submitted to the festival, but only 65 will be screened, the Aberdeen American News reported. The five-day schedule with nine viewing sessions includes short and feature-length films from different genres. Organizer Tom Black said time has allowed organizers to establish connections in the film industry to get access to quality films and guests. "One of the things we do and have done is go to other film festivals, and we meet other filmmakers," Black said. "And we've always had a strong connection to the filmmakers in the region — North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesot

South Dakota wants to decrease minimum wage for 18 and under.

In most states, politicians are debating whether to increase the minimum wage to as high as $15 per hour. In South Dakota, it's the other way around. Two years ago, South Dakotan's raised their state minimum wage to $8.55. The home of Mount Rushmore joined more than half of states that have increased hourly pay above the federal minimum of $7.25. But now, residents will have to decide whether employees under 18 should make $8.55 an hour or a dollar less. Last March 2015, state leaders passed a law that would pay minors $7.50 an hour for work. South Dakota's Republican-controlled statehouse argued lowering the wage for younger workers increases the likelihood they will get jobs and work exper

South Dakota Community Foundation awards grants in Mitchell

MITCHELL, SD – The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) selected the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation along with the Mitchell Area Safehouse and Family Visitation Center to receive South Dakota Fund grants in its latest round of grant awards. The South Dakota Fund helps to meet the diverse and vital needs of people across the state through grants to nonprofits in the areas of culture, economic development, education, health and human services. SDCF President Stephanie Judson awarded the grants to representatives of each organization in Mitchell last week. “Our South Dakota Fund grants aim to improve life for South Dakotans, today and in the future,” says Stephanie Judson, SDCF presid

Native American 'Dignity' statue installed in Chamberlain

A 50-foot tall statue has been installed in Chamberlain along the banks of the Missouri River. The stainless steel statue named "Dignity" depicts a young Native American woman receiving a star quilt. A gala event to mark the donation of the statue is scheduled for Saturday, but crews still have some last minute details to take care of. People in Chamberlain said they are thrilled to have the addition to their city. "It's even better than I imagined it would be, so were thrilled," Chamberlain resident Waylon Grassrope said. "I do think it's going to bring a lot of tourism and people into the area." The dedication of the statue starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

Yankton to be South Dakota capital for a day this month

Yankton's shot to serve as the honorary South Dakota capital for a day this month is coming up quickly. The event is set for Sept. 21. Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office says activities will include a Main Street walk and business tours around town. Activities also include a community social. Community members will be able to speak with Daugaard, and he will give a speech. Daugaard has said the event will be a great opportunity for him to learn more about the area and become better acquainted with the issues residents care about. First Lady Linda Daugaard will be reading at the Yankton Public Library. Children are invited to story time.

40th Annual St. Joseph Indian School Powwow to be Sept. 17 in Chamberlain

St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain will hold its 40th annual powwow celebration and cultural activities September 16-17, 2016. On Friday, September 16 there will be cultural activities and performances at St. Joseph’s Recreation Center and Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center, as well as tours of the school. On Saturday, there will be tours of the students’ campus homes and Our Lady of the Sioux Chapel. Powwow Grand Entry is at noon and Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Sioux Chapel at 5:00 p.m. At the end of the day, a complimentary dinner will be served and prizes will be awarded to the dancers and drum groups. All events are free, open to the public and handicap accessible. For

South Dakota to host North American Manure Expo in 2018

HURON, S.D. (AP) — It may not be the most glamorous topic, but for the Ag industry, a trade show coming to South Dakota in 2018 brings important information. South Dakota State University and SDSU Extension have announced that the state will be hosting the 2018 North American Manure Expo. The trade show will include livestock producers in the dairy, beef, pork, and poultry industries; manure handlers, applicators and brokers; and crop consultants. The SDSU Extension says it is currently considering a number of potential locations where the show could take place in southeast South Dakota along the Interstate 29 corridor. David Kringen is the water resources field specialist SDSU Extension. He

South Dakota Local Foods Conference in Mitchell, Nov. 3-5

SIOUX FALLS— The 2016 South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) is scheduled for Nov. 4-5, at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell, S.D. The conference provides educational programming and networking opportunities for producers, local food enthusiasts and resource providers of specialty crops and other niche local food products. The conference is meant to continue the dialogue on local foods among producers, growers, consumers, school nutrition programs, grocers, restaurants and resource providers. Anyone with an interest in local foods is encouraged to attend. Continuing Education hours are available to chefs who participate in the event. The mainstay production, marketing and busin

2016 Pheasant Brood Survey Results

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed the annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a 20 percent decrease in the statewide pheasants-permile (PPM) index from 2015. The 2016 statewide PPM index is 3.05, down from last year’s index of 3.83. “After two consecutive years of substantial increases in the statewide PPM index, a slight retreat was observed this year. Of the 110 routes surveyed statewide, 38 showed an increase in PPM while 72 declined from 2015,” stated Kelly Hepler, GFP Secretary. "Weather conditions and available habitat are key factors to pheasant production and annual PPM fluctuations. We want to remind hunters that this year’s index is

Capping truck, bus speeds would impact South Dakota

WASHINGTON - Federal regulators are considering a proposal to cap the speed of trucks, buses and other large vehicles, a move that could significantly affect South Dakota and other western states where tourism and the trucking industry depend on the nation’s highways. The Transportation Department proposal would require speed-limiting devices on new heavy-duty vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds. Regulators haven’t established a nationwide speed limit but are considering 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour. “There are significant safety benefits to this proposed rule-making,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. “In addition to saving lives, the projected fuel and emissions savings make

Morse, Mork honored at Educators Reception

EDUCATIONAL CHEFS -- Kristin Morse (left) was named the 2016 Educator of the Year at the Educators Reception on Wednesday. DeLon Mork was named the Friend of Education. Charlotte Groce, former educator and chair of the GMACC Education Committee, presented the awards.There is more than one type of food in the world, said Charlotte Groce, the chair of the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. Besides hot dogs with mustard and double chocolate cake, she referenced what she called "non-material sustenance." This food is "offered only in the gourmet store known as school" and is "turned into intellectual muscle." On Wednesday, Groce told area educators gathered for the GMA

Quality Jobs in South Dakota's Beer Distribution Industry Highlighted This Labor Day

Study Shows South Dakota Beer Distributors Fuel Nearly 550 Direct Jobs As Americans prepare to celebrate Labor Day, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and South Dakota's independent beer distributors are recognizing beer distribution industry employees whose work positively impacts the national and state economies. "From truck drivers to graphic artists and sales representatives, America's beer distribution employees work day in and day out to make this the best beer market in the world," said NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser. According to the economic impact report America's Beer Distributors: Fueling Jobs, Generating Economic Growth & Delivering Value to Local Communities,

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