The One Spot In South Dakota That’s Basically Heaven On Earth

One of this state’s most popular recreational areas is located right on the Missouri River by Yankton, South Dakota. This spot is perfect for any sort of getaway. Whether you want to camp under the stars, take a walk on the trails, lounge on sandy beaches or take advantage of the great hunting and fishing opportunities here, anyone can appreciate this place and enjoy some time outdoors. It’s got a little bit of everything and is a little slice of heaven! It is a resort park that has everything you need for the best weekend getaway. Cabins, campgrounds, beaches, boat ramps, hiking trails - it's got it all! This park is known as the Lewis and Clark Recreation area, located right on the banks o

Hunters Are Still Bagging Lots of Birds in South Dakota

JD Collins/KIKN via Sprint Sioux Falls Early trends show that pheasant hunters have been experiencing solid but not spectacular returns through the first two weekends of the season. South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Secretary Kelly Hepler says the traditional hotbeds for pheasant hunting are holding up with some areas lagging. “It’s about what our forecast said. The central part of the state between Pierre and Mobridge has been good. West of the (Missouri) River has been surprisingly good. Toward the Aberdeen area then south of Huron toward Sioux Falls it drops off. It’s not like we had three or four years ago, but it’s still worthwhile trying to get out to find some (pheasants).” When search

Yankton math teacher named South Dakota Teacher of the Year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Yankton Middle School math instructor Beth Kaltsulas has been honored as South Dakota’s Teacher of the Year. State Education Secretary Melody Schopp announced the award late Thursday. Kaltsulas will now be a candidate for National Teacher of the Year, an award given out at the White House. Kaltsulas has taught in the Yankton School District for 30 years. She has mentored 13 student teachers, runs a daily math academy and piloted a math class for special education students.

South Dakota commission upholds nonresident duck licenses

MOBRDIGE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks Commission has rejected a request by two hunting groups to restrict the area in which out-of-state residents can hunt waterfowl. The South Dakota Wildlife Federation and the South Dakota Waterfowl Association had asked the commission to invalidate 2,000 three-day nonresident licenses. The groups maintain Legislature-approved expansions of hunting territory for nonresidents encroach on residents' hunting rights. The Argus Leader reports the commission voted 7-0 Thursday to leave the legislative changes in place. The commission's attorney advised the group that it didn't have the authority to override state lawmakers and the governor. T

South Dakota hunting groups cry foul on waterfowl permits

PIERRE (AP) — Two South Dakota hunting groups want to keep out-of-state waterfowl hunters out of north central South Dakota. The South Dakota Wildlife Federation and the South Dakota Waterfowl Association are asking the Game, Fish and Parks Commission to rescind nonresident waterfowl licenses available for use outside of a five-county Missouri River unit. The petition comes after the Legislature this year added five north central counties to the list of those in which 1,500 three-day licenses can be used by out-of-state hunters. The petition also seeks to invalidate 500 licenses for eight northeastern South Dakota counties that the Legislature added in 2002. The issue of extending waterfowl

Fossil History attracts paleontologists in South Dakota

They are a party of explorers going up the Missouri River but also stepping back in time, for somewhere near the mouth of the White River — probably in what is now Gregory County of South Dakota - they find themselves standing on the floor of an ancient seabed. And the creature they find there is at least as fearsome as the white bears they have been hearing about. The journals of Lewis and Clark make note of it on Sept. 10, 1804: "Passed the lower point of an island covered with red cedar, situated in a bend on the L.S. This island is about 2 miles in length. Below this on a hill on the L.S. we found the backbone of a fish, 45 feet long, tapering to the tail. Some teeth &c. Those joints wer

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