Marcus Traxler / Forum News Service
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump reiterated Wednesday he would like to attend the Mount Rushmore fireworks display on Independence Day later this year. In remarks made during the signing of Phase One of the U.S.-China trade deal in the East Room of the White House, the president made the fireworks comments after he noticed South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem in attendance.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — An unprecedented wet year in South Dakota came through in the year-end facts and figures, according to the National Weather Service, with numerous communities breaking precipitation records.
MITCHELL, S.D. — More surveillance, more testing. That has summarized the approach from South Dakota’s outdoor leaders toward chronic wasting disease during the 2019 hunting season. Along with getting the word out for increased awareness for the disease, the state is trying to clamp down on the spread of CWD, which fatally affects deer and elk.
Despite making arrests at a slightly lower rate than a year ago, larger quantities of methamphetamine are being stopped by law enforcement in South Dakota. It’s that rationale that is supporting Gov. Kristi Noem’s effort to put another $3.7 million toward fighting the issue in the state in 2020.
MITCHELL, S.D. — In a stop Thursday, Dec. 5, in Mitchell to pitch her budget plan for 2020, Gov. Kristi Noem said she’s directed South Dakota government agencies to “pinch their pennies.” It’s that command that has shaped Noem’s budget, which she unveiled Tuesday at the state Capitol in Pierre, and spoke about for nearly an hour on Thursday on her "Look Ahead" tour in front of more than 75 people at Cornerstone Coffee House and Deli in downtown Mitchell.
VERMILLION, S.D. — It was the regular-season finale for South Dakota's two biggest universities and their football teams. On this day, there are 5,045 fans watching the Jackrabbits from South Dakota State University and the Coyotes from the University of South Dakota. But of those in uniform, there were five watching the 5,000-plus fans in the stands. That would be the troopers of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, who have taken on an increased role during home games for the state’s Division I football programs.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Dan Ahlers is eager to have South Dakotans get to know him. Ahlers said his ability to work across party lines and connect with people regardless of politics or background are the main traits of his run for the state’s U.S. Senate seat in 2020, intending to challenge Republican Sen. Mike Rounds.
PIERRE, S.D. — Zebra mussels have South Dakota’s leaders’ attention. And they’re coming up with a plan to play defense. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks recently held a set of meetings in Oacoma and in Pierre regarding the discovery of the invasive species in Lake Sharpe and the concern about their potential spread to other nearby Missouri River reservoirs, including Lake Francis Case and Lake Oahe.
MITCHELL, S.D. — Avera Queen of Peace Hospital’s success with slowing gestational diabetes will continue growing, thanks to a recently announced state grant. A total of $1 million will be directed toward primary and prenatal care through three health care organizations, including $333,000 for Avera’s remote gestational diabetes monitoring project for up to three years, which is led at Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell. Gov. Kristi Noem announced the funding last week.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Rocco Mediate shot the round of the tournament Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Sanford International — a 6-under-64 — and claimed the PGA Tour Champions event title by one stroke at Minnehaha Country Club. The win was Mediate’s first in more than three years, since winning the 2016 Senior PGA Championship. Mediate receives $270,000 as the winner’s share in the second-year tournament.