Fireworks safety tips



The popping sound of fireworks fill the evening air and starling some and exciting others as the July 4 weekend celebrations near.  Along with the thrill of exploding light, firecracker enthusiasts need to take into account the potential dangers of lighting fireworks and heed the precautions to avoid injury and structure fires.  The National Council on Fireworks Safety provides a […]

Fire Marshal encourages safety with holiday fireworks



South Dakota’s Fire Marshal encourages those who want to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks to do so, but in a safe manner. “It is still all about safety,” says Fire Marshal Paul Merriman. “We want people to have fun, but we want them to use legal fireworks and to be careful with them.” Sale of fireworks in South […]

Preventing wildfires while baling



Because of dry conditions in the western part of the state, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) has seen an increase in fires that have been started while producers are baling hay. SDWF urges farmers and ranchers to be prepared in case a wildfire starts while they are baling. “Fire safety in the field has two […]

Bowker receives 10 ½ years for Voluntary Manslaughter



Richelle Bowker, 37 of Eagle Butte, was sentenced to 126 months in federal custody in connection with the stabbing death of an Eagle Butte man last June.  Bowker was originally indicted by a federal grand jury for Second Degree Murder on July 14, 2015, however in a plea agreement, she pled guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter in March.  According to court […]

Right vs. Left and somewhere in the middle…



A lot has been said in the past few weeks in the wake of the tragic shooting at a nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people and injured 53. Politicians from both sides of the aisle have voiced their respective stances through the usual soundbytes on the news shows and social media. The left is calling for stronger restrictions; the […]

Heat, Gun Laws, and Zombies, oh my!



We’re on pace to have a year that will be hotter than last year which was hotter than the year before which had the record for hottest year on record but you maybe figured that out by now.  It’s pertinent to again understand the necessity to keep oneself hydrated and take breaks to cool off when working outdoors during these […]

South Dakota’s priorities take center stage



Last January, I was humbled to be selected by my colleagues to serve as chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. What an honor it’s been. Over the last year-and-a-half, we’ve worked hard to make the American people’s priorities our priorities. Safer skies, improved railways, and bringing our interstate highway system further into the 21st century have […]

Opening new markets for American agriculture



Huron, S.D., June 22, 2016 – If you’re looking for a growth industry, check out South Dakota’s food and agricultural exports: The number of jobs supported by agricultural exports has been trending upward since the 1990s. More than 1 million American jobs are supported by agricultural exports, including 32,600 jobs in South Dakota. That’s a substantial part of the estimated […]

A walk through South Dakota history



Every year, thousands of visitors come to Pierre to enjoy all that our Capital City has to offer. Every South Dakotan can be proud of the State Capitol Building, which has been beautifully restored and maintained. The Capitol grounds are also impressive, especially in the summer, with the Fighting Stallions Memorial and the veterans’ memorials along Capitol Lake. The Cultural […]

Let’s Light Up the Sky This Fourth of July!



As a little boy, the Fourth of July was all about going to the beach, baseball games, the parade, cookouts, and fireworks. I remember saving my money from my paper route and helping my dad with his milk route for months so I could buy a bunch of snaps, bottle rockets, firecrackers, snakes, poppers and sparklers. I remember gorging on […]


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