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State & National News

NATIONAL: Trade war with China continues

According to reports from multiple media sources, President Trump has raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. He says he is in for a long fight after talks with the Chinese government ended Friday without a trade deal.

“Tariffs will make our Country MUCH STRONGER, not weaker. Just sit back and watch,” the New York Times reported Trump said on Friday morning. Trump also said that the Chinese “should not renegotiate deals with the U.S. at the last minute.”

Critics of the deal are concerned that U.S. companies will suffer more from the trade war than China will, especially businesses that operate out of China and receive imports for their companies from the United States, an NPR report indicated Tuesday morning.

The impact of the continued trad war is not yet known, but Trump plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on all remaining Chinese imports.

STATE: Gov. Noem proclaims May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month in South Dakota.

The month “acquaints the public with the disciplines of archaeology and historic preservation and strengthens the enduring bond between the past and the present,” Gov. Noem said in the proclamation.

Historic Preservation Month has been celebrated in South Dakota since it was established at the national level in 1973. The state added archaeology in 2005 to recognize it as a partner in historic preservation.

“South Dakota’s cultural heritage is rich and diverse as represented by thousands of archaeological and historical sites, historic buildings and landscapes that have been identified and recorded throughout the state,” said Jay D. Vogt, director of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. “Public appreciation and understanding is the foundation of preserving South Dakota’s past for future generations.”

The 2019 theme for the month is “There’s No Place Like Home.” People have been calling South Dakota home for over 10,000 years. The construction methods, materials and designs of homes in South Dakota have changed dramatically over these years, but whether it was an earth lodge or a bungalow, there really is no place like home.

The State Historical Society sponsored a statewide essay contest for all students in the fourth grade, the year in which South Dakota history is taught. The purpose was to enable students to achieve a better appreciation of their historic resources, the stories they tell and why they should be maintained.

Students were asked to write a 100-400 word essay about any South Dakota location that is at least 50 years old, why it is a favorite place for them and why it should be saved. It did not need to be a historic site.

Fifty-eight entries were received. The participants were from 15 towns, 14 schools and three home schools. Entries were judged on quality of writing, content and theme, and originality of thought.

The first-place winner was Kendal Waltner from Tea Area Legacy Elementary School. Kendal’s essay entitled “Out of the Park” was about Sherman Park in Sioux Falls. She won a $200 cash prize and a one-year family membership to the South Dakota State Historical Society valued at $50.

Brynn Roehrich from Clark Elementary School took second place. With the title of “This Place Matters,” Brynn wrote about the Mellette House in Watertown. She won a $100 cash prize and a one-year family membership to the State Historical Society.

Winning third place with a story about her grandpa’s farm near Eureka was Amelia Duncan, who is home schooled in Aberdeen. Her essay was called “The Perfect Example of South Dakota Beauty.” Amelia won a $50 cash prize and a one-year family membership to the State Historical Society.

A link to the winning essays can be found on the State Historical Society’s website at history.sd.gov/preservation/archhpmonth.aspx.

Activities across South Dakota are listed on the State Historical Society’s online calendar of events at history.sd.gov. This calendar highlights educational programs in the areas of archaeology, preservation and history across the state and beyond, throughout the year. Those interested in submitting an event to be posted on the calendar can find a form on the website calendar page.

For more information on this annual celebration or other historic preservation programs, contact the State Historic Preservation Office at the Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217; telephone 605-773-3458, e-mail shpo@state.sd.us or website history.sd.gov/preservation.