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JAMES RIVER — Splashed and speckled in mud, Dave Lucchesi jumped into action. He quickly stepped over the slow-moving James River, from one boat into another, to take control of the wheel as flathead catfish emerged one by one. For 30 years, Lucchesi has worked as a fisheries biologist for the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department. During a recent morning, he maneuvered a boat back and forth near Kelly's Cove, northeast of Yankton, as his partner, B.J. Schall, netted and unhooked the whisker-faced creatures as a part of a two-year state study on catfish.
The look and follow-up question are almost always the same. "What do you think of that?" Two girls. Our second child, due May 19, is a little girl. She'll be just about four years younger than our first child, Grace. Yeah, we found out the sex of our soon-to-arrive child. We decided not to find out what we were having before Grace was born. The way I looked at it, there was one opportunity to have your first child be a complete surprise. The build-up and reveal were indescribable.
PIERRE, S.D.—One out of every five juvenile arrests last year in South Dakota was related to drugs, putting a somber outlook on a problem at the forefront of the state's law enforcement. There were 1,056 juvenile arrests for drugs, narcotics or drug paraphernalia last year in the state, according to the new Attorney General's Crime in South Dakota report released Wednesday. That's quite the jump from 2008 when there were 573 juvenile arrests for the same violations.
PIERRE — He's the state's non-meandered waters mediator. Kevin Robling was put on special assignment by the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department last year to implement House Bill 1001, aka the non-meandered waters legislation enacted following a special session in June last year. His job puts him at the epicenter of what sometimes seems to be an insurmountable task — helping outdoor enthusiasts find common ground with South Dakota landowners to allow recreational opportunities such as fishing and hunting.
MITCHELL, S.D. — "Tale as old as time ... True as it can be ..." Could you hear Mrs. Potts? I don't even need to watch "Beauty and the Beast" to hear her motherly voice singing perfectly to the tune that almost every parent knows. In 1991, Disney came out with the animated version of "Beauty and the Beast" that was redone and released last year with human actors Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston) and others.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It's a Republican rooster battle. South Dakota gubernatorial candidates Marty Jackley and Kristi Noem revealed over the weekend detailed initiatives to enhance the state's pheasant population while campaigning at the 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic. Both acknowledged the importance of pheasant hunting as an economic driver for South Dakota and used the gathering as a platform to discuss their respective five-step programs.
MITCHELL, S.D.—South Dakota is boosting its snow-removal arsenal. After the state Department of Transportation expanded its fleet with the addition of three tow plows prior to this winter season, officials are already planning to purchase three more before next winter. "These tow plows help us do our jobs more efficiently and get the roads cleared sooner," said Jason Humphrey, Department of Transportation construction/maintenance engineer.
Welp, here we go again. The seemingly sleepless nights. The dirty diapers. The spit-up and the "what-the-heck-is-wrong?" screams. Yes, it's back to baby time. My wife is 20 weeks pregnant, so we're expecting our second child to be born sometime in mid-May. Really, I'm thrilled. As the father of a 3-year-old little girl, I've realized parenting is pretty cool. But it's only gotten really fun since Grace turned 2, when she was potty trained and could verbalize to us what she was thinking and wanted.
Miscarriage. Scary word, isn't it? It sure can be, especially for expecting parents who are delivered the blow of the horrible news. 2017 began with the devastating feeling of loss for our family. It was a miscarriage. Our first ultrasound for my wife's second pregnancy was a few weeks after Christmas, when we revealed to our family we'd be parents again.
The dreaded drop-off. As parents, we've all experienced it. Whether it's for work, a vacation or a night away, the drop-off is inevitable. Sooner or later, someone else is going to have to watch your child. And while leaving your little loved one can result in a number of outcomes from them, the feeling for Mom and Dad is typically the same. Blue. Somber. Sad. In three-plus years of being a father, I've experienced at least a few of the drop-off debacles that can happen. Drop-off scenario 1: Kicking and/or screaming, squeezing and crying.