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Number 27Volume 108July 4, 2013
According to www.holidays.net/independence/story.htm this is thestory of our independece that wecelebrate each year on the Fourthof July.“Independence Day is the na-tional holiday of the United Statesof America commemorating thesigning of the Declaration of Inde-pendence by the Continental Con-gress on July 4, 1776, in Philadel-phia, Pennsylvania.At the time of the signing theUS consisted of 13 colonies underthe rule of England's King GeorgeIII.There was growing unrest in thecolonies concerning the taxes thathad to be paid to England. Thiswas commonly referred to as "Tax-ation without Representation" asthe colonists did not have any rep-resentation in the English Parlia-ment and had no say in what wenton. As the unrest grew in thecolonies, King George sent extratroops to help control any rebel-lion. In 1774 the 13 colonies sentdelegates to Philadelphia, Penn-sylvania to form the First Conti-nental Congress. The delegateswere unhappy with England, butwere not yet ready to declare war.In April 1775, as the King'stroops advanced on Concord Mas-sachusetts Paul Revere wouldsound the alarm that "The Britishare coming, the British are com-ing" as he rode his horse throughthe late night streets.The battle of Concord and its"shot heard round the world"would mark the unofficial begin-In a speech at Georgetown Uni-versity, President Obama an-nounced a broad new federal man-date to reduce greenhouse gasemissions from electric powerplants.The President will instruct fed-eral regulators to apply the Clean Air Act to carbon dioxide issuedfrom power plants, effectively out-lawing coal-burning facilities.South Dakota’s electric coopera-tives are especially concernedabout this proposal because ruraland low-income Americans alreadyspend disproportionately more onenergy than others.“The impact of the President’splan on co-op-served families andbusinesses could be significant inSouth Dakota,” said Ed Anderson,general manager of the SouthDakota Rural Electric Associationin Pierre, S.D. “Rural communitieshave been put through an eco-nomic wringer for the better partof a decade; they’ve made incredi-ble sacrifices.”“The President’s plan fails totake into account electric coopera-tives existing efforts to protect theenvironment in a responsible and
S.D. Electric Cooperatives alarmedby President Obama’s proposal toincrease regulations and costs
cost effective manner.With more than 1,060megawatts of installed renewablegeneration capacity in our portfo-lio, South Dakota electric coopera-tives are doing a lot more than justtalking about our commitment tothe environment.That, coupled with the fact thatelectric cooperatives have beenleaders in encouraging energy effi-ciency and conservation fordecades, should serve as a modelfor a responsible approach to ad-dressing climate concerns,” said Anderson“We can move forward in our col-lective efforts to protect and im-prove the environment. And wecan do it in an effective and afford-able manner.Using the Clean Air Act to taxevery coal-fired generation facilityin the United States out of busi-ness is not a responsible solution.It is only expedient,” Andersonsaid.“I hope we can work with thePresident to form a more reason-able and sustainable plan,” said Anderson.ning of the colonies war for Inde-pendence.The following May, the coloniesagain sent delegates to the SecondContinental Congress. For almosta year the congress tried to workout its differences with England,again without formally declaringwar.By June 1776, their efforts hadbecome hopeless and a committeewas formed to compose a formaldeclaration of independence.Headed by Thomas Jefferson, thecommittee included John Adams,Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Liv-ingston and Roger Sherman.Thomas Jefferson was chosen towrite the first draft which was pre-sented to the congress on June 28.After various changes, a votewas taken late in the afternoon of July 4th.Of the 13 colonies, nine voted infavor of the Declaration, two -Pennsylvania and South Carolinavoted No, Delaware undecided andNew York abstained.To make it official John Han-cock, President of the ContinentalCongress, signed the Declarationof Independence. It is said thatJohn Hancock signed his name"with a great flourish" so "KingGeorge can read that without spec-tacles!"The following day copies of theDeclaration were distributed. Thefirst newspaper to print the Decla-ration was the
 PennsylvaniaEvening Post
on July 6, 1776.On July 8th, the Declarationhad its first public reading in
The stor of IndependenceDa and America's birthda
 
by Laurie Hindman
Wall School Board met for a spe-cial meeting on Thursday, June 27.Business Manager Niki Mohrpresented the board with the Sup-plemental Budget.She noted this was an estimatefor the upcoming fiscal year. TheGeneral fund will be supplemented$100,000 for the year due to proj-ects that weren’t in the budget. After discussing the budget theboard made a motion and ap-proved the Supplemental budgetresolution.As of June 1, 2013 the school iseligible to pay off the Capital Out-lay Certificates. Mohr explainedthe school will have to give a 30day notice and payment can thenbe made on September 1, 2013.The amount owed is $442,938.75and if the board approves to paythe certificates off early they willsave over $33,000 in interest. Su-perintendent Dennis Rieckmansaid the money is just sitting thereand if we can pay if off five yearssooner then we should.Mohr noted that with the Im-pact Aid money coming in theOn June 20, 2013, six men intheir mid-60’s embarked on a bicy-cle ride across the Northern Tier of the United States to raise moneyand awareness for the WoundedWarrior Project.The 6 over 60 Team hopes toraise $50,000 for this amazinggroup of unsung American heroes. All of the money donated goes di-rectly to the Wounded WarriorProject.The team is self-funding all rideexpenses.Donations can be made directlyon the Wounded Warrior web sitethat has a direct link from theTeam web site www.6over60raa.com.The Team will begin its journeyin Astoria, Oregon by dipping theirrear wheels in the Pacific Oceanand conclude 60 days and 3,667miles later in Portsmouth, NewHampshire by dipping their frontwheels in the Atlantic Ocean.Their support vehicle duringthis adventure will be driven bytheir longtime good friend and re-tired pastor.The six riders range in age from64 to 68. They will all be retired at
“6 over 60 riding Coast toCoast for Wounded Warriors”
the time of the ride from varied ca-reers that include a high schoolprincipal in Irvine, an Irvine policeofficer, a director of a local waterdistrict, a real estate developer, asoftware developer and an execu-tive from the oil industry.The members of the 6 over 60Team are longtime residents of Irvine. They attend the samechurch and have ridden togetherfor many years and many miles.The individual riders have a va-riety of personal reasons for doingthis ride but they all have a com-mon purpose, to generate supportfor the Wounded Warrior Project.This 6 over 60 Team does nottake their lives for granted. Theyare reminded every day of theirmortality by the evening news, theaging of their parents and the re-flection in the mirror. All six realize how fortunatethey are to be blessed with goodhealth and great friendships.They also recognize ourWounded Warriors made a choiceto defend what we should nevertake for granted.The team will be in the Wallarea on Saturday, July 13.
Guptill famil hosts South DakotaLeopold Conservation ranch tour 
funds were available to pay off thecertificates. The board approved amotion to pay of the Capital Out-lay Certificates.The Digital Sign advertisingwhich was discussed at the lastmeeting was reviewed by theboard. A concensus by the boardwas made to offer businesses whohave been advertising a three yearcontract at $400. New businesseswill be offered a three year con-tract at the full price. The moneyfor the advertising will be used topay for the security upgrades atBig White and the Wall School.Other Business:•Agenda for the meeting wasapproved.Consent agenda was approvedfor the following:•Minutes of June 12, 2013 boardmeeting.•Additional June claims.•2013 -2014 activity contractsfor Kent Anderson, AssistantTrack Coach and Rusty Lytle,Head MS Girls Basketball Coach.With no other business themeeting was adjourned.
School board approves full paymentof Capital Outlay Certificates
 
by Laurie Hindman
For the past 25 years the PatGuptill family from Quinn hasranched on their 7,000 acrespread. The Guptills decided in2000 they needed to change theway they managed their land.They became caretakers of theland which has improved the over-all health of their ranch and inturn has improved the health of their cattle, wildlife and them-selves.Their conservation efforts haveearned the Guptill family the 2013Leopold Conservation Award.“The Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinaryachievement in voluntary conser-vation, inspire other landownersthrough their example and helpsthe general public to understandthe vital role private landownerscan and do play in conservationsuccess.”A tour of their ranch was held onFriday, June 28.Brent Heglund, who representsthe Sand County Foundationopened the program and informedthe guests that the Guptillsthrough the years have achievedhigh standards with their land andby telling the story to urban andsuburban people who don’t havethe due awareness or interest theyneed to know how high performinglandowners deliver clear water,clean food and prosperous wildlifeto their table.Guptill said it was a huge shockto hear they were even nominatedand it is quite an honor to bepicked.He noted we were pretty excitedto prepare for this day in awe of people who never knew what wewere doing.He went on to say it is importantfor us to take care of the land, if wedon’t the health of the land will de-teriorate and then the health of people will also.Jeffrey Zimprich, State Conser-vationist of USDA’s Natural Re-sources Conservation Service,thanked the Guptills for the workthey do to protect our land and thisis what NRCS is all about. Work-ing on the private land to protectthe people. Thank you for the will-ingness to share with other pro-ducers and we hope this day willinspire them to make a change ontheir land.South Dakota Secretary of AgLucas Lentsch who is nine weeksinto this new job stated it is a greathonor to leave the ground betterthan you found it. Today we arehere to honor the Guptill familyand today it is about those of uswho are in agriculture. Lentschhand delivered a letter from Gov-ernor Dennis Daugaard on theiraccomplishments.Cory Eich, president, SouthDakota Cattlemen’s Associationsaid ranchers who run straightgrass have a lot of gumption toalter their year long plans.Along with the 2013 LeopoldConservation award, a $10,000check will be presented to them atthe South Dakota Cattlemen’sConvention to be held in Pierre onDecember 11. The family also re-ceived a sign to put out by theirdriveway that designates theirachievement.A video was made of Pat andMary Lou where Pat was notedsaying, “God gave us this world tolive on. We need to improve ourland so we are in sync with na-ture.”
South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award ranch tour. Pictured back row: from left to right ...Representative for Sand Count Foundation Brendt Heglund, Tate Guptil, Paul Guptil, Josie Gup-till. Front row: from left to right ... Cor Eich, President of S.D. Cattlemens Assoc., Mar Lou Guptill,Pat Guptill, Tia Guptill, Marla Kell and Jim Faulstich, Chaiman of South Dakota Grassland Coali-tion. (Not pictured Tro Guptill.)
~Photo Laurie Hindman
First Interstate Greater WallFund makes donations
First Interstate Greater Wall Fund awarded the Wall RodeoBooster Club with a check for $3,400 for grand stand improve-ments at the Wall Rodeo arena. Picture from left to right ... DanCurr, President of the Wall Rodeo Booster Club and Brett Bla-sius, president of the First Interstate Greater Wall Fund.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
The First Interstate Greater Wall Fund presented a $10,000 checkto the Cit of Wall for the Wall Cit Pool. Pictured from left toright ... Dick Johnson, Denn Law, Brett Blasius, Patt Kjerstad,Maor Dave Hahn, Terr Peters and John Tsitrian.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
(continued on page 3)
 
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 Day-of-appointment service willdecrease length of interviews atblood drives.
United Blood Services donorsnow have the ability to completetheir donation interview online thesame day of their blood donationappointment.With this new service, UnitedBlood Services can reduce thelength of interviews on-site at acenter or mobile drive to only es-sential follow-up questions.Donors can visit the UnitedBlood Services website, access theinterview and print out a barcodedFast Track Donation Ticket thatthey must bring with them to theirappointment.“Whenever we survey donorsabout how we can make their ex-perience better, they usually saythat the interview process shouldbe simplified, shortened or auto-mated,” said Jennifer Bredahl, Re-gional Donor Recruitment Directorfor United Blood Services.“We took these suggestions toheart and now are happy to pro-vide this new, shortened interviewprocess for our dedicated donors.”United Blood Services encour-ages donors to give the onlinehealth history questionnaire a tryfor their next donation.There are some importantguidelines to note, especially thefact that donors must complete thequestionnaire the same day astheir donation.Donors still have the option to
Introducing online interviews for United Blood Services blood donors
have one of our staff members askthe health history questions, likewe currently do. All donors have to do is simplyrequest this option when they ar-rive to donate.Instructions can be found onlineat www.UnitedBloodServices.organd by clicking the “Health His-tory Questionnaire” link on theleft. Answers cannot be saved, sodonors must complete the 10-15minute interview in one sitting.Donor data is stored only in thebarcoded “Fast Track DonationTicket” that a donor will print fol-lowing the interview, so a login isnot required.The online donor interview wasdeveloped by Calimex USA Corp.,a software developer based in SanFrancisco.People who are 16 or older,weigh at least 110 pounds and arein good health are eligible to do-nate blood. Additional height/weight re-quirements apply to donors 22 andyounger, and donors who are 16must have a signed permissionfrom a parent or guardian.United Blood Services will be inWall on Monday, July 15 from 10a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Wall Commu-nity Center. Contact HannahHuether at 685-8135 or go towww.bloodhero.com and entercode: wallsd to schedule an ap-pointment. 
South Dakota Landowners Reactto President Obama’s ClimateSpeech
President Barack Obama gave aspeech presenting his plan to cutcarbon emissions and lead theglobal charge to fight climatechange, starting with the way weuse energy.With a focus on renewables andless waste, President Obama haspromised to bring Washington,D.C. up to speed with the rest of the country.Part of President Obama’s ini-tiative is to make sure the Key-stone XL pipeline is not built if itraises greenhouse gas emissions.In speaking about the controver-sial Keystone XL pipeline, Presi-dent Obama stated, “I do want tobe clear: allowing the Keystone XLpipeline to be built requires find-ing doing so would be in our na-tional interest.”He went on to say the only wayto find the pipeline is in the na-tional interest is to find it will notexacerbate this country’s issueswith carbon emissions.“The EPA has commented thatthe State Department DSEIS is se-riously flawed and that in fact thedevelopment of tar sands will in-crease greenhouse gas emissionsat a much greater rate than con-ventional oil,” notes Paul Sea-
President Obama says Keystone XLPipeline should not be approved if itraises greenhouse gas emissions
mans, Dakota Rural Action boardchair and landowner crossed bythe Keystone XL route.While the Draft SupplementalEnvironmental Impact Statementreleased by the US State Depart-ment notes the pipeline will not in-crease greenhouse gas emissions,this finding has been heavily dis-puted.In-depth analysis by the NaturalResource Defense Council and theEnvironmental Protection Agencyhave concluded that tar sandsmining and the resulting dilutedbitumen will, in fact, increasegreenhouse gas emissions; and theKeystone XL pipeline is the majorproposed vehicle for tar sands di-luted bitumen.President Obama’s speech wasmet with skepticism by some, how-ever; Bret Clanton, a HardingCounty landowner and DakotaRural Action member said, “I don’tknow how to take him anymore. Ifeel like he’s prepping us for theokay of it, but I don’t know. I wishour President would quit being apolitician on the Keystone XLissue.There are literally millions of people whose lives are in limbo onboth sides of this controversialproject. I have kind of lost faith inhis openness and hope and changetheme.”
Grasshopper inspectioncritical for control
The South Dakota Departmentof Agriculture is urging land own-ers to take the necessary steps nowto manage grasshopper popula-tions.“Since April snowstorms led to alate onset of spring and May rainspushed back planting, producersnow find themselves at the start of haying season,” said South DakotaSecretary of Agriculture LucasLentsch.“In the hustle and bustle of thenext month, it is important to re-member that now is the best timeto scout for grasshoppers.”Each summer, South Dakotafaces the possibility of destructivegrasshopper outbreaks.Predicting these outbreaks be-fore they occur is very challengingand early scouting is the key tograsshopper management.“The dry conditions in the sum-mer of 2012 may have actuallyhelped reduce the outbreak poten-tial for this summer,” said MikeStenson with the South DakotaDepartment of Agriculture(SDDA).Later hatching species had lim-ited green vegetation needed forgrowth and eventually egg laying.In some cases, extreme heat canactually lead to nymphal mortal-ity. This year’s cool wet spring willaid in the suppression of earlyhatching species by increasing thepresence of bacteria and diseasewithin the grasshopper popula-tion.“Even though Mother Naturehas been on our side and a largescale outbreak is unlikely, it is stillimportant to check your own fieldsand pastures for newly hatchinggrasshoppers,” said Stenson.Grasshoppers go through fivenymphal or instar stages beforethey reach adulthood and sexualmaturity. During the nymphalstages the grasshoppers are verysusceptible to environmental con-ditions as well as pesticide treat-ment practices.Once they reach adulthood theybegin laying eggs almost immedi-ately and become much harder tokill.Although treating adults thatare actively laying eggs might curbcurrent feeding damage, it will notbreak the life cycle or produce ben-efits in subsequent years.“Reports are coming in of grasshoppers hatching in thesouthern most South Dakota coun-ties,” said Stenson.“If the hatch continues at a nor-mal pace, the last two weeks of June will be the perfect time forgrasshopper control activities.”The South Dakota Departmentof Agriculture and USDA - Animaland Plant Health Inspection Serv-ice will be collaborating to keep thepublic abreast of the currentgrasshopper situation and provideproducers with information ongrasshopper treatment optionsspecific to their operation.For more information ongrasshopper control in SouthDakota, please contact Mike Sten-son with the SD Department of  Agriculture at 605.773.3796.Agriculture is South Dakota'sNo. 1 industry, generating over$21 billion in annual economic ac-tivity and employing more than122,000 South Dakotans.The South Dakota Departmentof Agriculture's mission is to pro-mote, protect, preserve and im-prove this industry for today andtomorrow. Visit us online athttp://sdda.sd.gov or find us onFacebook and Twitter.
Unneeded/ExessivePestiide Use?
 Although my “title” is PlantPathology Field Specialist, beingthe only Agronomy Extension staff person at the Winner Regional Ex-tension Center,I deal with more than plant dis-eases. I consider that broader per-spective to be a good thing, asthere are often common themesacross other aspects of agronomy.A local producer recentlybrought in a “weed” that was pres-ent in his pasture, and more obvi-ous in his neighbors’.With the aid of the SDSU Taxon-omist’s expertise, the “weed”turned out to be a native wild-flower.The Taxonomist knew the pro-ducer wanted to know what the“weed” was, mainly so he couldfind out which herbicide wouldcontrol it.Being the expert in his field thathe is, he provided the plantspecies, but also added a concern.In his words, “Native forbs likethis one are being extinguishedthrough wholesale herbicide appli-cation to grasslands.Native bees important for polli-nating native and cultivated fruits,etc., are being decimated as natu-ral nectar sources needed throughthe growing season are lost. I'mseeing far fewer bees and less fruitset in pollinator-dependent fruitsin corn/soybean/pasture countryhere in the eastern part of thestate.We have a pollinator crisis thatis intensifying. I'm not a tree hug-ging true environmentalist, just anobservant realist. How do we de-bunk the notion that anything notgrass is a weed?”
By: Bob Fanning,Plant PathologyField Specialist605-842-1267
This “theme” carries over toother areas.Entomologists promote thatthere are other ways to control in-sects than just insecticides.Wheat producers are likelyhearing of aphids in their fields.There are also lady beetles andother predatory insects there too,and if at high enough populations,can keep aphid numbers below thethresholds. Applying insecticides when in-sect pest thresholds haven’t beenreached may not be economical,and the predators will also be “con-trolled”.Insecticides are also not the onlysolution for alfalfa weevils.Granted, the weather doesn’t al-ways cooperate to allow early cut-ting, and even so, the weevilssometimes survive to feed on theregrowth and justify an insecticideapplication. Alfalfa weevils have natural en-emies and insecticides should beused with care to minimize the ef-fect on these beneficials.There are situations where in-cluding an insecticide with an-other pesticide application becausethere are a few undesirable insectspresent may require coming backfor another application becausethe beneficial insects were takenout in the first application.A similar phenomena occurswith fungicides. In addition tokilling harmful fungi, fungicidesalso kill good fungi.These good fungi help to controlaphids, grasshoppers, and otherinsects as well as plant diseasessuch as bacterial.Extensive fungicide use has alsoshown to be detrimental to micro-bial activity in the soil.Integrated Pest Management, orIPM, practices have been encour-aged for several years.IPM principles stress crop scout-ing, following economic thresholdsand considering alternative controlmethods.It’s important to recognize thata healthy grassland contains moreplants than just grass, not all in-sects are pests, and not all fungiare bad. After the wet spring, the SouthDakota Division of Parks andRecreation is reminding people totake measures to protect them-selves from mosquitoes while out-doors this summer.“The best prevention is to be-come knowledgeable on the sub- ject,” says Doug Hofer, director of the Division of Parks and Recre-ation.“By implementing just a fewsteps to decrease personal contactwith mosquitoes, we can make out-door experiences much more enjoy-able this summer.”To prevent mosquito bites, theSouth Dakota Department of Health suggests the followingsteps:
S.D. State Parks remind visitors topractice mosquito prevention
•When outdoors, use mosquitorepellent containing DEET, ac-cording to directions.•Spray repellent on both skinand clothes, but avoid applying re-pellent to the hands of children, asit may irritate the eyes and mouth.•Wear light colored long-sleeveshirts and pants.•Be aware that mosquitoes aremost active between dusk anddawn and when the air is calm.For more information on mos-quitoes and West Nile Virus, visitthe Department of Health’s web-site at www.doh.sd.gov. Informa-tion on South Dakota state parkscan be found online at www.gfp.sd.gov or by calling 605-773-3991.
Chubb Wilcox from Hot Springs was in Wall on Frida, June 26.He brought his bugg and Miss Kitt down so she could get ac-quatined with different vechicles and tourists. Wilcox said hishorse is three ears old and still needs a lot of training and whdon’t spend the evening in Wall.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
by Senatr Jhn Thune
As we prepare to celebrate theFourth of July, families and busi-nesses throughout the country willunfurl the stars and stripes andproudly display the American Flagin honor of our great nation.The importance of this wavingsymbol of liberty and justice isepitomized in the famous WorldWar II photo depicting U.S.Marines and a Navy corpsmanraising the flag atop Mount Surib-achi on Iwo Jima. Stories such asthis, depicting the patriotic hero-ism of our military, cause us topause and reflect upon the sacri-fices that our men and women inuniform have made and continueto make on behalf of our country.I have had the honor of listeningto many of our state’s great warheroes tell stories of battles wonand fought, and some of my fa-vorite stories are of the USS SouthDakota, a famous World War IIbattleship that found great successthroughout its career. Nicknamed“Old Incredible,” it played an ac-tive role in 15 major U. S. militaryoperations, 50 air strikes, and thedowning of over 64 Japanese air-craft. It was one of the fastest andmost expensive ships of its time,and was truly feared in the Pacific.
Remembering the USSS.D., the “Old Incredible”
The USS South Dakota also tookpart in a number of historic WorldWar II events. It was one of thefirst ships to bomb the Japanesehomeland and was present at theJapanese surrender signing.At the conclusion of its illustri-ous career, the USS South Dakotahad traveled almost 250,000 miles – roughly the distance from theearth to the moon. It crossed theequator and the international dateline 30 times, as well as the ArcticCircle twice. This mighty battle-ship truly became a legend beforeit was even one year old. For its ef-forts, the USS South Dakota andits crew were awarded 13 battlestars by the United States Navyafter less than five years at sea.We are eternally grateful to theheroes of the USS South Dakotaand their families for their contri-butions and sacrifice to our coun-try. I invite all South Dakotansthis Fourth of July to join me inhonoring the service of our veter-ans and to keep the brave mem-bers of our military and their fam-ilies in our thoughts and prayersas they continue to serve on ourbehalf.Kimberley and I wish all SouthDakotans a very happy and safeIndependence Day.
 
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High school finals rodeo results
The 2013 South Dakota HighSchool Rodeo finals were held lastweek, June 19-23 at the Roundupgrounds in Belle Fourche.Area contestants fought hard forthe spots to go to the national fi-nals in Rock Springs, Wyo. in July.Scores were affected by the heavyrains, especially for the short go.Point scoring for the finals in-cludes 15 places. First place isgiven 15 points down to 15th placewhich is awarded one point. In in-stances where there is the samescore the points are totaled andthen divided equally. The first andsecond rounds each had 15 plac-ings; the short go had 10. Averagewinners are based upon totaledscores from the three rounds.The champion and runner-upspots are chosen by the total of allthe points earned during the sea-son plus, those at the finals. Thetop four contestants from eachevent move on to the national fi-nals.In some cases, while a contest-ant may not have had the beststate finals, the had enough seasonpoints to place them in the top 15of total points for the year.
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•Bareback Riding 
: 1. Shane O’Connell,Rapid City, 61; 2. Casey Reder, Philip, 52 
•Barrel Racing:
1. Taylor Engesser,Spearfish, 17.397; 2. Fehrin Ward, Fruit-dale, 17.440;
3. Mazee Pauley, Wall, 17.531;
4. Jorry Lammers, Hartford, 17.586; 5.Kendra Kannas, Hayti, 17.594; 6. MadisonRau, Mobrdige, 15.595; 7. Laura O’Leary,Timber Lake, 17.708; 8. (tie) Taylor Both-well, Pierre, and Tearnee Nelson, Faith,17.763; 9. Brandi Wolles, Dell Rapids,17.815; 10. Cassy Woodward, Dupree,17.893; 11. Vanzi Knippling, Chamberlain,17.905; 12. Bailey Tibbs, Ft. Pierre, 17.908;13. Keenie Word, Hermosa, 17.910; 14.Peedee Doyle, St. Onge, 17.964 
•Breakaway Roping:
1. Vanzi Knip-pling, Chamberlain, 2.790; 2. Katy Miller,Faith, 2.810; 3. (tie) C.Y. Christensen, Ken-nebec, and Tawny Barry, Carter, 2.910; 4.Harlee Jo McKenney, Parker, 2.960; 5. Mo-riah Glaus, Chamberlain, 2.970; 6. KeannaWard, Fruitdale, 3.220; 7. Kassi McPherson,Rapid City, 3.320; 8. Brooke Howell, BelleFourche, 3.390; 9. Alyssa Lockhart, Oel-richs, 3.400; 10. Bridget Howell, BelleFourche, 3.410; 11. Caitlyn Dowling,Newell, 3.580; 12. Katie Lensegrav, Interior,3.620;
13. Bailey Hapney, Quinn, 3.660;14.
Sierra Correll, Edgemont, 3.750 
•Bull Riding:
1. Dayton Spiel, Parade,70; 2. Reder, 69; 3. Nolan Hall, Timber Lake,65
•Goat Tying:
1. Rickie Engesser,Spearfish, 8.850; 2. Becca Lythgoe, Colton,8.130;
3. Kailey Rae Sawvell, Quinn, 8.220;4. Carlee Johnston, Elm Springs, 8.300;
5.Cedar Jandreau, Kennebec, 8.450;
6. Pauley, Wall, 8.600;
7. Tricia Wilken,Meadow, 8.20; 8. Cheyenne Severson, Ray-mond,, 9.010; 9. Knippling, 9.150; 10. RyderHeitz, Newell, 9.170; 11. Tibbs, 9.240; 12.Taya Heisinger, Parkston, 9.430; 13. F.Ward, 9.540; 14. Kaitlin Peterson, Sturgis,9.590 
•Pole Bending:
1. Sierra Price, MudButter, 20.530; 2. Kellsey Collins, Newell,20.796; 3. Joeni Lueders, Spearfish, 10.819;4. Jordan Bickel, Trail City, 20.820; 5. Bail-lie Mutchler, Whitewood, 20.930; 6. BeccaLythgoe Colton, 20.976; 7. Maddie Garrett,Nisland, 21.044; 8.Rau, 21.051; 9. O’Leary,21.068;
10. Pauley, 21.080;
11. Josey Aasby,Highmore, 21.124; 12. Brandi Cwach, Ged-des, 21.251; 13. Maddie Schaack, Clark,21.261; 14. Bailey Moody, Letcher, 21.289;15. Kaycee Monnens, Watertown, 21.409
•Saddle Bronc Riding:
1. Kash Deal,Dupree, 71; 2. Teal Schmidt, Sturgis, 64; 3.Jordan Hunt, Faith 62; 2. (tie) Collin Car-roll, Harrold and Reece Jensen, Newell, 54 
•Steer Wrestling:
1. Jace Christiansen,Flandreau, 5.920; 2. Jake Fulton, Valentine,Neb., 5.970; 3. Prestyn Novak, Newell,6.050; 4. Andy Nelson, Spearfish, 6.630; 5.Nolan Richie, Bristol, 6.780; 6. TuckerChytka, Belle Fourche, 7.040; 7. CameronFanning, Olivet, 7.670; 8. Connor McNenny,Sturgis, 7.770; 9. Casey Heninger, Ft.Pierre, 8.440; 10. Wyatt Schaack, Wall,8.470; 11. Max Teigen, Camp Crook 9.230;12. Tyler Gaer, Newell, 10.530; 13. JacobKammerer, Philip, 11.300; 14. Clint Stangle,Caputa, 12.840; 15. Wyatt Fulton, St.Lawrence, 13.670 
•Team Roping:
1. Gaer/Carson Musick,Pierre, 7.250; 2. T. Schaack/Levi Lord, Stur-gis, 7.470; 3. Dalton Sheridan, Faith/LaneFoster, Meadow, 8.260; 4. Klay O’Daniel,Kadoka/Samuel Boldon, Oglala, 8.360; 5.Colby Hetzel, Lemmon/Cash Hetzel, Lem-mon, 9.340; 6. Grady Egly, Oelrichs/JamesKirwan, Bonesteel, 10.350; 7. Kaiden WhiteBear, Sturgis/Till Olson, Whitewood, 11.400;8. Lee Sivertsen, Ree Heights/Dean Chris-tensen, Beresford, 11.610; 9. Thomas Doolit-tle, Midland/ Gunner Hook, Kadoka, 13.120;10. Taylor Tupper, St. Onge/Cyler Dowling,Newell, 14.440;
11. Lane Blasius, Wall/Car-son Johnston, Elm Springs, 14.630;
12. JaceChristiansen, Flandreau/Kayla Hemming-son, Bradley, 15.000; 13. Max Teigen, CampCrook/Alex Giannonatti, Buffalo, 15.020;
13.Elsie Fortune, Interior/Herbie O’ Daniel, Kadoka, 15.470;
15. 6. Sloan Anderson,White Horse/Nolan Hall, Timber Lake,15.500;
•Tie Down Roping:
1. T. Schaack,10.370; 2. Sivertsen, 11.460; 3. Tyus Olson,Mud Butte, 12.070; 4. J. Fulton, 12.240; 5.Jade Schmidt, Box Elder, 12.320; 6. MattNelson, Colman, 12.560;
7. Blasius, 12.620;
8. Tyen Palmer, Dupree, 13.230; 9. CylerDowling, 13.430; 10. W. Fulton, 13.870; 11.Jace Philipsen, New Underwood, 14.530; 12.Pearson Wientjes, Mound City, 14.840; 13.Kenneth Carmichael, Faith, 15.360; 14.Seth Anderson, Hurley, 15.900; 15. Musick,16.030
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•Bareback Riding:
1. Tayte Clark,Meadow, 69; 2. O’Connell, 66; 3. Trig Clark,Meadow 
•Barrel Racing:
1. Alyssa Lockhart,Oelrichs, 17.173; 2. Rau, 17.435; 3 Vinson,17.468; 4. Joeni Lueders, Spearfish, 17.479;5. Brooke Howell, Belle Fourche, 17.574; 6.Word, 17.623; 7. T. Engesser, 17.632; 8.Lammers, 17.643; 9. O’Leary, 17.700; 10.Bothwell, 17.905; 11. Torrie Michels,Mitchell, 17.959; 12. Kaitlin Peterson, Stur-gis, 18.080; 13.Webb, 18.140; 14. Leonhart,18.159; 15. Kara Robbins, Aurora, 18.196 
•Breakaway Roping:
1. Tibbs, 2.250;2. Woodward, 2.510; 3. Rutten, 2.560; 4.Barry, 2.660; 5. Cassidy Mutchler, White-wood, 2.770; 6. Lamphere, 2.790; 7. Lenseg-rav, 2.930; 8. Howell, 3.210; 9. Jayce Hupp,Huron, 3.330; 10. Lockhart, 3.360; 11. C.Christensen, 2.650; 12. Miller, 3.670; 13.Ferguson, 2.720; 14. Jandreau, 3.810; 15.Jordan Tierney, Oral, 3.910.
•Bull Riding:
1. Casey Heninger, Ft.Pierre, 74; 2. Jake Frazier, White Horse, 73;3. (tie) Hall and Jake Rozell, Mansfield, 69;4. Dylan Riggins, Kadoka, 60
•Goat Tying:
1. R. Engesser, 7.710; 2.F. Ward, 8.250;
3. Johnston, 8.520;
4.Hupp, 8.590;
5. Mazee Pauley, 8.750;
6.Lockhart, 8.800; 7. Jandreau, 8.880; 8.Knippling, 9.100;
9. (tie) Smith, Mattee Pauley, 9.300;
10. Allison Vizecky, Brandt,9,340; 11. R.J. Rutten, 9.370; 12. Lythgoe,9.650; 13. Michels, 9.740 
•Pole Bending:
1. Howell, 20.282; 2.Jana Hunt, 10.426; 3. Moody, 20.584; 4. Vin-son, 20.586; 5. Webb, 20.739; 6. Bickel,20.952;
7. Johnston, 20.993; 8. Mazee Pauley, 21.131;
9. Maclyn Hauck, BelleFourche, 21.846; 10. Kendra Kannas, Hayti,21.197; 11. Kassidy Boyd, Sioux Falls,21.214; 12. Ryan, 21.447; 13. T. Engesser,21.493; 14. Monnens, 21.530; 15. Leonhart,21.583 
•Saddle Bronc Riding:
1. Tayte Clark,Meadow, 70; 2. Jordan Hunt, 61; 3. KashDeal, Dupree, 56; 4. Maier, 48; 5. PaulKruse, Interior, 41 
•Steer Wrestling:
1. Gaer, 4.610; 2.Novak, 5.020; 3. A. Nelson, 5.490; 4. JustinBoll, Hartford, 5.720; 5. Fanning, 7.530; 6.Michael Deichert, Spearfish, 8.410; 7.Kaiden White Bear, Sturgis, 8.560; 8. Kam-merer, 10.270; 9. Richie, 12.040; 10. (tie) R.Rutten and Brendon Porch, Kadoka, 15.130;11. Tyus Olson, Mud Butte, 15.200; 12. Tay-lor Tupper, St. Onge, 19.950; 13. Herbie O’-Daniel, Kadoka, 21.770; 14. Clay Bernstein,23.849 
•Team Roping:
1. Tate Thompson,Ethan/Braden Pirrung, Hartford, 6.430; 2.T. Engesser/Deichert, 7.330; 3. Seth Ander-sen Hurley/Wyatte Andersen Hurley, 8.370;4. Tupper/Cyler Dowling, 8.680; 6. T.Schaack/L. Lord, 10.970; 7. Wyatt Mann,Box Elder/ Novak, 13.250; 8. Reed John-son/Jones, 13,050; 9. Gaer/Musick, 13420;Doolittle/ Hook, 14.330; 10. Anderson/Hall,14.640; 11. (tie) Rance Johnson/Kammerer,and Fischer/M. Nelson, 15.080; 12. JordanHunt/ Josh Hunt, 15.230; 13. Carter Kud-luck, Belle Fourche/T. Chytka,19.460; 14.Colby Hetzel/ Cash Hetzel, 20.290 
•Tie Down Roping:
1. T. Schaack,9.620; 2. S. Andersen, 12.010; 3. CadenPacker, Sturgis, 12.760; 4. Reed Johnson,12.800; 5. W. Andersen, 13.370; 6. Egly,13.620;
7. L. Blasius, 13.940; 8. CarsonJohnston, Elm Springs, 14.710;
9. Trainor,15.000; 10. R. Rutten, 15.200; 11. K. O’-Daniel, 16.410; 12. Sterling Gehrke, Castle-wood, 16.510; 13. Cole Schneider, Brookings,17.040; 14. J. Fulton, 17.100; 16. LathanLauing, Oral, 17.140 
•Boys Cutting:
1. Josh Hunt, 144; 2.Kenneth Carmichael, Belle Fourche, 141; 3.(tie) Schaack and H. O’Daniel, Kadoka, 140;4. (tie) Christensen, Peterson, and TrueBuchhoz, Kadoka, 139; 5. Stangle, 137; 6. J.Crago, 136; 7. (tie) Baker, Musick and JebHunt, Faith, 135; 8. (tie) Whitney, andMaier, 131; 9. Sawyer Strand, Harrisburg,130 
•Girls Cutting:
1. (tie) Lensegrav andWebb, 145; 2. Kenzy, 144; 3. Bothwell, 143;4. Strand, 142; 5 (tie) Ryan and K. Peterson,Sturgis, 141; 6. (tie) Lamphere and KarisaOdenbach, Hamill, 1239; 7. (tie) T. Nelson,Keanna Ward, Fruitdale, and Batie, 137;8.(tie) March and Emma Lutter, Zell, 136
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•Bareback Riding:
1. O’Connell, 66; 2.Trig Clark, 62; 3. J.D, Anderson, Hill City,53; 4. Reed Johnson, 48 
•Average:
1. O’Connell; 2. Trig Clark; 3.Tayte Clark; 4. Anderson; 5. Reder; 6. John-son 
•Total Points:
1. O’Connell, 2. TrigClark, 3. Tayte Clark, 4. Anderson, 5. Reder,6. Johnson 
•Barrel Racing:
1. T. Engesser,17.325; 2. Bothwell, 17.329; 3. Webb, 17.487;4. Vinson, 17.544; 5. Lammers, 17.622; 6. T.Nelson, 17.660; 7. F .Ward, 17.847; 8. Rau,17.907; 9. Word, 18.187; 10. Lockhart,18.255
•Average:
1. T. Engesser, 2. Lammers, 3.Rau, 4. Bothwell, 5. O’Leary, 6. Word, 7. T.Nelson, 8. Vinson, 9. Lockhart, 10. Webb 
•Total Points:
1. T. Engesser, 2. Lam-mers, 3. Rau, 4. O’Leary, 5. Bothwell, 6. Vinson, 7. Word, 8. T. Nelson, 9. Webb,
10.Mazee Pauley,
11. Lockhart, 12. Wolles, 13.F. Ward, 14. R. Engesser,
15. Mattee Pauley
 
•Breakaway Roping:
1. Knippling,2.220; 2. Woodward, 2.710; 3. Lockhart,4.220;
4. Elsie Fortune, Interior,
4.900; 5.Howell, 5.290; 6. Hupp, 8.360; 7. Chris-tensen, 12.130; 8. Barry, 14.950; 9. Lam-phere, 18.050; 10. R.J. Rutten 19.590 
•Average:
1. Lockhart, 2. Howell, 3.Hupp, 4. Christensen, 5. Barry, 6. Lam-phere, 7. Knippling, 8. Woodward, 9. Miller,10. Lensegrav 
•Total Points:
1. Woodward, 2. Chris-tensen, 3. Lockhart, 4. Howell, 5. Barry, 6.Knippling, 7. Hupp, 8. Lamphere, 8. R.J.Rutten,
10. Fortune,
11. Miller, 12. K. Ward,13. Lensegrav,
14. Hapney,
15. Tibbs 
•Bull Riding:
1. Scott Shoemaker, Greg-ory, 67
•Average:
1. Hall, 2. Heninger, 3. Fra-zier, 4. Spiel, 5. (tie) Reder and Rozell; 6.Riggins
•Total Points:
1. Hall, 2. Fra-zier, 3. Heninger, 4. Spiel, 5. Shoemaker, 6.Reder, 7. Rozell, 8. J. Peterson, 9. Riggins;10, J.D. Phelps, Porcupine 
•Goat Tying:
1.Barry, 7.690; 2. T. En-gesser, 7.850;
3. Johnston, 8.160; 4. Mazee Pauley, 8.170;5. Sawvell, 8.480;
6. Hupp,8.490; 7. Jandreau, 9.100; 8. K. Peterson,9.540; 9. Smith, 14.130; 10. Remi Wientjes,Onida, 16.370
•Average:
1. Johnston, 2. Mazee Pauley,
3. Jandreau, 4. K. Peterson, 5. Hupp, 6. T.Engesser, 7. Smith, 8. Wientjes, 9. R. En-gesser,
10. Sawvell
 
•Total Points:
1. Johnston,
2. Jandreau,
3. Mazee Pauley,
4. R. Engesser, 5. Hupp, 6.T. Engesser, 7. F. Ward, 8. K. Peterson, 9.Smith, 10. Knippling,
11. Sawvell,
12. Barry,13. Wientjes, 14. Heiberger, 15. Wilken 
•Pole Bending:
1. Collins, 20.212; 2.Howell, 20.583;
3. Mazee Pauley, 20.678;
4.Hunt, 20.843; 5. Monnens, 20.849; 6. Lyth-goe, 20.885; 7. Moody, 20.877l; 8. Wientjes,21.060; 9. Lockhart, 21.244. 10. LoganMoody, Letcher, 21.30
•Average:
1. B. Moody,
2. Mazee Pauley,
3. Bickel, 4. Monnens, 5. L. Moody, 6. How-ell, 7. Hunt, 8. Collins, 9. Lythgoe, 10. Vin-son 
•Total Points:
1. Bickel,
2. Mazee Pauley
, 3. (tie) B. Moody and Hunt, 4. How-ell, 5. Lythgoe, 6. Collins, 7. Monnens, 8. Vinson, 9. L. Moody, 10. Sierra Price, MudButte, 11. Lueders,
12. (tie) Lockhart andJohnston,
13. B. Mutchler 
•Saddle Bronc Riding:
1. Hunt, 67; 2.Teal Schmidt, Sturgis, 56; 3. Tayte Clark,55; Carroll, 48 
•Average:
1. Hunt, 2. Deal, 3. TayteClark, 4. T. Schmidt, 5. Carroll, 6. Jensen,7. Maier, 8. Kruse 
•Total Points:
1. Hunt, 2. Deal, 3. TayteClark, 4. T. Schmidt, 5. Carroll, 6. Kruse, 7.Maier, 8. Bill Chauncey, Mission; 9. Jensen,10. Miles Kreeger, Lake Andes 
•Steer Wrestling:
1. Gaer, 6.520; 2. J.Fulton, 8.180; 3. Christiansen, 8.930; 4.Clay Bernstein, 15.400; 5. T. Chytka,19.440; 6. Fanning, 21.30; 7. A. Nelson,21.860; 8. Kammerer, 24.220 
•Average:
1. Gaer, 2. A. Nelson, 3. Fan-ning, 4. Kammerer, 5. Clay Bernstein, 6.Novak, 7. J. Fulton, 8. Christiansen, 9.Richie, 10. White Bear 
•Total Points:
1. Fanning, 2. A. Nelson,3. Gaer, 4. J. Fulton, 5. Kammerer, 6. Chris-tiansen, 7. Clay Bernstein, 8. Novak, 9.Richie, 10. T. Chytka, 11. Boll, 12. WhiteBear, 13. Stangle, 14. Deichert, 15. W. Ful-ton 
•Team Roping:
1. Fischer/M. Nelson,9.560; 2. Tupper/Cyler Dowling, 18.560; 3.Gaer/Musick, 21.600; 4. Sheridan/Foster,22.860; 5. T. Schmidt/Baker, 29.870 
•Average:
1. Tupper/Cyler Dowling, 2.Gaer/Musick, 3. Fischer/M. Nelson/ 4. T.Schaack/L. Lord; 5. Doolittle/Hook, 6. Sheri-dan/Foster, 78. Thompson/Pirrung, 8. T. En-gesser/Deichert, 9.K. O’Daniel/Bolton, 10.S. Andersen/W. Andersen 
•Total Points:
Gaer/Musick, 2. T.Schmidt/L. Lord, 3. Tupper/Cyler Dowling,4. Fischer/M. Nelson, 5. Sheridan/Foster, 6.Thompson/Pirrung, 8. Doolittle/Hook, 9. S. Andersen/W. Andersen, 10. T. Engesser/De-ichert, 11. Mann/Novak, 12. T. Schmidt/Baker, 13. Rance Johnson/Kammerer, 14.Connor McNenny, Sturgis/Jade Schmidt,Sturgis, 15. Reed Johnson/Jones 
•Tie Down Roping:
1. Egly, 10.920; 2.Lee Sivertson, Ree Heights, 12.780; 3. ReedJohnson, 13.510; 4. J. Fulton, 13.650;
5.Johnston, 14.970;
6. Packer, 16.790; 7. T.Schaack, 17.900;8. Pearson Wientjes,Mound City, 17.900; 9. S. Andersen, 20.640;10. Cody Bernstein, 20.890 
•Average:
1. T. Schaack, 2. Egly, 3. J.Fulton,
4. Johnston
, 5. S. Andersen, 6. P.Wientjes, 7. Packer, 8. Sivertson, 9. ReedJohnson,
10. Blasius
 
•Total Points:
T. Schaack, 2. Egly, 3. J.Fulton,
4. Johnston,
5. S. Andersen, 6. ReedJohnson, 7.
 Blasius, 8 
., 9. Sivertson, 10. P.Wientjes, 11. Richie, 12. J. Schmidt, 13.Cody Bernstein, 14. Carmichael, 15. Trainor 
•Boys Cutting:
1. C. Crago, 144; 2.Buchholz, 140; 3. T. Schaack, 138; 4. Escott,136; 5. Baker, 133; 6. Stangle, 125; 7. J. Pe-terson, 125; 8. H. O’Daniel, 124; 9.Carmichael, 123; 10. J. Crago, 63 
•Average:
1. T. Schaack, 2. Stangle, 3. J.Peterson, 4. (tie) J. Crago and Buchholz, 45.Escott, 6. Baker, 7. Josh Hunt, 8. Chris-tensen, 9. C. Crago 
•Total Points/Season Winners:
1.Schaack, 2. Josh Hunt, 3. J. Crago andBuchholz, 4. Stangle, 5. Escott, 6. Chris-tensen, 7. Peterson, 8. C. Crago, 9. Whitney,10. Baker 
•Girls Cutting:
1. Kenzy, 147; 2. T.Nelson, 144; 3. Lutter, 141; 4. Ryan, 140; 5.Bothwell, 136; 6 (tie) March and K. Ward,133; 7. Robertson, 129; 8. Peterson, 126; 9.F. Ward, 125 
•Average:
1. Kenzy, 2. (tie) Bothwell andRyan, 3. T. Nelson, 4. March, 5. Robertson,6. K. Ward, 7. F. Ward, 8. Strand, 9. Webb 
•Total Points/Season Winners:
1.Kenzy, 2. Bothwell, 3. Ryan, 4. (tie) Lenseg-rav and Strand; 5. T. Nelson, 6. March, 7.Webb, 8. K. Ward, 9. Robertson
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 A new law making it illegal foryoung drivers to use a cell phonewhile driving takes effect on Mon-day, July 1, South Dakota Depart-ment of Public Safety officials re-mind citizens.The law, passed by the 2013 Leg-islature, prohibits anyone whoholds a learner’s permit or a re-stricted minor’s permit from usingany handheld communication de-vice while driving. Generally, suchpermits are issued to persons be-tween the ages of 14 and 18.“Young people still gaining expe-rience with driving really need toavoid any distractions,’’ said JennaHowell, director of Legal and Reg-ulatory Services for Public Safety.“Driving is a full-time responsibil-ity for all of us. That is especiallytrue for our younger drivers whoare still trying to get comfortablebehind the wheel of a vehicle. Thelaw emphasizes the need to pay at-tention to the road.’’Legal sale of fireworks in SouthDakota began on Thursday, June27, and Fire Marshal Paul Merri-man is urging residents to be safeand sensible as they celebrate In-dependence Day.“Fireworks have long been a tra-ditional part of the Fourth of Julycelebration in South Dakota, butevery year we have a few injuriesand some unintentional fires,’’Merriman said.“While much of the state has ex-perienced much-needed moisturein recent months, we still cautionanyone using fireworks to cooper-ate in keeping us all safe and fire-free. Common sense goes a longway.’’The 2013 South Dakota Legisla-ture changed state law to allow thedischarge of fireworks from June27 until the Sunday after July 4.This year, that means it’s legal todischarge fireworks through Sun-day, July 7. Previously, July 5 wasthe legal end date for use of fire-works in the state.Individual cities may adoptstricter limits on use of fireworks,and Merriman suggests citizenscheck local ordinances and regula-tions.He also said staff with the StateFire Marshal’s Office will be outduring the legal sales period in-specting retail fireworks stands to
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make sure the products being of-fered for sale in South Dakota arelegal consumer fireworks.“We aren’t trying to take the funout of the holiday, but we do wantto make sure the fireworks beingsold meet legal requirements,’’Merriman said.The National Fire Protection As-sociation says recent statisticsshow that nationally in 2010 fire-works caused an estimated 1,100structure fires, 300 vehicle firesand 14,100 outside and other fireswith eight civilian deaths and $36million in property damage. Therisk of fireworks injury was high-est for children age 5 - 14, the as-sociation said.Merriman offered a few simplesafety tips:•Follow the instructions on theproduct, avoid using fireworks inplaces where a fire could start andkeep a source of water handy.•Sparklers are popular withyounger children, but they cancause painful burns and should beused with adult supervision, Mer-riman said.
Cell phone ban for youngdrivers takes effect on July 1
A learner or instruction permitallows the holder to drive betweenthe hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. if accompanied by a person who hasa valid driver license, is at least 18years old and has at least one yearof driving experience. That personmust occupy a seat beside theyoung driver.A restricted minor’s permit al-lows the holder to drive between 6a.m. and 10 p.m. with permissionof a parent or guardian. The holderof a restricted minor’s permit maydrive between the hours of 10 p.m.and 6 a.m. if the parent orguardian is in a seat next to thedriver.The Legislature directed thatthe new law be enforced as a sec-ondary offense, meaning a youngdriver would have to be stopped foranother offense before a ticketcould be issued for driving whileusing a handheld communicationsdevice.Philadelphia's Independence Squ-are. Twice that day the Declara-tion was read to cheering crowdsand pealing church bells. Even thebell in Independence Hall wasrung.The "Province Bell" would laterbe renamed "Liberty Bell" after itsinscription - Proclaim LibertyThroughout All the Land Unto Allthe Inhabitants Thereof.And although the signing of theDeclaration was not completeduntil August, the 4th of July hasbeen accepted as the official an-
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niversary of United States inde-pendence.The first Independence Day cel-ebration took place the followingyear - July 4, 1777.By the early 1800s, the tradi-tions of parades, picnics, and fire-works were established as the wayto celebrate America's birthday. And although fireworks havebeen banned in most places be-cause of their danger, most townsand cities usually have big fire-work displays for all to see andenjoy.
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South Dakotans who head to thebeach and the pool this summershould take common sense precau-tions to prevent water-borne ill-nesses such as cryptosporidiosis,says a state health official."Water sports are great physicalactivities and we don't want to dis-courage them but we do want peo-ple to practice healthy swimming,"said Bill Chalcraft, health protec-tion administrator for the Depart-ment of Health.In 2012, South Dakota reported113 cases of the diarrheal illnesscaused by Cryptosporidium para-sites. Through May of this year, 37cases have been reported.Chalcraft said beaches, pools,hot tubs and waterparks can becontaminated by runoff, the pres-ence of chlorine resistant germs, orpoor maintenance. Contaminationcan also result when individualswith diarrhea use recreational wa-ters. People at high risk for recre-ational water illnesses include theyoung, the elderly, pregnantwomen, and the immunosup-pressed.Chalcraft offered the following
Prevent recreationalwater illness this summer 
prevention tips for all swimmers:•Shower with soap before swim-ming and wash your hands afterusing the toilet or changing dia-pers. Wash your children thor-oughly with soap before swim-ming.•Don’t swim when you have di-arrhea.•Don’t swallow pool water.•Take young children on bath-room breaks and check diapers atleast every hour.•Change diapers in a bathroomor a diaper-changing area and notpoolside.•Use sunscreen with at leastSPF 15 and UVA and UVB protec-tion, reapplying after swimming.•Change out of wet swimwearand shower thoroughly after swim-ming.Parents should keep an eye onchildren at all times when near thewater and avoid using water wingsand other swimming aids in placeof life jackets.Learn more about healthy swim-ming at www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming.
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