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Dallas Cruise Night

The Gregory Dallas Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a cruise night in Dallas on Friday May 21st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  It’s an opportunity for residents to enjoy the start of Summer and cruise the streets of Dallas. With any questions one can call the Chamber at 831-9773.

Black Hills National Forest Campgrounds and Seasonal Gates Scheduled to Open

Black Hills National Forest campgrounds are scheduled to open Friday, May 14, and seasonal gates will open Saturday, May 15.

The Black Hills National Forest has 30 campgrounds with more than 680 individual sites. Many of the campgrounds on the Black Hills National Forest are operated by a Forest Service recreation service partner, Forest Recreation Management, (FRM) Inc. based in Hill City, SD, under a concession permit.

The fees in the Forest Service campgrounds range from $14 to $26 per night. Group camping is also available with advanced reservations near Pactola Reservoir and Sheridan Lake.

Many campgrounds have on-site hosts who can help provide information about nearby trails and outdoor activities in the area. While electric, sewer, water hook-ups and showers are not available, most campgrounds have potable water and either flush or vault toilets.

Note: Cook Lake Campground and Cliff Swallow Trail (near Cook Lake), on the Bearlodge Ranger District, will also open Friday, May 14, 2021. Cook Lake has been open for day-use only due to landslide concerns and a spillway reconstruction project. Landslide monitoring, including an audible siren, will continue on the west side of the lake, and this area will remain closed to the public. FRM will have a campground host on site. The State of Wyoming stocked the lake with over 8,000 fish in Spring 2020.  A new kayak/canoe launch area is also available for use on the south side of the lake.

To reserve most Black Hills National Forest campsites, visit http://www.recreation.gov/ or call Toll Free 1-877-444-6777. Due to high demand, reservations are recommended.

Seasonal closed roads and trails are identified on the current Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) and will open Saturday, May 15.

Please remember that even if a road or trail is open, driving on soft surfaces or where rutting has been observed should be avoided until drier conditions prevail. Roads and trails in the hills may be unsuitable for driving until they dry out from recent moisture.

Damaging forest roads and lands is against the law. The legal and financial consequences can be steep, and damages done to the land can take years to repair.

For questions, please contact a local Forest Service office.

For more information on Black Hills National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.

Flags at Half-Staff Today For Peace Officers Memorial Day

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sundown on today in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. Additionally, flags are to be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise until sundown on Saturday, May 15 in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

The State of South Dakota will honor fallen law enforcement officers with ceremonies on today. The state traditionally recognizes Peace Officers Memorial Day on the Wednesday of Police Week. President Joseph R. Biden has proclaimed Saturday, May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. President Biden’s proclamation can be found here.

Winner Area Chamber of Commerce Keep it Local Promotion Back

This promotion will be a monthly drawing on the first Friday of every month at 3:30pm. The first drawing will be Friday June 4th, 2021.
Monthly Prize: The drawing will be for $500 Winner Cash. If there is not a winner for that month, the cash will roll over to the next month.
How to Participate: Beginning in the month of May the Winner Chamber will have signs up at local participating Chamber Businesses. Each participating Chamber business will be given entry forms and a box to put the forms in. There will be signage to show which businesses will be involved in the drawing and promotional rules.
How to Win: On the first Friday of the month at 3:30pm, it will be announced on KWYR as well as on Facebook. The person drawn must be in a Chamber member business and must contact the Chamber at (605) 842-1533 within 3 minutes from that business.
Length of the Promotion: The Chamber will run the promotion from June 4th, 2021 each month to November 5th, 2021.
Future Registration: Each month the Chamber will discard previous month’s entries and start over with entries from the current month entered for the drawing.
Why the Promotion: Trying to create some excitement, getting shoppers into our local businesses.

Rangeland and Soils Day set for June 2 in Murdo, Redfield

Due to COVID-19 and other safety concerns, several changes will be happening to Rangeland and Soils Days this summer.

The event will focus solely on the Go-Getter (14-to-18-year-old) division. The Go-Getters will judge habitat suitability for cattle and grouse, in addition to plant identification and morphology. New Wrangler (8-to-10-year-old) and Wrangler (11-to-13-year-old) divisions will not be held in 2021. There will be no student talks or displays this year. These aspects of Rangeland and Soils Days will return in 2022.

Due to these changes, the event will be one day, June 2, and will be held in two locations — Murdo and Redfield. Registration will be $5 per individual.

“Go-Getters can come as an individual or as a team of three-to-four members from the county 4-H program or FFA chapter,” says Krista Ehlert, Assistant Professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Range Specialist. “The top Go-Getter range team and the top Go-Getter soils team in 4-H from each event location will represent South Dakota at the National Land and Range Judging Contest held in May of the following year (2022) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.”

Since South Dakota hasn’t sent any Go-Getters to nationals in the past two years due to COVID-19, Ehlert says the state will send two 4-H range teams and two 4-H soils teams for the National 2022 competition.

The event in Murdo will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. CST at the Murdo Rodeo Arena, with participants departing for the site at 9 a.m. To register for Murdo, please pay by check to: Jones County Conservation District and mail to P.O. Box 298, Murdo, South Dakota 57559. For questions about location details at the Murdo event, contact Valerie Feddersen at 605-530-2020, and for contest details, contact Emily Helms at 605-570-2180.

The event in Redfield will start with registration at noon CST in the basement of the Spink County Court House, with departure for the site at 12:30 p.m. If you are participating in Redfield, please pay by check to Spink County Conservation District and mail to 628 Second St. SW., Redfield, South Dakota 57469. For questions about the Redfield event, contact Lance Howe at 605-460-0846.

No meals will be provided at either location, however there will be a short awards presentation at the end of the judging contests.

South Dakota State University Livestock Judging Camp Registration Open

The South Dakota State University Livestock Judging Camp will take place on the SDSU campus in two sessions; the first session will be held June 9-11, and the second session will be held June 13-15.

Youth ages 11-18 as of January 1, 2021, are welcome to register and attend either camp session. Early registration is $250 per person if paid by May 20; a $50 late fee will be added after that date.

Registration costs will cover two nights lodging in an SDSU residence hall, six meals, refreshments, recreational activities, a livestock judging manual and a camp T-shirt.

Camp participants will receive instruction on live evaluation of livestock species from both the SDSU Livestock Judging Coach, Brady Jensen, and the nationally competitive SDSU Livestock Judging Team, which produced the national champion livestock judging contestant in 2020. Additionally, each participant will gain hands-on experience in judging classes across multiple species and one-on-one reasons coaching from SDSU Livestock Judging Team members.

“Not only does coming to a livestock judging camp help you improve at reasons and judging, but it is also a great way to get an on-campus experience at SDSU and the opportunity to meet other youth interested in livestock judging from around the country,” Jensen said. “This year, we are expecting campers from over 10 states!”

Participants will also experience SDSU’s state-of-the-art livestock units and receive a campus tour while at camp.

For a full camp schedule and to register, go to https://www.sdstate.edu/agriculture-food-environmental-sciences/animal-science/sdsu-youth-livestock-judging-camp. For more information, contact Brady Jensen at brady.jensen@sdstate.edu or at 605-688-5165.

Chaduza Cook Off in Valentine

The Chaduza Cook Off is coming back to Valentine, Nebraska on Saturday June 12th for a time to sharpen one’s outdoor grilling culinary skills. There will be categories for burgers, ribs and chicken and one lucky winner will walk off with a Green Mountain Grill from the raffle. For more information contact Dean Jacobs at the Valentine Chamber at 402-376-5138.