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UPDATE: The Crow Peak Wildfire near Spearfish is estimated to be 15 percent contained with 537 personnel continuing to fight the blaze.  

Officials say higher temperatures and lower humidity are forecast over the holiday weekend. Brett Haberstick is a public information officer on the Crow Peak Wildfire. He says crews are on alert for new ignitions springing up near the fire, but hopes a containment line is well established by the Fourth of July.

He stresses the fireworks ban in the city of Spearfish and Black Hills National Forest.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service South Dakota

The Leopold Conservation Award is given each year to a private landowner dedicated to ethical land practices. Cronin Farms won the South Dakota award this year. A farm tour demonstrated what the operation is doing to improve the environment.

Dakota Resources

Organizers of the RuralX Summit want to bring people together to collaborate and make rural communities better.  The conference is designed for those interested in improving life in small towns.

Paula Jensen is with the group Dakota Resources. She says small towns face unique challenges that sometimes aren’t addressed at other conferences. She says the RuralX Summit allows local leaders to come together, share ideas, and hopefully go home feeling energized. 

Fire Departments Stress Safety Over 4th Weekend

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Erin Mairose

Fireworks are on sale in South Dakota as the holiday weekend begins. The Sioux Falls Fire department is using demonstrations to show what can happen when safety isn’t used with sparklers and artillery fireworks. 

A small watermelon is roughly the size of a human head.  Sioux Fire officials use this comparison when demonstrating what can happen to a person who gets too close to an over the counter artillery shell firework.  

Tyler Tjeerdsma is a fire inspector. He sets a watermelon next to the firework, lights the fuse, and quickly backs away.

The pheasant is not only important in South Dakota for its cultural value, but also for what it contributes to the economy. In 2015, more than 150 thousand hunters harvested more than one point two million pheasants in South Dakota. Nearly 85 thousand hunters came from out of state. They poured millions of dollars into local economies. South Dakota isn’t a pheasant destination by accident.

Denice Turner teaches at Black Hills State University. Her book "Worthy" was chosen as a Dakota Midday Book Club selection.

"Worthy" is a memoir. In it the author searches for truth after her mother's mysterious death in a fire. Denice Turner joins Dakota Midday to talk about a writer's challenge to craft herself into a character, the struggle to find an authentic sense of self worth, and the joys (and occasional despair) of parenting.

Full interview with Denice Turner:

Thirty three million Americans are now 65 and older. By the year 2030, that number is expected to reach nearly 70 million.

The Aging Faithfully Conference welcomes Sister Joan Chittister to the 2016 conference on Tuesday, July 26, at the Elmen Center on the campus of Augustana University.

Mosquitoes
Erin Mairose

The Sioux Falls Health Department is monitoring for the presence of mosquitoes that could transmit the Zika Virus. The city has three new traps designed to attract species of mosquitoes known to carry the Zika virus. Denise Patton is with the Sioux Falls Health Department. She says the city doesn’t expect to catch anything unusual. But in case a new mosquito is introduced into the state, they want to be the first to know.

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Most Of Western South Dakota In Drought As July Begins

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U.S. Drought Mitigation Service, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The U-S Drought Mitigation Service has released its drought map for the week.  A large section of South Dakota is dry, and getting dryer.  A large part of West River is in a severe drought category.

A fairly long streak of dry weather is leading to deteriorating range and pasture conditions and poor crop production in western South Dakota.  National Weather Service Hydrologist Melissa Smith in Rapid City says drought issues are prevalent west of the Missouri River.

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