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BC-SD--South Dakota Weekend Exchange Digest, SD

June 11, 2018

AP-South Dakota stories for June 16 and June 18. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 605-332-3111.

For use Saturday, June 16, and thereafter.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —Some South Dakota teachers are preparing for school shootings with first-aid training as part of a national campaign by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American College of Surgeons. The Argus Leader reports that “Stop the Bleed” focuses on training as many people as possible on how to use tourniquets in critical situations. By Shelly Conlon, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,290 words.


RAPID CITY, S.D. —A University of South Dakota graduate says a misconception that white lions are albino, which can carry with it misconceptions about the white lion’s ability to hunt. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that their white pigmentation is the result of a genetic mutation, and much like the white bison of the Great Plains, or white moose of Canada, is revered by the indigenous people. White lions are only native to the greater Timbavati/Kruger Park region of Africa. By Alex Portal, Black Hills Pioneer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 604 words.

For use Monday, June 18, and thereafter.


YANKTON, S.D. —Approximately 30 South Dakota children and teens recently participated in an annual event conducted by the Yankton Chapter 1029 of the Wisconsin-based Experimental Aircraft Association. The Young Eagles program of the EAA set a national goal of providing 100,000 kids a free airplane ride this year. According to the organization, the Yankton EAA chapter has given more than 3,000 kids rides in similar events in area airport. By Jeremy Hoeck, Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan. SENT IN ADVANCE: 665 words.


MITCHELL, S.D. —The South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Department’s Animal Damage Control program has received an average of 370 beaver calls annually statewide in the past five years. The total funding spent removing beavers has climbed, too, and reached a peak in 2017 of $213,800. Since 2013, GF&P has spent nearly $1 million on removing beavers in South Dakota. Officials say because of a wet spring and fewer fur trappers in the market, requests for assistance and total dollars spent will likely climb again. By Luke Hagen, The Daily Republic. SENT IN ADVANCE: 880 words.

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