PIERRE, S.D. — Qualifying South Dakotans have until July 1 to apply for the Sales or Property Tax Refund for Senior Citizens and Citizens with Disabilities program.

Under the program, qualified applicants will receive refunds of sales or property taxes based on their income. Refund checks are issued at the end of August. Applicants must apply for the program on an annual basis.

To qualify for the program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 66 years old on or before Jan. 1 of the current year or be disabled during any part of the year
  • Must have a yearly income less than $12,060 if you live alone or live in a household whose members’ combined income is less than $16,240
  • Be a South Dakota resident during all of 2017

Applications for the program may be obtained on the Department of Revenue’s website,, or at the applicant’s local county treasurer’s office. For more assistance, call the Department of Revenue’s toll-free helpline at 1-800-829-9188.


PIERRE, S.D. – The latest edition of cowboy poet Badger Clark’s most popular volume has just been published by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation.

“Sun and Saddle Leather” has been in continuous print since it was first published in 1915. The volume contains two of Clark’s most popular poems, “Ridin’” and “A Cowboy’s Prayer.”

Western photos from the South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives were used to illustrate the new edition of “Sun and Saddle Leather.” Financial support was provided by the South Dakota Arts Council and the Clarkson Family Foundation.

“Cowboys said of Clark’s poems that ‘his words rang true.’ Clark’s tales of the open range and the West still ring true, 100 years after they were first published,” said foundation president Catherine Forsch. “The new edition continues efforts to keep Clark’s works in print.”

The foundation is the nonprofit partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society and has headquarters with the society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The foundation began overseeing the reprinting and distribution of work by Clark in 2015.

Clark was born on Jan. 1, 1883, in Albia, Iowa. He and his family moved to Dakota Territory when he was three months old. After being diagnosed with tuberculosis at age 23, Clark went to Arizona and was hired on a cattle ranch near Tombstone. Clark put his feelings of enjoying the open range and his fascination with cowboys into poems, many of which he sent to his stepmother. She sent a poem called “Ridin’” to Pacific Monthly magazine, which paid $10 to Clark when it was published. Clark began sending poems to Pacific Monthly and other magazines on a regular basis.

Clark’s stepmother is also said to have encouraged her stepson to write a poem reflecting the cowboy religion. The result was “A Cowboy’s Prayer.”

Clark returned to the Black Hills in 1910. “Sun and Saddle Leather,” Clark’s first volume of poetry, was published in 1915. It was followed by “Grass Grown Tales.” The two volumes were subsequently gathered into one book under the title “Sun and Saddle Leather.”

Clark was named South Dakota’s poet laureate in 1937, a title he held until his death 20 years later.

“Sun and Saddle Leather” and other works by Clark are available from the foundation by calling 605-773-6346 or at the website


File Photo : Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press. Angostura Reservoir . May 20, 02016

RAPID CITY, S.D- The South Dakota Wildland Fire Division will be administering an annual fire aviation certification to the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit in Custer State Park at Stockade Lake on Friday, May 4.

This yearly certification, required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Interior, allows South Dakota National Guard Black Hawk helicopters to respond to wildland fires.

Crews will be tested on fire aviation procedures to ensure safety and accuracy of helicopters when dropping water on a target.

Flight operations will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 3 p.m.

Recreational users in the Stockade area are urged to use caution on the west end of the lake.  Those who use the Custer State Park Airport are advised to be alert for helicopters utilizing the airport facilities as a helibase.

South Dakota Wildland Fire can be found on Twitter @SDWildlandFire and on Facebook by searching SD Wildland Fire.

Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction to be Awarded to E. Annie Proulx

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that E. Annie Proulx, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Shipping News” and the short story “Brokeback Mountain,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 1.

Hayden selected Proulx as this year’s winner based on the recommendation of a jury of previous winners, distinguished authors and prominent literary critics from around the world. The prize ceremony will take place during the National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

“E. Annie Proulx has given us monumental sagas and keen-eyed, skillfully wrought stories,” Hayden said. “Throughout her writing, she succeeds in capturing the wild, woolly heart of America, from its screwball wit to its every last detail. She is an American original.”

One of the Library of Congress’ most prestigious awards, the annual Prize for American Fiction honors an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished not only for its mastery of the art but also for its originality of thought and imagination. The award seeks to commend strong, unique, enduring voices that—throughout long, consistently accomplished careers—have told us something new about the American experience.

“This high honor came as a shock to me,” Proulx said. “My writing has examined the lives of unimportant people—poor people plagued with bad luck, financial and personal troubles. They were hill farmers, small town country music groups, hunters and fishermen, immigrants and accordion repairmen, failed newspapermen and fishermen, war veterans and cowhands, closeted rural gays in denial, ranchers, lumbermen, wood-choppers, widows. They were strung across the continent from Newfoundland to Vermont to Louisiana to Wyoming to Michigan to Oregon. Not the kind of characters to be graced with notice by the Library of Congress. And yet somehow it has happened. I want to believe the people in my writing will step up with me to receive this award, for they are as real as history.”

Author of ‘The Shipping News’ and ‘Brokeback Mountain’ to Appear at National Book Festival. (Photo: Gus Powell)

Proulx was born in Connecticut in 1935 and attended Colby College and the University of Vermont. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington. Proulx is the author of eight books, including “The Shipping News,” which received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize; and “Postcards,” winner of the PEN/Faulkner award—Proulx was the first woman to win the award.

Proulx’s other honors include the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature, the National Book Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her O. Henry Prize-winning story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Her most recent novel is “Barkskins.”

For more information on the prize, including previous winners, visit

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WASHINGTON, DC – The United States, the Global Coalition, and local partners, including the Syrian Democratic Forces, are launching operations to liberate the final ISIS strongholds in Syria. The fighting will be difficult, but we and our partners will prevail. We will defend United States, Coalition, and partner forces if attacked. The days of ISIS controlling territory and terrorizing the people of Syria are coming to an end.

We will work with our NATO ally Turkey and our partners Israel, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon to secure their borders from ISIS. We will seek further fair share contributions in forces, material, and resources from regional partners and allies to stabilize liberated territories. As the President said in remarks with President Emmanuel Macron of France, we will ensure that there is a strong and lasting footprint in Syria such that ISIS cannot return and populations liberated from ISIS are not exploited by the Assad regime or its Iranian supporters.

We will reinvigorate the Geneva process under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254, and mobilize international resources to address Syria’s urgent humanitarian and stabilization needs. The United States is committed to ensuring a future political settlement that honors the will of all Syrians, including Sunni Arabs, Kurds, Christians, Turkmen, and other minorities.

Heather Nauert 
U.S. State Department Spokesperson


PIERRE, S.D. – State officials will meet with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate to discuss public safety on the Lake Traverse Reservation and surrounding area on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 1 p.m. CDT at the tribal headquarters in Agency Village, S.D.

State officials attending the meeting include the Secretary of Public Safety, Superintendent of the Highway Patrol, the Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation, a representative from the Attorney General’s Office and the Secretary of Tribal Relations.

“On behalf of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, we are grateful for the opportunity to host a joint law enforcement forum, whereupon our communities can discuss the public safety and jurisdictional challenges we have on the Lake Traverse Reservation. It also gives our two law enforcements, the Tribe and State, an opportunity to inform our community members about the issues and challenges we face together, such as drug trafficking, human trafficking and other violent crimes that impact both communities,” said Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe Chairman David Flute. “I am thankful for Governor Daugaard’s leadership in the state, and his support of the SWST hosting this community public safety forum for all our members, tribal and non-tribal, in northeast South Dakota.”

“We are honored that the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate leadership has invited us to present at this community meeting on public safety,” said Steve Emery, Secretary of Tribal Relations. “We want to make sure that our constituents in all areas of the state are well informed of public safety issues, challenges and solutions.”

This public safety meeting is open to the public and tribal community members are encouraged to attend.


Mayor Corbin Herman called to order the special meeting of the Common Council at 5:30 p.m.  Present at roll call were Councilpersons Maciejewski, Heinrich, Nielsen, Fischer, Blom and Arseneault. City Attorney Chris Beesley was present. The Pledge of Allegiance was stated.


Councilperson Fischer moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Councilperson Maciejewski, the motion unanimously carried.


Councilperson Nielsen moved, with a second by Councilperson Blom, to approve the minutes from the April 23rd special council meeting. The motion unanimously carried.


No conflicts of interest were stated.


            Attorney Beesley explained his receipt of correspondence from citizens requesting information on referral of Ordinance #802. Attorney Beesley indicated he has provided state statues to the requestors with the comment that he did not believe he could appropriately respond to further questions from the citizens requesting referendum information, and inquired of council what direction they would like him to proceed in. After discussion with Council regarding City Attorney responsibilities, obligations and potential conflict of interest. Council advised Attorney Beesley that they agree with the potential conflict regarding the petition and that he should refrain from advising whether the entire Ordinance, or portions thereof, should be referred. Attorney Beesley’s responsibilities in this matter would be to assist in placing the referendum on the ballot, with appropriate language, in the event a valid petition is filed with the City on or before the 20th day after publication of said Ordinance. Attorney Beesley also advised the Council to table any further discussion regarding future consequences of Ordinance #802, until the time for filing a referendum has passed.


            Councilperson Fischer moved to table the discussion of a proposed resolution to have expedited process for existing businesses under ordinance #802. Seconded by Councilperson Nielson, the motion unanimously carried.


            Councilperson Nielsen moved to approve hiring Steven Schmidt and Mitchell Riner as Public Works Department Seasonal Laborers at $11.83 per hour effective upon successful completion of the background check and drug screen. Seconded by Councilperson Heinrich, the motion unanimously carried.


Councilperson Fischer moved to go into and out of executive session for personnel per SDCL 1-25-2(1-4) at 5:45 pm, with the Attorney, Planning Administrator, Public Works Director and Finance Officer present. Seconded by Councilperson Maciejewski, the motion unanimously carried. Council came out of executive session at 5:56 pm, with no action taken.


            Councilperson Nielsen moved to approve hiring Sydney Gramkow as Deputy Finance Officer at $15.92 per hour effective May 7th, with her last day as temporary part time office help being May 4th. Seconded by Councilperson Heinrich, the motion unanimously carried


            With no further business, Councilperson Arseneault moved to adjourn the meeting at 5:57 p.m. Seconded by Councilperson, Heinrich, the motion carried unanimously.

ATTEST:                                                                                       CITY OF CUSTER CITY

Laurie Woodward                                                                          Corbin Herman

Finance Officer                                                                               Mayor


90-day public comment period is open for Request for Information to improve prehospital trauma care.

Each year, nearly 200,000 people in the U.S. die from traumatic injuries. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) estimate as many as 20% of these deaths could have been prevented. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on behalf of the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS), is seeking comments by July 26, 2018 on the effectiveness of current treatment efforts and opportunities to improve prehospital trauma care.

The Request for Information (RFI) seeks public input on areas in which improved prehospital care could help save lives. In 2016, NASEM released A National Trauma Care System, a report that defined preventable deaths after injury as those casualties whose lives could have been saved by appropriate and timely medical care, regardless of tactical, logistical, or environmental issues. The RFI asks respondents from all backgrounds and areas of expertise to provide input on a range of issues including opportunities for medical collaboration, EMS data integration, and the possibility of cross-training military EMS resources with civilian EMS.

Comments may be submitted:

  • Online through the Federal eRulemaking Portal (identified by Docket No. NHTSA-2018-0056)
  • Through mail or hand delivery to: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590