Scammers target nurses statewide

The South Dakota Department of Health warned nurses statewide Wednesday of a scam seeking money from them by claiming their license will be suspended or revoked and an amount of money is required to save it.

“The scammers tell potential victims that their license is or will be suspended/revoked pending an investigation into their activities, and that they must pay a set dollar amount, within a certain time frame, to have such action(s) against them reversed,” according to a Health Department press release.

Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon said it is “despicable” that frontline medical workers are being targeted in the midst of a pandemic.

“In some cases, the scammer instructs victims to wire or e-transfer money to accounts or recipients that are located outside the country, another red-flag for all potential victims,” the release read. “The (South Dakota Board of Nursing) asks that all nurses with questions regarding their license status call 605-362-2760. If you receive a call from this number that seems suspicious, as scammers can spoof caller ID, hang up and call the number back.”

It is unknown how many of South Dakota’s 25,000 nurses have been contacted as part of the scam, which has been carried out over the phone and via email.

Anyone who has been contacted as part of the scam or fallen victim should contact the Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Protection at 800-300-1986 or fill out a complaint form at https://consumer.sd.gov/complaintform.aspx.

EMS webinar on pediatric care

A virtual education session on pediatric emergency care in rural South Dakota is set for Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. It is open to all EMS providers at no cost. Register at www.nesdahec.org/EMS.

The webinar will EMS responding to calls for children with allergic reactions and cardiac emergencies and recognizing child abuse while responding to calls. The session on emergency care for children includes Dr. Benson Hsu from Sanford Children’s Hospital Sioux Falls, Dr. Sylvia Anderson from Faulkton Area Medical Center and Corolla Lauck from SD EMS for Children.

The webinar is hosted by Northeast South Dakota Area Health Education Center and the South Dakota Emergency Medical Services District 4. For more information, call Mikayla Titus at 605-377-7852 or email m.titus@nesdahec.org.

CJ columnist’s work at Heritage Center

A collection of weekly columns by Gary Heintz for the Capital Journal newspaper in Pierre have been gathered into a book “Prairie Memories.” Heintz will discuss this in-person during a free program at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Heintz believes writing down memories and sharing them is a way to tell the story of our lives to future generations. He talks about why he wrote the column, during the mid-2010s, and will read some articles.

In his newspaper columns, he shared memories of a youthful business venture of raising Red Wiggler worms, his May Day fiasco when a girl caught and kissed him and about his first toy horse. Readers came to know Heintz as a man who enjoyed his family, the western way of life, horses, dogs, music and growing up in Harrold.

“Gary encourages people to write down events, places, and people of importance to them and share them with others,” Catherine Forsch, chief executive officer of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation, said. “Otherwise, all their grandchildren and future generations will know of them is their name and what they did for a living. None of the color of their lives will be there.”

For more information or assistance in registering, call 605-773-6006.

Chantier Creek boat ramp closure

With reduced water elevations on Lake Oahe, the boat ramp at Chantier Creek Lakeside Use Area, 15 miles northwest of Oahe Dam off S.D. Hwy. 1806, is nearing a boat ramp closure.

Currently, Lake Oahe is at elevation 1,600.13 Mean Sea Level at 8 a.m., Sept. 15. If the reservoir drops below 1,599, the boat ramp will be closed until water conditions change. The dock will then be removed and signs will be posted.

Boaters can still launch at West Shore Lakeside Use Area, East Shore Lakeside Use Area or Spring Creek and Cow Creek Recreation Area boat ramps.

Gov. opens call to student artists

Gov. Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Arts Council announce the launch of the Governor’s Student Art Competition.

The Council is accepting submissions from all S.D. students. A total of 12 selected student works from four age divisions will be exhibited in the state Capitol building in Pierre from January through September 2022. The divisions are grades kindergarten to second grade, grades three through five, grades six and eight and grades nine through 12.

The deadline is Nov. 12. All artwork must be submitted electronically as a high-resolution jpeg image, along with the submission form and the authorization release form. Competition guidelines, instructions and forms are at https://artscouncil.sd.gov/events/student_art_Main.aspx. For assistance, email Rebecca.cruse@state.sd.us or call 605-773-3301.

Teachers and parents should help students work on their submissions early.

Pierre CAP Squadron joined NORAD test

The Civil Air Patrol’s South Dakota Wing conducted nine flights from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 in support of the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s 2021 field test and evaluation radar coverage study in proximity to wind turbines.

The Pierre CAP Squadron members involved included pilot Lt. Col. Myra Christensen and Mission Observer Capt. Jon Becker.

“Our role was to provide a Cessna 172 aircraft that they needed for their study. We both felt very honored to be part of this scientific study. It was extremely interesting and educational,” Christensen said.

CAP conducted multiple flight patterns at varying altitudes in the vicinity of wind farms in South Dakota and Minnesota supporting NORAD’s Homeland Defense mission. The flights allowed CAP to assess whether wind turbine interference limited radar coverage of small aircraft.

“With their (South Dakota Wing’s) assistance, NORAD was able to complete field testing ahead of schedule by one week,” Brig. Gen. William Betts, vice commander, 1st Air Force, Air Forces Northern, said.

Woodmansey earns award

Kent Woodmansey has earned an Exceptional Service Award from the Association of Clean Water Administrators, by demonstrating exceptional service and dedication to the association. Woodmansey is the first South Dakotan to receive the honor.

Woodmansey is the director of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ division of Agriculture and Environmental Services He served ACWA in 1999-2020. He served on the board for four and one-half terms, was treasurer for two years, secretary for a year, and chaired the Permit and Compliance Taskforce and Rural Workgroup.

“Working together we have been a positive force advocating for common-sense water quality regulations,” Woodmansey said.

Woodmansey, a licensed engineer, has worked for the state of South Dakota for 33 years.

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