Returned turkey licenses available
Hunting license holders not planning on hunting for any reason, can return their tags to the Game, Fish and Parks department to receive a full refund, no questions asked, and preference points for that season will be retained.
Any returned license will be posted on the GFP licensing website and available via the lottery process. Hunters applying for return tags will be able to put in a first and second choice for each season. Preference points will not be used during this process. In many cases, a current license holder for that season will not be eligible to apply for a returned tag.
Currently, the Prairie Spring Turkey is eligible for return tags. Online applications for returned licenses will be taken from 12 p.m. CST April 14 until 8 a.m. CST April 19. The lottery draw will be on April 19, and the tags will be mailed out that day. Current Prairie Spring Turkey returned licenses eligible for draw include two in hunting unit 36A32 (large areas north and east of Pierre) and two in unit 58B32 (tiny area south of the Oahe Dam).
Ellwanger on to National Leadership
Northern State University Phi Beta Lambda students performed well in the recent virtual State Leadership Conference competition.
According to NSU editor Elissa Dickey, each of the nine NSU PBL members placed in at least one competitive event. As a team, NSU PBL came away with 10 first-place awards, seven second-place awards and one third-place award.
Earning a second place was William Ellwanger, Pierre, who is studying sports management and marketing. Ellwanger and the rest of the students now qualify to compete at the upcoming virtual National Leadership Conference.
“Competing at this conference complements their academic experience, and gives them an edge as rising leaders and professionals,” said Phi Beta Lambda advisor is Dr. Amber Henderson.
S.D. Civil Air Patrol earns top rating
The U.S. Air Force and Civil Air Patrol (CAP) National Headquarters judged the South Dakota Wing the highest evaluation possible — “Effective” — at its latest inspection April 9.
Inspections every four years ensure that CAP state organizations are using the resources wisely that the taxpayers and the USAF have entrusted to CAP, including millions of dollars invested in aircraft, vans, radios, and other equipment.
“This highly successful outside inspection validates the wing’s readiness for important missions like air and ground search, airborne photography and disaster relief,” Col. Nick Gengler, S.D. Wing commander told the state’s CAP membership.
CAP is the civilian auxiliary of the Air Force, with noncombatant responsibilities that are part of the USAF’s support of civil authorities to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage and provide humanitarian assistance. CAP also trains young leaders through its cadet program, and promotes aerospace education. The inspection considered all these responsibilities, including 17 other individual areas.
“S.D. Wing has just come through a very tough inspection from the USAF and HQ Civil Air Patrol with virtual flying colors,” said CAP Col. Mike Beason, who coordinated the wing’s preparation for the inspection. “I’m proud of what the staff has done to show the inspectors we know what we are doing here in South Dakota.”
CAP has over 400 members in South Dakota, with units in Pierre, Brookings, Custer, Miller, Mitchell, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish and Tea. The wing can deploy its six aircraft, ground teams and search drones to assist in emergency response and other support to local, state and federal agencies.
DCI blood drive gets 51 volunteers
The Department of Criminal Investigation hosted a blood drive with Vitalant blood services on April 14 at Mickelson Criminal Justice Building. The drive helped collect 54 units of blood. 51 people volunteered, and 46 were able to donate. Eight donors gave Power Red Cells (2RBC) which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. Sixteen people volunteered for their first time.
Taylor Hyde coordinated the drive.
Vitalant is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. If your donation is antibody positive, Vitalant can produce convalescent plasma from it to help COVID patients. Antibody testing cannot be used to diagnose current coronavirus infection. Also, with each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test.
Faith Lutheran blood drive gets 54 volunteers
Pierre Faith Lutheran Church hosted a blood drive with Vitalant blood services on April 15 at the church. The drive helped collect 52 units of blood products. 54 people volunteered to donate blood, and 47 were able to donate. Four people donated Power Red Cells (2RBC), which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. Four people volunteered for their first time.
Janice Deal and Kimberly Barrett coordinated the drive.
Vitalant is testing all blood for COVID-19 antibodies, so that plasma can be used to help COVID patients.