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Editorial

Safety reminders as we travel SD roads

by John Suhr
surhs@reporterandfarmer.com


I was hoping that the new texting and driving law would make a change to some of the accidents occurring across the state, and maybe it will.
Sioux Falls is making the news lately with driver and bike accidents. Sioux Falls while grabbing the attention of their local TV stations and Argus Leader for top coverage of events has brought these to light.
Granted, you do not need to be on an electronic device to be distracted. A lot of other factors can play a role in dangerous driving.
Even last Wednesday night, LeAnn and I were biking with friends in the Aberdeen area. We do not ride at the same speed or go the same distances and on the way back we knew three or so riders were ahead of us. In the distance we could see flashing red lights that looked to be stopped at that point. It seemed really fast for any rescue unit to get on the scene as the bikers were only minutes ahead of us.
Luckily it was none of them, but it appeared to be a not so lucky runner involved in a car accident. We have still not received any word on it, but hope for the best.
Runners, walkers and riders are enjoying the great outdoors of South Dakota and trying to get a little exercise while the sun shines and the weather is warm. Anyone who knows this area knows it is a short season, so they want to enjoy it to their fullest.
There is also another group on the roadways this time of the year. Construction workers. The orange cones and brightly covered vests give them away, but each year some are injured or killed because of a vehicle accident.
Slow down when you see riders, runners or enter construction zones and be prepared to stop.
Put away the cell phones and other distractions and concentrate on the roadways to make it a safe trip for everyone.

Column


By George, by George

Train shortage hurting the economy


by George Thompson
sports@reporterandfarmer.com

With the small grain harvest set to begin in a couple of weeks, two South Dakota cabinet secretaries went to Washington last week to discuss rail shipment problems with members of the Surface Transportation Board.
Secretarys of Agriculture and Transportation Lucas Lentsch and Darin Berg-quist were to meet with the STB where they were to voice concerns about a shortage of rail shippers to take the state’s commodities to market.
This isn’t the first time the state has lobbied the feds. Lentsch met with the board in April over a backlog of shipments, and the agency issued a decision directing railways to report their plans to ensure delivery of fertilizer.
Now the two state cabinet chiefs plan to do some lobbying for this fall to avoid a repeat of last spring.
Among the reasons for a nationwide train shortage are the recession and the fact that railroads are shipping more crude oil from North Dakota Bakken oil patch.
During the recession, railroads put hundreds of thousands of rail cars into storage and cut staff as demand plummeted. But once demand rebounded they’ve been slow to bring their shipping capacity back to pre-recessionary levels.
Oil shipments apparently are more profitable and less time consuming than grain or fertilizer shipments. But the oil industry isn’t out of the woods either because Congress is looking at forcing carriers to pull older, less safe tank cars out of service.
South Dakota isn’t the only one to be impacted by this shortage. Elevators throughout the Grain Belt report similar problems. So do ag producers in western Canada.
These days grain elevators are working overtime to clear out their bins in anticipation of another big harvest.
The shortage of locomotives hit the auto industry just as hard. Last April close to 4,000 new Chrysler automobiles sat in Detroit awaiting delivery. Ford and General Motors were also forced to delay shipments which ate into profit margins and thwarted a surge in new car sales.
Frustration among saw mill and pulp mill owners rose as a rail car shortage forced the timber industry to find alternate ways to ship lumber products.
Add into the mix a shortage of over the road truck and we could be in for a problematic fall where the price of everything goes higher.
bye george

Lots to do in the area if you build the connections



by Amanda Fanger
reporter@reporterandfarmer.com



 It sort of gets my feathers ruffled whenever I hear people complain about living in a small community because they think there isn’t anything to do.
I know I’m somewhat of an adventure junkie but I simply refuse to accept this way of thinking.
My reason for rejecting this mind set stems from a set of experiences like I had just this past week. I was so busy that I didn’t have time to go fishing, finish reading my book or any number of other activities I had intended to do.
Instead, I:
-Had a rooftop party at a “penthouse” apartment;
-Took a personal airplane tour of the area;
-Wore the fashion of India;
-Learned to speak some phrases in Telagu;
-Went horseback riding on a Paso Fino, a gaited horse.
All this was done within the company of good friends in the Webster area.
The things we do in a small town to occupy our time may not be the conventional type of entertainment some are used to but it’s always the type of thing that connects people in the way that makes us all friends and neighbors. It just takes getting out into the community and making connections with others in order to truly take advantage of what the area has to offer.
Sometimes being the newbie in a community can be hard to get plugged into those connections. As a Webster transplant, it took me several months of living in this area before I felt I was able to start tapping into those resources.
It’s a process of time, getting your local network in order, but it also takes some authentic effort on your part.
Going to church, introducing yourself to your neighbors, getting plugged into civic organizations in your community – simply smiling at someone on the street and introducing yourself to a stranger at the store checkout line; all these things speed up the process of building your network.
As for me, my appreciation goes out to all of those in my network who helped add to the list of adventures I have partaken of this past week.

 

The fat of the land for all parties

by Emre K. Erku
sports@reporterandfarmer.com

 So far, it has been a clash between leisure and labor; crops and cops versus fishing rods and pick-up trucks. Launch points are limited, walleyes are swimming freely, anglers are becoming desperate.
Either it’s blurry memory, apathy or pure naivete; some sportsmen exclude their fellow hardworking farmers from consciousness. This means, in order to hook the big catch, lands reserved for crop growth are illegally used to back that old rusty vessel into one of the many glacial lakes of Day County. Private property is private property, folks.
But...
We cannot just let the walleyes win, especially since this month has seen walleye lengths ranging between 14-16 inches in some lakes. Taking away a person’s right to freely fish the fat of his or her native country is a victory awarded to life as bait. Ripping away that warm afternoon on the lake with the ones you love could mean missing a moment in eternity. Is it worth the guilt? Yes and no.
As a newly arrived punk kid from the Twin Cities who doesn’t know a bull’s rear from a chicken’s breast, it has come to my attention that this is an issue which holds pressing importance. Day County Commission has been adamant about their methods of prosecution; landowners have been patient with regulators, but an internal storm is brewing; authorities are growing tired of this broken record.
Now, it’s my turn to truly understand the situation.
If I were a landowner and I spotted some sporting fellow on my property – land I depend on to feed my family – I wouldn’t be too happy. In reality, this scenario is a form of theft. In one way or another people are infringing upon what political philosopher John Locke refered to as a man’s “natural rights to life, liberty, and property.”
The big question: how can this all be resolved with a resolution fit for all parties?
This is my two cents.
Call me young, call me ignorant, but I feel a certain compensation is in store to appease frustrations. Farmers don’t necessarily want to deter anglers from fishing Day County waters. As animated landowner Frank James so cordially put it a couple weeks ago, “some of us aren’t jerks, not all the time.”
So, instead of writing tickets or simply vacating roads, what if some type of program aimed at materializing a modest profit is put into play? We all know sportsmen are going to take that “extra step” in order to get what they want. Why not exploit this inevitability with just regulation? I feel it would certainly compensate for the land being illegally used for leisure.
What are your thoughts, Day County? Could this idea be feasible? Is there peace on the horizon?
Again, this has been Emre K. Erku. You can just call me “Ray.”

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