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Broadcaster Press 3 May 1, 2018 www.broadcasteronline.com 2018 Governor’s Awards Nominations 2018 Arbor Day PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Statewide Independent Living Council are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Awards. The nomination categories are: •Outstanding Employee with a Disability •Outstanding Citizen with a Disability •Outstanding Private Employer (Small Employer) •Outstanding Private Employer (Large Employer) •Outstanding Employer (Other) •Outstanding Transition Services Award •Distinguished Service Award Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination. Nomination forms can be found online at http://dhs.sd.gov/rehabservices/governorsawards.aspx. For assistance, please contact 605-947-2207 or 1-800-2100143. The deadline for submitting names for consideration is Friday, May 25. Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities during a ceremony later this year. Essay Contest Winners Selected PIERRE, S.D. - Larissa Stahl of Tabor, Sophie Dowling of Murdo and Connor Torkelson of Wanblee have been selected as the winning essayists in the 2018 Arbor Day Essay Contest. Sponsored by South Dakota’s conservation districts, McDonald’s Restaurants of South Dakota and South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA), the contest provides fifth and sixth grade students the opportunity to write about the importance of Arbor Day and tree planting in South Dakota. The Arbor Day Essay Contest has been held in South Dakota for 41 years. In 2018, more than 1,100 essays were submitted. For their efforts, students win awards and cash prizes in addition to learning more about trees. As first place Students who participate in NASP within their schools winner, Stahl will receive a plaque, $100 in cash and a or home-school programs are eligible for the competiMcDonald’s lined jacket. Her school, Bon Homme Colony tion. School, will receive $150 for the purchase of supplies or “The GFP-NASP 3D Tournament is a unique event for equipment. Dowling, the second place winner, will receive South Dakota school age youth,” said Pat Klotzbach, a plaque and $75 cash. Torkelson will receive a plaque NASP coordinator for GFP. “3D shooting not only proand $50 for his third place essay. vides young people with a safe shooting sports experiStahl, Dowling and Torkelson will read their essays ence, it also educates archers on where to aim at game and receive their prizes during special Arbor Day celebraanimals when they go hunting.” tions in their hometown areas. All students who entered There is no charge to attend the tournaments, and the contest also received a McDonald’s dessert certificate the public is welcome. Individuals who wish to volunteer and a packet of tree seeds, courtesy the South Dakota with the tournament may contact outdoorprogramming@ Department of Agriculture, Resource Conservation and gmail.com or call 605.220.2130. Forestry Division. For more information on this contest and to read the winning essays, please visit the SDDA’s website, sdda.sd.gov, and look under the “Happening Now” section. South Dakota celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday in April; in 2018, Arbor Day is April 27. Nebraska newspaper publisher J. Sterling Morton proposed the very first Arbor Day in 1872. On that first Arbor Day, over one million trees were planted in Nebraska. sod houses near Bison. All were constructed by homesteadAgriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s ers between 1907 and 1910. economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic Rozum, a native of Mitchell, is an associate professor activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The and Ronald R. Nelson Chair of Great Plains and South DaSouth Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to kota history at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture She specializes in the Northern Great Plains of the United for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda. States and Canada. She earned her master’s degree in sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. American folklore and her doctorate in United States history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. People visiting Prairie Homestead north of Interior are able to see an original sod house built by Ed and Alice Brown in 1909 when they came from Nebraska to home67 Acres of Farm Ground stead 160 acres in the Badlands. Prairie Homestead was Legal Description: 45408 Jetley Park added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. W ½, NW ¼ th Street at 454 Avenue Blom will talk about the history of the Browns and the 33-093-53 privately-owned Prairie Homestead. Meckling, SD Meckling Township Also participating in the program will be Jeanne Ode, Inquiries to email: dc@sodak.org managing editor of “South Dakota History.” She will discuss the work involved in publishing the quarterly. or box holder P.O. Box 285 “South Dakota History” as well as books about homeVermillion, SD 57069 steading are available in the Heritage Store at the Cultural All transactions are confidential. Heritage Center. Please call 605-773-6006 for more information about the program. Archery Honors Up For Grabs At 2018 GFP-NASP 3D Tournament Pierre, S.D. – Young people from across South Dakota will show off their skills at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State 3D Tournament May 4 and 5. The 3D Tournament uses life-size game animals as targets. The 3D Target Tournament will be held at the NFAA/ Easton Archery Facility in Yankton. Shooting begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and continues at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The tournament is sponsored by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and will host hundreds of young archers competing for individual and team honors in three age divisions. The top three individual and team winners in each division will receive trophies. All participants receive a free tournament t-shirt. Cultural Heritage Center Program To Focus On Sod Houses PIERRE, S.D. – Sod houses will be the topic at a May 8 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Guest speakers Molly Rozum and Casey Crew Blom will tell about several sod houses that are still standing in South Dakota. The program will begin at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 8, and is part of the History and Heritage Book Club sponsored by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation. “Soddies are visual reminders of homestead days,” said Foundation President Catherine Forsch. “Many sod houses have disappeared, melted away by rain or caved in. Learning about sod houses is a way to learn how life was for early settlers in western South Dakota.” All are welcome to attend the free program. Rozum’s article, “It’s Weathered Many a Storm: The Enduring Sod House in Northwestern South Dakota,” appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society. She details the ways in which homesteaders in northwestern South Dakota constructed buildings with the materials at hand. 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