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Broadcaster Press 7 September 11, 2018 www.broadcasteronline.com 6 3 ????3???3???36??????? League Of Women Voters Hosts Forum Sept. 11 As Election Day draws closer, voters across the country ask “Will my vote count?” The League of Women Voters is trying to answer that question. The League of Women Voters of Southeast South Dakota is hosting an educational forum on legislative redistricting Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. USD Political Science Professor Julia Hellwege will  3 ???3?37??????34?3?3???35??????????3?????3???????? speak on gerrymandering at “Will Your Vote Count?” at Farber Hall on the USD campus. “Gerrymandering is the process of manipulating voting district boundaries to benefit one particular group, party or candidate,” Hellwege said. “As such, those in charge of drawing the lines – the mapmakers and deciders – have tremendous influence on whether your vote will actually BROOKINGS, S.D. - As her girls start fourth grade and chini sticks dipped in hummus count.” kindergarten this fall, SDSU Extension Early Childhood Field •Sliced apples with cubed cheddar cheese League of Women Voters of South Dakota received a Specialist Audrey Rider says she is working to pre-make •Cubed cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon $10,000 grant from the national league to hold compreeasy and nutritious after school snacks to hold them over •Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries, mangoes, hensive public education forums on legislative redistrictuntil dinnertime, as well as prepare some fun activities to pineapple, apricots, and blueberries) mixed with nuts (aling. Nine events will take place across the state in the keep them busy while they wait for her to get home from monds, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, pecans, walnuts) next three months. work. •Whole wheat pretzel sticks dipped in nut butter The forums are intended to increase voters’ knowledge "I could go buy the boxed snacks, like fruit snacks and •Graham cracker sandwiches made with hazelnut and understanding of redistricting, how redistricting afchips, but I want them to get more of their essential nutrispread fects elections and alternatives to the current process. ents from this snack and be able to eat supper when I get •Whole grain, low-sugar cereal with low-fat milk The 2020 census will track population changes over home from work and not be filled up on empty calories," •Guacamole with baked tortilla chips the last 10 years and have a major impact on how legislaRider explains. "Eating healthy is a life habit we can help •Whole grain crackers with low-fat cottage cheese and tive districts are redrawn in South Dakota. Currently, the our children develop early on." sliced (oil packed) sundried tomatoes state legislature draws those lines. In 2016, South DakoSo, she did some of her own online research and found Non-tech activities tans voted on a constitutional amendment which would no-recipe-needed ideas to pre-make and have waiting for Rider also wanted her daughters to have some nonhave removed that power from the legislature and given it her girls after school. Below she shares some of the easy screen related activities they can do once their homework to a nine-member independent commission consisting of snack ideas she found on the Food Network website. is done. three Republican voters, three Democrat voters and three •Unsweetened applesauce "I encourage parents to think about the things their voters not affiliated with either of the two parties. That •Dehydrated fruits and vegetables (tomatoes, peas, children like to do and then create an activity box or area amendment was defeated, 57 percent to 43 percent. corn, bananas, apples, mangoes, vegetable blends) where the kids can easily access items that will keep them A 2005 federal court case in South Dakota, Bone Shirt •Rice cakes topped with light vegetable cream cheese entertained and exercise their imagination," she says. v. Nelson, forced the state to redraw district lines in the •Low-fat granola with low-fat milk Below she shares some of her daughters' favorite activi- southwest part of the state. Two cases recently before •Toasted whole wheat pita triangles with light herbed ties. the Supreme Court, from Wisconsin and Maryland, were cheese •Box of Legos to build their own inventions/structures sent back to the states for further attempts at redistrict•Cucumber boats filled with part-skim ricotta cheese •Art supply box with various paints, brushes, colors, ing. The cases drew claims of gerrymandering from both and Parmesan cheese coloring books etc. (I picked up most items at dollar stores) Republicans and Democrats. •Dried figs stuffed with light strawberry cream cheese •Flashcards to practice Hellwege is an assistant professor of political science •Watermelon wedges dipped in low-fat vanilla yogurt •Sidewalk chalk for creations outside (if weather and at USD. Her research focuses on institutional behavior •Baked corn chips with fat-free black bean dip or space allow) and representation, in particular in relation to gender, warmed vegetarian refried beans •Slime making materials (if you don't mind a little bit of race and ethnicity. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in po•Baby carrots, bell pepper strips, celery sticks and zucmess when you get home from work) litical science from the University of New Mexico and her bachelor’s degree from Colorado Mesa University. Mom & SDSU Extension Professional Offers Tips For Healthy Afterschool Snacks And Activities SDSU Extension & Partners Form The South Dakota Agritourism Work Group BROOKINGS, S.D. - Recently SDSU Extension and partners formed a South Dakota Agritourism Work Group to explore opportunities to encourage, promote and support agritourism across South Dakota. In addition to SDSU Extension, the other partners include: the South Dakota Dept. of Tourism, South Dakota Dept. of Agriculture, South Dakota Value Added Agriculture Development Center, South Dakota Specialty Producers, Southeast Tech and USDA Rural Development. "Is agritourism a good fit for South Dakota?" asked Peggy Schlechter, SDSU Extension community vitality field specialist. "I think there are opportunities South Dakota's agriculture producers should explore that may increase their business profits." She goes on to list several facts to support the suggestion: •Agriculture is our top industry. •According to the SD Department of Agriculture website, agriculture generates 20 percent of our state's economic activity, with an economic impact of $25.6 billion each year. •The SD Department of Tourism website shares that visitor spending generated $6.2 billion in total business sales in 2017. "For our state, those are big numbers and it might make sense to find opportunities to combine the two industries," she said. What is agritourism? According to Webster's dictionary, agritourism is the practice of touring agricultural areas to see farms and Earn as much as $400+ this month & $120 this week often to participate in farm activities. "It is a niche in the tourist industry that allows connects visitors to agriculture," Schlechter said. "While we might think the chores we do to maintain our operations are not too exciting, but to many people, all those chores are something new. She added, that although many may think that most visitors to agritourism enterprises would come from urban settings, she believes there would also be a draw for those who work in agriculture in other states or countries. "For those who work the land, agriculture is a not only a career, but a passion and a way of life. Those people often enjoy the chance to see agricultural enterprises that are operated in a way different from their own," she said. More about the South Dakota Agritourism Work Group The first item of business for the new South Dakota Agritourism Work Group is to collect agriculture producers' ideas. "What are your ideas? What could adding an agritourism enterprise contribute to your operation? What resources do you need to make it happen? We want to know," Schlechter said. To collect ideas, the group had a booth at Dakotafest B at and will have one rothe South Dakota State Fair in the Value Added Ag Tent adca steronline. Thursday, August 30, 2018. c we "We would appreciate your ideas and input as om explore opportunities to encourage, promote and support agritourism across South Dakota," she said. If South Dakota's farmers and ranchers have ideas, Schlechter said they can contact her at any time to share; by email or 605.394.1722. Reminder To Remove Hay Bales From The Right Of Way PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds land owners hay remaining in highway ditches after Oct. 1 is deemed illegal. After Oct. 1, the department will remove or authorize the removal of any illegal hay bales remaining in the public right of way. Any person wishing to claim ownership of illegal bales must obtain a permit from the South Dakota Department of Transportation. Those permits are issued on a firstcome first-served basis and allow permit holders to take ownership of any illegal hay bale. Permits are available at Department of Transportation area offices in the following communities: Aberdeen, Belle Fourche, Custer, Huron, Mitchell, Mobridge, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown, Winner and Yankton. Phone 2x1 numbers can be found on the website at http://www.sddot.com/dot/region/Default.aspx. For more information, contact the Division of Operations at 605-773-3571. 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