Nov 23

Record snowfall in South Dakota – Almost double previous record:

The Yankton region saw nearly two feet (60 cm) of snow in some areas, almost double the previous record.

The city itself recorded 8 inches of snowfall, while a site to the east-southeast of town recorded about a foot of snow. Yankton’s record snowfall for Nov. 20 stood at 12 inches, set in 1975. Continue reading »

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Sep 12

Nobody alive today saw snow this early in Rapid City, SD (Ice Age Now, Sep 11, 2014):

It’s official. Record early snowfall in Rapid City, SD

(126 years of records).


National Weather Service, Rapid City, South Dakota:

“Near an inch of snow at Rapid City. This is the earliest recorded snowfall going back to 1888.”

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Oct 10

Rapid City and many other parts of South Dakota recorded record snowfall totals for the entire month of October in just three days over the weekend.

Shutdown worsens historic blizzard that killed tens of thousands of South Dakota cattle (NBC News, Oct 9, 2013):

An unusually early and enormous snowstorm over the weekend caught South Dakota ranchers and farmers unprepared, killing tens of thousands of cattle and ravaging the state’s $7 billion industry — an industry left without assistance because of the federal government shutdown.

As many as 75,000 cattle have perished since the storm slammed the western part of the state Thursday through Saturday with snowfall that set records for the entire month of October in just three days, state and industry officials said.

Across the state, snow totals averaged 30 inches, with some isolated areas recording almost 5 feet, The Weather Channel reported.

The South Dakota Stock Growers Association estimated that 15 percent to 20 percent of all cattle were killed in some parts of the state. Some ranchers reported that they lost half or more of their herds.

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Mar 11

South Dakota Signs ‘Gun In Every Classroom’ Bill (ZeroHedge, March 9, 2013):

South Dakota is the first state, since the Newtown tragedy, to enact a law allowing teachers to carry guns in school. As Fox News reports, Governor Dennis Daugaard signed the bill that allows school districts to arm teachers and other personnel. Unsurprisingly, the measure prompted intense debate as many feared it “could make schools more dangerous, lead to accidental shootings,” and potentially put guns into untrained hands, as well as previously dismissed by Education Secretary Arne Duncan as “a marketing opportunity” for the industry to sell more guns. South Dakota, apparently, doesn’t stand alone on this issue (Utah has allowed teachers to wear concealed weapons for 12 years) but as Washington pushes forward on its gun control legislation, other states including Georgia, New Hampshire, and Kansas are working on similar measures. Rep. Scott Craig – the bill’s main sponsor – has received support from rural districts who do not have the funds for full-time law enforcement. While the Great Depression promised a ‘chicken in every pot’, our current repression appears to be heading towards a ‘gun in every classroom’.
Interesting discussion of – Who are the ‘Gun Guys’?

Via Fox News,

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Friday signed a bill allowing teachers to carry guns in school, making his state the first to enact such a law since the Newtown shooting tragedy.

The bill was pushed by gun-rights supporters who say arming teachers could help prevent tragedies … …
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Nov 16

What Does It Mean that Residents in All 50 States Have Filed Petitions to Secede? (ZeroHedge, Nov 16, 2012):

A lot of attention is being given to the fact that residents in all 50 states have filed petitions to secede from the United States.

Daily Caller reports:

By 6:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, more than 675,000 digital signatures appeared on 69 separate secession petitions covering all 50 states, according to a Daily Caller analysis of requests lodged with the White House’s “We the People” online petition system.


Petitions from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North CarolinaTennessee and Texas residents have accrued at least 25,000 signatures, the number the Obama administration says it will reward with a staff review of online proposals. (RELATEDWill Texas secede? Petition triggers White House review)

The Texas petition leads all others by a wide margin.


States whose active petitions have not yet reached the 25,000 signature threshold include Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.


Fourteen states are represented by at least two competing petitions. The extra efforts from two states — Missouri and South Carolina — would add enough petitions to warrant reviews by the Obama administration if they were combined into petitions launched earlier.

Other states with multiple efforts include Alaska, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

As Google notes, web searches for the term “secession” are being run in a number of states: Continue reading »

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Nov 21

Upper Midwest Snowstorm’s History of Breaking Records (Accu Weather, Nov. 19, 2011):

The snowstorm invading and disrupting travel across the Upper Midwest this has a history of shattering records farther to the west.

As of 1:30 p.m. CST, a foot of snow had buried places in western South Dakota.

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