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shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com April 24, 2018 • Page 3 Awareness Campaign Aimed At Reducing Youth Absentee Voting Suicide In South Dakota Is Launched Begins April 20 PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Social Services has developed a suicide awareness and prevention campaign, BeThe1SD, to help decrease the number of suicides in South Dakota. Since 2004, over 1,700 lives have been lost due to suicide in South Dakota. Those numbers have increased each year, with nearly one in six high school students in South Dakota having suicidal thoughts or tendencies, according to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The ‘BeThe1SD’ campaign emphasizes a positive message that encourages youth to be vigilant about the signs of suicide and to “be the one” to make a difference. The campaign is supported by federal funds issued through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Agency (SAMHSA), a Division of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. “The goal of the campaign is to educate and empower all South Dakotans so they can be proactive in preventing sui- cide,” said Department of Social Services Secretary Lynne Valenti. “We especially want to encourage young people to get involved because even a simple gesture or a question of concern can make a difference and save someone’s life.” The campaign specifically targets South Dakota youth, which is a high-risk population, but is applicable to anyone in crisis. BeThe1SD highlights the warning signs of suicide and informs youth on how to get help for themselves, their friends and their peers. Approximately 25 South Dakota high school students participated in the campaign, which included video and photoshoots at Dell Rapids High School. A website for the campaign can be found at BeThe1SD.com. To learn more about suicide, the warning signs, how to get help and to find upcoming suicide prevention training, please visit sdsuicideprevention.org. For more information about the ‘BeThe1SD’ campaign, please contact Tia Kafka at 605-773-3165. For South Dakota Primary Election PIERRE, SD – Absentee voting will begin for registered voters in South Dakota on Friday, April 20, 46 days prior to the primary election to be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Registered voters can vote in person at their County Auditor’s office by bringing a photo Identification Card (ID) such as: • a South Dakota driver's license or nondriver identification card, • a passport or an identification card issued by an agency of the United States government, • a tribal identification card; or • a current student identification card issued by a high school or an accredited institution of higher education, including a university, college, or technical school, located within the State of South Dakota. If a voter does not have a photo ID, they must be given the option to sign a personal identification affidavit and get planted this year in many areas. vote a regular ballot. Gardening Voters wishing to vote absentee by mail must fill out A lot of gardeners are asking when the last frost will an absentee ballot application and have their signature occur. notarized or provide a copy of their photo identification. Although average last frost ranges from late April to Voters must mail or turn this application into their Counmid-May, moving from east to west across the state; this ty Auditor’s office. The deadline to submit an absentee growing season Edwards said an exact date is not clear. ballot application is Monday, June 4 at 5 PM. "The climate outlook through April 24, continues to To register to vote, fill out the voter registration form show a cool and wet pattern across the state, transitioning and mail or turn it in to your County Auditor. Your Voter to warmer and drier conditions the last few days of the Registration form must be received by the auditor 15 month," Edwards said. She said the active storm track will likely continue dur- days before any election if you wish to vote in that election. ing this time. The Democrat primary election is open to registered April Climate Outlook According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Admin- Democrats and registered Independents or those with No istration Climate Outlook, April 2018 will be slow to warm Party Affiliation. Republicans have a closed primary and only registered Republicans will be able to participate and looks to continue the current cool and wet pattern. in that primary election. All registered voters in South The weather has proven to be most challenging for South Dakota's livestock producers who are in the midst of Dakota including those registered as Libertarian, Constitution and Other will be eligible for a ballot during the calving and lambing. Wildlife have also suffered. 2018 primary election due to Constitutional Amendment "In the long run, the additional moisture will be benY creating a Non-Political ballot statewide. eficial for improving drought conditions in pastures and grazing areas, and providing early season soil moisture in cropping areas," Edwards said. She added, "Spring-like weather will come, as it always does, and we will embrace the warm weather." Cool And Wet Spring Slowing Down Planting Season 2018 BROOKINGS, S.D. - Spring is slow to come this year, as late season snowstorms continue to impact South Dakota. "Indeed, as of April 10, this is currently the coldest start to April on record for many locations in the state," said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist. She explained that during the first third of the month, air temperatures were 12 to 20 degrees below average nearly everywhere statewide. Crop planting It will come as no surprise that soil temperatures are struggling this season. Although most of Central and Southern areas are thawed out through the profile, Northern and Eastern areas still have some frost in the soil profile. According to the SD Mesonet, as of April 10, frost depth was still 2 to 4-feet deep in the Northeast. "As we are entering into the early season for corn planting, per the crop insurance rules, we have a little way to go before the soils are ready for corn seeds," Edwards said. When considering planting conditions, ideal soil temperatures for corn are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Currently, the SD Mesonet is measuring 30 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit at 4-inch depth. This is about 12 degrees cooler than last year at this time for most locations. For spring wheat germination, ideal soil temperature is around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so even that crop is slow to Job Hunting? We have BIKES The Help Wanted section can help. All Sizes for Any Way You Ride There’s something for everyone in the Shopper! Place your ad now: 605-665-5884 RIVERCITY Gov. 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As a lifelong South Dakotan, Deadline: Deadline: Regular landowner and sportsman, conserving our state's outdoor Noon 11:00am Deadline The heritage for current and future generations is a top priority for me.” Week Before Thursday, Thursday, December as & 3rd, 9member 16 From 1995-2008, Locken served2nd a board th & 10th,on th & 17th • 1-3:00PM & After May 24 May 24 the Golden Growers Cooperative out of Wahpeton, ND, Bring Your Cameras! where he was involved from the beginning and chartered a path to grow its membership to over 2,100 members. From 1998-2007, he also served as a board member and part owner of First State Bank, a full service bank out of LaMoure, ND. 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