Pheasant Ditch Mowing Rule Will Not Change

The months when ditches can be moved along state highways in South Dakota shouldn’t change said the state transportation commission.

A pheasant work habitat work group that was convened a year ago suggested that populations of the game birds might benefit from tighter restrictions on mowing.

The thought was that fewer nests would be destroyed during early summer when the hens are hatching their eggs and in the weeks afterward when the broods of new chicks are sticking close.

The current rule states: “No mowing the right of way may begin in the west river counties of Gregory, Lyman or Tripp before June 15 and east of the Missouri River before July 10.”

A motion was made to leave the rule unchanged. The decision was unanimous on a voice vote.

Football Alignments Set for Next Two Years

The state high school activities association has announced football classifications for the next two seasons.

Winner High School football team will remain in Class 11B and Colome High School football team will be in Class 9B.

The teams in 11B will include: Aberdeen Roncalli, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, Bennett County, Beresford, Chamberlain, Crow Creek, Custer, Elk Point-Jefferson, Flandreau, Groton Area, Jones County/White River, Lead-Deadwood, Little Wound, McCook Central/Montrose, Mobridge-Pollock, Parkston, Red Cloud, Redfield/Doland, Sioux Valley, Sisseton, Tri-Valley, Wagner and Winner.

Teams in 9B are: Alcester-Hudson, Avon, Bison, Burke/South Central, Centerville, Colome, Corsica-Stickney, Crazy Horse, DeSmet, Dell Rapids St. Marys, Dupree, Edgemont, Faith, Faulkton, Freeman, Hamlin, Harding County, Hitchcock-Tulare, Howard, Lanford, Leola/Frederick, Lower Brule, Northwestern, Oldham-Ramona/Rutland, Sunshine Bible Academy, Timber Lake and Wall.