S.D. Outdoor Recreation Projects Funded

PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded a total of $483,313 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants to several communities. The federal assistance program provides up to 50 percent reimbursement for outdoor recreation projects.

The following communities were awarded LWCF grants for outdoor recreation projects:

• Belle Fourche – Jones Park Splash Pad development, $75,000

• Crooks – New Hope Park Pickleball Court construction, $12,000

• Doland – Restrooms at Splash Park construction, $62,000

• Flandreau – Playground Equipment replacement, $18,000

• Howard – Loe Park Playground Equipment replacement, $14,000

• Ipswich – Pool House replacement, $64,000

• Leola – Pool Lining replacement, $57,313

• Madison – Memorial Park Playground Equipment replacement, $75,000

• Spearfish – Outdoor Pickleball Court construction, $70,000

• Spencer – Lion’s Park playground equipment replacement, $22,000

• Wagner – McCormick Field Lighting Replacement, $14,000

Land and Water Conservation Funds come from the National Park Service and are administered in South Dakota by the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

For more information on the LWCF program, contact grants coordinator Randy Kittle by calling 605-773-5490 or e-mail him at: randy.kittle@state.sd.us.

Registration For

Mickelson Trail Trek Opens Dec. 12

PIERRE — Registration for the 22nd Annual Mickelson Trail Trek opens at 8 a.m. MT on Dec. 12. Bicyclists can sign up online at mickelsontrail.com.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks officials encourage bicyclists to register early to ensure spots in the Trek, which will be held Sept. 20-22, 2019. The ride is limited to 600 participants.

The annual supported ride highlights the George S. Mickelson Trail as it winds through the heart of the Black Hills, from Edgemont to Lead/Deadwood. The ride is open to everyone 14-years-old or older.

Riders on the Trail Trek will cover the entire 109 miles of the trail over three days, from Friday, Sept. 20, through Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019.

Registration before June 1 with merchandise is $200, without merchandise $170. Registration after June 1 is $200, but merchandise is not available. The registration fee for the three-day ride includes a trail pass for 2020, shuttle service, refreshments, one meal and snacks during each day’s ride. Riders are responsible for accommodations and mechanical support.

Pre-registration is required and may be completed online by visiting mickelsontrail.com and following the “Trail Trek” link. The registration cutoff is Sept. 1, 2019. For more information on the Mickelson Trail or the three-day Mickelson Trail Trek, visit mickelsontrail.com or contact the Black Hills Trails office at 605.584.3896.

Winter Magic Shows Coming To Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. — A new kind of entertainment is coming to Eugene T. Mahoney State Park this winter — magic shows.

Starting Dec. 8, the Denman and Mary Mallory Kountze Memorial Theatre will host two magic shows running through February 2019, “Winter Wonderland” and “Midwinter’s Night Dream.” Both shows are interactive and run approximately 45-50 minutes in length. The shows were produced by Popcorn Productions.

Shows are performed by Old Market Magician Ryan Chandler. Fresh from his television debut on the CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” Chandler is known for his unique street style which often combines magic and elements of music. To learn more about Chandler, visit his website at www.OldMarketMagician.com.

Shows are held on alternating Saturdays. “Winter Wonderland” is set for Dec. 8 and 22, Jan. 5 and 19, and Feb. 2 and 16. “Midwinter’s Night Dream” is scheduled for Dec. 15 and 29, Jan. 12 and 26, and Feb. 9 and 23. All show times are 7 p.m.

To reserve tickets in advance, call 402-944-2523 ext. 7122. Present your ticket at the park’s restaurant, Caddy’s Parkside Grill, for 10 percent off the cost of an entrée.

A park entry permit is required for each vehicle entering the park.

Big Game Meetings Scheduled Across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — Hunters and landowners are encouraged to offer their feedback on big game issues during the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s public informational meetings this winter.

Meetings are scheduled in each Game and Parks district. Biologists will explain and take questions on several topics, including deer management, deer damage and depredation permits, antlerless harvest, trophy management and diseases. Antelope and elk issues may be discussed at meetings located in areas where these species occur. All meetings begin at 7 p.m.

The schedule is:

Dec. 11 – Gothenburg, Public Library Community Room, 1104 Lake Ave.

Dec. 12 – Blue Hill, Community Center, 555 W. Gage St.

Dec. 17 – Ainsworth, Community Center, 606 E. 4th St.

Dec. 19 – Ponca, Ponca State Park, Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center, 88090 Spur 26E

Jan. 2 – Sidney, Cabela’s conference room, 115 Cabela Dr.

Jan. 3 – Wymore, Community Center, 115 West E St.

Jan. 3 – Mullen, Hooker County Library, 102 N. Cleveland Ave.

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