(AP) - A new book detailing the history of the American buffalo is telling the story of the last great bison hunts in the western Dakotas and efforts to restore the animals from the brink of extinction. "Buffalo Heartbeats Across the Plains" was released this month by North Dakota author Francie Berg. It serves as an in-depth companion to the people and places featured in her 2017 tour book. Berg says her most recent book is a companion piece for people who want to a "deeper into the buffalo story."
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Delta Air Lines recently created a special flight to help a group of Belgian tourists reach their South Dakota vacation after experiencing travel delays. The Rapid City Journal reports that the tourists embarked from Amsterdam on May 31 as part of a reward trip by a Dutch dairy cooperative, FrieslandCampina. Inclement weather and short staffing at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol checkpoint in Minneapolis forced the passengers to miss their flight to Rapid City.
DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks Department is studying the survivability of white-tailed deer fawns for its third year. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that department officials attempt to place radio collars onto 150 fawns each spring to track survival rates. It requires the agency's staff to capture fawns that are only days old, otherwise they can easily outrun humans. The study has shown that about 66 percent of whitetail fawns survive through December.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Rainbow flags were in abundance as thousands of people flocked to a Sioux Falls park this weekend for the annual Pride celebration. The annual event at Terrace Park honoring the LGBTQ community has grown significantly over the last several years. Organizers with Sioux Falls Pride say it has grown from 400 people in a parking lot to nearly 10,000 people in the park over the third weekend of June.
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