Here are some things that caught our interest lately:
Forbes magazine recently released its annual list of 1,426 billionaires — 16 percent more than last year. Not our money, we know, but still, we hope they all are sharing with good causes.
Winds of change
Just in time for tornado season (March-November) in South Dakota, the Red Cross has a new tornado app that includes an alert when there is a tornado in your area. And here is an interesting stat recently reported by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader: South Dakota averages 36 tornadoes a year.
New in old
Congratulations to the team led by South Dakota School of Mines and Technology assistant professor Clint Boyd that discovered a new species of plant-eating dinosaurs that was a food source for an extinct relative of the crocodile. Although small, South Dakota continues to prove it has world-class researchers.
Lose an hour
Hard to believe, but Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 a.m. Sunday. That means you’ll spring ahead and move your clocks forward one hour.
A sign of the times recently in the Black Hills, from horses to helicopters. Park officials used a pair of helicopters to drive about 200 elk from Wind Cave National Park into nearby Custer State Park. The drive was aimed at reducing the elk herd in Wind Cave, which numbers 900 to 950 animals.
In Aberdeen, whose nickname is based on its history with railroads, Beulah Williams Library at Northern State University was blessed with a 70-plus year collection of railroad documents donated by railroad expert George Nikolas of Aberdeen.
Very cool. A $20,000 grant is the latest tool Faulk County leaders have tapped into to enhance the life of residents and to keep their part of South Dakota moving forward. People working on the county's economic development push were awarded the grant from the Bush Foundation, a nonprofit agency that works to help sustain rural communities in the Dakotas and Minnesota.
Our friends at South Dakota Public Broadcasting are allowing us to use their live webcasts of the high school girls’ basketball state tournaments this weekend today through Saturday in Rapid City (AA), Watertown (A) and Huron (B). The same plan is set for the boys’ tournaments next week. Watch the live webcasts on AberdeenNews.com. Thank you, SDPB.
— American News Editorial Board