A Hobo Reunion

Many people–from all different walks of life–enjoy the banks of the Big Sioux River. Hobo royalty Minneapolis Jewel and Darrel “Tuck” Ray are two people whose lives intersected with the river in a quite unconventional way.

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Sioux Falls Sets Lofty Goals for Big Sioux River

In August, the City of Sioux Falls dug up a 3.9 acre stretch along the Big Sioux and planted it to native prairie grasses. This is part of a plan to decontaminate the Big Sioux River, a source of drinking water for 169,000 people.

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Des Moines Suing Northwest Iowa Watershed

Des Moines Water Works is suing three northwest Iowa counties for allowing nitrate levels to get too high. Over-tiling and over-fertilizing of northwest Iowa farmland has resulted in higher concentrations of chemicals in Iowa waters, which Des Moines rely on for their drinking water. Removing nitrates from the water costs the Des Moines water facility $4,000 a day!

Is this South Dakota’s future?

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