GFP News: Good Earth Guest Speaker | Mickelson Trail Trolley Rides | No Fireworks in State Parks

June 24, 2019
Guest Speaker Coming to Good Earth State Park
Mickelson Trail Hosts Trolley on the Trail Events 
State Park Visitors are Advised to Leave Fireworks at Home
Guest Speaker Coming to Good Earth State Park
PIERRE, S.D. – Good Earth State Park near Sioux Falls will host guest speaker Dr. Dale Henning on June 27, at 7 p.m.
Henning’s talk, The Omaha Make a Home at Blood Run, will review the origins and early movements of the Omaha, Ponca, and Iowa tribes who were the main occupants of the Blood Run village complex.
“Dr. Henning did some of the most important archaeological work that has been at Blood Run, and he’s included in the film routinely shown at Good Earth,” said Good Earth manager Jim Henning.
Dr. Henning is a co-editor and one of the main authors of a technical memoir published in 2004 describing the archaeology of the Blood Run site. He is also a co-author of the 2014, less technical book titled Blood Run-the “Silent City” that is available for purchase at the Good Earth Visitor Center.
For more information, contact Good Earth State Park at 605.213.1036.
Mickelson Trail Hosts Trolley on the Trail Events 
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks will host one of several Trolley on the Trail events July 2. The event uses a trolley to give people with impaired mobility the opportunity to enjoy the beauties of South Dakota’s George S. Mickelson Trail.
The trolley leaves the Deadwood Trailhead at 1 p.m. MDT and tours the Mickelson Trail from Englewood to Rochford. To reserve a spot on the tour, call 605.578.1401.
 “Trolley rides are an excellent way for people with physical limitations to get out and experience the Mickelson Trail,” said Dana Garry-Reiprich, park manager. “Everyone has a wonderful time and learns a little about the trail.”
Reservations are required. Each person reserving a space on the trolley will be required to have a handicapped parking permit. One assistant is allowed to accompany the person, if needed. The trolley has space available for up to two people who use wheelchairs.  
Trolley on the Trail events will be held in July and September. Upcoming dates include July 2 and 10 and Sept. 3 and 10.
The July 2 and Sept. 3 rides leave from Deadwood. Call Neighborhood Housing at 605.578.1401 to reserve a spot. Trolley rides on July 10 and Sept. 11 leave from Hill City. Call the Hill City Chamber at 1.800.888.1798 to sign up.
The trolley rides are a combined effort of the Hill City and Deadwood Chambers of Commerce, Neighborhood Housing, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department and the City of Deadwood.
State Park Visitors are Advised to Leave Fireworks at Home
PIERRE, S.D. – The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is a popular time in South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking state park visitors to leave fireworks at home.
According to Scott Simpson, state parks director, campgrounds are traditionally busy with campers and other visitors enjoying the parks during this time period.
“Parks are a Fourth of July destination,” said Simpson. “Combining fireworks and large numbers of people creates a dangerous situation. We appreciate visitors doing their part to help keep the parks safe.”
Discharging fireworks is prohibited on all lands owned or leased by GFP. The ban includes state parks, recreation areas, lakeside use areas, game production areas and nature areas. Discharging fireworks is also illegal within the boundaries of the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District, national forests and national parks in South Dakota.
For more information on the South Dakota State Parks, visit or call 605.773.3391.
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