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Land for outdoor recreation donated to state of South Dakota

December 18, 2018

CLEAR LAKE, S.D. (AP) — A conservation organization has gifted 580 acres of land in northeast South Dakota to the state for outdoor recreation.

Minnesota residents John and Kimberly Puckett donated the property to the Nature Conservancy with the goal of it ending up in public ownership. The organization said Tuesday it had given the wildlife area along Bitter Lake in South Dakota’s Day County to Game, Fish and Parks.

The conservancy says the land has been added to the Redetzke and Bitter Lake Game Production Areas. The organization says it has deer, ducks, turkey, pheasants and sharp-tailed grouse.

John Puckett, who co-owns Punch Pizza and founded Caribou Coffee, says the property is a “fantastic place.” Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Kelly Hepler says the department is looking forward to taking care of the land for generations to come.

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