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Traditions Remain Strong for South Dakota’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

PIERRE, SD– Communities across South Dakota rolled out the orange carpet for pheasant hunters  Saturday for the 2017 pheasant hunting season opener. “The pheasant hunting opportunities in South Dakota continue to be the best in the country,” said South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Kelly Hepler. “Traditions around the South Dakota pheasant opener...
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Two Pierre Men Charged With Petty Theft for Stealing Alcohol

PIERRE, SD- Two Pierre men are charged with petty theft after stealing alcohol yesterday (Thurs.) morning. According to the Pierre Police Department, shortly after 7:30am, officers were advised of a theft of alcohol that just occurred within the 1500 Block of E. Wells Avenue. The suspects, 26-year-old Spencer Vocu and 26-year-old Christopher Scotti, had...
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Hundreds turn out for Presho fire chief’s funeral

PRESHO, S.D. (AP) – Hundreds of community members and firefighters have said goodbye to Presho’s fire chief. Mourners crowded the Lyman School District’s gym in Presho on Thursday for the funeral of 54-year-old Donny Manger. Manger suffered a medical condition at the scene of a fire over the weekend, collapsed and died. The Rev....
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Attorney General Jackley Warns of Unauthorized Websites that Falsely Represent Governmental Agencies

PIERRE, SD– South Dakota’s Attorney General is asking people to be cautious of misleading websites that falsely appear to be representing governmental agencies. Marty Jackley says the website links reroute you to a fraudulent site and steal your information. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has received numerous complaints from businesses in and out...
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La Nina Watch Hints at Winter Season Climate Outlook

PIERRE, SD- A La Nina climate pattern is more likely than not, according to a recent forecast from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center. SDSU Extension state climatologist Laura Edwards says typically that means colder than average temperatures in the Dakotas in December, January and February.   The forecast doesn’t say much...
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Pierre Businesses Ready for Pheasant Hunters

PIERRE, SD- The regular pheasant season opens tomorrow (Sat.) in South Dakota. Pierre Area Convention and Visitors Bureau director Lois Reis says hunters have been coming to town all week and area businesses are ready for them.   Reis says you don’t have to be a business owner to welcome hunters to town.
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Status Reviews of South Dakota’s Threatened and Endangered Species Available for Comment

PIERRE, SD– The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking the public to provide comment on the draft status reviews for 22 endangered and threatened species. The GFP review process provides a concise summary of the current status for each state listed threatened or endangered species. Comments are being accepted through Dec....
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Drought Area in SD Decreases in the Past Week

PIERRE, SD- This week’s US Drought Monitor shows less area in South Dakota is classified as being in one of the drought categories. Data shows about 3.5 percent of the land qualifies as being extremely dry, down from just over 5.5 percent last week. Extreme drought means there has been major crop and pasture...
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2-story ‘Star Wars’ replica in yard for Halloween is big hit

PARMA, Ohio (AP) – A two-story “Star Wars”-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio is inspiring kids to pick up light sabers and attracting hundreds of visitors from across the state. Elevator mechanic Nick Meyer spent half a year and over a thousand dollars building the four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker, replica...
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Rural survey: Farm foreclosures over next 5 years a concern

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new report is highlighting growing concerns that farm foreclosures will be the greatest challenge to rural banks in parts of 10 Plains and Midwestern states over the next five years. The Rural Mainstreet Index for the region rose slightly to 45.3 in October from 39.6 in September. The index...
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