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Firefighters Work Over Three Hours to Put Out Fire that Started in Blunt Garage

BLUNT, S.D. – (DRG News) A fire in a Blunt garage destroyed the structure and burned a small area of a nearby home.  Jerry Yeager of the Blunt Volunteer Fire Department says firefighters were contacted by someone passing by the residence at 311 North Bluff Street-where flames were already burning in the garage.  Three...
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SD Governor Extends Over-Width Hay Hauling Order

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has extended an executive order allowing trucks to haul over-width loads of baled hay to help drought-stricken farmers and ranchers. A previous order allowing over-width loads of hay was due to expire Friday. The governor extended it to Feb. 21. A trucker with a permit...
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SD Teenager Held Without Bond on Murder Charge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A 16-year-old Pierre boy charged with first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of a friend will continue to be held in custody without bond. Braiden K. McCahren made his initial court appearance Thursday after being charged with murder for Tuesday’s shotgun slaying of 16-year-old Dalton Williams. Circuit Judge John Brown...
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Final Day to See Christmas at the Capitol Tree Display is December 26

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) If you have yet to see this year’s Christmas at the Capitol tree display, you have less than a week to view it.  The decorated trees in the capitol can be visited through Wednesday, December 26.  The display is open to the public daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00...
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Midwest, Plains Bankers See Rural Economy Growing

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new survey of rural bankers shows that rising commodity prices and lower energy costs are helping businesses in Midwestern states and the northern Plains. The Rural Mainstreet Index released Thursday climbed in December, the fourth straight month of growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says...
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Drought’s Grip Unrelenting Across Midwest

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The worst U.S. drought in decades continues its iron-fisted grip across much of the nation’s key farming states, though some relief could come from the first major snowstorm of the season trekking eastward across the Midwest. Thursday’s weekly U.S. Drought Monitor update shows that roughly 62 percent of the continental...
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SD Farmers and Ranchers Soon Being Asked to Fill Out 2012 Census of Agriculture

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Farmers and Ranchers will soon be asked to take the time to fill out the 2012 Census of Agriculture.  The Census is conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and is a count of all U.S.farms, ranches and their...
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Pierre Police Chief Talks About Assistance Offered by Crisis Team Following Tuesday Shooting—Court Records Detail What Investigators Found at Home Where Shooting Occurred

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A group made up of representatives from various entities has been meeting to lay out ways to help local citizens or students who need someone to talk to-since a Tuesday night shooting in Pierre. A 16-year-old Pierre boy-Dalton Williams of Pierre-died after the shooting and another 16-year-old was taken...
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Leola Man Given Five Years in Prison for January Stabbing in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Leola man was sentenced yesterday to spend five years in the state penitentiary for his guilty pleas to Attempted Aggravated Assault and DUI-1st.  22-year-old Eric Grabowska was indicted earlier this year on alternate counts of Aggravated Assault; along with Possession of Marijuana (Less Than Two Ounces), DUI-1st and...
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Funeral Services Set for Pierre Teen Who Was Victim of a Tuesday Shooting

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Funeral services for a Pierre teen who died after a shooting Tuesday have been set.  The Feigum Funeral Home says visitation for Dalton R. Williams has been set from noon to one p.m. on Saturday, December 22 at Faith Lutheran Church.  The funeral service will begin at one that...
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