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Some Ask: Is SD’s Pheasant Boom Headed for a Bust?

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A wildlife biologist says that South Dakota’s pheasant boom could go the way of the Black Hills gold rush of 1870s – as in, it might disappear. Pheasants Forever farm bill biologist Mike Blaalid says that the bust is tied to there being less land in the Conservation Reserve Program....
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31 People Died From Work Injuries in SD in 2011

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says 31 people died from work injuries in South Dakota during 2011. The preliminary numbers show that the number of work-related fatalities in the state decreased by five from the previous year. Of the 31 fatalities, 14 were from transportation incidents. The agriculture,...
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Pierre Teen Enters Not Guilty Plea on Charges from December Shooting

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre teen who has been charged by a Hughes County Grand Jury for a December shooting has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces.  16-year-old Braiden McCahren was indicted in December on charges of First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and alternate counts of Aggravated Assault. ...
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Pierre City Leaders to Gather for Strategic Planning Session Monday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s City Commission and other city leaders will gather Monday for what has become an annual activity in recent years-a Strategic Planning Session.  Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says elected officials, leaders of city departments and City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier will gather to look back what was laid out at...
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NWS Looks Back at Weather in Central and NE SD for 2012

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service in Aberdeen says 2012 was a dry and warm year across central and northeast parts of South Dakota.  Looking back at the year, the weather service says many record highs were broken and drought conditions expanded and worsened.  Average temperatures for the year were from...
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First Baby for 2013 Born at Avera St. Mary’s Thursday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The first baby of 2013 for Avera St. Mary’s Hospital was born three days into the New Year.  Amanda Bacon, Communications Coordinator for Avera St. Mary’s says Maisie Belle Kroger was born yesterday morning, January 3 at 7:40 a.m.  Her parents are Karl and Michelle Kroger of Pierre.  For...
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City Bans May Prompt SD Ban on Texting and Driving

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has repeatedly refused to ban texting while driving, but bans imposed by four cities might prompt lawmakers to look more favorably on the idea. State Sen. Mike Vehle  of Mitchell says he plans once again to introduce a texting ban in the legislative session that opens...
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SD Agency Puts All Public Notices on One Website

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is putting all its public notices on a single page on its website. The page includes links to all current public notices for department activities that involve general permits, air quality, ground and surface water discharge, mining, oil and gas, water...
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SD Democrats Criticize Appointment to State Board

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Democrats have criticized Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s appointment of a man to a board that awards state economic development loans to businesses. Daugaard has appointed Rob Skjonsberg of Pierre to the state Board of Economic Development. Skjonsberg was a banker, a chief of staff for former Gov. Mike...
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Fort Pierre Depot Project Continues to Move Forward

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Work has been underway for about the past month at the site that will soon be the new home for Fort Pierre’s former train depot.  The depot was part of the Chicago and NorthWestern Railroad system and served Fort Pierre for many years-starting in the early 1900’s.  It...
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