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Nitrate Testing on Corn Stalk at SDSU Center July 23, 2012

SDSU Extension Offers Nitrate Testing

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The drought that is impacting much of South Dakota this summer is resulting in nitrate toxicity becoming an issue that some producers have to deal with. SDSU Extension is advising growers and cattle producers that before they cut silage or feed forage, they should test for nitrates. When nitrate...
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Survey: Drought Dragging Down Midwest Economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The ongoing drought – combined with the global economic turmoil – is hurting business in nine Midwest and Plains states and increasing worries about the possibility of another recession. A report released Wednesday says July’s Mid-America Business Conditions Index plunged below growth neutral for the first time since 2008. The...
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SDDOT Improving Safe Travel Website Features Prior to Winter’s Arrival

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Department of Transportation is working on improvements to the state’s Safe Travel USA website, which offers important travel information year-round. Prior to the start of the winter season, the DOT is adding 11 more “Environmental Sensor Stations” across the state—towers which hold equipment to monitor conditions....
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Lyman County Achievement Days Coming to Kennebec Thursday and Friday

KENNEBEC, S.D. – (DRG News) This week brings Lyman County Achievement Days to Kennebec. Achievement Days will be held Thursday and Friday. Misty Welter, Brule/Lyman 4-H Program Advisor says the two-day event kicks off with games for kids and exhibits will be entered from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. There will also be a burger...
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SD’s Broadband initiative Awards 15 Technology Grants

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) At least six area institutions were awarded grants through the South Dakota Broadband Initiative. $112,000 in technology grants were awarded to 15 recipients. Jim Edman, Acting Commissioner for the state Bureau of Information and Telecommunications and Project Manager for the State Broadband Initiative says the grants will provide technology...
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Lower Brule Man Sentenced on Burglary Charge

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Lower Brule man was sentenced in federal court Monday for Third Degree Burglary. 23-year-old Daniel Berry was given an eight-month term of home confinement, two years probation and must pay $1,427 in restitution. Berry was indicted in March of this year by a federal grand jury. He pled...
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Fire Burns Grass and Shelterbelt East of Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Local Pierre area firefighters spent more than six hours at a grass fire east of Pierre yesterday. Pierre Rural Fire Chief Jason Roggow says the fire was reported at 11:45 a.m. about seven miles east of Pierre on Highway 34. The fire was burning just north of the highway...
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Task Force Formed on SD Open Records, Meetings

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Attorney General Marty Jackley have formed a task force to study the state’s open records and open meetings laws. They say the goal is to ensure “maximum public access to state government business.” Jackley says the group will continue work done in the past...
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USDA Says SD Saw Some Temperature Relief

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Temperatures eased slightly this past week in South Dakota, but hot and dry conditions were still prevalent across much of the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop and weather report that nearly the entire state is listed in the moderate drought category. Still, there...
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SD Official: Drought Worsening, Likely to Persist

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State climatologist Dennis Todey (TAH’-dee) says drought conditions are intensifying in South Dakota, with predictions indicating the drought will persist or intensify over the next three months. Todey spoke Monday to the South Dakota Drought Task Force, a group of state and federal officials working to help farmers, ranchers and...
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