Grass Fire

Draper Grass Fire Burns into Tire Pile-Causes Smoky Blaze

DRAPER, S.D. – (DRG News) A fire that was first believed to be a structure fire in Draper turned out to be a grass fire that burned into a large pile of old tires. Draper Fire Chief Cody Hatheway says the fire was reported about 3:50 p.m. Wednesday at 100 East 1st Street in...
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Fort Thompson Man Sentenced in Casino Robbery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A 25-year-old Fort Thompson man has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for robbing a Sioux Falls casino last fall. Ryan John Scott was sentenced Wednesday for first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and grand-theft possession of a stolen firearm. The robbery...
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SDFU Doug Sombke

Farmers Union Wants CRP Opened to Haying, Grazing

HURON, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Farmers Union is urging Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to open Conservation Reserve Program acres in South Dakota to haying and grazing to combat the lingering drought. Farmers Union President Doug Sombke says in a letter to Vilsack sent Wednesday that South Dakota has gone from severe and...
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Dirty River

Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean Up is Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today brings what is the third time for the Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean up. The event is being co-sponsored by the Central South Dakota Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited and the Izaak Walton League. It is being organized with the help of several agencies, including the Corps of Engineers, the...
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Shrine Circus is Here! Expo Center in Fort Pierre to Host Event Again This Year

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Expo Center in Fort Pierre will be the site of family fun the next few days; as the Oahe Shrine Club’s Circus will be today and Thursday. There will be a total of four performances through tomorrow. The event helps support Shriners Hospitals for Children. There is...
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Tornado-Stormy Weather

Siren Testing to Continue Tomorrow in Hughes and Stanley Counties

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Siren testing in Hughes and Stanley counties has been underway since Tuesday and will continue again tomorrow. Rob Fines, Hughes and Stanley County Emergency Manager says the severe weather/emergency siren checks are being done as part of federal requirements that the system must meet by 2013. There are about...
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Combine Harvesting Wheat

Wheat Production Estimates Mixed in the Dakotas

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Wheat production is expected to be up in North Dakota this year but down in South Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest projections estimate North Dakota’s spring wheat crop at 214 million bushels, up 28 percent over the year, and durum wheat at 41.9 million bushels, up 130 percent....
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Thune Urges Opening CRP Acres to Haying, Grazing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sen. John Thune is asking Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to release Conservation Reserve Program acres for emergency haying and grazing in South Dakota because of continuing drought conditions. The South Dakota Republican sent a letter to the secretary on Monday saying a dry spring, higher than normal temperatures and...
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Matt Varilek

SD Demo House Candidate Issues Farm Policies

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Democratic U.S. House candidate Matt Varilek says the next farm bill should be designed to help family farmers and ranchers. Varilek is challenging Republican Rep. Kristi Noem for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House. He says farm programs should include caps on payments so assistance goes to family...
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Doctor and Nurse

SD Legislative Panel Approves Rural Health Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee has approved the state Health Department’s plan for a revamped program that will help recruit health care professionals to rural communities. The program was approved by the Legislature earlier this year. The Legislature’s Rules Review Committee has now endorsed the state Health Department’s rules for...
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