SD Wind Can Generate 22 Percent of Electricity

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A new report from the U.S. Energy Department says that South Dakota in 2011 had the capacity to generate about 22 percent of its electricity from wind energy, ranking first among all states. Energy Secretary Steven Chu says that wind power represented 32 percent of all new electric capacity...
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Oahe Habitat for Humanity to do Projects in Onida This Month

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An organization that usually serves the Pierre and Fort Pierre area is expanding to complete projects in the town of Onida. Oahe Habitat for Humanity members are planning to complete two “A Brush with Kindness” projects over the next few weeks in Onida. Oahe Habitat for Humanity Board President...
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Woman Facing Rape Charge Indicted on New Charges

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Sioux Falls woman appeared in a Pierre courtroom Monday on new charges that include First Degree Rape and Sexual Contact with a Child Under 16. 44-year-old Donna Todd, a former Pierre resident, was indicted in July on two counts of Rape and one count of Sexual Contact. Hughes...
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Corson County Provided Drug Control Funds for K-9 Replacement Vehicle

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Corson County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded money to use for the purchase of a K-9 replacement vehicle. The unit will be utilized in drug investigations. Attorney General Marty Jackley says the $20,000 that was provided for the county comes from the Drug Control Fund. It will assist...
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Pierre District Hires New School Psychologist

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board approved the hiring of a new school psychologist for the district at yesterday’s monthly meeting. Jennifer Johnson will come to Pierre after serving as a school psychologist for 4 ½ years in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Former school psychologist Margaret Pier announced her retirement earlier this...
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Pierre Intersection to See Constriction Work Again Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The intersection of Central Avenue and Pleasant Drive in Pierre will be closed again today as crews continue work to install a new water main, a new fire hydrant and complete other infrastructure repairs at that location. Motorists should plan alternate routes if Central Avenue, Pleasant Drive or that...
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NWS Says Pierre and Kennebec Tied Record Lows Early Monday

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service says record low temperatures were tied at Pierre and Kennebec Monday. The thermometer dropped to 45 degrees early Monday at Kennebec which tied the old record low of 45 set in 1917. In Pierre, the temperature was at 48 yesterday, which matched the old record...
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Mission Man Sentenced for Role in Beating Death

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says a 19-year-old Mission man has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for his role in the beating death of a man with a baseball bat. Jason DeSersa was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty in May to voluntary manslaughter. The conviction...
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Precipitation, Cooler Temps Help SD Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Precipitation and cooler temperatures have brought some relief to South Dakota farmers, as many began cutting recently released CRP acres for hay this past week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop and weather report that temperatures were below average over much of the state for...
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Oahe Dam 50th Anniversary Commemoration Event Coming Up This Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) What’s been in the planning stages in recent months is coming up this weekend—the Oahe Dam 50th Anniversary Commemoration Event. Friday and Saturday bring several activities that will mark 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was in Pierre to dedicate Oahe Dam–on August 17 of 1962. Friday morning,...
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