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Early Ditch Mowing Can Hurt Nesting Pheasants

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) East River landowners should check their calendar before they start mowing ditches along state highways. That word from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. Rules state that right-of-ways can’t be mowed east of the Missouri River before July 10 and all mowing by permit must be done...
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Area Motorists Asked to Watch for Bicyclists on Road Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Motorists in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area are being reminded that bicyclists will be on the road tomorrow as part of the Wellmark Tour de Oahe bike ride. The event will be based out of the Oahe Downstream Area. Several of the participants will leave the area-just below Oahe Dam...
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DCI Celebrates 75th Anniversary

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Division of Criminal Investigation celebrated 75 years of law enforcement service for the state yesterday with a Community Open House at the Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre. Visitors were offered the chance to take part in walking tours-to view various displays and rooms in the justice...
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A Place for Paws Campaign Continues Fundraising for New Shelter for Dogs and Cats

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Thursday brought a fundraiser for Paws Animal Rescue-as the local organization works to raise money for a new building. The campaign, dubbed “A Place for Paws” was held at the current shelter for cats in downtown Pierre. Adoptable dogs are cared for at foster homes throughout town. Kathy Hammond...
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Vikings TV Pre Season Games Will Feature Former Viking

   MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings Entertainment Network has hired former Minnesota linebacker and Vermillion native Ben Leber.  Leber will be added to handle sideline interviews during the preseason TV broadcasts. Leber also will serve as video talent on and will have regular appearances on the Vikings pregame TV show, Vikings GamePlan.
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Syphilis Cases Reported in Eastern South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota health officials are asking doctors to be alert for syphilis cases after reports of 10 cases in the eastern part of the state. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says South Dakota’s last outbreak of the disease was in 2006 and 2007. He says last year there were no cases,...
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South Dakota Farmers Plant Record Corn Crop

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota farmers have planted their largest corn crop in history. The Agriculture Department’s June acreage report estimates the state’s corn crop at 6 million acres, up 15 percent over the year and eclipsing the 1931 record of 5.5 million acres. South Dakota’s soybean crop is estimated at 4.5...
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Tribal Group Lauds High Court’s Health Care Ruling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A national tribal advocacy group is praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that essentially upholds President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The National Congress of American Indians says Thursday’s ruling affirms the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act that passed with Obama’s Affordable Care Act. NCAI President...
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Historic Bench Won’t Be Returned to SD Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A circular bench will not be returned to South Dakota’s state Capitol rotunda despite a campaign to bring it back. The round leather couch dates back more than a century. It’s stored at the state Cultural Heritage Center. Pierre resident Wanda Dilley led a grassroots campaign to bring it back,...
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SD Official: ‘New Era’ in School Accountability

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Education Secretary Melody Schopp says the state’s waiver from key provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law “marks a new era in accountability for South Dakota schools.” South Dakota is among five additional states being freed from the 2002 law’s requirements in exchange for developing their...
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