Campground One at Oahe Downstream Now Open

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Electrical pedestals damaged during last year’s flood at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area have been repaired and officials say Campground Number One is now open. District Park Supervisor Pat Buscher says the campground had power restored Friday and 31 electrical sites are available. Also, the comfort station is open with...
Keep Reading »
Oahe Dam Powerhouse

Corps: More Flood Storage Offers Limited Benefit

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says having more space free in the Missouri River’s reservoirs would have reduced but not eliminated last year’s flooding. The corps says in a new report released Friday that flooding still would have caused widespread damage along the Missouri last year because of the...
Keep Reading »

SD Army National Guard Giving Up 6 Armories

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Army National Guard says it will be giving up six armories within the state as a result of relocating Army Guard units. The Argus Leader reports that some 215 soldiers from the Miller, Platte, Redfield, Salem, Webster and Winner units eventually will conduct their drill training...
Keep Reading »
Park Sign

Warm Weather Allows Facilities to Open at Several State Parks

PIERRE, S.D. DRG News-Jeri Thomas ( at several state park campgrounds are opening ahead of schedule, thanks to the unseasonably warm spring. State Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer says when the weather cooperates, people find it is a great time to camp at state parks. He says there are plenty of campsites available...
Keep Reading »
Business Ladder

Central/NW SD Business Leaders Chosen for Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Fellowships

RENNER, S.D. – (DRG News) Eight finalists have been chosen for the Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Fellowships. The Dakota Rising program is administered by Dakota Resources: Economic and Leadership Development and cultivates rural entrepreneurs who are working to grow themselves, their businesses and their community. Beth Davis, president of Dakota Resources, says the eight finalists...
Keep Reading »
Fingerprint Card

Lower Brule Man Pleads Guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Diazepam/Valium

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Lower Brule man pled guilty in federal court to an indictment that charges him with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule IV Controlled Substance. 38-year-old Russell Thigh appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange on Thursday and entered his plea to the charge. Authorities say Thigh mistakenly...
Keep Reading »
PurpleUp Logo

“Purple Up for Military Kids” Day Noted Today-April is Month of the Military Child

UNDATED – (DRG News) Today has been named nationally as “Purple Up for Military Kids Day” and organizers are encouraging people to wear purple as a sign of appreciation for the nation’s military children. In South Dakota, Governor Dennis Daugaard proclaimed April as “Month of the Military Child” to honor military youth who have...
Keep Reading »
Tax Forms

IRS Offers Tips for Taxpayers Needing More Time to File-22,300 Extensions Expected in SD

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA – (DRG News) There are just a few days until the April 17 tax deadline and the Internal Revenue Service reminds anyone who has yet to file that they can get an automatic six month tax filing extension. In South Dakota, the IRS says about 22,300 taxpayers are expected to request...
Keep Reading »
Man in Handcuffs

Fort Thompson Brothers Plead Guilty to Slaying

LOWER BRULE, S.D. (AP) – Two Fort Thompson men have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with the beating death of another man. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 22-year-old Alphonso Drapeau, III, and 20-year-old Gavin Drapeau pleaded guilty before a U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday. Alphonso Drapeau pleaded guilty to...
Keep Reading »
AP Logo 2

SD State Penitentiary Building Named for Slain Guard

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota prison officials have renamed the training academy for a corrections officer killed a year ago during a botched prison escape. Thursday marks the one year anniversary of the death of Ronald Johnson. Johnson was working alone on his 63rd birthday when two inmates attacked him with a...
Keep Reading »