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Survey: Farming Helps Economy Grow in Rural States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The economy remains strong in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states because of the health of agricultural businesses there. The overall economic index on the new monthly Rural Mainstreet survey rose to 58.5 in May from April’s already healthy 57.1. Any score above 50 on the index suggests...
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Aberdeen, Pierre, Devils Lake Centers to Close

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Mail processing centers in Aberdeen and Pierre in South Dakota and Devils Lake, N.D., are among the 140 slated for consolidation by February. Nearly 250 centers will close as the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service moves forward with a multibillion-dollar cost-cutting plan. The Postal Service on Thursday said it...
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Tribal Grocery Store Says It’s Trying to Reopen

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – It’s taken nearly a week, but residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation wondering when their lone grocery store might reopen at least are greeted with a sign in the window. It reads: “We are trying to reopen as soon as possible.” No other information is posted at the...
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State Parks Offering Free Admission Through Sunday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota parks officials are hoping you’ll go out and catch a fish this weekend. As part of the State Parks Open House weekend, all South Dakota state parks are offering free admission through Sunday. The fishing license requirement also will be waived through Sunday. Camping fees still apply....
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Nebraska Hearings on Oil Pipeline Route Draw Big Crowd

ALBION, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska’s hearings on the new proposed route for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline from Canada are drawing big crowds. The Columbus Telegram reports that more than 160 people attended Wednesday’s meeting in Albion. Pipeline opponents objected to the original route through the Sandhills and the Ogallala aquifer, a massive groundwater supply....
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Flags at Half-Staff Saturday in Abdnor’s Memory

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking that all flags in South Dakota be flown at half-staff on Saturday in honor of former U.S. Sen. Jim Abdnor. Abdnor died Wednesday at age 89. His funeral is Saturday at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre. Daugaard’s request is that flags be at half-staff from...
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Great Lakes of South Dakota Tourism Association Now Based at Oahe Dam Visitor Center

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A central South Dakota Tourism organization has relocated its offices from Pierre to near Oahe Dam-and has already seen an uptick in the number of visitors stopping in. A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was held at the Oahe Dam Visitor and Interpretive Center last Friday. The...
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Fort Pierre Swimming Pool to Open Soon

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) It’s a sure sign that the warm summer months are close…the swimming pool in Fort Pierre will soon open. The City of Fort Pierre says if weather cooperates, the pool will open on Monday, May 21. The pool hours are Sunday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00...
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South Dakota’s First Lady to Cut Ribbon on Boys and Girls Club’s New “Graduation Center”

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area will have a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house, starting today at 5:00 p.m. The event will note the official opening of the newly renovated Graduation Center. First Lady Linda Daugaard will address the attendees and will be cutting the...
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Hirsch Given 35-Year Sentence for Guilty Plea to First Degree Manslaughter

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Blunt woman was sentenced this morning in a Pierre courtroom for her guilty plea to First Degree Manslaughter. 49-year-old Connie Hirsch was initially indicted for First Degree Murder almost two years ago for the May 2010 shooting death of her husband, 65-year-old Jerold Hirsch. For her March plea...
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