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SD Official: Drought Worsening, Likely to Persist

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State climatologist Dennis Todey (TAH’-dee) says drought conditions are intensifying in South Dakota, with predictions indicating the drought will persist or intensify over the next three months. Todey spoke Monday to the South Dakota Drought Task Force, a group of state and federal officials working to help farmers, ranchers and...
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Revitalizing the Lakota Language Through Dance

ROSEBUD, S.D. (AP) – A Rosebud Sioux tribal project that seeks to revitalize the Lakota language isn’t focusing on words – it’s centered on song and dance. The tribe’s Child Care Service’s Song and Dance Project aims to teach families how to make dancing regalia so their kids can take part in the annual...
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FPFD Puts Out Friday Grass Fire Which Was Started by Lightning

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Fort Pierre Fire Department and other crews worked on Friday to put out a grass fire on Highway 1806 near the Buffalo Interpretive Center. Fort Pierre Fire Chief Rick Cronin says the fire was reported about 8:50 p.m. Friday night and was started by lightning. He says...
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Presho and Murdo Firefighters Respond to Fire Emergencies Thursday, Friday and Saturday

UNDATED – (DRG News) Presho Firefighters had another busy few days after they responded to fires Thursday night and Friday. Fire Chief Donny Manger says the department was told of a fire on Thursday night about 7:30 p.m., located five miles west and 13 south of Presho. He says the fire started when a...
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Applications Being Accepted for Russian Trade Mission

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota agricultural producers or beef industry representatives interested in attending an October beef genetics trade mission to Russia can now apply for funding. The delegation will include beef producers, industry representatives and state staff and will be co-hosted by the South Dakota, Kansas and Montana Departments of Agriculture....
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VFD Puts Out Grass and Baler Fire Friday

VIVIAN, S.D. – (DRG News) The Vivian Fire Department put out a baler fire on Friday morning, near the Lyman/Jones County border. Vivian Fire Chief Keith Patrick says the fire was reported on Friday morning about 11:15 a.m. in southwest Lyman County. He says a pasture was being baled when a bale popped out...
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Pierre’s CRO Reminds Residents/Business Owners of Ordinance on Address Markers

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Community Resource Officer is reminding residents that their homes or buildings should have numbers that declare the location address prominently displayed on the structure. Officer Brandon Boyd says the number plate placed on residences or businesses should not be less than three inches in height-so it can easily...
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Construction Work Underway on Section of Capitol Avenue This Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A segment of Capitol Avenue will be closed for the next few days as city crews reconstruct the street. Lynn Patton, Construction and Operations Manager for the city says the ½ block of Capitol west of Harrison is closed for surface removal, new traffic sensor installation and the addition...
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PFD Called to Three Fire Calls Over the Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department was called out Saturday and Sunday. Pierre’s Deputy Fire Chief Ian Paul says firefighters were told of a garage on fire at 1929 East Sully about 2:45 p.m. Saturday. He says on arrival, firefighters found smoke and flames on the south side of the detached...
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Crews at Rosebud Fires in SD Demobilizing

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Officials are wrapping up work on wildfires that burned nearly 70 square miles on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The Longhorn Complex began as four separate lightning-caused fires. Crews who battled the blazes for more than a week continued to demobilize over the weekend. The Great Plains...
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