Appeals Court Upholds SD Abortion Suicide Advisory

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld a portion of a 2005 South Dakota law that requires a doctor to tell a woman seeking an abortion that she faces an increased risk of suicide. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the portion of the law 7-4 in a ruling...
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Burglar Breaking Into Door

Pierre Woman Arrested on Allegations of Burglary of Pierre Business

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre woman was arrested yesterday after Pierre Police investigated a burglary that was reported at the Hide Out Casino in northeast Pierre. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says the burglary occurred during the early morning hours on Monday. Entry was gained to the business by forcing a side...
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Dennis Todey at Pierre Meeting July 24

State Climatologist-Moisture Likely to Remain Sparce Through August

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The area of “severe” drought in South Dakota reportedly doubled-from 19 percent to nearly 45 percent-according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor update. SDSU’s Extension Climate Field Specialist Laura Edwards says the total drought impact in South Dakota increased from 77 percent to 90 percent of the state’s...
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Firefighters Called Out to Lightning Caused Fires Last Night and Early This AM

UNDATED – (DRG News) Area firefighters spent last night and the early morning hours responding to a handful of lightning caused fires. Two of the fires had to be put out by fire crews and Mother Nature’s rains helped dampen the others. The Fort Pierre Fire Department was contacted about two fires on Bad...
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Jon Farris

Deputy Ag Secretary Says First Drought Task Force Meeting is Productive

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The first meeting of the State Drought Task Force was held on Monday in Pierre. Several government agencies are part of the task force. Governor Dennis Daugaard activated the Task Force to monitor drought conditions that have been worsening across South Dakota. South Dakota’s Deputy Agriculture Secretary Jon Farris...
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Food and Grocery Items

DSS Awards $840,000 in Emergency Food Assistance Grants

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) $840,000 in grants will be offered to provide emergency food assistance to low-income people in 39 South Dakota counties-according to the South Dakota Department of Social Services. Department of Social Services Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon says funds were appropriated by the 2012 South Dakota Legislature to expand services to help...
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Small Grain Harvest

USDA: Scattered Rain Not Enough For Row Crops

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota received some scattered rain this past week, but more is needed to give row crops relief from the heat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop and weather report that most of the state did receive some precipitation, but amounts were typically very small....
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South Dakota Firefighters Hoping For ‘Cold Front’

ROSEBUD, S.D. (AP) – Firefighters desperate for a break in the excruciating heat while battling wildfires on the Rosebud Indian Reservation are looking forward to temperatures in the low 90s. The so-called cold front is expected to hit Wednesday. State Fire Meteorologist Darren Clabo says he hopes it’ll help calm the flames that have...
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Rosebud Reservation Wildfires Continue to Spread

ROSEBUD, S.D. (AP) – Just as firefighters contained about 25 percent of the wildfires cutting across Rosebud Indian Reservation, a lightning strike started another blaze. Rocky Mountain Area Incident Commander Joe Lowe says thunderstorms have come close to helping firefighters the past several nights, but each time the rain stops four or miles north...
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Hay Bales

CRP Acres in Dakotas Opened to Haying, Grazing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Farmers and ranchers in the Dakotas affected by drought will be able to use Conservation Reserve Program acres for emergency haying or grazing after Monday’s announcement by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack in his announcement says lands not yet classified as “under severe drought” that are “abnormally dry” can...
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