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New NASA Photo Satellite to Join 40-Year Mission

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A fleet of picture-snapping NASA satellites that for 40 years has documented forest fires, tsunamis and everyday changes in the Earth’s geography is soon getting a new member. With Landsat 8 set for a February launch, nearly 140 scientists and engineers from more than 25 countries will gather in...
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Red Meat Production Up in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says commercial red meat production in South Dakota totaled 85.8 million pounds during August. The figure is up 3 percent from a year ago and up 21 percent from July. Commercial hog slaughter for South Dakota totaled 390,900 head during August, compared to 382,900...
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National Tribal Group Aims to Register More Voters

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A national tribal advocacy group is planning a week of voter education and registration events in more than 130 communities across Indian Country in an effort to boost turnout in November. The National Congress of American Indians says there’s a “civic emergency” in American Indian communities. The group says two...
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2013 State Park Entrance Licenses Will be Available for Purchase Soon

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) 2013 annual park entrance licenses for South Dakota’s state parks and recreation areas will be going on sale soon. The 2013 park entrance license is valid from October 1 of this year through May 18 of 2014. People who buy one license can also buy a second license at...
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Aquatics Center to be Closed for a 10-14 Days-Starting Sunday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Aquatics Center will be closed for as long as two weeks starting this Sunday. YMCA Director Jeff Filipek says the center will reopen in about 10-14 days. Filipek says during the last maintenance shutdown at the aquatics center, a product that was used to take the iron...
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Spirit of Dakota Committee Announces Nominees-Award Banquet October 6

HURON, S.D. – (DRG News) Fifteen outstanding women have been nominated by communities around the state to be honored at the Spirit of Dakota’s 26th Anniversary Celebration and Award Banquet next month. Five of the nominees are from central and western South Dakota. They include Irean Jordon of Faith, Gayle Kocer of Martin, Irma...
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Eagle Butte Man Facing Charges After Single Vehicle Accident Involving Stolen Pickup

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An Eagle Butte man is hospitalized and faces charges after a rollover occurred yesterday involving a stolen vehicle. Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt says the accident was reported about seven miles east of Pierre on Highway 34 last night about 11:10 p.m. He says an investigation shows that the...
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Local Business Donates Toward Project to Return Fort Pierre Train Depot

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A local business offered a donation yesterday to support a fundraiser that will return Fort Pierre’s former Train Depot to town. The depot was built in 1906 as part of the Chicago and NorthWestern Railroad system and served Fort Pierre for many years. After it was deemed surplus...
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South Dakota Hospital Suing IHS for $6.5 Million

MARTIN, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota hospital that nearly closed earlier this year because of financial problems is suing the Indian Health Service, saying the federal agency doesn’t pay its bills. The Bennett County Hospital in Martin is trying to collect more than $1.65 million in fees for care provided to members of...
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Drought Hurts Rural Economy in 10 States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The economy in rural parts of 10 Midwest and Western states continued to look weak in September as the drought weighed down agricultural businesses. A new survey of bankers in the region released Thursday showed that the overall economic index remained in negative territory at 48.3 in September. That was...
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