Mobridge Businesses Vandalized; Arrests Made

Two juveniles were detained by the reporting party on Memorial Day Monday morning after vandalizing and attempting to rob multiple businesses in Mobridge. Here follows the official press release in audio and written form with all the details from the Mobridge Police Department.   MOBRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT Shawn Madison, Chief of Police Press Release...
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Two Dies in Lyman County Crash

A 79-year-old man and an 80-year-old woman died and three others were injured last night (Tues.) in a two vehicle crash involving a UTV and a passenger car north of Kennebec. Names of those involved are not yet being released. According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, a 2016 Honda UTV was...
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35 Sobriety Checkpoints Scheduled in June

June is a busy month for sobriety checkpoints as the South Dakota Department of Public Safety has scheduled 35 checkpoints in 24 different counties. Central South Dakota counties where June checkpoints are scheduled include Hughes, Stanley, Walworth, Edmunds, Jackson and Mellette. Other counties where checkpoints will be held are: Brookings, Butte, Charles Mix, Codington,...
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State Rep. Jim Schaefer of Kennebec Dies

State Rep. Jim Schaefer of Kennebec died yesterday (Tues.) while working on his ranch. Schaefer had served in the State House of Representatives since 2011. He represented District 21 in 2011-12 and, following legislative redistricting, had represented District 26B since 2013. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says Schaefer was a quality person and a committed public...
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Jaspers to Depart as Secretary of Agriculture; Oedekoven to Serve as Interim Secretary

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers announced today he will leave his position as secretary of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, effective July 1, 2018. Jaspers, who has served as secretary since July 2016, has accepted a position as business development director for East River Electric Power Cooperative, which...
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ADI Receives Air Service Contract at Pierre and Watertown

Aerodynamics, Inc. (ADI), will continue to provide commercial air service to the Pierre Regional Airport. City commissioner Blake Barringer says the US Dept. of Transportation has renewed ADI’s contract to provide Essential Air Service to Pierre through July 2020.   Mayor Steve Harding says USDOT also approved ADI’s bid to provide service to Watertown....
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Pierre and Pierre Rural Fire Departments Recognize Wildfire Awareness Month

When many people think of wildfires in South Dakota, they think of the Black Hills or rural parts of the state. But, Pierre Volunteer Fire Department chief Ian Paul says there are grass fires in Pierre every year.   May is Wildfire Awareness Month, but Paul says wildfires can happen any time of year....
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Trail of Governors in Pierre to add 3 more statues

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Bronze statues of three more South Dakota governors will be added to the Trail of Governors in Pierre next month. Former Govs. Ralph Herseth, William McMaster and Merrell Sharpe will be honored. The ceremony is June 15 in the state Capitol rotunda. The statues will join the 19 others on...
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20 Years Later NWS Meteorologists Reflect on the Spencer, SD Tornado

(KORN, Mitchell) Twenty years ago today a powerful F-4 tornado tore through Spencer, SD, leaving six people dead and most of the town a shambles. National Weather Service Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp remembers watching the storm take shape on radar.   National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Gillispie was working the day shift and decided to...
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Trade tensions, oil price seen as threat to global growth

PARIS (AP) – An international economic watchdog says threatened new trade barriers and rising oil prices could hurt long-awaited global economic growth. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Wednesday that “the threat of trade restrictions has begun to adversely affect confidence” and tariffs “would negatively influence investment and jobs.” The Paris-based agency...
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