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City of Pierre Has Updated List of Fees For Services in 2018

PIERRE SD – The Pierre City Commission has approved an updated list of fees the city will charge for various services next year (2018). Pierre city finance officer Twila Height highlighted some new fees for the city council at Tuesday nights meeting.     The Pierre City Commission meets each Tuesday evening at 5:30 at...
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Pierre Water and Wastewater Rates set for 2018

PIERRE SD – The Pierre City Commission has approved three ordinances setting city utility rates for 2018. At Tuesday nights city council meeting, Pierre Utilities director Brad Palmer said the rates affected are water, wastewater not electric. The Pierre City Commission meets each Tuesday evening at 5:30 at City Hall.
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September Boys and Girls Club Mega Raffle Winner Drawn

PIERRE SD – The winner of this month’s Pierre Boys and Girls Club Mega Raffle has been drawn. Earlier Wednesday morning, Pat Clark, Mary Turner and Tiffani Sanchez were drawn as the three finalists. Club director Becky Spoehr  names the winner.     Spoehr says tickets are still available for the last three months of...
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State Minimum Wage to Increase Jan. 1

PIERRE, S.D. – The state minimum wage will increase from $8.65/hour to $8.85/hour effective Jan. 1, 2018. The minimum wage is annually adjusted by any increase in the cost of living, as measured in the Consumer Price Index published by the U.S. Department of Labor. This year’s increase was 1.9 percent and is rounded...
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SDDOT Receives $25.7 Million in Additional Federal Funding

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says they have received an additional $25.7 million in federal highway funding after the state met all of its fiscal year deadlines for federally-funded projects. This is the highest amount the department has received and is above and beyond the funds the department is allotted...
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Hunters Asked to Guard Against Wildfires this Fall

PIERRE, S.D. –The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking hunters going into the field this fall to be diligent in preventing and detecting fires under the extreme dry conditions in certain parts of the state. Tom Kirschenmann, assistant director for the Division of Wildlife, stressed that hunters are helpful in preventing...
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Thune supports GOP bill to replace Obama health care law

U.S. Sen. John Thune says he supports a GOP bill to replace the Obama health care overhaul. Thune’s office confirms that the South Dakota Republican will vote for the new GOP bill by Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham that would shift health care money and power from Washington to states. Thune’s office provided...
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Bankers: Rural economy continues to struggle in 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new report says low commodity prices and weak farm incomes are continuing to hamper the rural economy in parts of 10 Plains and Midwestern states. The Rural Mainstreet Index for the region fell to from 42.2 in August to 39.6 in September, its lowest level in 2017. The index...
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Lakota Leader, Congressman Ben Reifel Honored in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The first Native American to represent South Dakota in Congress is being honored with a special day. A proclamation by Gov. Dennis Daugaard set aside Tuesday September 19th, 2017 as Ben Reifel Day in South Dakota. Reifel was a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe who was born on September...
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Jody Heemstra News/Farm Director of Dakota Radio Group

PIERRE SD – (DRG News) – Dakota Radio Group is pleased to announce and welcome News and Farm Director Jody Heemstra. Jody Heemstra has 19 years of radio broadcast experience. She grew up on her family’s small crop and dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where she was active in both FFA and 4-H....
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