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RASDak bicycle tour to donate scholarships and bike service stations

The Ride Across South Dakota (RASDak) bicycle tour starts in Sioux Falls June 2 with participants stopping overnight in several towns– including Miller and Fort Pierre– before finishing in Hulett, WY, June 8. Cyclists will follow highways 14 and 34 for much of the week, staying overnight in Miller June 4 and in Fort...
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Highmore/Wolsey Area Project Getting Over $32 Million in Federal Funds

  The US Department of Agriculture is investing $256 million in 81 projects–including one in South Dakota– to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas in 35 states.    South Dakota is receiving one of the 81 rural water and wastewater infrastructure projects.  Mid-Dakota Rural Water System has been awarded a $31,272,000 USDA...
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Study offers new look at why our brains evolved to be so big

NEW YORK (AP) – Why do people have such big brains? A new study suggests it’s mostly due to the mental demands our ancestors faced from coping individually with their environment. In relation to our body size, our brains are huge for mammals. Scientists have long debated what evolutionary factors pushed it to that...
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Mount Rushmore to undergo $14M renovation

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) – The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is getting a $14 million upgrade, though the carved heads of U.S. presidents won’t be touched. Maureen McGee-Ballinger is chief of interpretation and education at the popular landmark. She tells the Rapid City Journal that the construction is mostly overdue maintenance work. The largest change...
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Shed, Tractor and Bales Lost in Tuesday Afternoon Fire

No one was hurt, but a shed, tractor and over 80 corn stalk bales are a complete loss after a fire yesterday (Tues.) afternoon just outside of Pierre. Pierre Rural Fire assistant chief Byron Caauwe says they were called out about 4:15pm.   Caauwe says firefighters first concern was cooling down a diesel fuel...
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Black Hawk Man Dies in Construction Accident West of Fort Pierre

A 61-year-old Black Hawk, SD, man is dead after a construction accident yesterday (Tues.) afternoon at a gravel pit west of Fort Pierre. According to the Stanley County Sheriff’s Office, Steven Pigsley was working for a Rapid City subcontractor for the repaving of SD Highway 34. He drove his truck to the Cody Briggs...
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State finalizes settlement after DCI head ordered to court

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Attorney General’s office says the state has finalized a settlement with a former Division of Criminal Investigation agent after a federal judge ordered the agency’s director to appear in court over it. The office says DCI Director Bryan Gortmaker first got the compromise agreement Friday and...
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Judge orders DCI head to court over unpaid $1.5M settlement

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge has ordered the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation director to appear in court after the state failed to pay a former agent roughly $1.5 million from a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. Judge Charles Kornmann on Friday ordered Bryan Gortmaker to explain why the court shouldn’t...
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Ironshell Facing Charges After Tuesday Night Arrest in Pierre

A 19-year-old Pierre man faces multiple charges after an incident last night (Tues.) in Pierre. Pierre Police officers were called to the 400 block of West Capitol Avenue to remove an intoxicated person from a residence. When police arrived, Courtney Ironshell gave a fictitious name. He was arrested for False Impersonation with the Intent...
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Regulations on Fire Pits and Outdoor Fire Places Take Effect Friday in Pierre

When the Memorial Day weekend begins on Friday, so do new sections to Pierre’s City Fire Ordinance that regulate the size and location of outdoor fire places and fire pits. Fire chief Ian Paul recapped the five new sections for the Pierre City Commission at last night’s (Tues.) meeting.   Commissioner Jamie Huizenga asked...
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