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Conservationists Claim Victory on New Farm Bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory when it comes to conservation under the new farm bill. Two of their top priorities made it into the law, which set federal farm policy for the next five years. One is “conservation compliance,” which means farmers will have to use good conservation practices...
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SD Nonfarm Industries Show Slight Growth in 2013

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The number of South Dakotans in nonfarm industries has grown very slightly since 2012. The Department of Labor and Regulation figures show that the number of wage and salaried workers in 2013 rose 1.4 percent in the state. Nationally the rate has gone up 1.7 percent. The South Dakota figures...
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Pierre Area Waterpark Committee Holds First Meeting of 2014

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A group that has been meeting to discuss the idea of bringing a waterpark to the City of Pierre decided yesterday to continue to forge forward with the effort. The Pierre Area Waterpark Committee is co-chaired by Becky Burke and Lance Fravel. The group took a few months’ break...
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DVA Pleased with Contacts Made So Far Through Operation Reaching All Veterans

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) One employee with South Dakota’s Department of Veterans Affairs says an outreach project that started a few months ago is going well. Steve Oliva is a program manager for the Veterans Affairs Department and says “Operation Reaching All Veterans” is designed to identify and contact all South Dakota veterans...
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NWS Reports Colder Than Normal March

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service says below normal temperatures continued across central and northeast South Dakota last month.  Average monthly temperatures ranged from two to five degrees below normal.  Pierre set an all-time record low temperature for March with -20 degrees below zero on March 1 and 2.  A week...
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SDSHS Holding Annual History Conference in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota State Historical Society is holding its annual history conference in Pierre today and tomorrow. This year’s conference theme is “The History of Higher Learning in the State”. Attendees will hear from speakers who will talk about higher education from early in the state’s history, as well...
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Pierre Leaders Weighing Urban Chicken Ordinance

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – City leaders in Pierre will hold a hearing later this month on whether residents of South Dakota’s capital city should be allowed to keep chickens on their property. A group called Pierre Urban Chicken Reform has proposed that residents be allowed to keep up to six hens as long as...
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Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese Making Big Changes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Roman Catholic Church plans to merge several parishes in eastern South Dakota and create a new parish on the south side of Sioux Falls. The moves are in response to a decline in priests and changes in population. Sioux Falls Diocese Bishop Paul Swain says the changes are...
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SD Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Infant Son

GREGORY, S.D. (AP) – A Gregory man accused of killing his infant son by shaking him has pleaded not guilty to several charges including murder. Twenty-year-old Adam Bruns is charged in the Feb. 25 death of 3-month-old Levi Bruns. He would face a mandatory life prison sentence if convicted of second-degree murder. The Daily...
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Expert Expects Below Average Wildfire Season in SD

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A fire meteorologist in South Dakota says the snowfall of the past few months has created conditions that are expected to help keep the number of wildfires this year below average. State fire meteorologist Darren Clabo says the snow has built up soil moisture and dampened ground fuels preventing...
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