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SDANG’s 153rd Engineer Battalion Receives National Training, Readiness Award

RAPID CITY, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Guard Association of the United States awarded the Major General Milton A. Reckord Trophy to the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 153rd Engineer Battalion during last month’s 136th General Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The trophy is given out to the outstanding battalion in each of the...
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Corps Announces Increased Fall Water Releases from Some Reservoirs

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing releases from some of its dams on the Missouri River as the result of heavy rains in August. The higher releases will help get rid of flood water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System to prepare the waterway for handling next...
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KGFX Hometown Tour’s Next Stop…? Fort Pierre!!

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Join us Wednesday for the KGFX Hometown Tour-as the Dakota Cruiser takes the tour crew to Fort Pierre where we’ll broadcast live from the Silver Spur! Our guest line-up includes a visit with the Spur’s Todd Surdez-who will talk about the Silver Spur and upcoming events to take place...
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Ice Bucket Challenge in Fort Pierre Raises About $4,500 for Man Battling ALS

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An event to support a local man battling the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS raised about $4,500 yesterday.  An ALS Ice Bucket challenge was held in the parking lot of Parkview Gym Sunday afternoon to help raise money for Frank Davenport-owner of Fort Pierre Body Shop.  The challenge...
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US to Spend $328 Million on Conservation Easements

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $328 million for protecting and restoring farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the country. The initiative will buy conservation easements from farmers to help wildlife populations and promote outdoor recreation. The agency selected 380 projects covering 32,000 acres of prime farmland, 45,000 acres of grasslands...
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Midwest Railcar Shortage Debate Shifts to DC

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Midwestern lawmakers and farmers are shifting the attention of a railcar shortage problem to Washington with proposed legislation, a committee hearing and meetings with decision makers. South Dakota Sen. John Thune says he’s co-sponsoring legislation to give the National Surface Transportation Board more efficiency and authority. Among the proposed...
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USDA Says South Dakota Spring Wheat Harvest Behind Average

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Spring wheat harvest in South Dakota is lagging behind totals from last year at the time and the five-year average. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that spring wheat harvested was at 88 percent, behind the five-year average and last year’s figure of 99 percent. Barley...
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Proposal Would Create Fund to Increase Teacher Pay

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Representatives from three South Dakota education organizations have a proposal they say would increase teacher salaries and rival its neighboring states. Wade Pogany is the executive director of the Associated School Boards of South Dakota. Pogany told the Legislative Planning Committee on Monday that the average salary in South Dakota...
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South Dakota Prison Inmate Found Dead in Cell

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – State prison officials say an inmate serving a life sentence for first-degree murder has been found dead in his cell. Authorities say 37-year-old Kent Davidson was found dead at the South Dakota State Penitentiary early Monday morning. Authorities say the death is under investigation by the Division of Criminal...
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Archambault Makes Significant Budget Cuts for FY15

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation says that the tribe is going to have to make some significant budget cuts this year if it wants to reduce a $6 million budget deficit. Chairman Dave Archambault tells the Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1CGudYc ) that his proposed budget for 2015...
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