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SDSU Extension Says NOAA Outlook Calls for Cool Climate to Dominate Through Spring Season

BROOKINGS, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center says cooler than average temperatures are expected to persist through the remainder of the spring season in South Dakota.  NOAA released its most recent update yesterday, detailing projections for temperature, precipitation and drought for the spring and early summer.  Laura...
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South Dakota Highway Patrol Joins “Drive to Save Lives”

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is taking part in an aggressive “Drive to Save Lives” campaign-along with more than 40 other states and the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The campaign is aimed at reducing highway fatalities across the nation this year.  Colonel Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway...
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Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is now accepting nominations for the 2014 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.  Nominee names are due to the SDDA by April 21.  The Ag Department says an Ag Ambassador should be someone that provides visionary leadership to the state’s agricultural industry and...
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PFD Puts Out Grass Fire Thursday Afternoon Near Y and Rawlins Library

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department spent almost two hours at the site of a grass fire near Rawlins Library Thursday.  Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says the department was told that grass was burning in the area of Rawlins Library and the Oahe Family YMCA-just north of parking areas for...
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SD Department Primes for Texting and Driving Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A law that would make texting while driving illegal in South Dakota still awaits the governor’s signature, but the state Department of Public Safety says it’s already talking about a public awareness campaign. A state official says the state already has some materials to warn against texting and driving. He...
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March 31 Marks End of Snowmobile Trail Season

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – March 31 marks the official end of the season for the statewide snowmobile trail system. Black Hills Trails District supervisor Shannon Percy says grooming operations began in full force on the season opener and crews have been consistently grooming throughout the season. Grooming operations will continue as long as snow...
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MN Tribe Helps Fellow Tribes With Propane Crisis

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Donations from an American Indian tribe in Minnesota totaling nearly $1.4 million have helped tribes in the Great Plains deal with a winter propane crisis. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community provided grants to the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota and South Dakota; the Yankton, Rosebud and Cheyenne River Sioux...
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PACC Committee to Hold Fort Pierre Mayor Forum Tonight

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee is holding a candidate forum tonight for the candidates running for Mayor of Fort Pierre. Current Mayor Sam Tidball has chosen not to run again after serving the city as council member or Mayor for more than 20 years....
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Survey Suggests Slight Growth for Midwest Economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An economist says a survey of bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states suggests the regional economy is experiencing slow to no growth. The Rural Mainstreet Index rose slightly above growth neutral in March, to 50.1, compared with 48.4 in February. The survey indexes range from 0 to 100, with...
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Officials: SD Animal Rabies Cases Down in 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The number of animal rabies cases in South Dakota dropped in 2013 after two consecutive years of increases. State health officials on Thursday reported 28 animal rabies cases in 2013, down from 60 cases in 2012 and 40 in 2011. State public health veterinarian Russ Daly says the numbers...
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