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Pierre P.D. Adds Two New Officers and a Reserve Officer Thursday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Police Department added two new officers to its ranks yesterday-along with an additional reserve officer. Judge Mark Barnett performed the swearing in ceremony yesterday at the Hughes County Courthouse for new officers Justin Harmon and Drew Heaton. Also, former patrol officer Ray Klinger signed on as a reserve...
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The Culprit in Mobridge Power Outage

MOBRIDGE, S.D. – (DRG News) Residents experienced a power outage on July 12, 2014 that began at 10:45 p.m. and concluded at midnight. The outage lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes. Mark Hanson of Montana Dakota Utilities has stated that the cause was a raccoon that got on top of a transformer and...
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NCAI Applauds Obama’s Visit to Indian Country

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The National Congress of American Indians is applauding President Barack Obama for fulfilling a promise to visit Indian Country. Obama is visiting the Standing Rock Reservation in the Dakotas to get a firsthand look at culture and also the problems there. The National Congress of American Indians says in a...
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Sen. Johnson Opposes Norway Ambassador Nominee

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson says he opposes President Barack Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Norway. The South Dakota Democrat is joining others who believe that George Tsunis is not the right person for the job. Tsunis is CEO of Chartwell Hotels and a top Democratic political fundraiser. Concerns were...
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Pilot of Crashed Crop-Duster Out of Hospital

WINNER, S.D. (AP) – The pilot of a crop-dusting airplane that crashed near Winner has been released from the hospital. Officials say Joe Schneller, of Winner, lost control of his plane Tuesday night as he was taking off. The Daily Republic newspaper reports that he was brought to a medical center in Winner to...
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USDA Funds Dakotas Schools to Educate Farmers on Farm Bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Two universities in the Dakotas are getting federal money to educate farmers and ranchers about the new farm bill. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says $3 million is being doled out to extension services nationwide for outreach and education on the new farm legislation. The money will fund meetings where producers...
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Planning Continues for 2014 Dakota Western Heritage Festival

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Organizers have been working to get ready for this fall’s Dakota Western Heritage Festival. The annual event returns to the Expo Center in Fort Pierre September 13 & 14. Festival co-chair Gary Heintz says volunteers began working on the event right after the 2013 festival wrapped up. Once...
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Sansarc Schoolhouse Spotlighted During Monday Open House

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An open house was held earlier this week at the Sansarc Schoolhouse-a former country school now located near the log cabin Visitor Center in Fort Pierre. It’s believed the school building, which served students in northwest Stanley County, was first put to use in the early 1900’s. The...
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Contractor Notes Few Problems So Far for Garfield Avenue Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The weekly public meeting for the Garfield Avenue project was held this morning in Pierre. The project involves the reconstruction of the northern section of Garfield-also known as the Truck Route. A good portion of the mile and a half segment of Garfield is blocked and motorists are now...
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Reservation Hopes for Results from Obama’s Visit

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – Residents of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation that straddles the border between North Dakota and South Dakota say they’re honored President Barack Obama will visit Friday – but they also want to see results on issues he promised years ago to address. Obama’s trip marks his first to Indian...
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