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Reluctant Advocate Stands up to Child Sexual Abuse

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former TV reporter Jolene Loetscher used to tell other people’s stories. Now as an advocate for childhood sexual abuse she’s telling her story. Loetscher was assaulted as a teenager. To help others, she has started a camp for abused kids and lobbied in support of legislation to remove the statute...
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Missouri River Flood Suit Meeting to be Held in SD

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A public information meeting has been scheduled in central South Dakota to discuss a potential lawsuit stemming from the Missouri River flood in 2011. The gathering is scheduled for Friday in Fort Pierre. Representatives from the Polsinelli Law Firm based in Kansas City, Mo., will attend the event. The...
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Tribe Hosts Conference in SD to Oppose Keystone XL

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Tribal members in eastern South Dakota have gathered to come up with a plan to oppose the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The members met last week in Rapid City to hear from Vic Camp. He is a grassroots organizer with the group Owe Aku and has been working with...
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Mount Rushmore Mascots to Appear on ‘Today’ Show

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Mount Rushmore mascots are scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Today” show. The mascots will make their appearance during the fourth hour of today’s show in honor of President’s Day. South Dakota Department of Tourism officials say the show’s hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will try...
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SD National Guard Museum to Close for Remodeling

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State officials say the South Dakota National Guard Museum in Pierre will be closed for remodeling through mid-April. The state’s Department of the Military says the renovation project includes lighting and ceiling upgrades in one of the museum’s galleries. The museum will close Monday. The state’s Legislature established the museum...
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Hughes County Comprehensive Open House Coming February 24

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Hughes County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold an open house on February 24 to take opinions on future growth and prosperity in the county. The informal meeting will give citizens the chance to talk with Planning & Zoning Commissioners and the Director of Planning & Zoning. Residents are invited...
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The former Stanley County K-2 building is set to be torn down in the coming weeks.

Officials Say Demolition for Old Stanley County K-2 Elementary to Start Saturday

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) School officials now say the demolition for the former K-2 elementary building in Fort Pierre will start tomorrow morning. Stanley County Superintendent Dan Martin says work will begin Saturday morning about 8:00 a.m. to begin tearing down the old structure. The district recently opened a brand new elementary building nearby. Parents are reminded...
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City of Pierre Offers Map Listing Infrastructure Projects to be Done This Year

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre has put together a map listing projects that will be done city-wide in the coming year. On Tuesday, City Commissioners were given an update on the street and utility projects that are scheduled to be completed in the months ahead. Mayor Laurie Gill says the...
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DLRF Holds Annual Meeting and Tours of New Shop

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Dakota Lakes Research Farm held its annual meeting this week and offered tours of the not for profit organization’s new shop. Over the past year, Dakota Lakes added a 60 X 80 foot building to an existing 50 X 75 foot shop. The farm’s Manager says plans call...
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Daugaard Says Won’t Oppose Sale of DM&E Line

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will not oppose the sale of the west end of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad line. Canadian Pacific Railway announced last month that it’s selling the line to Genesee & Wyoming Inc. for about $210 million. The sale is subject to U.S. Surface Transportation...
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