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Crop Conditions Good Despite Week With Little Rain

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Crop conditions in South Dakota were reported mostly good to excellent despite a week with little rainfall. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that topsoil moisture supplies were 82 percent adequate to surplus and subsoil moisture was rated 84 percent adequate to surplus. Spring wheat, oats...
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NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center Offering August and Early Fall Climate Outlook

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) Looking ahead to the coming weeks, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says cooler than average temperatures are expected to show up in parts of the state through August-especially in northern South Dakota.  The outlook was released last Thursday and indicates that most of northern South Dakota is likely to see...
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Draft Master Plan Update for Fort Randall Dam/Lake Francis Case Available For Public Review

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Army Corps of Engineers is now offering the public a chance to view the draft master plan for Fort Randall Dam/Lake Francis Case.  The plan details the management and development of the resources for the waterway and dam, including public use, environmentally sensitive areas and cultural resources within...
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Hot Weather Blanketing Much of the Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The National Weather Service has posted heat advisories for central and eastern South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota. The forecast calls for high temperatures in the region Monday in the 90s and lower 100s. Humidity will make it feel even hotter. There also is a chance of thunderstorms in...
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SD Libertarian Party Hopes to Prove Relevance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Libertarian Party in South Dakota is planning a state convention next month, with hopes of showing it is as relevant as the Democratic Party. Democrats didn’t nominate candidates for three statewide offices – attorney general, auditor and public lands commissioner. Libertarians have the opportunity to be the only...
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Fort Yates Man Facing 2 Federal Assault Charges

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A man is accused of a brutal beating on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation that left a woman hospitalized and on a ventilator. Ryan Thunderhawk, of Fort Yates, is charged in federal court with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Witnesses say the victim...
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State Seeking Donors for Laura Ingalls Wilder Book

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota State Historical Society is looking for donors toward the upcoming release of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiography. The society says the work was hidden away since 1930 and reveals true stories of her pioneering life. The book, “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography,” shows how Wilder transformed her girlhood...
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Great Plains Shale Tested by SDSMT for Possible Energy Uses

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Researchers are studying a rock formation found across much of the Great Plains that could someday be used for energy production or underground liquid or gas storage. The South Dakota Legislature approved $464,000 for the School of Mines & Technology to drill into and study what’s known as Pierre...
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Gann Valley Woman Files Motion for New Trial

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – Attorneys for a Gann Valley woman convicted of beating to death a 4-year-old boy because he wet his pants have filed motions for a new trial and a reduced sentence. Donika Gonzales was sentenced July 1 to 130 years for first-degree manslaughter and 15 years for aggravated assault for the...
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Some SD Native Americans Wary About Health Reform

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Denise Mesteth says she’s hopeful but skeptical her new health insurance through the Affordable Care Act can help her and other Native Americans who otherwise rely on free government health care. She hadn’t used the insurance coverage yet but paid the premium, even though she and other members of...
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