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Grant to Help Low-Income Students Take AP Tests

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Education is receiving more than $7,500 in an effort to help more low-income students take Advanced Placement exams. The Advanced Placement Test Fee Program aims to encourage historically underserved students to take the university-level tests and earn college credit for high school courses. The U.S....
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Stanley County Schools to Hold Open House Monday-New School Year Starts August 20

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Stanley County Schools will hold the annual open house as a new school year gets underway next week.  The open house will be Monday, August 18 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Stanley County Superintendent Dan Martin says the evening gives parents a chance to see their children’s classroom...
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South Dakota’s DPS Secretary Selected as CSG Toll Fellow

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Secretary for the Department of Public Safety-Trevor Jones-is one of almost 50 policymakers from across the country chosen as a Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2014.  This year’s class is made up of people from 35 states and Puerto Rico.  35...
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First Lady’s Book Walk Draws Parents & Youngsters to Grounds Near Governor’s Mansion

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Monday night was an evening of reading, walking and snacks-as First Lady Linda Daugaard held the second annual book walk in Pierre. The event was set up for parents to bring their young children-ages junior kindergarten to second grade-to the grounds near the Governor’s Mansion-where kids enjoyed reading one...
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Pierre School Board & District Officials Tour Construction Site for New School

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Construction work for a new elementary school in Pierre is going well. The building is being put up in northeast Pierre where other residential and business developments have been underway. The Pierre School Board and school officials took an opportunity before Monday’s monthly board meeting to look over the...
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Governor Daugaard Holds Meeting with STB and Rail Companies on Rail Car Shortage

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard met with Surface Transportation Board members and railroad company officials last week on the shortage of rail cars in South Dakota. The railroad shipment issues for ag commodities has been causing problems for producers and elevators. Daugaard was in the nation’s capital last week and says...
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US Attorneys Host Human Trafficking Forum in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson from South Dakota and U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon from North Dakota are sponsoring a three-day conference in hopes of raising awareness of human trafficking and related crimes.        Johnson, medical professionals and a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...
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Sanford Getting $7.1M Grant for Cancer Research

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health is giving Dakotas-based Sanford Health more than $7.1 million over five years for cancer research. Sanford says the money will be used to recruit participants for clinical trials, quality-of-life studies and research on the delivery of cancer care. The...
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USDA Says Spring Wheat Harvest Lags Behind 5-Year Average

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The spring wheat harvest in South Dakota continued to lag far behind the five-year average as below-normal temperatures persisted throughout the state.        The U.S. Agriculture Department says in its weekly report that spring wheat harvested was reported at 11 percent, compared to last year’s 19 percent and...
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First Lady Holding Book Walk This Evening in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This evening brings the second annual book walk for children at the Governor’s Mansion. First Lady Linda Daugaard is inviting parents and their children to the event-which is set up to encourage kids to read while they enjoy the outdoors. This evening’s event is for children in junior kindergarten...
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