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Corps to Lower Lakes Sakakawea, Oahe Before Spring

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Army Corps of Engineers plans to lower the levels of Missouri River reservoirs in the Dakotas before the start of the 2015 spring runoff season. Jody Farhat says the agency’s plan is to lower Lake Oahe by more than 3 feet and Lake Sakakawea by about 6 feet by...
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Thune Takes More Public Campaign Role in SD Senate

MARION, S.D. (AP) – Sen. John Thune has taken an increasingly public role in Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds’ campaign since polls earlier this month made the race appear tight. Thune boosted Rounds in an ad last week and has taken on a more active presence in campaign stops, such as a discussion...
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Documents: Democrats Cut Ad Buy in South Dakota

WASHINGTON (AP) – National Democrats are scaling back their spending in South Dakota, as recent polls show the Republican nominee moving ahead. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show Senate Democrats’ campaign committee plans to spend $29,000 on ads between now and Nov. 3. That’s after previously spending about $400,000 on broadcast and cable...
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43 Groups to Intervene in SD Keystone Re-Approval

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Public Utilities Commission has approved nearly 45 applications from individuals and groups that want to have a say in South Dakota’s decision on whether to re-approve the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that would run through the state if it’s ever built. Only 15 applications requesting “party...
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Dedication Event Planned at Arboretum to Honor Former Pierre USFWS Employee

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A special dedication event will be held tomorrow at the Pierre Arboretum to honor a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee from Pierre-who was killed in a vehicle-pedestrian crash near Pickstown in July of 2013. 46-year-old Dr. Robert Klumb and 25-year-old Maegan Spindler of Cazenovia, New York died...
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Governor’s Task Force on Infant Mortality to Meet Next Month to Review New Data

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s First Lady says the state’s infant mortality rate dropped between 2012 and 2013. New numbers indicate there were 80 infant deaths last year-which equates to a rate of 6.5 deaths per 1,000 live births. That is a drop from 2012’s rate of 8.6 and is more in...
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Mine Turned Over by Local Resident & Disposed of by Ellsworth Explosives Team Monday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An explosives team from Ellsworth Air Force Base assisted local law enforcers yesterday with disposing of a live mine-turned in to authorities by an area resident. Pierre Police Captain Derald Gross says Sunday night; a person handed over a Claymore anti-personnel mine to a state trooper and assistance was...
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Statehood Celebration to Take Place Saturday at Capitol Building

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This Saturday brings the 125th statehood anniversary celebration to South Dakota’s Capitol Building.  The schedule of events for the day will be a full one-starting in the morning with the rededication of a display of First Ladies Inaugural Gowns and ending later in the day with the dedication and...
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USDA Says SD Corn, Sunflower Harvests Lag Behind Average

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A week of warm, dry weather has helped South Dakota farmers with the harvest, but much of the corn and sunflower crops remain in the field. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that nearly all of the soybean crop and nearly three-fourths of the sorghum crop...
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Police to Ticket Trailers for Overtime Parking Starting Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Last week, Pierre Police Officers marked more than 80 boat trailers, campers and homemade trailers for overtime parking around the city.  Police placed notices on 81 units last Tuesday.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says the owners were notified at that time that the items have to be moved and...
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