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Highway 34 at Howes Reopens Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota Transportation Department officials were to reopen a section of Highway 34 from Howes Corner east this morning.  The DOT closed the two and a half mile segment last month to start repair work for damage caused when the grades for Howes and Buffalo lake dams eroded because...
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DOC Absconder Arrested in Pierre Friday Morning

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre Police made an arrest Friday morning after receiving a tip that an absconder from the South Dakota Department of Corrections was staying at a Pierre residence. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers went to a home in the 1700 block of East Capitol Avenue on Friday morning...
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Donations Being Accepted to Help Family on Tornado Damaged Ranch

HIGHMORE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Highmore native who now lives in Minnesota has started an online relief fund to help a family whose ranch was badly damaged by a June 18 tornado. Simon and Eileen Kusser run the K Lazy K Ranch with other family members. The main headquarters of the ranch-about 23...
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Organizers Happy With Results of 2014 Hughes/Stanley County Relay for Life

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Organizers are happy with the outcome of this year’s Hughes/Stanley County Relay for Life. The event started Friday evening and continued through six a.m. Saturday morning. The threat of rain resulted in the annual cancer fundraiser being moved from Steamboat Park in Pierre to an indoor location-the Expo Center...
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SD Dems Have No Candidates for 3 Statewide Races

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Democrats have conceded three statewide races to Republicans in the fall. At the party’s convention last weekend in Yankton, Democrats did not nominate candidates for attorney general, state auditor or public lands commissioner. That means Republican nominees will win by default. Northern State University political science professor...
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Midwest Economic Index Inches Up Again

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has inched up again, suggesting more economic growth over the next three to six months. A report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 60.6 in June from 60.5 in May, hitting another three-year high. Looking...
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SD Game Officials OK Larger Walleye Harvest in Summer

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The 15-inch limit on walleye is lifted on Lake Sharpe and Lake Francis Case for July and August. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department officials say they made the changes because walleye are harder to catch in those months. Anglers can harvest up to four walleye a day on...
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SD Farmers Plant Largest Soybean Crop on Record

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota farmers planted a record soybean crop this year, mirroring a national trend. The Agriculture Department estimates 4.95 million soybean acres in the state, up 8 percent from last year. Nationally, soybean acreage is up 11 percent over the year to a record 84.8 million acres. The increase...
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Pierre Man Selected for SD Transportation Hall

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A highway engineer from Pierre has been selected for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for 2014. Tim Bjorneberg spent 31 years with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, beginning his career in a field office in Yankton in 1980. He held various positions in Pierre including...
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South Dakota Youth Recruits Trained Last Week at Trooper Academy in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) 19 South Dakota teens were trained last week with the Highway Patrol at the Youth Trooper Academy in Pierre. The young adults were chosen from 60 applicants. The academy is for teens who have finished their junior or senior year of High School and this was the third year...
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