State Pheasant Numbers Down in 2016

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The number of pheasant hunters in South Dakota and the number of birds they killed were both down in 2016.  That’s according to the state’s upland hunting harvest survey.  The survey found that about 61,000 residents and about 81,000 nonresidents took to the South Dakota pheasant fields in 2016,...
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South Dakota Company Still Raising Money for Onida Ethanol Plant

  ONIDA, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota company is still working to raise enough money to build a $150 million ethanol plant just south of Onida.   Ringneck Energy CEO Walt Wendland says the company finally has one or two investors willing to give the last piece of equity needed to start construction.   He...
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South Dakota Sunday News Minute

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A baby girl who just couldn’t wait to get to the hospital was born in the family sport utility vehicle on Interstate 229. Kate Howell was born on May 7, as her parents Ann and Dan Howell were trying to make the hour drive from their home in...
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Mount Rushmore Idea Creator Memorialized

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) – Officials have unveiled a marker honoring the man who developed the idea for Mount Rushmore in western South Dakota’s Black Hills. The bronze marker unveiled Thursday declares Doane Robinson as “The Father of Mount Rushmore.” It was funded by a contribution from Jerry Klinger of Derwood, Maryland through the nonprofit...
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State Farmers to Harvest Less Winter Wheat

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota farmers this year are expected to harvest the fewest acres of winter wheat in nearly half a century.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ag statistics service estimates 780,000 acres of winter wheat will be harvested in July, down 29 percent from the 2016 harvest of 1.1 million acres. ...
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Attorneys General Call for Federal Policy Change to Expand Authority to Address More Resident Abuse Cases

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined 38 Attorneys General in signing onto a National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) letter urging the U.S. government to change its policy so that state attorneys general could use federal funds to investigate and prosecute a wider range of Medicaid abuse and neglect cases, including...
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Candidates for 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year announced

PIERRE, S.D. – The following individuals have been named South Dakota’s Regional Teachers of the Year for the 2016-17 school year: Cara Biegler, science, Timber Lake Middle School Caitlin Bordeaux, computer science and multimedia, St. Francis High School Jennifer Mudder, fifth grade, Tyndall Elementary Jeremy Risty, social studies, Brandon Valley High School Rachel Schaefer,...
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The 25th Annual Letter Carriers’ “STAMP OUT HUNGER” Food Drive will be held Saturday May 13th

PIERRE/FORT PIERRE SD – The 25th Annual Letter Carriers’ “STAMP OUT HUNGER” Food Drive will be held this Saturday May 13th. Postal workers take on the task of collecting food throughout the community from their customers. Last Year Pierre Postal Workers collected 2,289.2 pounds of food for the Local Pierre/Ft Pierre Food Pantry. It doesn’t...
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Public Input Sought for State Historical Society Programming

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota State Historical Society is seeking input from the public for the development of future programming. Citizens are being asked to complete a short online survey. The survey can be accessed from the society’s website at or by logging on to The survey asks people what topics...
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Man Avoids Jail Time in Sentence for Machete Attack in Chamberlain

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man accused of assaulting someone with a machete has avoided jail time. The Mitchell Daily Republic reports that 49-year-old Rodney Rohrbach, of Chamberlain, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was all suspended. He was ordered to pay $84 in fines and court costs. Rohrbach pleaded...
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