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156 Businesses in 46 SD Communities Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized more than 150 businesses and organizations across the state for their outstanding customer service.  Jim Hagen, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism says the Great Service Star Program identifies and recognizes businesses that develop and complete hospitality training programs...
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Pierre/Fort Pierre List Street Parking Rules in Preparation for Winter Plowing

UNDATED – (DRG News) The Pierre Police Department placed notices yesterday on about 80 boat trailers, campers, homemade trailers and other items-as warnings of the city’s overtime parking rules.  Each year in the fall, the city asks residents to move trailers off the sides of Pierre streets to help crews that work each winter...
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FBI Says Investigation Into SDRC Still Active

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An FBI spokesman says an investigation into the South Dakota Regional Center and a federal investment-for-green card program is still active. Spokesman Kyle Loven confirmed to KELO-TV this week that a federal probe into the EB-5 program and SDRC, the private entity that managed the program for South Dakota, remains...
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Rounds Aware of Benda Conflict Before Changing Job

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Former Gov. Mike Rounds was aware that his economic development secretary Richard Benda would be leaving his state job to work for an investor in a scandal-smeared beef plant in Aberdeen. The Argus Leader reports Rounds learned of Benda’s future about the time the governor approved Benda’s proposal to...
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Sully County Fire Burns 1,500 Acres of Sunflowers, Wheat Stubble and Pasture

ONIDA, S.D. – (DRG News) A fire that started in a Sully County sunflower field being combined yesterday spread quickly and burned more than 1,000 acres.  Onida Fire Chief Brian Ring says the fire was reported about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and began at a location about four miles west of Onida.  Ring says high...
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Weiland Raises $400,000 at Tight Senate Race’s End

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Democrat Rick Weiland’s U.S. Senate campaign says it has raised about $400,000 in the final fundraising period disclosed before the November elections. Campaign adviser Steve Jarding says Weiland raised the funds between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15. Reports detailing expenditures and money raised in that period are due on Thursday....
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Noem Sailing Toward Win, Robinson Lacking Traction

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Two weeks are left before the general election and Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is still seen as the prohibitive favorite for another term, while her Democratic challenger Corinna Robinson has struggled to build name recognition. Noem and Robinson are vying for South Dakota’s lone Congressional seat. Noem, seeking...
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FBI Investigating Child’s Death on Reservation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Federal and tribal officials say they’re investigating the death of a child on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in north central South Dakota. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven tells KSFY-TV that the child’s death has been ruled suspicious. Loven did not give the news station any more details. He says more...
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Former State Worker to Get Transportation Honor

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Pierre man who worked for the state three decades is to be inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor next week. The state Department of Transportation says Tim Bjorneberg worked for the agency for 31 years. A banquet for him is scheduled Tuesday. The deadline to get...
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Extension Service Says Aphids Showing Up On Wheat

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – The warm fall weather is likely to blame for aphids that have been reported on winter wheat in central and southern South Dakota. Counties where the bug has been spotted include Hand, Hanson, Davidson and Aurora. SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist Ruth Beck says the aphids carry a virus that...
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