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US Senate Debating Keystone XL Pipeline

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Senate is debating legislation to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, which may be just shy of the votes it needs to pass. The upper chamber on Tuesday took up the pipeline, which was one of the issues that dominated the South Dakota U.S. Senate election decided earlier...
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Options Available for Those With Health Insurance Questions During Open Enrollment Period

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Marketplace Open Enrollment Period through the Affordable Care Act is now underway. Those needing health insurance for doctor visits, prescriptions and preventive care have until mid-February of next year to enroll for a new plan or to sign up. Last year, 13,000 individuals signed up for individual private...
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Former South Dakotan Taken Off Most Wanted List After Confirmation of His Death

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) The U.S. Marshals Service says a former South Dakotan who was on the Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted fugitives list is no longer being sought after his skull was discovered near a Texas facility from which he escaped last year.  The agency has now confirmed that a human skull found...
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Preparations Underway for 2014 Christmas at the Capitol Display

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Capitol is undergoing a transition this week as organizers prepare for this year’s Christmas at the Capitol holiday display. The two story South Dakota tree was brought into the building late last week and was donated by Gus and Joan Rysavy of Brandon.  The 37 foot...
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SD Board on Geographic Names to Hold Meeting in Pollock Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names will meet tomorrow in Pollock.  The meeting is being held to review any additional comments on two geographic features in the state.  One of those features is an unnamed island in Minnehaha County.  The second feature is an unnamed creek in Campbell...
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SD Officials Warn About Illegally Dumping Snow

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota transportation officials are warning public and commercial snow removal operators about illegally dumping snow on the roadways. It is illegal to dump excess snow on a highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches. Department of Transportation area engineer Doug Sherman says there have already...
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Winter Weather Slows Harvest Across South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Snowfall and below-normal temperatures slowed harvesting progress across South Dakota, but producers remained ahead of last year’s pace for corn and sunflowers. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that corn was 92 percent harvested, ahead of the 87 percent mark last year. Sunflowers were 80 percent...
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Krebs Aims to be ‘Forward-Thinking’ in New Role

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Shantel Krebs is shifting from a decade-long tenure in the state Legislature to statewide office. Krebs, a Republican, breezed to victory over three opponents on Nov. 4 to replace outgoing Secretary of State Jason Gant. The office deals with elections, business services and administrative services. Krebs says she aims to...
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Oahe Downstream to Host Annual Oahe Hunt This Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Oahe Downstream Recreation Area will be closed for a good portion of this coming weekend for the annual Oahe Hunt. The closure is planned for Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pat Buscher, Oahe Downstream Park Manager says the annual Oahe...
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Washington Elementary School Teacher Named 2014 Investor in Education

A Special Education instructor at Washington Elementary School in Pierre was named the 2014 Investor in Education today. Cindy Fiechtner was given the award in her classroom this morning by BankWest Chairman, President and CEO Charles Burke III. Fiechtner received a crystal award and certificate, along with a $1,500 professional development grant from BankWest....
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