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SD Winter Wheat, Cattle and Sheep in Good Shape

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The condition of South Dakotas’ winter wheat crop and livestock herds hasn’t changed much over the month. The federal Agriculture Department says in its monthly crop report that 63 percent of the winter wheat crop is in good to excellent shape, up slightly from 60 percent last month. Cattle...
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Eagle Butte Man Pleads Guilty to Two Counts for October 31 Standoff in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An Eagle Butte man entered guilty pleas to two federal charges in court today as part of a plea agreement.   27-year-old Jason Todd Garreau appeared in the federal courtroom in Pierre this afternoon and admitted to charges from a Superseding Indictment.  Garreau pleaded guilty to Assaulting, Resisting and Impeding...
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Fort Pierre FD Puts Out Fire in Truck Located Along Highway 83

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A drywall truck was badly damaged by a fire that broke out in the vehicle as it traveled along Highway 83 south of Fort Pierre.  Fort Pierre Fire Chief Rick Cronin says the fire was reported in the rear of the U-haul-style truck about 11:25 a.m. this morning. ...
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SD Senate Ensures Legislative Term Limits Remain

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has killed a proposed constitutional amendment that would have extended the term limits that apply to state lawmakers. Senators on Wednesday voted 23-12 against the measure. Senate and House members can serve no more than four consecutive terms in a chamber, for a total of eight...
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Monday’s South Dakota Perspective to Feature State Fire Marshal and Secretary of State

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Monday brings the March broadcast of South Dakota Perspective to affiliate stations of the Dakota News Network. Our guests this month include South Dakota’s Fire Marshal Paul Merriman from 2:05 to 2:30 p.m. and joining us via phone from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. will be South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant. If...
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PFD Members to Decide Whether to Retain 2nd Assistant Chief Position Within Officer Ranks

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Members of the Pierre Fire Department will consider tomorrow whether or not to retain the position of Second Assistant Chief within its officer listings.  Fire Chief Ian Paul took over the lead job in the department about a month ago, following the retirement late last year of former Chief...
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New Executive Director Leading Capital Area United Way

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Capital Area United Way is now under the leadership of a new Executive Director.  In January, Christina Oey was named to take over the position, formerly held by Gloria Hanson.  Hanson’s last day with the United Way was last Friday.  Oey says the United Way is such a...
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SD Sex-Selective Abortion Ban Bill Moves to Senate

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota panel has adjusted and passed a measure to ban sex-selective abortions. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 5-2 to advance the measure. The bill passed the House two weeks ago. The bill would make abortions based on the fetus’ gender illegal. Physicians who perform such...
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SD Senate Panel Approves Statewide Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has approved a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving. The measure, passed earlier by the House, would make it a petty offense carrying a $25 fine to drive while using a hand-held device to write, send or read text messages. But drivers could still...
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Landowners File Lawsuit Over Missouri River Floods

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A group of farmers and business owners is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, claiming the agency mismanaged the Missouri River since 2006 and contributed to major flooding in five states. The lawsuit filed Wednesday claims some plaintiffs experienced extensive damage – particularly during the extended 2011 flooding that...
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