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DLRF Holds Annual Meeting and Tours of New Shop

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Dakota Lakes Research Farm held its annual meeting this week and offered tours of the not for profit organization’s new shop. Over the past year, Dakota Lakes added a 60 X 80 foot building to an existing 50 X 75 foot shop. The farm’s Manager says plans call...
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Governor Dennis Daugaard

Daugaard Says Won’t Oppose Sale of DM&E Line

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will not oppose the sale of the west end of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad line. Canadian Pacific Railway announced last month that it’s selling the line to Genesee & Wyoming Inc. for about $210 million. The sale is subject to U.S. Surface Transportation...
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USDA Says Dakotas Ranchers to Get Federal Blizzard Help Soon

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Congressional delegation members from the Dakotas say the U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to expedite implementation of a farm bill provision that will help ranchers in the Dakotas hurt by an early October blizzard. The farm bill passed by Congress last week restarts a livestock disaster program that...
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Program Provides $35 Million to Help Conservation

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – The federal government is setting aside $35 million over three years to help landowners conserve wetlands and grasslands in the five-state Prairie Pothole Region. The money is part of an incentive program built into the farm bill that President Obama signed into law earlier this month. It includes conservation grants,...
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Senator John Thune

Thune: Ranchers Might Get Blizzard Help Soon

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Sen. John Thune says South Dakota ranchers hurt by an early October blizzard could get help through the new farm bill as early as April. The farm bill passed by Congress last week restarts a livestock disaster program that had expired. Lawmakers have pressed the Agriculture Department to...
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SD Gets $4.5 Million to Boost Small Business Loans

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Treasury Department is providing South Dakota with nearly $4.5 million to help a state program expand its lending program for small businesses. The State Small Business Credit Initiative provides federal money to state agencies for lending and investing programs. The federal money will go to the South Dakota...
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SD Senate Approves Making Animal Cruelty a Felony

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Senate has unanimously approved a measure that would make animal cruelty a felony in South Dakota, the only state without a felony penalty for cases involving severe animal abuse. Similar bills failed in past years. But this year’s bill was written in an effort that included an animal...
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Mike Hartshorn Wins Two Plane Tickets in Boys and Girls Club Mega Raffle

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Mike Hartshorn was the most recent winner in the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area’s Great Futures Mega Raffle. Hartshorn’s name was one of three finalists named Wednesday morning and yesterday afternoon, Hartshorn was selected from the trio as the recipient of two round trip plane tickets...
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NRCS Helping Farmers and Ranchers Recover from Winter Storm Atlas

STURGIS, S.D. – (DRG News) USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is continuing to help producers whose livestock and property were damaged by October’s blizzard in western South Dakota. The NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers recovery assistance for producers. Tanse Herrmann, NRCS District Conservationist in Sturgis, says last month, staff inspected locations where...
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PFD Called to Reported Gas Line Break at Pierre Bank Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department was called to American State Bank this morning, where it was reported that a contractor had hit a gas line in the parking lot there.  Crews were notified of the gas line break about 10:20 a.m.  Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says a contractor was...
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