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Wheat Growers Breaks Ground for New Facility at Kennebec

KENNEBEC, S.D. – (DRG News) Wheat Growers officially broke ground Wednesday for its new shuttle loader grain handling, fertilizer and agronomy facility in Kennebec.  The facility is to be built along the soon-to-be rehabilitated railroad line that’s part of the state of South Dakota’s expansion of heavy rail service between Chamberlain and Presho.  Wheat...
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Medical Residency Key to Improved Health Care

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota State Medical Association says a lack of college residency programs in the state is contributing to a shortage of primary health care options. The association estimates that one-fourth of South Dakotans face a shortage of health care options. President Mary Milroy says a statewide shortage of...
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Unemployment Benefits Scam Targeting SD Residents

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An unemployment insurance benefit scam is targeting South Dakota residents. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the scammer is filing online unemployment benefits with the state’s Department of Labor and Regulation using accurate personal information including correct name, social security number and date of birth, Jackley says it’s unknown...
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Former Pastor Pleads Not Guilty to 2008 Sex Crime

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A former South Dakota pastor and educator accused of having sexual contact with a minor six years ago has pleaded not guilty. Thirty-eight-year-old Timothy Thompson is scheduled for trial in February on a felony count of sexual contact with a minor. He could face up to 15 years in prison...
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SDDOT Holds Snowfighter ROADeo Competitions

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Department of Transportation recently completed the State Finals ROADeo, during which snowplow operators got the chance to test and improve their skills before snow removal season starts.  During the state competition, which was held October 8 in Pierre, drivers had to maneuver their plow around obstacles...
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South Dakota Teacher of the Year to be Announced Tomorrow

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The name of the 2015 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced tomorrow evening during a special banquet which is part of the Systems Change Conference being held in Pierre.  Tomorrow’s banquet will feature a keynote address from 2014 National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb.  There...
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Casey Tibbs Foundation Names Honorees for November 1 Tribute Dinner

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Casey Tibbs Foundation will recognize honorees at the annual Tribute Dinner on Saturday, November 1.  The event will be held at the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre.  Honorees this year include Nikki Steffes of Vale as “Rodeo Cowgirl Great”, Chad Ferley of Oelrichs...
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Pressler Endorsed by 1970s Abscam Sting FBI Agent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Senate hopeful Larry Pressler has been endorsed by the lead supervisor of the 1970s Abscam investigation that led to the convictions of some members of Congress. Former FBI agent John Good is praising Pressler’s character and says the candidate is an “honest politician.” Pressler is in a four-way...
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Thune Calls for West Africa Travel Ban Over Ebola

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Sen. John Thune says the U.S. should ban travelers from three West African countries where an Ebola epidemic is spreading. The ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation says it would affect about 150 airline passengers a day. The ban would prevent...
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Tribes in SD Get $3M for Heating, Cooling Aid

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A number of tribes in South Dakota have received $3 million in federal funds to help families that struggle to heat their homes during the winter and cool during the summer. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program assists households with heating, cooling and home energy costs, as well...
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