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Education Students in SD Get State Scholarship

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Nineteen South Dakota college students who have committed to work in critical teaching areas after graduation have been awarded a state scholarship. Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Monday announced the first recipients of the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Program. The winners have agreed to remain in the state and work in...
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Grain Storage Space a Problem in Parts of SD

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Rail congestion and large crops are leading to worries about grain storage space as South Dakota’s harvest gets underway. Rail cars are in short supply in the northern Plains, with many officials and farmers blaming increased crude oil and freight shipments from North Dakota’s booming oil patch. That means the...
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Tribal Group Asking for Hearing on Water Rights

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Native American leaders in the Dakotas are working to preserve water rights they say are guaranteed by a century-old treaty. Representatives of the Standing Rock, Oglala and Rosebud tribes are part of the Great Plains Water Alliance, which the Rapid City Journal says is pushing for a congressional hearing...
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US Attorneys Turn Up Heat on Health Care Fraud

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The top federal prosecutors from South Dakota and North Dakota say they’re increasing their focus on health care fraud cases. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson of South Dakota tells the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that he has restructured his office to allow lawyers in the criminal and civil divisions to...
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South Dakota Highway 34 Closing East of Howes

HOWES, S.D. (AP) – State transportation officials say a stretch of Highway 34 east of Howes will be closed for about five weeks. The section to be closed is about halfway between Pierre and Sturgis, just east of the Highway 34 junction with Highway 73 North. The closure that will begin Aug. 11 blocks...
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SD Governor Awards $1.3M to Recreational Trails

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded $1.3 million to recreational trails in several cities, state parks and the Black Hills National Forest.        Daugaard this week announced the awards given through the Recreational Trails Program. The cities that were awarded grants for trail construction and upgrades are Aberdeen,...
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Emergency, Other SD Shelters Get Housing Grants

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Housing Development Authority has granted more than $510,000 to 20 emergency and domestic violence shelters in the state. The shelters are located in 15 communities across the South Dakota. Funds can be used for renovation or rehabilitation of emergency housing shelters, shelter operations, homeless prevention, rapid re-housing...
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City Administrator Talks About This Year’s Busy Construction Season

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Construction projects are taking place in many areas around Pierre this summer. From the construction of a new Menard’s store, to a new elementary school and several city street projects, Pierre is buzzing with building and street work. Pierre’s City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier says the weather has helped in...
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DENR Reminds Irrigators to Avoid Overspray

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Irrigators are reminded to check their center pivots to make sure they’re operating properly and adjusted to spray only on land authorized for irrigation by their water permit.  South Dakota’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Steve Pirner says irrigators should do what they can to avoid overspraying...
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Winner of 2014 Harley Raffle Named at Annual Picnic and Drawing Thursday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The winner of the 2014 Harley Raffle-sponsored by Petersen Motors-was named yesterday.  The raffle is held annually.  Congratulations to Joel Peterson-who was named as this year’s prize winner!  Raffle tickets for the Harley Excel Sportster have been available for purchase in recent weeks. A picnic was held before Thursday’s...
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