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Construction Starting on Martin IHS Clinic

MARTIN, S.D. (AP) – Construction is starting on an Indian Health Service clinic at Martin. Groundbreaking was scheduled for Thursday afternoon. The Rapid City Journal reports the LaCreek District Clinic will provide daily outpatient care, a pharmacy, laboratory, gynecology and obstetrics clinic, diabetes clinic and a children’s mental health clinic. It will serve members...
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SD Gaming Commission OKs New Rules, Games

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota gambling oversight commission has accepted several new rules and changes to existing mandates, including policies to allow two new games in casinos: War Blackjack and Dead Man’s Hand. Staff and three of five members of the state’s Commission on Gaming met Wednesday and held a public hearing...
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Major Snowmelt Flows Into Missouri River System

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – More water than normal flowed into the Missouri River system last month because of the amount of snow melting, but officials say the reservoirs can handle it. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday the increased runoff was expected. May’s runoff was about 130 percent of normal. The corps...
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Crop Dusting Airplane Crashes at Winner Airport

WINNER, S.D. (AP) – The pilot of a crop dusting airplane survived a crash at Winner. Airport manager Don Bice tells KSFY-TV the pilot lost control of the plane Tuesday evening as he was trying to take off. The pilot’s name wasn’t released. He was taken to the Winner Regional Healthcare Center with injuries...
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Senators Want Bison Declared National Mammal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. senators from the Dakotas and other areas are making another attempt at having the bison declared the national mammal. Sens. Tim Johnson and John Thune of South Dakota and John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota are among those introducing the National Bison Legacy Act on Wednesday....
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Feeding South Dakota to Move Into Second Phase of Statewide Fundraiser

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Feeding South Dakota is expected to move into the second phase of a statewide campaign to raise funds to enhance it’s hunger relief services. The fundraising campaign started in Rapid City last year-where plans called for raising $2 million dollars. Now, the campaign is to begin soon in Central...
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Home Rehabilitation Funds Available for SD Groups

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Housing Development Authority says it has $500,000 available for nonprofit organizations or public agencies that can administer the funds and use them to provide loans to homeowners. The housing authority says the groups must use the money toward zero percent interest, conditionally forgivable loans meant to...
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Groundbreaking Held Monday at Site of Pierre’s New Elementary School

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) After working through the many details of the project in recent months, Pierre School Board members broke ground for the district’s new elementary school yesterday. A brief ceremony was held Monday afternoon at property in northeast Pierre where the new school will be located. Present at the groundbreaking were...
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Tourism Department Happy with Participation in Current Twitter Campaign

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Like many state agencies, the South Dakota Department of Tourism utilizes social media as a promotional tool. Department Secretary James Hagen says this year, his office is running a Twitter campaign, requesting that people share their South Dakota photos and videos through the hashtag #HiFromSD. He says it’s been...
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Obama Pitches Wildfire Plan to Western Governors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – President Barack Obama is encouraging Western governors to support a plan to budget for fighting wildfires, instead of raiding funding for mitigation efforts. Obama made the pitch by telephone Monday to governors meeting in Colorado Springs for the annual Western Governors Association conference. Proposals pending in Congress would create...
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