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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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SD Legislative Panel Begins Study on Alcohol Policies

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature’s Alcohol Study Committee will meet for the first time Tuesday to review alcohol distribution policies in and beyond the state. Legislative summer studies often result in proposed legislation. This study was selected by lawmakers after a 2014 bill failed that would have allowed direct shipping of...
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Pheasants Forever Opening SD Office in Brookings

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – Pheasants Forever is setting up its first office in South Dakota in response to a sharp drop in bird numbers. Longtime vice president of governmental affairs Dave Nomsen will move to Brookings in July and be the group’s point person in the state. The nonprofit organization that encourages the development...
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USDA Says Wet, Cool Weather Helps Soil Moisture

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Wet, cool conditions across South Dakota this past week left just 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork, but the rain helped soil moisture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says topsoil moisture supplies are rated 5 percent short, 85 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies are rated 9...
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Audit: 114 Vets Wait Longer Than 90 Days in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Veterans Affairs Department says 114 patients in South Dakota are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. A nationwide audit found that an additional 569 people who enrolled in South Dakota’s VA health care facilities in Sioux...
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Oahe Farm and Ranch Show Coming to Central SD Soon

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The last week of this month brings two full days of activities, exhibitors, and presentations at the 2014 Oahe Farm and Ranch Show. The event takes place at Oahe Speedway-about 14 miles north of Pierre and will be June 25 and 26. It is being operated locally-by Morris Inc....
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