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Plows Have Been Clearing Roads of Snow…Cold Settling In

UNDATED – (DRG News) Motorists in Pierre and Fort Pierre, as well as drivers throughout the state are being advised to proceed with caution today as road conditions vary-following two days of snow.  Snow levels vary across the state, and coming in behind the white stuff are bone chilling temperatures. The City of Pierre...
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South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, right, speaks with U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Jay N. Anania during Suriname’s National Day celebration in the Para District on Nov. 25, 2013. Senior leaders from the South Dakota Governor’s Office and the National Guard visited Suriname officials to reinforce the existing partnership between the South Dakota National Guard and Suriname military. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Anthony Deiss)(RELEASED)

SD Leaders Boost Partnership with Suriname

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Leaders from the South Dakota governor’s office and the state National Guard say a recent visit to Suriname helped strengthen ties between the state and the South American country. The Defense Department-sponsored partnership was established about seven years ago and numerous exchanges have taken place to develop military, political,...
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Former Montana Legislator Named HHS Regional Head

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says former Montana state Sen. Kim Gillan will head a six-state region for the federal agency. The Billings Democrat will be HHS’ director of Region VIII, which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says...
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SD Panel Recommends Keeping Negro in Place Names

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Acting on a request by black leaders, the South Dakota panel responsible for getting rid of offensive geographic names has decided to seek the repeal of a state law that requires the renaming of places that use the word “Negro.” Current state law requires the South Dakota Board on Geographic...
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AG Warns of Scams Targeting Green Dot MoneyPak

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers of the scams surrounding the use of Green Dot MoneyPak cards. Officials have received numerous calls from consumers who have been targeted. Green Dot MoneyPak cards are legitimate products that allow consumers to reload MoneyPaks to other prepaid cards, add money...
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Aberdeen Lawyer to be Appointed SD Circuit Judge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will appoint Aberdeen lawyer Rick Sommers to be a state circuit judge in an area covering northeastern and north-central South Dakota. Sommers will fill a vacancy created by the pending retirement of Circuit Judge Jack Von Wald. The 5th Judicial Circuit includes Brown, Campbell, Day,...
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Extreme Cold Blankets Dakotas After Days of Snow

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Some organizations in the Dakotas are canceling holiday events as bitter cold settles over the region. A “Christmas at the Zoo” fundraising event in the North Dakota city of Minot and “Parade of Lights” events in the South Dakota cities of Yankton and Sturgis are among those being called off....
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Farm Rescue Nonprofit Helps 50 families in 2013

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) – The nonprofit Farm Rescue organization has wrapped up its year after helping 50 families. The North Dakota-based nonprofit provides planting and harvesting help free of charge to farm families in the region stricken by a major illness, injury or disaster. Since 2006, Farm Rescue has helped more than 250 farm...
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City of Pierre Declares Snow Emergency-Snow Routes to be Cleared After Midnight

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre will declare a SNOW EMERGENCY starting at 12:00 (Midnight) tonight and plowing will commence shortly after.   Lynn Patton, Pierre’s Construction and Operations Manager says in accordance with City Ordnance, ALL vehicles must be removed from the Snow Route Streets to allow for snow removal...
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Firefighters Check Out Electrical Odor Early This Morning at Pierre Hotel

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department spent some time at a Pierre hotel this morning after being told that a fire alarm was sounding.  Deputy Fire Chief Ian Paul says a smoky, electrical odor was noted about 5:40 a.m. at the Ramkota River Centre as firefighters arrived at the scene.  After...
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