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Fire Near Apartment Complex Leaves Damage to Exterior of Building

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A fire that burned in shrubbery Tuesday morning caused damage to the exterior of an apartment complex in Pierre.  Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says the fire was noted just outside a two-story, four-plex apartment building in the 200 block of North Spruce Avenue.  Paul says the fire originated...
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4 SD Schools Receive National Achievement Honor

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Four South Dakota schools have earned national recognition from the U.S. Department of Education for gains in academic achievement. South Dakota’s Blue Ribbon schools are: Howard Elementary School in Howard; Medary Elementary School in Brookings; O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls; and Timber Lake High School in Timber Lake. The...
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Custer Buffalo Roundup Matches Past Turnout of 14K

CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. (AP) – The state of South Dakota says more than 14,000 people took part in the buffalo roundup at Custer State Park, matching crowd records from the previous six years. The 49th annual roundup took place Friday in the Black Hills. Horseback riders were joined by all-terrain vehicles and pickup...
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SD Hospitals Are Equipped to Handle Ebola Patients

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Hospitals in South Dakota say they are equipped to safely manage patients infected with Ebola. Avera Health says it has rooms to host sick patients in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Aberdeen, Marshall, Mitchell and Yankton. Sanford Health says it has more than 30 rooms in Sioux Falls. Federal health officials...
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South Dakota Wheat Production Up 69 Percent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Wheat production in South Dakota this year is up 69 percent from 2013, to 131 million bushels. The Agriculture Department’s small grain production report estimates winter wheat production in the state up 127 percent, spring wheat up 40 percent and durum wheat up 7 percent. The report estimates South...
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Study: Minimum Wage Hike Would Help 34K SD Workers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A study says about 34,000 South Dakota workers would be in line for pay raises if voters approve an increase in the minimum wage. The Argus Leader reports the study by the South Dakota Budget and Policy Institute concludes that another 28,000 workers who make slightly more than the...
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Rounds Receives NFIB Endorsement in U.S. Senate Race

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Federation of Independent Business yesterday announced its support for Governor Mike Rounds in his bid for U.S. Senate. Speaking about the endorsement, Rounds said Monday that there’s a need to rein in the federal bureaucracy, which he feels has run amok. He cited broad laws created by...
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Stanley County School Board Approves Fencing Work

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Stanley County School Board gave the okay last week to begin with the next phase of work on a playground near the new elementary school. Over the past few years, the district constructed a new elementary building-and the building was put into use earlier this year. The...
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Central Teen Court to Hold Open House/Mock Trial This Evening

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The month of September has been observed as National Youth Court Month.  Through youth court programs, teens are held accountable for their offenses by their peers.  Also, youth participating in student courts are educated about the judicial system and are given a chance to serve their communities at the...
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SD FFA Foundation Kicks Off 2014 “I Believe in the Future of Agriculture” Campaign

GETTYSBURG, S.D. – (DRG News) The 2014 “I Believe in the Future of Agriculture” campaign is underway once again.  The effort is organized to support local FFA chapters and to create a positive future for rural South Dakota.  Local elevators and the South Dakota FFA Foundation work together on the campaign, in which producers,...
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