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SD Bill Seeks to Protect Speech on Sex Orientation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are considering a measure that seeks to protect people from being sued for expressing their religious beliefs regarding sexual orientation. If passed, the bill would put the South Dakota Legislature on record as finding that expressing the viewpoint that any specific sexual orientation is wrong or a...
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FFA Week Being Noted in SD and Across Country This Week

BROOKINGS, S.D. – (DRG News) FFA chapters throughout South Dakota are celebrating National FFA Week this week.  The theme for this year is “Ignite”.  The week recognizes more than 80 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future.  Starting in 1947, the week of George Washington’s birthday has been noted as...
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Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club Organizing Flag Displays Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club is displaying the U.S. and South Dakota flags across the Missouri River Bridge as part of today’s observance of Presidents’ Day.  The club has posted flags across the bridge for various holidays and other special occasions since 2006.  American State Bank is sponsoring today’s...
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Bids Opened for Rehab Work on Old Fort Pierre Depot

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Bids were opened last week as the “Bring it Home Committee” moves closer to the start of work to return the old Fort Pierre Train Depot to its former beauty.  Gary Grittner of Fort Pierre, who leads the committee, says there were two bids for the exterior rehabilitation...
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Stanley County K-2 Building Demolished Saturday

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) It took about a day for the old Stanley County K-2 Elementary Building to go from standing to rubble.  Sharpe Enterprises worked much of the day Saturday to tear down the walls of the recently closed school.  It has been replaced by a new elementary building, constructed nearby. ...
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Small SD Town of McIntosh Loses Bar in Fire

McINTOSH, S.D. (AP) – The small north-central South Dakota town of McIntosh is without a place to grab an after-work beer after a Main Street bar burned down over the weekend. Assistant fire chief Gary Bubbers says the Main Street Grill and Lounge caught fire about 2 a.m. Sunday and was destroyed. The business...
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New Online Map Details US Onshore Wind Turbines

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The federal Interior Department and U.S. Geological Survey have teamed up to produce the nation’s first publicly available interactive map and database of onshore wind turbines. The map shows more than 47,000 sites. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says the information should aid land managers and improve the siting of future...
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SD Lawmaker Wants to Tighten Payday Loan Rules

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota lawmaker has come up with a proposal he hopes the Legislature can pass to put restrictions on the short-term loans he says can trap poor people into crippling cycles of debt. Rep. Steve Hickey of Sioux Falls says that after he started an effort to put a...
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Stanley County Student Named 2014 King of Hearts Sunday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Stanley County High School senior was named the 2014 King of Hearts last night at the annual King of Hearts Dance.  Nate Cronin was crowned the 66th King of Hearts by Job’s Daughters past Honored Queen Kimberly Grambihler.  Cronin was one of ten candidates nominated for the honor...
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Reluctant Advocate Stands up to Child Sexual Abuse

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former TV reporter Jolene Loetscher used to tell other people’s stories. Now as an advocate for childhood sexual abuse she’s telling her story. Loetscher was assaulted as a teenager. To help others, she has started a camp for abused kids and lobbied in support of legislation to remove the statute...
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