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Two South Dakota Cabinet Secretaries to Retire

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Two South Dakota cabinet secretaries will retire over the next two months. Secretary of Health Doneen Hollingsworth and Secretary of Game, Fish and Parks Jeff Vonk have announced their scheduled departures from the cabinet of Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Hollingsworth plans to leave her position Dec. 12. She’s led the Department...
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SD Parole Completion Rates Jump Significantly

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials say the state’s prison population has remained flat this year and more offenders are completing their parole thanks to landmark public safety reforms passed in 2013. A public safety council tasked with examining the effects of the Public Safety Improvement Act released its findings Tuesday. It shows...
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Crews Putting Out Hot Spots at Capitol Inn-Authorities Talk About Fire at Press Briefing

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) It’s expected that firefighters will spend most of today at the Capitol Inn and Suites in Pierre, where a fire that broke out late yesterday afternoon destroyed much of the structure. The fire was reported in one of the rooms at the facility about 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. Pierre firefighters...
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Red Cross Assisting Victims of Capitol Inn and Suites Fire

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Some firefighters remain at the Capitol Inn and Suites in Pierre this morning where a fire broke out late yesterday afternoon. Fire crews have been working to put out small flare-ups at the site this morning. The fire was first reported around 4 p.m. Tuesday and the blaze displaced...
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Foxx, South Dakota Officials Talk Transportation

PUKWANA, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx visited South Dakota to discuss transportation initiatives, including a previously awarded $12 million federal grant for railway repairs that will increase grain-shipping capacity. Foxx, U.S. Sen. John Thune and Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday rode over sections of track that was repaired with federal help...
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Firefighters and Emergency Personnel Remain at Site of Fire in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Firefighters continue working to put out a fire that started late this afternoon at a Pierre hotel. The fire was reported at Capitol Inn and Suites in the 800 block of East Wells Avenue just before 4:00 p.m. and reportedly started in one of the apartments on the west...
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Statement Released on Capitol Inn and Suites Fire

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre officials have released a statement regarding today’s fire at Capitol Inn and Suites.  The fire was reported just before 4:00 p.m. this afternoon at the complex on East Wells Avenue.  Fire crews from Pierre, Fort Pierre, Onida and other locations have been working to put out the fire...
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Fire Crews from Several Area Departments Working to Put Out Fire at Capitol Inn

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Firefighters have been at the site of a fire at the Capitol Inn and Suites at 815 East Wells Avenue for almost three hours. The Pierre Fire Department was initially called to the location just before four o’clock. Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says the fire started on the...
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Stanley County School Board Asked to Consider Returning to 5-Day School Week

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Stanley County School Board was asked yesterday to consider making the school week a five day week again, instead of the current four day set up.  At yesterday’s meeting, a representative of a group made up of parents, teachers, business owners and others read a statement to...
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SDDVA Secretary Says Operation Reaching All Veterans Effort Has Worked Well

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Secretary of South Dakota’s Department of Veterans Affairs says this year’s Operation Reaching All Veterans effort has been a success.  2014 was designated by the SDDVA as a time to reach out to all 75,000 South Dakota veterans.  Secretary Larry Zimmerman says close to 60,000 veterans have been...
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