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Congresswoman Kristi Noem Addresses State Lawmakers During Pierre Visit Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem was in Pierre Wednesday and spent some time at the Capitol yesterday afternoon, speaking before the South Dakota Senate and House. The former South Dakota lawmaker said returning to the state’s capital gives her a chance to see so many familiar faces and is...
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PFD Called to Smoky Haze Wednesday in Conference Area of Ramkota-No Cause Found

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department spent about an hour and a half at a Pierre business Wednesday evening after reports that smoke was visible in a portion of the structure. Cory Hoffrogge Assistant Deputy Chief for the Pierre Fire Department says firefighters were summoned about 7:35 p.m. last night and were told a light...
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SD Budget Panel Discusses State Aid to Schools

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature’s budget-writing committee is taking a look at state financial aid to school districts. The Joint Appropriations Committee is meeting Thursday to discuss the system used to distribute financial aid to schools. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proposed that state aid to schools be boosted by 3 percent...
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Restoration of Capitol Rotunda Stained Glass Getting Closer to Completion

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Work is progressing on a restoration project involving stained glass from the rotunda of the South Dakota Capitol Building. The stained glass panels were removed from inside the Capitol dome last August and are being cleaned and restored at the Conrad Schmitt Studios near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mike Mueller of...
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Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Class Scheduled for Gettysburg

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The SDSU Extension Service will be hosting a private pesticide applicator certification class tomorrow near Gettysburg. Anyone in the state who plans to purchase “restricted use pesticides” or who is using pesticides to produce an agricultural commodity amounting to more than $1,000 gross sales potential each year is required to have...
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SD Lawmakers Approve More Common Core Bills

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers have taken another step toward studying whether the Common Core standards that establish what students should know in each grade level should be kept in the state’s schools. Earlier in the week, a legislative panel approved a measure that would set up a study of the existing...
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South Dakota Waiting on Word About Farm Bill

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s members of Congress hope a conference committee approves a farm bill within days to bring needed relief to ranchers who lost thousands of cattle in an early fall blizzard. Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson and leaders of the South Dakota Farmers Union and Stockgrowers Association held a news...
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Oglala Tribe Holding Conference Opposing Pipeline

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Oglala Sioux Tribe says it’s organizing a conference to oppose TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline. Tribe vice president Tom Poor Bear says it will be held Feb. 13-14 at the Rapid City Ramkota Inn. The conference is entitled “Help Save Mother Earth From The Keystone Pipeline.” The $7 billion...
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SD Lawmakers Debate More Common Core Bills

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are considering proposals that would protect the privacy of student records and delay the adoption of any additional Common Core standards. School districts in the state are already using Common Core standards to determine what students should know in math and English at each grade level. The...
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Eastern ND, Northeastern SD Dealing With Blizzard

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Residents of eastern North Dakota and northeastern South Dakota are dealing with blizzard conditions again. The National Weather Service says wind gusting to 40 mph is blowing around snow on the ground and reducing visibility for motorists. A small amount of new snow also is possible in some areas. Transportation...
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