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Eight Scouts Advance, Larsen Installed as Senior Patrol Leader

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News) Eight Scouts were recognized with advancement awards in ceremonies called a “Court of Honor” on Thursday conducted by the Mobridge Rotary Boy Scout Troop 65. Tyler Larsen, son of Amy and Tony Larsen, was awarded the rank of Life Scout. This is the fifth rank for Tyler and puts...
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SD Governor Approves Texting While Driving Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill to ban texting while driving. He said in a statement that he hopes the new law will encourage South Dakotans to keep their eyes on the road and away from their phones. The law takes effect July 1. It makes texting...
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SD Sand Not Suitable for Oil Field Fracking in ND

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state study has concluded that sand from western South Dakota is not suitable for use in the oil and gas industry. South Dakota’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources studied whether silica sand found mainly in the Black Hills was suitable for hydraulic fracturing. The method known as fracking...
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Attorney General Warns of Wire Transfer Scam

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning businesses to be wary of a fraudulent wire transfer scam. The scam targeted a South Dakota company with an email exchange that appeared to be within the company’s own network, and ended with an attempted fraudulent wire transfer. The company’s corporate controller received an...
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Judge Won’t Dismiss ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Suit

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) – A circuit judge has refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed “pink slime.” Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages. Dakota Dunes-based BPI...
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Wellmark May Join Health Insurance Marketplace

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The largest private insurer in the state may begin offering health insurance plans through the federal marketplace in South Dakota later this year. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield says it is evaluating whether it will start selling plans in November through www.healthcare.gov. South Dakotans who are trying to...
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No Vetoes to Consider for SD Lawmakers’ Veto Day

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A majority of legislators will convene in the South Dakota Capitol for veto day, but there won’t be any vetoes for them to consider. A spokesman for Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will sign off on all the remaining bills approved by the Legislature this session. The governor vetoed one...
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PFD Conducting Training Tonight in a House Destined to be Torn Down

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department will be using a house that is to be torn down for training later today. The PFD’s Deputy Chief Cory Hoffrogge says the home is located at 320 South Chapelle Street. Hoffrogge says about 6:30 p.m., department members will congregate in the 300 block of South...
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SD Tourism Secretary Added to U.S. Commerce Department Board

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Tourism Secretary is one of 32 people named to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.  The board was established more than ten years ago and advises the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on matters linked to the country’s travel and tourism industry.   South Dakota...
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Volunteers Being Sought for 2014 Paint-South Dakota Campaign

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Housing Development Authority is seeking volunteers once again this year for its annual “Paint-South Dakota” campaign.  People are needed to set aside some free time and volunteer to help fellow residents in their communities.  Through the Paint-South Dakota program, single-family, owner-occupied homes are given a fresh...
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