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ND, SD Officials Bracing for Rare Children’s Virus

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Public health officials say a rare virus believed to be the cause of a severe respiratory illness that has affected children in at least 10 states may have already made its way to North Dakota and South Dakota. The suspected germ is enterovirus 68. It’s an uncommon strain of a...
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Crop Expert Says Cold Temps Could Hurt Soybeans

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – A crop expert says the cold overnight lows in the forecast this week could hurt some of South Dakota’s soybean harvest. Agronomy field specialist David Karki with South Dakota Extension says freezing temperatures can cause up to a 5 to 15 percent yield loss if the plant hasn’t reached maturity....
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Pheasant Habitat Group: Invest in Conservation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A working group established by Gov. Dennis Daugaard has released recommendations for protecting the state’s pheasant population by increasing and supporting habitat conservation practices in the state. The governor’s Pheasant Habitat Work Group report lays out eight key recommendations. The report was compiled from public input the committee heard...
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Lower Brule Man Pleads Guilty to Charges

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Lower Brule man will be sentenced in November following his guilty pleas for charges ranging from Criminal Trespass to Perjury.  24-year-old Jordan James Pourier entered into a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to four different counts.  Pourier was arrested in May after a number of horses were released...
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4 Vehicles Stolen from Pierre Recovered—A 5th Stolen Vehicle Found in Brandon

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Police Department is investigating four separate stolen vehicle cases from the weekend.  All four of the vehicles have been recovered. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says each of the vehicles taken was unlocked with the keys left inside. Blemaster says in all four cases, the vehicles were...
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Daugaard to Reveal Recommendations from Pheasant Habitat Work Group Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard will announce recommendations compiled by the Pheasant Habitat Work Group later today. The Governor formed the work group after last December’s Pheasant Habitat Summit and reports of an unusually low brood count in 2013. The group met eight times this year and reviewed comments, suggestions, letters,...
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Dems Release Documents on EB-5 Visa Program

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Documents show a businessman who led South Dakota’s involvement in a controversial investment-for-green-card program still worked for the state when a deal was signed with his company to manage investments. The Argus Leader reports that the agreement was distributed by the South Dakota Democratic Party on Monday. Documents show...
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Jury Convicts Man Charged With Assaulting Officer

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A jury has convicted a South Dakota man accused of fighting with a police officer. Twenty-one-year-old Justin Janis, of Interior, was charged with assault on a federal officer. He faces a maximum penalty of eight years in prison. The incident happened last November. Authorities say Janis stuck and Oglala...
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Man Arrested for Assault and Intentional Damage to Property

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre Police arrested a man over the weekend after being called to the report that someone was trying to kick in a door to enter a residence.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were dispatched to a motel in the 600 block of North Euclid on Friday evening...
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Saturday’s Step Forward to Prevent Suicide Walk/Run Draws Good Crowd

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A good crowd came out Saturday to support the annual Step Forward to Prevent Suicide Walk/Run to Pierre. The event is put together by Avera St. Mary’s Foundation and Saturday was the third year for it. The foundation’s Julie Moore says she was happy to see the number of...
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