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Former Senate Candidate Rhoden Endorses Rounds

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Former U.S. Senate candidate Larry Rhoden has endorsed Mike Rounds at the South Dakota Republican Party’s convention. The Argus Leader reports Rhoden was expected to back Rounds eventually, but his appearance Friday in Rapid City came as a surprise. Rhoden says Republicans need to be unified. Rounds thanked Rhoden...
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Pierre’s Mayor Speaks at Volunteer Conference in Georgia

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill spoke at a national conference Tuesday on the topic of the importance of volunteerism-especially during disasters or emergencies. The 2014 Conference on Volunteering and Service was held in Georgia and was set up by an organization known as Points of Light. Gill says the group...
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USDA Says ND and SD Can Get Funding for Honey Bees

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The United States Department of Agriculture says North Dakota and South Dakota are two of five states eligible to receive a combined $8 million to help protect declining honey bee populations. The Conservation Reserve Program incentives will also be offered to farmers and ranchers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan who...
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Interstate 29 Reopens Between Iowa, South Dakota

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) – Interstate 29 between Iowa and South Dakota has reopened a day after a levee was built on top of it to protect nearby homes from high water. National Guard soldiers and South Dakota Transportation workers dismantled the berm Friday and traffic started flowing again between Sioux City, Iowa,...
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Three Arrested Wednesday in Pierre After Altercation Involving a Knife

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Three men were arrested after a skirmish occurred in Pierre Wednesday night. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were called to an apartment complex in the 200 block of West Pleasant Drive where it was said an assault had taken place. Blemaster says officers found that 47-year-old Lonnie...
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Storms Blew Through Area Counties Thursday-Bringing Hail, Winds & Funnel Clouds

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A day after tornadoes raked across portions of central and eastern South Dakota, Thursday brought the threat of more to some areas west of the river.  In addition to Wednesday’s tornado in Wessington Springs, the National Weather Service says a tornado touched down Wednesday about four miles east of...
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SD Man Sentenced to 3 Years for Sexual Assault

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Bullhead, South Dakota man convicted of abusive sexual contact with a juvenile has been sentenced to three years in prison. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 24-year-old Landon Iron Thunder was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty in March. Authorities say the crime occurred in 2010 at Iron Thunder’s...
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Officials Working On Process for Volunteers to Help with Tornado Recovery

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Some citizens had started planning today to help victims of Wednesday’s tornado that left extensive damage in Wessington Springs, but the SD Department of Public Safety is advising people to wait to offer assistance for now.  The DPS says state officials know that people from all over South Dakota...
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SD Officials Reroute Drivers From Flooded Roads

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Heavy rains and flooding have led to the partial closures of major thoroughfares in South Dakota, redirecting tourism and industry traffic. A section of Interstate 29 between Sioux City, Iowa, and Vermillion, South Dakota, has been closed. Crews are working to build up a levee near Exit 4 on the...
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Pierre Man Claims $6,001 Wild Card 2 Prize

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man claimed his Wild Card 2 prize from last Saturday’s drawing at the Pierre Lottery Office.  The South Dakota Lottery says Dean Stuart matched five of five white ball numbers but missed the Wild Card to pick up the game’s $6,000 second prize.  He also matched one...
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