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14K Downloads for App Showing SD Road Conditions

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A smartphone application that shows construction zones, road conditions and highway closures across South Dakota has been downloaded more than 14,000 times. The state Department of Transportation 511 app provides the same information as the SafeTravelUSA website that also displays images from dozens of cameras along major roads. DOT Secretary...
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Insurer Reaching Out to Some Marketplace Consumers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – One of the insurers that sold health plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplace is reaching out to a group of consumers who may lose coverage because of inconsistencies with the documents that prove their citizenship and immigration status. Deb Muller with Avera Health Plans says the insurer has...
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South Dakota National Guard Museum to Hold Open House Thursday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Thursday brings an open house and ribbon cutting event to the South Dakota National Guard Museum. The facility was recently the focus of renovation work.  Museum Director Sonja Johnson says the museum closed in February and once work was complete-it began to re-open for public visits in May.  Johnson...
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Over 200 Expected to Take Part in 125th Anniversary Wagon Train

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A wagon train which is part of South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood will begin its journey tomorrow morning.  The procession will travel from Yankton-the home of the Dakota Territory Capital, to Pierre-arriving at the State Capitol on September 20.  Gerald Kessler of Fort Pierre is wagon master for...
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Daugaard Announces Funding to Help Labor Shortage

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state is taking tangible steps toward helping relieve the state’s shortage of qualified workers like helping to fund community initiatives around the state. Daugaard released his workforce summit report this week. The report lays out ways businesses, communities, educators and the state can...
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Asphalt Paving & Milling Operations Taking Place on Some Pierre Streets

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Motorists in Pierre are being advised that various phases of road work will be taking place today through the rest of the work week on some city streets.  Asphalt paving is scheduled to occur on a handful of Pierre streets today, including Hyde Drive, Lakewood Drive and Grand Avenue...
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Governor and Ag Secretary to be Featured on Monday’s SD Perspective

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Monday afternoon brings the September broadcast for the monthly program South Dakota Perspective to select Dakota News Network affiliates.  Tune in at 2:05 p.m. Monday afternoon when we’ll be joined by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard.  The guest for the second half of Monday’s program will be the Secretary...
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Investigation Being Conducted Following Death of Baby in Pierre Tuesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Hughes County State’s Attorney has ordered an autopsy following the death of an infant male Tuesday in Pierre.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says emergency responders were summoned to a residence in the 2400 block of East Irwin Tuesday afternoon about 5:20 p.m. where it was said an infant...
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Court Rules Against Reporter in Death Records Suit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A judge ruled against a journalist in a lawsuit seeking more information about the death of former state economic development director Richard Benda. Circuit Judge Kathleen Trandahl says Attorney General Marty Jackley was justified in not releasing details into Benda’s death out of privacy concerns for his daughter. Journalist...
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Daugaard Proclaims September as Honey Month in SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as Honey Month in South Dakota. South Dakota ranks among the top five honey producing states with 225 beekeepers who maintain 324,000 colonies. The soil, topography and weather during the summer have led South Dakota to cash in on the honey business. The state’s...
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