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New Fort Pierre National Grasslands District Ranger on the Job

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A new District Ranger was recently named for the Fort Pierre National Grasslands. Dan Svingen had served as the Acting District Ranger since May of last year but was recently chosen to hold the job on a permanent basis. Svingen’s last job was as Wildlife Program Manager on...
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St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Stew Feed to be Held in Pierre Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today brings the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Stew Feed to Pierre.  The events are sponsored by the Pierre-Fort Pierre Lions Club and the Irish Club of Central South Dakota.  The Irish Stew Feed starts at 4:30 p.m. today at the American Legion Cabin and the event is a...
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Harrold and Highmore Fire Crews Called to Fire in Tunnel System Under Harrold Terminal Saturday

HARROLD, S.D. – (DRG News) A fire in tunnels under Harrold Terminal Saturday left damage to a portion of the grain handling facility. Treg Cowan, Chief of the Harrold Fire Department says crews were told that smoke was coming from underground tunnels near the facility’s large grain bins about 8:00 a.m. Saturday. Cowan says a series of...
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Open House Held Sunday to Honor Fort Pierre’s Mayor

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A number of people attended an Open House yesterday in Fort Pierre to offer words of appreciation to Mayor Sam Tidball-who will retire from the Mayor’s Office in early May. Tidball was on the Fort Pierre City Council from the early 1990’s to 1998 and has served eight...
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SD Capitol Crews Resume Stained Glass Restoration

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Capitol is now void of lawmakers, and state officials have gone back to work restoring the building’s stained-glass skylights. Legislators wrapped up the bulk of their work on Friday. And the grand marble staircase in the state House is blocked off with a deck built across it....
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Snow in the Forecast for Much of South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The official start of spring is just days away, but much of South Dakota is in store for snow this week. The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm warning for the Black Hills in the west Monday night and Tuesday. The system is expected to spread into...
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‘Vehicle Bills’ in SD Capitol Bother Some

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Advocates of open government say use of “vehicle bills” in South Dakota means less scrutiny for lawmaking. Lawmakers use “vehicle bills” to give themselves an option to revive or introduce legislation beyond the normal deadline for bills to leave their original chamber. The legislation is often drafted with little more...
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AG Warns SD Business Owners of Credit Card Scam

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota business owners of a telemarketing scam. Jackley says several lumber suppliers have been subject to this scam. It begins with a telephone call to the business for a direct retail purchase with a credit card, typically for a large quantity or number...
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Volunteer Precipitation Observers Needed Across SD

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – A national network of precipitation observers is recruiting volunteers to track events across South Dakota. Volunteers are expected to measure precipitation and report their findings to the group Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network. The group’s state coordinator is Dennis Todey with South Dakota State University. Interested volunteers will...
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New SD Law Will Hold All Dog Breeds Equal

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill banning dog breed-specific policies in cities and counties. These policies often target pit bulls. Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare group, has applauded the final approval of the law. According to a statement from that group, South Dakota is...
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