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NTSB to Focus on Why SD Plane Was Flying So Low

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal investigator will focus on why a small aircraft was flying so low when it crashed into a wind turbine in South Dakota, killing all four people onboard. Possible factors include trouble with the pilot or plane, and the weather. The Piper crashed Sunday evening 10 miles south...
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McLaughlin Woman Sentenced on Larceny Conviction

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A McLaughlin woman accused of stealing check blanks from a business and forging signatures on them has been sentenced to 1  1/2 years of probation. Fifty-two-year-old Rhea Archambault also was ordered to pay $1,450 in restitution to L & L Auto. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Archambault in March 2013...
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USDA Updates Corn, Spring Wheat Seeding Progress in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Seeding of corn and spring wheat has progressed in South Dakota thanks to a week of favorable weather. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that about six days were suitable for field work. The spring wheat crop is now 42 percent planted, ahead...
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4 Dead as Plane Crashes at South Dakota Wind Farm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A small airplane heading back to South Dakota after a Texas cattle sale crashed into a wind farm in foggy weather, killing the pilot and three passengers. Steve Stengel, a spokesman for Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources says the wreckage was found at the 27-turbine South Dakota Wind Energy Center....
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Traffic Signal Removal to Take Place on Highway 14 in Miller

MILLER, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be taking out the traffic signals at one Miller intersection next week, if weather permits. The traffic signals at the intersection of Highway 14 and 5th Street will be removed during the week of May 5-9. The DOT says the elementary school...
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Harrold Fire Department Called to Put Out Fire Saturday

HARROLD, S.D. – (DRG News) The Harrold Fire Department and two other agencies spent Saturday afternoon working to put out a fire that started as a controlled burn. Harrold Fire Chief Treg Cowan says the fire occured northwest of Harrold and was reported about 1:00 p.m. Saturday. He says the controlled burn spread into...
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NWS Says Temps the Next Few Days to be Cooler Than Normal

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The forecast calls for cooler than normal weather for the next few days. Ryan Vipond of the National Weather Service in Aberdeen says rain is mentioned in the forecast almost every day this week, winds will be brisk for the next 24 hours and we could see snowflakes this...
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Governor’s Ag Summit Set for Late June in Deadwood

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Agriculture Department has scheduled the fifth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit for June 26-27 at the Lodge in Deadwood. Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch says the event is an opportunity for farmers, ranchers, ag industry leaders, legislators and congressional delegates to gather and discuss the future of the...
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Ag Groups Talk Rail Delays With ND Regulators

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Officials say delays in agricultural rail shipments go back to the territorial days in the Dakotas but the issue appears worse than it’s ever been. North Dakota’s Public Service Commission met in Bismarck with representatives from agriculture and transportation groups on Monday to talk about disruptions in rail service for...
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South Dakota Plane Found Near Damaged Wind Turbine

HIGHMORE, S.D. (AP) – A small airplane that crashed in central South Dakota and killed four people was found near a damaged wind turbine. Steve Stengel with Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources says the wreckage was found on the site of the South Dakota Wind Energy Center. That operation south of Highmore has 27 turbines...
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