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Rural Leaders Say Planning, Support Key to Growth

WASHINGTON (AP) – Witnesses are telling a Senate panel that rural communities need to sell what they are, not what they are not in order to thrive economically. They also say government support is important for growth and that small cities and towns should band together to maximize their potential. A subcommittee of the...
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13K in SD Got Health Insurance Using Marketplace

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Federal officials say that 13,104 South Dakotans have chosen health plans through the new insurance marketplace created by the nation’s health care law, falling short of expectations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report Thursday with enrollment figures that cover most of the open enrollment...
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Registration Opens for Denny Palmer Fishing Tournament

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News) Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Denny Palmer Memorial Classic. There is an 80% payout to the top 25% of teams, overflowing raffle tables, and more than $16,000 in cash and prizes to win. The Mobridge Area Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Committee is pleased to announce the...
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May Deemed ‘Beef Month’ by SD Governor

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared May “Beef Month.” The tradition extends back 40 years. This year’s “Beef Month” draws special attention to West River ranchers who lost cattle in a blizzard last October. An estimated 43,000 cattle and other livestock in the state died in that storm. Daugaard...
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Midwest Economic Survey Index Hits 3-Year High

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states hit a three-year high in April, suggesting more economic growth over the next three to six months. A report issued Thursday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 60.4 from 58.2 in March. Looking six months ahead, the...
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Pierre School Board Accepts Three New Bids for Elementary School Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board chose to re-bid three different portions of the elementary school construction project earlier this month and as a result, the district has saved about $475,000.  The board met Monday and accepted three new bids. Almost a month ago, bids for General Construction ranged from $2.7...
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SD Governor Appoints Transportation Commissioner

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed a new member to the state’s transportation commission. The Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that Kathy Zander of Pierre has been chosen to serve a four-year term. She will succeed Sam Tidball who served for 20 years on the commission. Zander is the...
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Man Accused of Killing Fiancee Gets Life Sentence

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – A man accused of fatally shooting his fiancee in rural Chamberlain has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after changing his plea to guilty. 37-year-old Kent Davidson pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Wednesday at the Brule County Courthouse. Authorities contend Davidson shot Crystal Schulz in the head...
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Groundbreaking to be Today for Riverwalk Landing in Fort Pierre

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today brings the groundbreaking for what will be Fort Pierre’s newest development-Riverwalk Landing.  The project will feature a marina, restaurant, convention center and more.  It is being built along the river, just south of Pizza Ranch in the Teton Island Development.  Work has been underway to move the...
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Construction To Resume on Highways 12 & 1804 in Mobridge

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News) Beginning Monday, May 5, work will resume on Highways 12 and 1804 in Mobridge, according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation. The project includes asphalt concrete resurfacing, replacement of curb, gutter and sidewalks, ADA upgrades, lighting and drainage improvements of 3.9 miles of Highway 12 from the Missouri...
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