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Aberdeen Lawyer to be Appointed SD Circuit Judge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will appoint Aberdeen lawyer Rick Sommers to be a state circuit judge in an area covering northeastern and north-central South Dakota. Sommers will fill a vacancy created by the pending retirement of Circuit Judge Jack Von Wald. The 5th Judicial Circuit includes Brown, Campbell, Day,...
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Extreme Cold Blankets Dakotas After Days of Snow

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Some organizations in the Dakotas are canceling holiday events as bitter cold settles over the region. A “Christmas at the Zoo” fundraising event in the North Dakota city of Minot and “Parade of Lights” events in the South Dakota cities of Yankton and Sturgis are among those being called off....
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Farm Rescue Nonprofit Helps 50 families in 2013

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) – The nonprofit Farm Rescue organization has wrapped up its year after helping 50 families. The North Dakota-based nonprofit provides planting and harvesting help free of charge to farm families in the region stricken by a major illness, injury or disaster. Since 2006, Farm Rescue has helped more than 250 farm...
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City of Pierre Declares Snow Emergency-Snow Routes to be Cleared After Midnight

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre will declare a SNOW EMERGENCY starting at 12:00 (Midnight) tonight and plowing will commence shortly after.   Lynn Patton, Pierre’s Construction and Operations Manager says in accordance with City Ordnance, ALL vehicles must be removed from the Snow Route Streets to allow for snow removal...
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Firefighters Check Out Electrical Odor Early This Morning at Pierre Hotel

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department spent some time at a Pierre hotel this morning after being told that a fire alarm was sounding.  Deputy Fire Chief Ian Paul says a smoky, electrical odor was noted about 5:40 a.m. at the Ramkota River Centre as firefighters arrived at the scene.  After...
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Police Arrest Pierre Man Following Break-in at Residence

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was arrested earlier today for Burglary, Intentional Damage and other charges after police were told he entered a Pierre home through the window and assaulted a woman there.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were told that 20-year-old Lirio Jimenez had allegedly tried to access...
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Final Day for 2013 Tyler Wilcox Memorial/Guns n’ Hoses Blood Drive

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today is the final day of the three day Tyler Wilcox Memorial/Guns n’ Hoses blood drive.  The event has been moved from the Pierre Mall to today’s location-the Fort Pierre Fire Hall.  Abbie Titze, Donor Recruiter with United Blood Services says that 88 units of blood were donated...
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Wisconsin Beef Company Bids for Idled SD Plant

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Green Bay, Wis.-based beef processing company has submitted the minimum $12.75 million bid for an idled South Dakota plant. American Foods Group’s bid for Northern Beef Packers allows it to become a qualified bidder in an auction scheduled for Thursday at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Sioux Falls....
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Education Secretary Happy with Budget Proposal for Education

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Education Secretary says she’s happy with Governor Dennis Daugaard’s proposed increase in aid for schools as part of Tuesday’s budget address.  Daugaard yesterday offered a three percent funding increase in spending for K-12 education.  He announced that he would fund the increases with the help of an...
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Lawmakers Discuss Their Thoughts on Governor Daugaard’s Budget Address

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Area lawmakers reacted yesterday with mostly positive comments following Governor Dennis Daugaard’s budget address at the State Capitol.  Representative Julie Bartling of Gregory-a District 21 Democrat-said the Governor’s proposed three percent increase in K-12 education is a positive step for schools-but she expects that lawmakers will work with the...
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