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Oahe Downstream to Host Annual Oahe Hunt This Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Oahe Downstream Recreation Area will be closed for a good portion of this coming weekend for the annual Oahe Hunt. The closure is planned for Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pat Buscher, Oahe Downstream Park Manager says the annual Oahe...
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Washington Elementary School Teacher Named 2014 Investor in Education

A Special Education instructor at Washington Elementary School in Pierre was named the 2014 Investor in Education today. Cindy Fiechtner was given the award in her classroom this morning by BankWest Chairman, President and CEO Charles Burke III. Fiechtner received a crystal award and certificate, along with a $1,500 professional development grant from BankWest....
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Donors Needed! UBS Holding Blood Drives in Blunt, Onida and Pierre This Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) United Blood Services is holding three blood drives in the area this week. Officials with UBS indicate that recent wintry weather and illness have been taking a toll on donations. Donor Recruitment Representative Abbie Titze says donor numbers were down during harvest and the recent cold spell is also...
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Christmas Tree Placed in Downtown Fort Pierre for Annual Holiday Display

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Fort Pierre is beginning to look Christmas-y as a large pine tree is now located in the downtown area of town. The Fort Pierre Economic Development Corporation and AGE Corporation moved a tree from a home on South Garfield Avenue in Pierre to Fort Pierre-near...
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Weiland Pitches Donors to Continue Election Fight

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland doesn’t appear to be exiting the political stage quietly. Weiland sent out a fundraising pitch on Monday calling for donations to fight against the Keystone XL pipeline and to help his campaign pay off its debt. Weiland lost to Republican Mike Rounds on...
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Heritage Center Holiday Event Slated for November 28

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The theme of this year’s holiday open house of the South Dakota State Historical Society is “A Prairie Christmas.” The event is slated for Nov. 28 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Officials says the center’s lobby will be decorated with branches and wreaths for the historical society’s largest...
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Hunters Reminded to Not Tamper With Trapping Gear

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Many furbearer seasons are now underway across South Dakota and officials are reminding individuals to not tamper with trapping equipment. Officials with the Game, Fish and Parks Department say tampering with trapping gear and disturbing furbearers in traps are considered violations. Officials say that when individuals voluntarily shoot a furbearer...
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SD Joins National Distance Learning Initiative

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has joined a national distance learning initiative that will make more courses available to students across state lines. Jack Warner is the executive director and CEO of the South Dakota Board of Regents. Warner says officials must help students gain access to high quality programs as distance learning...
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SD Republicans Elect Upcoming Session Leaders

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Republican legislators have elected their leaders for the upcoming session. Lawmakers chose Rep. Dean Wink of Howes as speaker of the House. The House majority leader will be Rep. Brian Gosch of Rapid City and the assistant majority leader will be Rep. Steve Westra of Sioux Falls. The...
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US Senator Johnson Says He’d Vote Against Keystone XL

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Retiring U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson says he would vote against legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline should the Senate bring the long-delayed project up for a vote. Johnson confirmed his opposition Friday. His decision comes as the U.S. House voted to approve the legislation. The GOP-controlled House...
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