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Tuesday Brings Good Afternoon for Elks/Discovery Center’s End of Summer Bash

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) About 300 youngsters attended a special end of summer event set up by the Pierre Elks Lodge #1953 and the South Dakota Discovery Center Tuesday. The free canoe/kayak day was organized for kids ages kindergarten through high school and included fort building, bubble blowing and more. Steve Wegman with...
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Former Prosecutor Now Facing Federal Sex Charges

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A former South Dakota county prosecutor accused of raping a boy has now been charged in federal court. Former Walworth County State’s Attorney Christopher Jansen was charged earlier in state court with three counts of rape involving a child younger than 13 in Hughes County. The 34-year-old Selby resident late...
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Record Crops Predicted; Farmers Market Carefully

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has revised upward its estimate of this year’s corn harvest to 14 billion bushels. That exceeds last year’s 13.9 billion bushel record. Soybean production also will set a new record...
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Other State Health Care Plans Better Than SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Public employees in South Dakota receive more valuable coverage than their privately- and federally-insured counterparts on average, but a new study says most other states in the nation have richer plans for their civil servants. The report by Pew Charitable Trust shows the richness of health care plans in each...
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Grant to Help Low-Income Students Take AP Tests

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Education is receiving more than $7,500 in an effort to help more low-income students take Advanced Placement exams. The Advanced Placement Test Fee Program aims to encourage historically underserved students to take the university-level tests and earn college credit for high school courses. The U.S....
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Stanley County Schools to Hold Open House Monday-New School Year Starts August 20

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Stanley County Schools will hold the annual open house as a new school year gets underway next week.  The open house will be Monday, August 18 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Stanley County Superintendent Dan Martin says the evening gives parents a chance to see their children’s classroom...
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South Dakota’s DPS Secretary Selected as CSG Toll Fellow

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Secretary for the Department of Public Safety-Trevor Jones-is one of almost 50 policymakers from across the country chosen as a Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2014.  This year’s class is made up of people from 35 states and Puerto Rico.  35...
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First Lady’s Book Walk Draws Parents & Youngsters to Grounds Near Governor’s Mansion

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Monday night was an evening of reading, walking and snacks-as First Lady Linda Daugaard held the second annual book walk in Pierre. The event was set up for parents to bring their young children-ages junior kindergarten to second grade-to the grounds near the Governor’s Mansion-where kids enjoyed reading one...
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Pierre School Board & District Officials Tour Construction Site for New School

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Construction work for a new elementary school in Pierre is going well. The building is being put up in northeast Pierre where other residential and business developments have been underway. The Pierre School Board and school officials took an opportunity before Monday’s monthly board meeting to look over the...
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Governor Daugaard Holds Meeting with STB and Rail Companies on Rail Car Shortage

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard met with Surface Transportation Board members and railroad company officials last week on the shortage of rail cars in South Dakota. The railroad shipment issues for ag commodities has been causing problems for producers and elevators. Daugaard was in the nation’s capital last week and says...
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