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KGFX to Carry Special Program Monday Offering Info and Advice for Stockmen Impacted by Recent Western SD Snowstorm

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Join KGFX Monday afternoon as we bring you a special hour-long program on the recent snowstorm and the impact it has left behind among South Dakota ranchers.  Though final numbers are still being determined, officials say the number of livestock lost in the storm is up into the thousands. ...
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Four Taken Into Custody Early This Morning After Police Called to Loud Music Report

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Four people were arrested on various charges early this morning after police were called to a location on Clarice Drive to the report of loud music and possible underage drinking.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers responded just after midnight to the location.  He says while police were...
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Senator Says SD Ranchers Need Help for Livestock Loss

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Sen. John Thune says Congress needs to pass a new farm bill to provide financial help to western South Dakota ranchers who lost livestock during last weekend’s early fall blizzard. A previous livestock disaster program has expired. Thune says both the Senate and House versions of the new farm bill...
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Pierre Police Chief Defends Tasing of 8-Year-Old Girl

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Pierre’s police chief is defending an officer’s use of a stun gun on an 8-year-old girl. Chief Bob Grandpre says the officer used the Taser after responding to a report of a suicidal girl. He says the girl was holding a knife to her chest, refused to drop it, turned...
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Pierre Officer Uses Taser on 8-Year-Old Girl

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Pierre police officer used a stun gun on an 8-year-old girl apparently threatening to stab herself. Police Chief Bob Grandpre told the Argus Leader three officers were called over the weekend after someone reported a suicidal 8-year-old girl who had stabbed herself in the leg. He says she was...
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SD Civil Air Patrol Checks Dead Cattle on Highways

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota wing of the Civil Air Patrol has been flying over the western part of the state to locate livestock killed by the weekend blizzard. The CAP was asked by the state Department of Public Safety to identify and photograph areas where dead livestock are obstructing state highways...
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Western SD Counties Hit by Storm Seek Federal Help

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Counties in western South Dakota impacted by last weekend’s snowstorm are seeking help from the federal government. Commissioners in the counties of Pennington, Meade, Lawrence and Butte all have declared disasters. That’s the first step toward getting federal aid. Requests must first go through the governor. Pennington County Commission...
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South Dakota 4-H Looks to Expand Robotics Clubs

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota 4-H is looking to expand its robotics programs. SDSU Extension 4-H STEM field specialist Christine Wood says 4-H will be holding training sessions over the next few months for volunteers, troop leaders, educators and parents interested in leading a club. The clubs will use the National 4-H Junk...
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Some 12,000 Western SD Residents Without Power

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Black Hills Power says about 7,500 of the company’s 59,000 customers remain without power as the storm recovery effort continues. Vice president of operations Vance Crocker says he expects that about 95 percent of Black Hills Power’s customers will have their service restored by the end of the week....
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NWS: No Major Flooding Expected from Melting SD Snow

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – No major flooding is expected from melting snow as western South Dakota emerges from an early fall storm that blanketed the region with up to 4 feet or more of snow. National Weather Service hydrologist Melissa Smith in Rapid City says the area was dry before last weekend’s storm, so...
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