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South Dakota Supreme Court Affirms Piper Conviction and Death Sentence

PIERRE, S.D  – (SD State News)  Today the South Dakota Supreme Court affirmed Briley Wayne Piper’s conviction and capital sentence for the murder of Allan Poage. Piper pled guilty to murdering Poage in Lawrence County and was sentenced to death.  Piper’s death sentence was later overturned and his case was returned to the trial...
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Youth Treatment Center in Chamberlain Closing

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – A treatment center for troubled youth in the city of Chamberlain is closing. The Daily Republic reports that Florida-based Youth Services International Inc. last week told the nearly 40 staff members at the Chamberlain Academy that it would be shut down. The specific date depends on how long it takes...
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Northern Lights May Expand South Next Couple Days

WASHINGTON (AP) – Residents of the Northern Plains thawing out from a bitter freeze may get rewarded with shimmering northern lights the next couple days. Federal space weather forecaster Joe Kunches said the sun shot out a strong solar flare late Tuesday, which should arrive at Earth early Thursday. It should shake up Earth’s...
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State: $1.3M Spent at SD Farmers Markets in 2013

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State officials say South Dakota’s farmers markets are a small but growing part of the ag economy. The Agriculture Department says sales topped $1.3 million at the 60-plus markets in the state last year. The department worked with 12 of the operations to determine gross sales, pricing of products and...
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SD Seeks Applications for After-School Grants

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Education Department says applications are available for grants to support after-school programs that provide students with academic activities. The 21st Century Community Learning Center grants are awarded for five years in amounts of $50,000 to $150,000 a year. The grants are funded by the federal government and...
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Dakotas in Store for a Winter Warm-Up

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Out with the Arctic, in with the Pacific. Just three days after the weather was so cold it prompted many schools in the Dakotas to call off classes, temperatures across the two states Thursday are expected to be in the teens, 20s, 30s, and even 40s. National Weather Service meteorologist...
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Ag in the Classroom Works at Spreading the Word About the Importance of the Ag Industry

MILLER, S.D. – (DRG News) The Executive Director of a program designed to provide information to students and teachers about the important role of agriculture in South Dakota says 2013 brought a busy year.  Ann Price has been overseeing South Dakota’s Agriculture in the Classroom program for the past two years.  She says last...
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Lending Program Expands to Serve Native Americans Throughout South Dakota

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. – (DRG News) A lending program based on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation has expanded its target market to offer business and consumer loans to residents statewide who are enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe.  Prior to the recent expansion, Four Bands Community Fund’s service area was limited within the...
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Daugaard Names Pheasant Habitat Work Group Members

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Thirteen members of a work group which is tasked with examining strategies for developing pheasant habitat were named by Governor Dennis Daugaard Tuesday.  The work group will be led by retired Secretary of South Dakota’s Department of Labor and Regulation Pam Roberts of Pierre.  Others from Pierre include District...
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Missouri River Power Generation Sub-Par in 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says electric power generation from the Missouri River’s six upstream dams fell far below average in 2013. The corps says energy production from the dams in the Dakotas, Montana and Nebraska totaled 7.6 billion kilowatts of electricity last year, down from 10.4 billion kilowatts...
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