Class 11AA Championship Trophy for Pierre Governor's Football Team November 18, 2013 (KGFX Photo)

Welcome Home Held Sunday for Class 11AA Football Champs!

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A welcome home event was held to honor the Pierre Governor’s football team yesterday.  The team won the Class 11AA football championship on Friday.  At Sunday evening’s welcome home at the high school gym, Pierre Athletic Director Dan Whalen told the crowd that Pierre has had five state champions...
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Shana Davis Receives Milken Award November 18, 2013 (KGFX Photo)

Pierre Teacher Receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre teacher received an award this morning in front of several supporters; including Riggs High School staff and students; plus officials including the Governor and South Dakota’s Education Secretary.  Shana Davis, a teacher at Riggs Academy, which is an alternate education site at Riggs, received the $25,000 Milken...
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Dakotas Projects Getting Energy Efficiency Money

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Twenty projects in the Dakotas are getting money through a federal Agriculture Department program aimed at helping farmers, ranchers and small rural businesses boost energy efficiency. The goal of the Rural Energy for America Program is to help producers and businesses reduce energy consumption and use renewable energy technology....
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SD Holding Meetings to Develop State Rail Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Transportation Department is holding a series of meetings across the state to help develop a 2014 state rail plan. The department is identifying critical issues, needs and opportunities regarding the rail system. It also is setting policies governing the state’s involvement in the rail system, and establishing...
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Joshua Spies with Governor Janklow Portraits November 15, 2013 (KGFX Photo)

Janklow Portraits Unveiled and Added to Walls of State Capitol Friday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two more portraits were unveiled and added to other works of art depicting each of the state’s Governors on the first floor of the Capitol Friday.  The two portraits were both of former Governor Bill Janklow, who served the state as Governor for two terms from 1979 to 1987...
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SD Ranchers Relief Fund Nearing $1 Million

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A fund aimed at helping South Dakota ranchers who lost livestock in an early autumn blizzard is nearing $1 million. Organizers of the Ranchers Relief Fund began taking applications on Friday. Organizers say the funds collected will not help ranchers recover fully but the money will help with some...
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SD Lawmaker Wants Pledge of Allegiance Requirement

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A state legislator plans to introduce a bill to require all South Dakota schoolchildren to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day they are in class. The Argus Leader reports that Rep. Hal Wick, a Republican from Sioux Falls, intends to introduce the proposal that would apply to all...
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Libraries’ Embrace of E-Books is Growing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota libraries are adapting to the increasing use of tablets and e-readers by helping people learn how to use the devices. A taxpayer-funded library card now gives readers free access to thousands of books, magazines and other resources. State librarian Daria Bossman says the transition is especially affecting...
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Senate Candidate Promotes Medicare for All Ages

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland of South Dakota is promoting the idea of allowing people of any age to buy into Medicare. Republicans running for the U.S. Senate want to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. Weiland tells The Argus Leader he believes the Affordable Care Act...
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SD Livestock Industry Counting on Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – As Congress negotiates a compromise over the farm bill, the most important thing for South Dakota and its beleaguered livestock industry isn’t any one provision. Rather, it’s passing any sort of bill to restore the help for farmers that expired this fall. Congress last enacted a farm bill in 2008, a...
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