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Republicans Strong Headed Into Election Day

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republicans are preparing for an Election Day sweep in South Dakota, from U.S. Senate to the governor’s office. Republican Mike Rounds has remained the front-runner against Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie. Incumbent Dennis Daugaard has had a considerably quieter race for the governor’s office against...
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Report: Midwest Economic Index Drops Again

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains has dropped again. A survey report issued early Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell in October to 51.8 from 54.3 in September. The figure was 57.2 in August. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and...
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Rounds Says Complacency His Worst Obstacle in Race

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds is the front-runner in the race for South Dakota’s open seat, but his main concern ahead of Election Day is that his supporters will be complacent. He took that message to supporters in western South Dakota on Sunday, urging them to vote on Tuesday....
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Lt. Governor Credits Many for Successful 125th Anniversary Celebration

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Quasquicentennial Statehood Celebration brought music, a lighting ceremony, laughs and gifts to South Dakota’s Capitol Saturday. The evening event drew a great crowd to hear performances by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and comments by the Governor and other state officials. It was the first time a...
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Lighting Ceremony Marks the Official End of Capitol Stained Glass Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) After almost a year and a half of work, the project to clean, repair and restore the stained glass in the Capitol Building came to an official end with the lighting of the glass during a celebration of South Dakota’s Quasquicentennial Saturday in Pierre. Work started to remove the...
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Family Members of Former Governors on Hand for Saturday’s Statue Unveiling

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Saturday’s unveiling ceremony for three new statues with the Trail of Governors project was well attended, and the crowd included former Governors including Frank Farrar and Walter Dale Miller; along with former First Ladies and current officials. Family members of the former Governors in the spotlight for this year’s...
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Three Years After it Started, the Trail of Governors Project Continues to Grow

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A project which started in 2011 with the idea to create statues of former South Dakota Governors for placement throughout central Pierre is going strong. The Trail of Governors project began as an informal idea according to Trail of Governors Foundation president Rick Jensen, and since, has gone on...
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Two Trail of Governors Statue Sculptors Talk About Their Roles in the Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two of the sculptors behind the three statues of South Dakota Governors shown to the public for the first time Saturday both say the Trail of Governors project is a special one. Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby created the statue of South Dakota’s 7th Governor Robert Vessey and James...
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Rededication Held Saturday for Newly Updated First Ladies Inaugural Gown Exhibit

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Three former First Ladies and South Dakota’s current First Lady Linda Daugaard were present Saturday morning for the re-dedication of the newly refurbished First Ladies Inaugural Gown exhibit on the first floor of the State Capitol. The display was originally called the First Lady Doll Collection and was initially...
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Alabama Man Found Guilty of Impersonating FBI Agent

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A federal jury in South Dakota has found an Alabama man guilty of various charges stemming from an incident in which he impersonated an FBI agent. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 38-year-old Michael Thetford, of Alabaster, Alabama, has been found guilty of felon in possession of a firearm, impersonating a...
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