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Appointed Legislators Make Vacated Seats Their Own

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed an unusually high number of legislators in the last year to fill vacated seats in the House and Senate. Four of the five appointees are freshmen lawmakers, serving in their first session. All are Republicans. Sen. Alan Solano, R-Rapid City, had only a day...
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Mayor Gill Announces Kickoff Meeting for 5th Annual “Go Green” Campaign

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A kickoff meeting for the City of Pierre’s “Go Green and Clean” campaign will be held Wednesday morning at City Hall.  Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says the campaign was first organized as a “call to citizens to volunteer” and give back to the community.  The “Go Green” campaign is...
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Pierre Man Arrested After Friday Night Incident at Pierre Apartment

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was arrested late Friday night in Pierre for two offenses-including Burglary. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says 30-year-old Cole Dillon was taken into custody Friday about 11:45 p.m. on allegations that he kicked in an apartment door at a location on Flag Mountain Drive-causing about $300...
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Pierre School Board Gives Final Okay for Purchase of Washington School

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s School Board on Friday officially accepted a bid for the purchase of one of the district’s elementary schools-and changed the closing date for land for a new school building. The board met on Friday morning and Business Manager Darla Mayer said they decided to back up the closing...
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Hughes County Sheriff Talks About NSA Winter Meeting and Service as Group’s President

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A South Dakota Sheriff who leads the National Sheriffs’ Association was part of the group’s recent Winter Meeting held in Washington, D.C. late last month. Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt is the current president of the NSA and attended the meeting, which was held January 20-25. Leidholt says the...
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NWS Recaps January Weather for Central and NE SD

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service says January was an extreme month in parts of central and northeast South Dakota.  January brought temperature extremes, very strong winds, blizzards, and wind chill events.    Highs were in the 40’s and 50’s with lows in the teens and 20’s below zero.  The average temperatures...
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2014 King of Hearts Candidates Named for February 16 Dance

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The candidates have been named for this year’s King of Hearts formal dance coming up this month.  The dance will be Sunday, February 16 at the Gym of the Georgia Morse Middle School and is for 9th for 12th grade students only.  The King of Hearts will be crowned...
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Survey: Low Pay Hurts SD Teacher Hiring, Retention

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota school superintendents responding to a survey say low pay is an important reason they are having trouble hiring and keeping teachers. A total of 130 school superintendents responded to the survey sponsored by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the School Administrators of South Dakota. Nearly...
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January Economic Survey Suggests Growth in Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new survey of business leaders suggests the economy will continue growing in nine Midwestern and Plains states in the months ahead. The monthly Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 57.7 last month, compared with 53.2 in December. Looking six months ahead, the business confidence index dropped to a still...
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SD Lawmakers Warn OSHA to Avoid Family Farms

WASHINGTON (AP) – For decades, the federal agency overseeing workplace safety has been prohibited from regulating small farming operations. But lawmakers in South Dakota and other farm states have grown concerned and are seeking to head off any effort to change decades of precedent. In recent days, members of Congress from both parties have...
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