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Rawlins Municipal Library to be Closed Tuesday and Wednesday for Staff Training

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Rawlins Municipal Library will be closed tomorrow and Wednesday.  Library Director Robin Schrupp says library staff members will spend the time during the two day closure in training sessions as they will learn about a new circulation software system.  The library has been the focus of reconstruction work, as...
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Poll Gives Rounds 9-Point Lead in Senate Race

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new poll shows Republican Mike Rounds with a 9-point lead in South Dakota’s U.S. Senate race. The poll by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and KELO-TV found Rounds at 42 percent in the four-way race, with Democrat Rick Weiland at 33 percent. Independent Larry Pressler was at 13 percent...
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Corps Holding River Meetings in Bismarck, Pierre

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Army Corps of Engineers is holding public meetings in the two capital cities in the Dakotas this week on its draft operating plan for the Missouri River. The meetings will include a presentation on the 2014 operations and on plans for managing the river’s system of reservoirs in 2015....
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Candidates Head Into Final Senate Race Stretch

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The four candidates competing in the tight race for South Dakota’s open U.S. Senate seat are heading into the final stretch before Election Day. Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie are vying to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson. Republicans see South Dakota...
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Poll: Voters Support Higher Teacher Pay, Medicaid

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A new poll by the Argus Leader and KELO-TV shows South Dakotans favor expanding the federal Medicaid program in the state and increasing teacher salaries with summer sales tax. The telephone survey was conducted between Oct. 20 and 23 by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research. The poll surveyed 800 registered...
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Pressler: Hot Springs Hospital Could Treat PTSD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler says that a national center for post-traumatic stress disorder should be located at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Hot Springs. Pressler made the statement Sunday in reaction to an Argus Leader article that told the story of a 25-year veteran of the South Dakota...
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SD Wage Hike Proposal Divides Unions, Businesses

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota residents who earn the minimum wage would see a bump in their paychecks come January if voters approve a Nov. 4 measure calling for adjusting the base hourly pay by $1.25. Initiated Measure 18 would raise the minimum wage from the federal rate of $7.25 to $8.50...
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South Dakota Cattle on Feed up 6 Percent from 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals reported 190,000 cattle on feed on Oct. 1, up 6 percent from last year. The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that placements in feedlots during September totaled 50,000 head, up 16 percent from 2013. Marketings of fed...
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Deadwood Gambling Numbers Down From September 2013

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – Industry representatives say gambling revenues in the South Dakota tourist town of Deadwood were flat in September and it could be more evidence that customers want expanded offerings. South Dakota voters will decide on Nov. 4 on a constitutional amendment that would allow Deadwood gaming halls to add roulette, keno...
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Cargo Plane Lands Safely at Pierre Airport Friday After Having Equipment Problems

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre emergency crews were summoned to the Pierre Regional Airport last night after the pilot of a cargo plane reported that the aircraft was having equipment issues.  Pierre Airport Manager Mike Issacs says the Mustang Aviation plane-a Piper Navajo-had problems with its nose gear on the way to Huron, so the pilot turned...
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