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Daugaard Proclaims September as Honey Month in SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as Honey Month in South Dakota. South Dakota ranks among the top five honey producing states with 225 beekeepers who maintain 324,000 colonies. The soil, topography and weather during the summer have led South Dakota to cash in on the honey business. The state’s...
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DOT: Hay Must be Removed from Highway Right of Way

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Transportation is reminding farmers and ranchers to remove all processed hay from the highway right of way. The agency says state regulations require that hay be removed from the right of way within 30 days of being processed, but no later than Oct. 1. Officials...
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South Dakota Speech Contest Offers College Scholarships

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Students in a South Dakota speech contest on resource conservation will compete to win up to $1,100 in college scholarships. The state Agriculture Department announced Tuesday that students in grades 9-12 can compete in the 2015 contest. Its theme is how technology is “bridging the conservation generation gap.” Local contest...
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Oglala Native Language Program Gets Federal Grant

OGLALA, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota language revitalization initiative has received a three-year grant from the federal Administration for Native Americans. Lakota Immersion Childcare announced Tuesday it’s one of 13 organizations to receive part of $2.6 million through the Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance initiative. It says it’s the only organization in...
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Legislators Talk About Relaxing Wine-Shipping Laws

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state legislative committee has made progress in crafting a bill to let South Dakotans buy out-of-state wines directly from producers but still needs to work out some key details. Legislators on the Alcohol Distribution and Shipping committee met Tuesday in Pierre. The committee had planned to finalize the proposed...
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Arizona Man Arrested Early Saturday for Various Charges

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An Arizona man was arrested on five separate charges early Saturday after police were called to the report of a reckless driver on Airport Road.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were told about 3:45 a.m. Saturday morning that a person in a vehicle pulling a trailer was...
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Pierre Chamber Holds Discussion Session on IM 18

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An Initiated Measure on the minimum wage was the topic for a discussion organized last week by the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce.  If passed, Initiated Measure 18 would amend state law to raise South Dakota’s hourly minimum wage starting January 1 for non-tipped employees from $7.25 to $8.50...
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Division of Insurance Office Moves to New Location in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre office for the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s Division of Insurance has moved to a different location. The office has been relocated from 445 East Capitol Avenue to 124 South Euclid Avenue. The office offers assistance to people who have insurance complaints and who need...
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National Weather Service Says August Was a Cool and Wet Month in Parts of Central SD

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service in Aberdeen says last month brought wetter and cooler than normal weather for August in parts of central and northeast South Dakota. Monthly average temperatures were anywhere from one to three degrees below normal. Pierre, Timber Lake and Mobridge all noted high temperatures that were...
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Pulse Plant Near Harrold to Employ 14 Initially

HARROLD, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Pulse Processors plant near Harrold plans to employ 14 people initially and possibly expand to as many as 21. The $4.5 million plant will process pulse crops such as lentils, field peas and chickpeas. CEO and President Steven Brown tells the Capital Journal that production employees will...
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