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South Dakota Student Math, Reading Scores Steady

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Officials say South Dakota’s fourth grade and eighth grade scores for math and reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam have remained steady over the years but there is room for improvement for younger readers. The tests, also known as “the nation’s report card,” are given every other...
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New Money for Cardiac Care Effort

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota is about to roll out a new program to improve cardiac care around the state. Gov. Dennis Daugaard is expected to detail the effort in a news conference Friday morning. He’ll be joined by officials from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, which is providing funding. The trust just last...
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SD Gets Grant to Expand Health Care Access

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The federal government has given South Dakota $1.3 million to expand access to health care in the state. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the funding is being made available by the Affordable Care Act. South Dakota health centers last year served almost 56,000 patients and...
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SD Macy’s Float to Feature Rock Legend Joan Jett

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will appear on the Mount Rushmore American Pride float at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. South Dakota Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen says Jett is a rock legend, especially among the generation of visitors South Dakota is looking to attract. Jett is best known for...
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Man Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Escape

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A December sentencing has been set for a man who was charged with Second Degree Escape.  19-year-old Brendan Thundershield was arrested last month in Pierre after police were called to a residence where loud music and possible underage drinking was reported.  Police said Thundershield took off running from the...
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Eagle Creek CEO Says Second Pierre Location a Possibility

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The CEO of Eagle Creek Software Services says business has been good–and further expansion of the company’s Pierre facility is a possibility.   Eagle Creek, based in Minnesota, has locations in Pierre and Valley City, North Dakota; and is currently constructing a new facility in Vermillion.  Eagle Creek provides web...
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Fort Pierre Livestock Auction Holding Two Rollover Auctions for Rancher Relief Fund

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Fort Pierre Livestock Auction is one of many auction barns around the state holding rollover auctions to benefit the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund.   Tomorrow and later this month-in conjunction with Fort Pierre Livestock’s regular cattle sale-funds will be raised to assist producers who lost livestock from last...
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Local People Helping Others in Haiti

MOBRIDGE, S.D. – (DRG News) We contacted Sheryl Stroh about the work they are doing in Haiti.  This is what she shared with us. “I decided to go on a Mission Trip after hearing of Marie Nash and Kim Rausch’s presentation on their previous mission trips. Just thinking about all the people and children...
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A Hearty Thank You From Cub Scout Pack 65

MOBRIDGE, S.D – (DRG News) We were contacted by Tom Collignon, Unit Commissioner – Mobridge, Boy Scouts of America and he provided this: “A hearty thank you from Cub Scouts of Trinity Lutheran Church Pack 65 to all those in Mobridge who gave bags of items for the “Scouting for Food” drive. If any...
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SD State Vet Updates Blizzard Livestock Deaths

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s state veterinarian says many of the thousands of cattle that perished in an Oct. 4 blizzard died of congestive heart failure brought on by stress. Dustin Oedekoven also has released updated totals on livestock deaths from the storm. He tells the Rapid City Journal his office has...
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