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Reva Rancher Appointed to Another Term on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board

HURON, S.D. – (DRG News) A Reva man has been appointed to serve another term on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board.  Vaughn Meyer was appointed by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to serve another term with the organization-which is also known as the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.  Meyer is an Angus...
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Hayes Couple Welcomes First Baby of 2014 at Avera St. Mary’s Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The first baby of 2014 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital was born early yesterday morning.  Parents Vince and Katie Bruce of Hayes welcomed their new son, Riley David Bruce, Wednesday morning-January 1 at 2:54 a.m.  Dad Vince Bruce says that he and his wife knew their baby would be...
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Fire in Pierre Residence Results in Injuries to Occupant-Two Cats Succumb to Smoke

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A structure fire in Pierre last night resulted in injuries to the resident of the home and two pets died of smoke inhalation.  The Pierre Fire Department was told of the fire about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday-at 1319 West Capitol Avenue.  Deputy Fire Chief Ian Paul says the lone occupant...
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NWS Says Temps Warming Friday; Colder Weather Predicted Again for Weekend and Early Next Week

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service says central portions of the state will be seeing a brief warm up tomorrow followed by a return to colder than normal temperatures.  Dan Mohr of the National Weather Service in Aberdeen says after a high today in the single digits, the thermometer will show...
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Three in Custody in Double-Homicide on SD Reservation

ST. FRANCIS, S.D. (AP) — Rosebud Sioux Tribe police say they have three suspects in custody in a double homicide on the south-central South Dakota reservation. Police Chief Iver Crow Eagle tells the Rapid City Journal that the bodies of two men were found in a field south of St. Francis about 2 a.m....
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H1N1 Flu Virus Showing Up Again in the Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Health officials in the Dakotas say they’re seeing cases of H1N1 flu — the same strain that caused a pandemic four years ago. The virus has caused two deaths in South Dakota. In the 2009-10 flu season it killed 24 people in the state. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger tells...
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SD Official Offers Advice on Short-Term Loans

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota banking official says people considering taking out short-term loans should make sure they understand the payment terms before they borrow money. Bret Afdahl, director of the state Division of Banking, says people need to understand the repayment terms for the different kinds of loans that are available....
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Economic Survey Suggests Optimism for Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic report suggests supply managers surveyed in nine Midwestern and Plains states are optimistic about the regional economy over the next six months. The confidence index for the Mid-America Business Conditions Index jumped to 66.5 last month from 57.2 in November. However, the overall index rose just 2...
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Study: Poverty Influences Children’s Early Brain Development

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – According to a new study, children of low-income families have slower rates of growth in a number of areas, including two key parts of the brain, the parietal lobe and the frontal lobe. The problem is described by one of the researchers involved, psychology professor Seth Pollak. “Poverty seems to...
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Flu Season Ramping Up in South Dakota

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – The flu season is beginning to ramp up in South Dakota, with focal points of the virus in Yankton and the Rapid City metropolitan area. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger tells the Yankton Press and Dakotan (http://bit.ly/1lrq66O ) that the virus will move statewide sooner than later. He says it will likely...
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