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Philanthropist Pledges $10M to Crazy Horse Carving

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has pledged a $10 million matching grant to speed work on the mammoth Crazy Horse Memorial mountain carving. The gift announced Thursday follows a $10 million matching pledge he made in 2007 that helped raise another $10 million for the ongoing project in...
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Belle Fourche Won’t Be Home to Keystone Crew Camp

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (AP) – TransCanada officials say they will not construct a crew camp in Butte County. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that Butte County commissioners continue to look at a proposed ordinance to regulate crew housing facilities. The ordinance would define where they could be built, where they’re prohibited, the permit process,...
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Quinn Family Awarded Leopold Conservation Award

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Wednesday night brought the presentation of the Leopold Conservation Award at the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Tradeshow in Pierre.  This year’s award went to the Guptill family-operators of a 7,000 acre cattle ranch near Quinn.  Pat and MaryLou Guptill were named earlier this year as the 2013...
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Four Bands Community Fund Receives Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Four Bands Community Fund, an organization based on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, was recently awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant.  A press release says the grant will be used by the non-profit community development organization to lead a reservation-wide effort to develop and start a...
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4-H Selling Calendars-Portion of Sales Benefit Rancher Relief Fund

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota 4-H is currently selling calendars that feature photographs which were exhibited at this year’s State Fair.  SDSU Extension announced this week that a portion of the proceeds from the calendars sold over the holiday season will go to the Rancher Relief Fund to help those who lost...
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Young Farmer Touts the Importance of Advocating for Agriculture Through Family Produced YouTube Videos

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A young farmer from Kansas-who along with his brothers have become a YouTube sensation- visited Pierre yesterday to talk with attendees at the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Convention.  22-year-old Greg Peterson, is one of the “Peterson Farm Brothers”, that have been making farming related YouTube videos and tying the...
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AP Newsbreak: Western Governors Show Wildlife Maps

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Governors in 16 states are unveiling a high-tech wildlife habitat mapping project they hope will encourage economic development across the West while protecting the region’s environmental treasures from Puget Sound to the Rocky Mountains. Leaders of the Western Governors’ Association tell The Associated Press they want to make it easier...
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FDA Takes Steps to Phase Out Antibiotics in Meat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat. Many cattle, hog and poultry producers give their animals antibiotics regularly to ensure that they are healthy and to make the animals grow...
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SD Files Brief in US Supreme Court Case on Guns

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota has joined with 26 other states in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving the sale of guns. Jackley says South Dakota allows private gun sales between law abiding citizens. He says the brief opposes the federal government’s attempt...
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Capital Area United Way Announces Changes to Annual Dancing with Stars Competition

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Capital Area United Way has announced that some major changes are coming to one of its annual events.  Executive Director Gloria Hanson says for the first time ever, a popular vote will determine the winner of the 2014 Capital Area United Way’s “Dancing with the Stars” competition.  Hanson...
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