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SD Educators Say Schools Need More State Aid

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Representatives of local school boards and administrators say South Dakota’s school districts need more state financial aid to keep good teachers, restore programs that have been cut and prevent a decline in student achievement. Those officials say they appreciate Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposal to boost state aid by 3 percent...
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SDSHS Director Says 2014 to Bring Events to Cultural Heritage Center to Note Center’s 25th Anniversary

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) 2014 will bring a number of events to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, as the facility celebrates it’s 25th anniversary. The Cultural Heritage Center was built as a lasting legacy project for South Dakota’s centennial anniversary in 1989. Jay Vogt, Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society,...
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Final Day of 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism Underway in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today brings the final day of the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The conference has been underway this week at the Ramkota in Pierre. Wednesday included a full schedule for attendees. The Department of Tourism’s Wanda Goodman says South Dakotans involved in the visitor industry are getting a chance to network...
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Congresswoman Kristi Noem Addresses State Lawmakers During Pierre Visit Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem was in Pierre Wednesday and spent some time at the Capitol yesterday afternoon, speaking before the South Dakota Senate and House. The former South Dakota lawmaker said returning to the state’s capital gives her a chance to see so many familiar faces and is...
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PFD Called to Smoky Haze Wednesday in Conference Area of Ramkota-No Cause Found

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department spent about an hour and a half at a Pierre business Wednesday evening after reports that smoke was visible in a portion of the structure. Cory Hoffrogge Assistant Deputy Chief for the Pierre Fire Department says firefighters were summoned about 7:35 p.m. last night and were told a light...
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SD Budget Panel Discusses State Aid to Schools

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature’s budget-writing committee is taking a look at state financial aid to school districts. The Joint Appropriations Committee is meeting Thursday to discuss the system used to distribute financial aid to schools. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proposed that state aid to schools be boosted by 3 percent...
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Restoration of Capitol Rotunda Stained Glass Getting Closer to Completion

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Work is progressing on a restoration project involving stained glass from the rotunda of the South Dakota Capitol Building. The stained glass panels were removed from inside the Capitol dome last August and are being cleaned and restored at the Conrad Schmitt Studios near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mike Mueller of...
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Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Class Scheduled for Gettysburg

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The SDSU Extension Service will be hosting a private pesticide applicator certification class tomorrow near Gettysburg. Anyone in the state who plans to purchase “restricted use pesticides” or who is using pesticides to produce an agricultural commodity amounting to more than $1,000 gross sales potential each year is required to have...
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SD Lawmakers Approve More Common Core Bills

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers have taken another step toward studying whether the Common Core standards that establish what students should know in each grade level should be kept in the state’s schools. Earlier in the week, a legislative panel approved a measure that would set up a study of the existing...
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South Dakota Waiting on Word About Farm Bill

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s members of Congress hope a conference committee approves a farm bill within days to bring needed relief to ranchers who lost thousands of cattle in an early fall blizzard. Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson and leaders of the South Dakota Farmers Union and Stockgrowers Association held a news...
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