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Meet and Greet Draws Candidates Seeking Local to Federal Office Positions

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Local residents got the chance last night to talk face to face with some candidates who have announced their intention to run for office in 2014-ranging from municipal races to South Dakota’s open U.S. Senate seat.  The Stanley-Hughes County Republican Committees held a “Pre-2014 Candidate Meet and Greet...
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State Rights of Way Cattle Carcass Removal Ending

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials say a contractor working to remove livestock carcasses from state rights of way in the wake of a devastating early October blizzard in western South Dakota is wrapping up the work. The state contracted with Dakota Rendering Inc. of Freeman to remove the carcasses. The operation was...
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Some Federal Help Available for Storm-Hit SD Ranchers

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A federal Agriculture Department official says there is some federal government help available to South Dakota ranchers who lost cattle to an early October blizzard, but it’s limited. Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse says a Natural Resources Conservation Service program called the Environmental Quality Incentives...
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Wyoming FFA Association Collects Donations for SD Ranchers

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – The Wyoming FFA Association is collecting donations to help South Dakota ranchers whose cattle died in a blizzard earlier this month. Local FFA chapters are dropping off collection cans at businesses throughout Wyoming. The storm Oct. 4-7 dumped up to 4 feet of snow in places and killed 15,000-30,000 cattle....
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Wildlife Officials Seek Protection for Butterflies

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Federal wildlife officials are proposing threatened or endangered species status for two Upper Midwest butterflies in the wake of rapid population declines. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to publish its proposal to protect the Dakota skipper and the Poweshiek skipperling in Thursday’s edition of the Federal Register....
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$15K to Help Ranchers, Sturgis Businesses

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – The $15,000 that usually goes to Sturgis Rally Charities will instead go to ranchers affected by the early October blizzard. KBHB radio reports that the funds will be split, with half going to Meade County producers and half helping Sturgis businesses recover from the storm. The city will also donate...
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Risky Behavior Blamed as STDs Increase in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Health officials say Internet hookups by anonymous partners are driving a distressing increase in sexually transmitted disease in South Dakota. Cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia all are ahead of last year’s pace. Officials attribute the increase to online liaisons and to an increasingly lax attitude about risky behavior....
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December Hearing Scheduled in ‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) – Oral arguments are scheduled for December in a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit over ABC News’ coverage of a meat product that critics dub “pink slime.” The lawsuit filed by Beef Products Inc. was moved in June from federal court to circuit court. ABC is asking the circuit...
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South Dakota Governor to Appear at Business Forum in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – The governor of South Dakota plans to participate in a business forum that Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is holding in Cheyenne in November. Mead’s office says South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard intends to speak about economic development strategies at the business forum Nov. 19 in Cheyenne. Mead says Daugaard has...
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First South Dakota Flu Death is From Minnehaha County

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Minnehaha County resident in their 70s is the first South Dakotan to die of the flu this season. The Department of Health says the person’s name and more information will not be released. The state has reported three laboratory-confirmed cases of flu and one flu-related hospitalization. Health officials say...
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