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Mayor Discusses Changing Look for Upper Pierre Street

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A new look for upper Pierre Street is beginning to show as a reconstruction project continues for the road section.  Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says plans have been in place to upgrade portions of Pierre Street for some time.  She says the 2011 flood, flood recovery that followed and...
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69 Century and Quasquicentennial Farm & Ranch Families Honored Thursday at State Fair

HURON, S.D. – (DRG News) Several farm and ranch families were honored yesterday at the State Fair by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and South Dakota Farm Bureau. Families who’ve owned their land for a century or more were the focus of an annual ceremony Thursday. This year, 42 families were given the...
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Child Immunization Rates Up in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Health Department says a national survey shows that child immunization rates are up in the state. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says more South Dakota preschoolers are getting immunized for pertussis, polio, rotavirus and other vaccine-preventable diseases. He says that’s good news but there’s still work to be done,...
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SD, Other States Settle Lawsuit Against Omnicare

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state’s attorney general says South Dakota has recovered more than $170,000 after settling a whistle blower lawsuit with a Cincinnati-based company that allegedly engaged in a kickback scheme with skilled-nursing facilities nationally. A Friday statement from Attorney General Marty Jackley’s office says Omnicare Inc., allegedly gave discounts to some...
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Upgrading Pierre Stadium Would Cost $1.2 Million

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Officials say upgrading Hyde Stadium in Pierre would cost $1.2 million. The stadium is home to high school, youth, American Legion and amateur baseball teams. It also hosts middle school football practices. The 79-year-old stadium has an old lighting system, bathrooms that are not accessible to the disabled, and dugouts...
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Thune Addresses Grain Shipment Delays at SD Forum

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune says he is doing everything he can to ensure that locomotives and railcars are available to move the abundant harvest that South Dakota farmers are expecting. Thune hosted a public forum Thursday at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Thune says he’s...
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Trees From Statehood Project Going Out to Counties

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Trees growing in soil collected from all 66 South Dakota counties will be delivered to sites across the state in the next two weeks. The project is aimed at helping celebrate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood this year. It was spearheaded by Plankinton artist Altman Studeny. He collected the...
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Judge Rules Against Libertarian in PUC Ballot Spat

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge has ruled against the South Dakota Libertarian Party’s attempt to get its Public Utilities Commission candidate on the November general election ballot. Secretary of State Jason Gant last week ruled Ryan Gaddy ineligible to run for the office, saying Gaddy didn’t change his party affiliation from...
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CAUW Youth Booster Fund Applications Now Available

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Local organizations which work with youth can now apply for the Fall round of Youth Booster Fund mini-grants through the Capital Area United Way.  Executive Director Christina Oey says youth based organizations in Stanley and Hughes counties are invited to apply for the mini-grants; which are funded by the...
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SDHP To Hold Sobriety Checkpoints in 12 Counties in September

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Highway Patrol will have another series of sobriety checkpoints in the month of September.  Checkpoints will be set up in 12 different counties next month-including in central South Dakota-in Lyman County.
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