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Commission Welcoming Public Input for Celebrating 125 Years of Statehood

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Public input is currently being taken-as a commission working on South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood puts together a list of projects, events and activities for next year’s celebration.  Last month, Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed the nine-person commission which is working between now and October 1 to come up...
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Chamber to Host Annual City Ag Tour Next Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual City Ag Tour next week at Dakota Lakes Research Farm east of Pierre.  Pierre Chamber Executive Director Laura Schoen Carbonneau says this year’s tour on Thursday, August 15 will give participants a chance to see the operations at Dakota...
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Pierre/Fort Pierre Historical Preservation Commission Actively Working to Highlight Local Historical Structures

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre/Fort Pierre Historical Preservation Commission continues expanding a project in which the group has placed QR or “Quick Respond” codes at different historical locations in both communities.  Gordon Koch, Chairman of the Commission says the codes-which can be read with smart phones-offer details on the history of the...
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SD Veterans Groups Worry About a Claims Backlog

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Leaders of military veterans groups in South Dakota are worried about a possible slowdown in the processing of benefit claims as backlogged cases from around the country are shifted to the state. The federal Veterans Affairs department has a nationwide backlog of more than 500,000 claims. To help reduce...
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Judge Denies Credit Request for Beef Plant

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A bankruptcy judge has denied a South Dakota beef packing plant’s request to obtain secured credit and has scheduled a final hearing in two weeks. Judge Charles Nail says he’ll also wait to rule on whether Northern Beef can hire investment banking firm Lincoln International to pursue a sale...
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Authorities: Robby Knievel Arrested on DUI Charge

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – The daredevil son of Evel Knievel has been arrested on a drunken driving charge in South Dakota. Meade County Chief Deputy Tom Wilts told the Rapid City Journal that Robbie Knievel drove his motorhome into a couple of parked vehicles at the Buffalo Chip Campground, a popular spot during the...
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Martin Man Sentenced on Sex Abuse Charge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A 62-year-old Martin man has been sentenced to five years in prison for having a sex with a 15-year-old girl more than 50 times in Bennett County in 2010 and 2011. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says that Chief Judge Jeffrey Viken sentenced Edwin Johnson in federal court for sexual...
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SD Farm Families to be Recognized at State Fair

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Families who have owned their farms or ranches for 100 or 125 years will have the chance to be recognized during the South Dakota Fair on Aug. 29. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the South Dakota Farm Bureau want to honor farm and ranch families who have continuously...
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SD Governor Asks Board to Look Into DM&E Obligations

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking the federal Surface Transportation Board whether Canadian Pacific Railway has lived up to its obligations with its purchase of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad. Daugaard says rail infrastructure is critical to agriculture in South Dakota, and Canadian Pacific indicated recently that it...
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Pierre Woman Starting Drive to Help Watertown Residents Displaced by Fire

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre woman is working to put together an assortment of items that could help the victims of an apartment fire that occurred in Watertown.  The SunChase senior living apartments were destroyed in this week’s fire.  Sherry Shepley of Pierre says she has started a local drive to help...
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