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SD Department of Health Confirms More Than 50 Cases of Whooping Cough in 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Health says it has confirmed more than 50 cases of whooping cough statewide this year and the majority of those have been in Lawrence County. The Rapid City Journal reports that the state has so far confirmed 51 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough....
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Federal Help Sought for June Flooding and Tornado in SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s three members of Congress have asked President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster for three counties hit last month by a tornado and flooding. In a letter to the president, Rep. Kristi Noem and Sens. Tim Johnson and John Thune requested federal help for Jerauld, Lincoln, and...
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Pierre P.D. Promotes Officer to Patrol Sergeant

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre native has been promoted to a Patrol Sergeant within the ranks of the Pierre Police Department. Officer Brandon Boyd will have been with the Pierre P.D. for 11 years on July 7. He has also served as Pierre’s Community Resource Officer since 2010. Yesterday, he was officially...
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Governor Awards Block Grant to Midland to Help Plug a Geothermal Well

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The community of Midland has been given about a half million dollars in funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to help with plugging an unsafe geothermal well. Governor Dennis Daugaard awarded $515,000 in CDBG Urgent Need Funding to Midland. Daugaard says in a release that he...
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NWS Looks Back at June Precipitation and Temperatures

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service classifies the month of June as a very wet and cool month across most of the region. Rainfall amounts across central and northeast South Dakota and parts of neighboring Minnesota ranged from three to almost ten inches. In Timber Lake, the 9.89 inches that fell...
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Two Motorists Hurt in Two Vehicle Crash Near Blunt This Morning

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A two vehicle accident at the junction of Highways 14 and 83 this morning left two women injured. Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt says the accident occurred about 7:10 a.m. this morning. Leidholt says 70-year-old Joyce Keller of North Platte, Nebraska was driving a 1999 Honda Accord east on...
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List of Some DRG Area Fourth of July Activities

UNDATED – (DRG News) There’s a lot going on in the Dakota Radio Group listening area over the next few days as the Fourth of July is celebrated tomorrow.  Here’s a quick listing of a few of the things you might take in and a few other holiday notes: TODAY: -Fort Pierre 4th of...
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SD Benefits Require Some Travel for Lowest Rates

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State employees will now have to travel to Sioux Falls and other eastern cities for the most affordable specialty services. Changes to state benefits took effect Tuesday that put more of the burden on the insured and relieve pressure on the state. Deductibles have increased by $250 in two of...
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Wessington Springs Relief Fund Nears $80,000

WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) – A relief fund set up to help residents of tornado-ravaged Wessington Springs has raised nearly $80,000 in the two weeks since the June 18 twister. Residents say they’re grateful for the help. Mayor Melissa Mebius says the amount surpasses what officials expected. A committee has been formed to determine...
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Hospital to Replace Destroyed School in Hoven

HOVEN, S.D. (AP) – A former hospital in Hoven will get new life as a temporary school. Officials have decided to house students there during the next school year as they work to rebuild the junior and senior high school that was destroyed in a May 25 fire. Investigators believe the blaze began in...
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