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No Foul Play Suspected in SD School Fire

 HOVEN, S.D. (AP) – Hoven firefighter Rick Schaefer says officials have no reason to suspect foul play in a fire that destroyed the town’s junior and senior high school.  Schaefer says that the cause of the Sunday blaze isn’t known. The state fire marshal’s office will be investigating.  Schaefer estimates that more than 100...
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Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club Posting Flags for Today’s Memorial Day

UNDATED – (DRG News) The Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club is displaying U.S. and South Dakota flags across the Missouri River Bridge as an observance of Memorial Day.  The club has set up the display on various holidays and other occasions since 2006.  A.G.E. Corporation of Fort Pierre is sponsoring today’s display.  Also, over 130...
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SD Guard Volunteers Organizing Reservation Food Drive

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota National Guard is helping with a special food drive which is being set up to benefit those on South Dakota’s Native American reservations.  Anyone wanting to donate items can bring non-perishable food items to any Army National Guard armory or to the Air National Guard base...
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Post 8 Hosting 2014 Memorial Day Program

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Riggs High School will be the location for the annual Memorial Day program this morning.  The American Legion-Post 8 is sponsoring today’s program.  Post 8 Commander Phil Clements will be the Master of Ceremony for the event and says music from the Capital City Band begins at 10:30...
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Small SD Town Dealing With Loss of School to Fire

HOVEN, S.D. (AP) – Residents in the small northern South Dakota town of Hoven are dealing with the shock of losing their school. The building was destroyed in a Sunday fire. The cause is still being investigated. Linda Coyne graduated from the school in 1968 and has taught there for 37 years. She even...
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SD’s Role in War in Afghanistan Winding Down

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The role of the South Dakota National Guard in the war in Afghanistan is winding down after 13 years. The Guard has announced that it has no further deployments scheduled to the region after this year. The Rapid City Journal reports that South Dakota currently has 160 Army guardsmen...
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Fire Damages Hoven High School in Northern SD

HOVEN, S.D. (AP) – A high school in northern South Dakota is severely damaged after an overnight fire. Authorities say the blaze at Hoven High School started around 1 a.m. Sunday and was still burning after sunrise. Peggy Petersen is the superintendent of the Hoven School District. She tells KELO-TV that the blaze will...
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Sales, Property Tax Refunds Being Accepted in SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Revenue is accepting applications from eligible senior and disabled residents for once-a-year sales or property tax refunds. Qualified applicants can receive a refund based on their income. The program’s income requirements for this year set the limit at $11,670 for a single-member household and at...
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Patchwork of SD Driver’s Ed Programs Under Review by DPS

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Public Safety Department has begun reviewing the state’s assortment of driver’s education programs, and one instructor says she would be open to more teaching guidance. There is little state oversight for driver’s education programs and the only requirement pertains to teacher training. Legislators and state officials have...
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South Dakota Governor Orders Flags at Half-Staff

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and South Dakota flags at half-staff Monday morning in observance of Memorial Day. His proclamation is in accordance with one signed by President Barack Obama. Flags will be flown at full-staff from noon until sunset. Daugaard is...
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