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Oahe Days Coming Soon…June 20-22!

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) It’s just one month away…the 2014 Oahe Days weekend. The annual celebration will be centered around Steamboat Park in Pierre next month. Oahe Days Committee President Brad Curtis says the schedule for the weekend is filling up; with bands and music already booked, plus there will be a hypnotist,...
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Sage Grouse Hunt in Doubt as Decline Continues

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Montana is joining North Dakota and South Dakota as states that plan to curtail sage grouse hunting in response to a continued decline in the game bird’s population. Montana wildlife commissioners on Thursday gave tentative approval to a proposal to cancel or scale back a two-month hunting season slated to...
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Fort Pierre Council Approves Mowing & Trimming Plan from Civic Pride Committee

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Fort Pierre City Council acted Monday on a recommendation to begin mowing and trimming the U.S. Highway 83 and Highway 14 right of way through the city.  The Fort Pierre Civic Pride Committee brought the suggestion to the council and it was approved earlier this week.  The...
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DOH Says Pertussis Cases Increasing in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Health officials say the number of pertussis cases in South Dakota is on the rise. The Department of Health says that while the state saw 67 cases last year, 29 have been reported in the first five months of 2014. Pertussis is also known as whooping cough. It’s a highly...
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SD Supreme Court Frees Lodge From Tax Burden

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Supreme Court has freed a hunting lodge near Agar from taxes imposed after a Department of Revenue audit. The high court decision states that food, beverages and ammunition purchased by the Paul Nelson Farm for resale to customers did not qualify for tax and interest. The disputed...
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Former SD Legislator James ‘Jack’ Jones Dies at 87

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says former South Dakota legislator James “Jack” Jones has died. Daugaard says Jones, of Miller, died Wednesday, at age 87. Jones served from 1987 to 1988 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. Daugaard has ordered flags lowered to half-staff at the Capitol on Tuesday, the day...
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More Statehood Anniversary Committees Established

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says seven more committees have been established around the state to help celebrate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood on Nov. 2. The local committees are in Java, Humboldt, Dallas, Volga, Valley Springs and Peever, and by a Daughters of the American Revolution group in the Black...
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BankWest Gives $50K for New 4-H Hall at Fair

HURON, S.D. (AP) – Donations continue to flow to a campaign of the South Dakota State Fairgrounds to build a new 4-H exhibit hall. The state’s Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced a $50,000 donation from South Dakota-based BankWest. State officials have raised more than $2.2 million toward the $4 million project. The proposed...
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SD Health Department Urges Measles Vaccinations

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Health is urging residents to verify that their immunizations are up to date as the number of cases of measles has gone up nationally. State epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger says 200 cases of measles have been reported in the U.S. this year, including two cases...
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Crazy Horse Sculptor’s Widow Dies, Project Ongoing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Ruth Ziolkowski, who helped turn South Dakota’s Crazy Horse Memorial into a national draw after her sculptor husband’s death, has died. She was 87. Memorial spokesman Mike Morgan says she died late Wednesday night in Rapid City, South Dakota. Ziolkowski carried on her late husband’s dream of honoring Native...
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