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SD Delegation Seeks to Head Off Corps Water Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) – South Dakota’s congressional delegation is pressing House and Senate negotiators to keep a provision in a massive water projects bill that prevents the Army Corps of Engineers from charging some residents for use of water. The House and Senate have both passed water projects bills this year. The two bills are...
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SD Flags at Half-Staff on Pearl Harbor Anniversary

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has asked that all flags in South Dakota be flown at half-staff to observe National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Flags should be flown at half-staff until sundown Saturday, the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. President Barack...
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SD Governor Announces Pheasant Task Force

HURON, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has announced the formation of a task force to find a balance between modern agricultural practices and wildlife-oriented land conservation. The Daily Republic reports that Daugaard made the announcement Friday at his first-ever Pheasant Habitat Summit. He’s concerned about the declining pheasant population and its statewide impact....
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Distracted Driving

MOBRIDGE, S.D. – (DRG News) As more and more attention is being brought forward about distracted driving and laws to address it, new technologies are creating even further distractions.  It is not just devices that you can hold in your hand anymore.  There is great debate on whether CB, HAM, police, and other similar radios...
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Measure to Raise Minimum Wage Set for 2014 Ballot

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A measure to raise the state minimum wage will be on the 2014 general election ballot as Initiated Measure 18. Secretary of State Jason Gant says that based on a validation of a sample of signatures, the group sponsoring the measure submitted nearly 21,000 valid signatures. That’s well over...
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Bids to be Taken Soon for Tearing Down Closed City Auditorium

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Mayor says the city will take bids soon to start the process moving forward to tear down the old City Auditorium.  The building is almost eighty years old.  The city had the structure checked after noting structural deficiences and once it was determined that it was not stable,...
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Pierre’s Deputy Fire Chief Looks Back at Fire Calls for the Year

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Deputy Fire Chief says 2013 has brought a year of reduced fire calls.  Comparing this year to 2012, Ian Paul says the department has had a drop in call numbers. http://www.drgnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Ian-Paul-1-Talks-About-Past-Year-for-Firesd6.mp3 Paul says member-wise, the PFD has been holding steady throughout the year.  He says the number of...
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PFD Holds Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department held its annual Awards Banquet Thursday to recognize its members and others for their contributions to the department.   During the program portion of the evening, Deputy Chief Ian Paul recognized department members for their service time; from new firefighters to those who have served several...
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Pierre PD Says No One Injured in Three Vehicle Accident

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A three vehicle crash left over $15,000 in damage to the units involved, but no one was injured.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says a Fort Pierre man was eastbound on East Wells Avenue about 10:55 a.m. Thursday and braked to avoid another vehicle when he lost control of...
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Hultman to Lead Department Of Labor and Regulation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The interim secretary of the Department of Labor and Regulation is removing interim from her title. Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Friday that he will appoint Marcia Hultman, the department’s deputy secretary, to take the position. Hultman has served as interim secretary since the retirement of Secretary Pam Roberts in October....
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