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USDA Puts Out Tips on Food Safety During a Midwest Storm Outage

WASHINGTON (AP) – Severe storms can knock out electricity and cause food to spoil, but the U.S. Agriculture Department says there are some ways to cut food waste and guard against illness. The agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service put out food safety recommendations for people in the Midwest and Great Plains who get...
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Noem, Thune Criticize EPA Streams, Wetlands Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) – Landlocked South Dakota is again fighting with the federal government about water – this time over whether the Obama administration can regulate streams and smaller bodies of water. Republicans U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and U.S. Sen. John Thune have criticized a proposal that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate...
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South Dakota Invests State Dollars on Governor’s China Trip

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is leading a weeklong China trade mission through Friday at a cost of $93,000 for the state. The Republican believes the trip is worth the expense. Daugaard is hoping to expand the state’s export markets, building on his two prior trips that resulted in brokered...
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South Dakota Wildlife Draft Plan Available

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakotans can now study and comment on a plan intended to prevent endangered species listings. The state Game, Fish and Parks Department has released the South Dakota Wildlife Action Draft Plan Revision. The agency says some fish and wildlife species that are not game species might have special habitat...
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Department of Revenue Warns South Dakotans of Tax Scam

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakotans are being warned to be on guard against a scam in which individuals are being asked to pay money to address what is said to be a penalty for property tax or income tax due. The South Dakota Department of Revenue has been notified in recent days...
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You Can Help “Stamp Out Hunger” with Saturday’s Letter Carrier Food Drive

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The 22nd annual Letter Carrier Food Drive takes place tomorrow. The food drive is sponsored nationwide by the AARP Foundation, along with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service. In the Pierre area, the food drive will benefit the Pierre/Fort Pierre Food Pantry. Letter carriers...
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BHFCU Holds Ribbon Cutting Thursday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The ribbon cutting for one of Pierre’s newest businesses took place yesterday in conjunction with the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce After Hours Mixer.  Black Hills Federal Credit Union opened its doors in January in northeast Pierre, near Walmart.  Ground was broken for the financial institution in December 2012....
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Water Service Interrupted Along Portion of Dakota Avenue by Water Main Break

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre repaired a break in a water main along Dakota Avenue yesterday.  Pierre’s Construction and Operations Manager Lynn Patton says water was shut off on Dakota between Chapelle and Brule Streets yesterday afternoon.  The service was restored within a few hours.  The repair work was done...
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SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist Says Area Trees Recovering Well from 2011 Flood

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Trees along the river in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area are recovering well from the soaking they received during the flood of almost three years ago.  SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist John Ball was in the Pierre area recently.   Over the past few years, he’s been watching how trees have reacted...
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South Dakota Family Sentenced in Wire Fraud Case

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Rosebud couple and their son who pleaded guilty to charges in a federal wire fraud case have been ordered to pay restitution totaling nearly half a million dollars. Fifty-five-year-olds Shannon Running and Norman Running and 35-year-old Norman Running Jr. were accused of fleecing people in California through a scheme...
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