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Governor Daugaard Says Discussions Underway to Further Assist Producers Who Lost Livestock Earlier This Month

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says state officials are trying to come up with more ideas to help producers who lost livestock in this month’s snowstorm in western South Dakota.  Daugaard said yesterday that he has asked South Dakota’s Office of Emergency Management to look at ways that livestock...
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Ag Secretary Says Offices Couldn’t Open for Storm

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack acknowledges his agency hasn’t been able to do much for western South Dakota ranchers hit by an early October blizzard. He told KBHB-AM in Sturgis that livestock disaster assistance programs expired in 2011, so Congress needs to pass a new Farm Bill and make the...
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Pierre Police to Review Policy for Using Tasers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Pierre Police Department will examine its policy for the use of Tasers in the wake of an incident in which an officer used a stun gun on an 8-year-old girl. Chief Bob Grandpre tells the Capital Journal that officials with the Rapid City Police Department and the state Highway...
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Slow Growth Likely in Rural Parts of 10 States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new report suggests the economy will continue growing at a slow pace in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states in the months ahead. The overall index for the report released Thursday rose to 54.3 in October from 52.4 in September. Any score above 50 suggests growth. Creighton...
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At Least 23 Sign Up in SD Insurance Exchange

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – At least 23 people in South Dakota have signed up for health insurance in the first two weeks policies have been offered through an Internet exchange that’s part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. South Dakota is one of 36 states letting the federal government run its health exchange,...
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Senator Johnson, USDA Official to Tour Western SD

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Tim Johnson says he plans to visit areas of western South Dakota hard hit by an early fall blizzard. The Democrat says accompanying him will be U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Michael Scuse. They’ll talk to ranchers about livestock losses. The day of the...
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Lower Bird Numbers Hold True Before General Opener

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Early estimates of fewer pheasants in South Dakota this season appear to be holding true. Chuck Schlueter in the wildlife division of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks says that anecdotal reports from last weekend’s resident opener indicated fewer birds and hunters. But he says state staff talked to...
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SD Unemployment Insurance Division Wins Awards

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Division of Unemployment Insurance has received two awards from the U.S. Labor Department for the way it handles benefit payments and appeals. South Dakota has won the benefit payments award five times since the awards began in 2006. State Unemployment Insurance Director Pauline Heier says South Dakota’s...
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Timber Lake Educator is SD’s Teacher of the Year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Timber Lake High School math and science teacher LuAnn Lindskov has been named South Dakota’s Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during a Thursday evening banquet in Oacoma. Lindskov is a member of Black Hills State University’s QuarkNet, a group of South Dakota science teachers who study subatomic...
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Pierre PD Investigating Two Recent Business Burglaries

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Police Department is investigating two burglaries that occured at local businesses over the past few days.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says on Sunday night about 11:15 p.m., officers were told of a burglary at Hardee’s at 305 West Sioux Avenue.  Blemaster says entrance to the building...
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