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USDA Funds Dakotas Schools to Educate Farmers on Farm Bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Two universities in the Dakotas are getting federal money to educate farmers and ranchers about the new farm bill. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says $3 million is being doled out to extension services nationwide for outreach and education on the new farm legislation. The money will fund meetings where producers...
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Planning Continues for 2014 Dakota Western Heritage Festival

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Organizers have been working to get ready for this fall’s Dakota Western Heritage Festival. The annual event returns to the Expo Center in Fort Pierre September 13 & 14. Festival co-chair Gary Heintz says volunteers began working on the event right after the 2013 festival wrapped up. Once...
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Sansarc Schoolhouse Spotlighted During Monday Open House

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An open house was held earlier this week at the Sansarc Schoolhouse-a former country school now located near the log cabin Visitor Center in Fort Pierre. It’s believed the school building, which served students in northwest Stanley County, was first put to use in the early 1900’s. The...
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Contractor Notes Few Problems So Far for Garfield Avenue Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The weekly public meeting for the Garfield Avenue project was held this morning in Pierre. The project involves the reconstruction of the northern section of Garfield-also known as the Truck Route. A good portion of the mile and a half segment of Garfield is blocked and motorists are now...
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Reservation Hopes for Results from Obama’s Visit

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – Residents of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation that straddles the border between North Dakota and South Dakota say they’re honored President Barack Obama will visit Friday – but they also want to see results on issues he promised years ago to address. Obama’s trip marks his first to Indian...
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Man Killed in Mellette County Crash Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Kansas man died in a one vehicle crash yesterday north of White River.  The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the man, 57-year-old Ronald Edwin Franchett, was driving a 1998 Ford Ranger yesterday evening about eight miles north of White River when the vehicle left the road, hit a...
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Thanks Philip for Hosting a Great KGFX Hometown Tour Broadcast!

PHILIP, S.D. – (DRG News)  The second broadcast of the 2014 Hometown Tour series was held Wednesday, June 11 in Philip.  KGFX morning man Scott Lane visited with several different guests from our host location-First National Bank and First National Agency. Listeners heard all about plans for Scotty Philip Days June 13-15 and the...
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Corps Office Target of Race Complaint

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An employee of an Army Corps of Engineers office near Pierre says he has been denied promotions because he is black. The Capital Journal reports that John Newell has filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying he has been denied advancement because of his race and in retaliation for...
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Report: South Dakota’s GDP Grows 3.1 Percent

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – New figures show that South Dakota’s economy grew by 3.1 percent in 2013. Gross domestic product numbers were released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. The GDP is calculated as the sum of what consumers, businesses and government spend on goods and services, plus investment and net foreign...
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USDA Says SD Winter Wheat Production Expected to Rebound

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Winter wheat production in South Dakota this year is expected to be almost double what farmers harvested during drought-plagued 2013. The Agriculture Department’s latest estimate is 49.1 million bushels, up 88 percent over the year. The average yield is forecast at 45 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from...
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