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ND Wants More Time to Comment on Butterflies

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota officials want a 30-day extension to comment on a proposal to list two Upper Midwest butterfly species as threatened and endangered. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Rep. Kevin Cramer sent a joint letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requesting the extension....
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South Dakota Capitol Lighting Ceremony is Tuesday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Capitol comes alive for Christmas this week. The lighting ceremony for nearly 100 decorated trees set up around the building is Tuesday evening. The trees were decorated by volunteers from communities, schools, churches, nonprofit organizations and state government offices. The largest of the trees in the rotunda was...
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SD Officials: More Than Half of $1M Grant Diverted

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials say more than half of a $1 million state grant given to Northern Beef Packers to cover construction and equipment costs was improperly diverted to pay immigration loan monitoring fees. Attorney General Marty Jackley says $550,000 of the 2011 check issued by the Department of Tourism...
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Pierre Elks Lodge Ramps Up Support of SD Veterans with Recent Projects

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This year, the Pierre Elks Lodge No 1953 has ramped up its support of South Dakota veterans.  Each year, the Lodge sponsors a holiday stocking stuffer program and provides flags for all of the South Dakota Medal of Honor Memorials.  Most recently, the Lodge received a $1,000 Gratitude Grant...
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MDU Advises Customers to be Wary of Utility Service Phone Scam

BISMARCK, N.D. – (DRG News) Montana Dakota Utilities is warning its customers that there is a utility scam circulating that has impacted parts of its service territory.  MDU says people have been contacted via phone by callers who state that if their utility bill is not paid immediately over the phone, utility service will...
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Report Issued by State Brand Board on Stray Livestock Numbers Following October Storm

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Brand Board met Wednesday in Pierre and received an update on the number of stray livestock recovered within about the past month.  Brand Board Executive Director Debbie Trapp says the board was told that more than 280 strays were recovered in October and in the first half...
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Pierre’s 2013 Deer Harvest Awaiting Approval from Game, Fish and Parks Department

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s City Commissioners were told Tuesday night that a task force is recommending no change in the number of deer to be harvested in town-as compared to the figure approved in 2012.  Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says the Deer Management Task Force has been working to decide how many...
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Couple Indicted for Death of Girl in Auto Accident

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A central South Dakota couple has been indicted on federal charges they didn’t seek medical help for a young girl who died of injuries suffered in an auto accident. According to the indictment, 25-year-old Rochelle Breckbill and 30-year-old Henry Chase Alone, both of La Plant, are charged with involuntary manslaughter,...
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Flags at Half-Staff in ND to Honor JFK’s Memory

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has directed all American and state flags be flown at half-staff as the country marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Daugaard’s proclamation is in accordance with a directive from President Barack Obama. It’s in effect from sunrise to sunset...
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SD FFA Foundation Raised $17,630 for Storm Atlas Relief

GETTYSBURG, S.D. – (DRG News) More than $17,000 has been raised in the past month by individuals, FFA chapters and foundations from nine states-to assist SD FFA members who lost livestock to Storm Atlas last month.  The SD FFA Foundation created a fund to split among FFA members that experienced losses to their livestock...
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