Midwest Economic Index Inches Up Again

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has inched up again, suggesting more economic growth over the next three to six months. A report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 60.6 in June from 60.5 in May, hitting another three-year high. Looking...
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SD Game Officials OK Larger Walleye Harvest in Summer

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The 15-inch limit on walleye is lifted on Lake Sharpe and Lake Francis Case for July and August. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department officials say they made the changes because walleye are harder to catch in those months. Anglers can harvest up to four walleye a day on...
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SD Farmers Plant Largest Soybean Crop on Record

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota farmers planted a record soybean crop this year, mirroring a national trend. The Agriculture Department estimates 4.95 million soybean acres in the state, up 8 percent from last year. Nationally, soybean acreage is up 11 percent over the year to a record 84.8 million acres. The increase...
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Pierre Man Selected for SD Transportation Hall

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A highway engineer from Pierre has been selected for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for 2014. Tim Bjorneberg spent 31 years with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, beginning his career in a field office in Yankton in 1980. He held various positions in Pierre including...
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South Dakota Youth Recruits Trained Last Week at Trooper Academy in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) 19 South Dakota teens were trained last week with the Highway Patrol at the Youth Trooper Academy in Pierre. The young adults were chosen from 60 applicants. The academy is for teens who have finished their junior or senior year of High School and this was the third year...
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Bench Unveiling & Carnival Held to Remember Longtime Pierre Resident

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Families enjoyed a Sunday afternoon of fun at Pierre’s LaBarge Park as part of a day organized to remember a former Pierre resident who brought joy to many. Longtime daycare provider Shirley Raue passed away last December. She cared for hundreds of local youngsters through her childcare business. She...
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Barrel Vault Glass Reinstallation Complete-Lighting to be Added to Highlight Some Panels

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Some sections of stained glass that were removed from the State Capitol were put back in the barrel vault-above the grand marble staircase-last week. The Capitol stained glass project started last August with the removal of glass panels from the Rotunda. Glass from the barrel vault, and House and...
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State Park Visitors Should Leave Fireworks at Home

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Officials with South Dakota’s Game, Fish and Parks Department want to remind visitors to state parks to leave fireworks at home for the upcoming holiday weekend.  Doug Hofer, State Parks Director says campgrounds are traditionally very busy with campers and other visitors enjoying the parks during the Independence Day...
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SDHP Investigates Collision Between Motorcycle and Vehicle in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre motorcyclist was hurt in a collision with an SUV this morning.  South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Dale says the accident was reported at the intersection of Highland and Sioux Avenues in Pierre about 5:50 a.m. this morning.   Dale says a 1997 GMC Jimmy driven by a...
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SD Republican Party Hires 2004 Thune Consultant

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Republican Party has hired Dick Wadhams as senior political consultant leading up to the November election. He already has been working for the Mike Rounds Senate campaign for the past year. Wadhams is a Denver-based Republican political consultant who’s best known in South Dakota for managing...
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