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Measure to Raise Minimum Wage Set for 2014 Ballot

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A measure to raise the state minimum wage will be on the 2014 general election ballot as Initiated Measure 18. Secretary of State Jason Gant says that based on a validation of a sample of signatures, the group sponsoring the measure submitted nearly 21,000 valid signatures. That’s well over...
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Bids to be Taken Soon for Tearing Down Closed City Auditorium

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Mayor says the city will take bids soon to start the process moving forward to tear down the old City Auditorium.  The building is almost eighty years old.  The city had the structure checked after noting structural deficiences and once it was determined that it was not stable,...
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Pierre’s Deputy Fire Chief Looks Back at Fire Calls for the Year

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Deputy Fire Chief says 2013 has brought a year of reduced fire calls.  Comparing this year to 2012, Ian Paul says the department has had a drop in call numbers. http://www.drgnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Ian-Paul-1-Talks-About-Past-Year-for-Firesd6.mp3 Paul says member-wise, the PFD has been holding steady throughout the year.  He says the number of...
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PFD Holds Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department held its annual Awards Banquet Thursday to recognize its members and others for their contributions to the department.   During the program portion of the evening, Deputy Chief Ian Paul recognized department members for their service time; from new firefighters to those who have served several...
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Pierre PD Says No One Injured in Three Vehicle Accident

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A three vehicle crash left over $15,000 in damage to the units involved, but no one was injured.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says a Fort Pierre man was eastbound on East Wells Avenue about 10:55 a.m. Thursday and braked to avoid another vehicle when he lost control of...
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Hultman to Lead Department Of Labor and Regulation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The interim secretary of the Department of Labor and Regulation is removing interim from her title. Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Friday that he will appoint Marcia Hultman, the department’s deputy secretary, to take the position. Hultman has served as interim secretary since the retirement of Secretary Pam Roberts in October....
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Snow Hampering Harvest of Some Dakotas Row Crops

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Snow in early October and early December is pushing the fall harvest of some row crops in the Dakotas into the winter months. National Agricultural Statistics Service North Dakota Director Darin Jantzi says his office has received reports that farmers might be forced to leave some corn and sunflower crops...
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Ranchers Oppose SD Tribe’s Plan for Bison Reserve

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Some cattle ranchers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation say they’ll fight plans for a large bison reserve being pursued by the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The tribe and National Park Service officials are working on making the South Unit of Badlands National Park the nation’s first tribal national park....
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Flags in SD at Half-Staff in Mandela’s Memory

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking that all flags in South Dakota be flown at half-staff in memory of Nelson Mandela. The former South African president died Thursday at the age of 95. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for opposing apartheid and helped dismantle the country’s legacy of institutionalized racism....
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Regents Say SD Could Have Worker Shortage

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Board of Regents says a new study shows the state needs to produce more university graduates to deal with the threat of a shortage of qualified workers. The study indicates that 72 percent of resident students remain in South Dakota the year following college graduation to...
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