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SD Has Third West Nile Virus Death of the Year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State health officials say a third person has died this year in South Dakota from the West Nile, a person in their 80′s from Brule County. The state Health Department says the state has recorded 122 cases of the mosquito-borne illness statewide in 2013. The two other deaths were a...
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Stanley County Names Homecoming King and Queen Tuesday

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Stanley County’s Homecoming Royalty for 2013 was announced during a coronation ceremony held in Fort Pierre Tuesday.  Named as King and Queen for this week’s Homecoming were Riley Thelen and Hailey Norman.  Tuesday’s ceremony included an introduction of the crown bearers, Tatum Scott and Chance Carda and the...
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Spirit of Dakota Award to be Given Out This Weekend

HURON, S.D. – (DRG News) Eleven women will be honored Saturday after being nominated by their communities for the Spirit of Dakota Award.  South Dakota’s premier woman’s award will be given out this weekend in Huron.  Those nominated hail from Custer, Huron, Spearfish, Groton, Sioux Falls, DeSmet, Marion, and Howard.  Two central and western...
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Some Tourists Upset By Closure of Mount Rushmore

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Some tourists are upset that Mount Rushmore National Memorial in western South Dakota has been closed by the partial shutdown of the federal government. Wolfgang Ludmann tells KOTA TV he is angry because he came all the way from Germany to see Mount Rushmore, but could only see it...
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Arkansas AG Sues Online Payday Lenders Including SD Based Company

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is suing companies that he says colluded to offer illegal payday loans online while claiming to be affiliated with a Native American tribe to avoid legal action. McDaniel on Tuesday announced that he filed suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Western Sky Financial,...
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Permits Needed to Remove Hay Bales from Ditches

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Department of Transportation is reminding land owners that they now need permits to remove hay bales from highway ditches. Tuesday was the deadline for removing the bales. Any person wishing to claim ownership of illegal bales must now obtain a permit from the department. The permits are issued...
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SD Secretary of State Updating Voter Registration

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says he is updating the state’s voter registration list. Gant says people who have not voted or visited a county auditor to update their registration information in the past four years will get postcards seeking to verify their voter registration. He says voters...
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Pierre Man Arrested for Possessing a Stolen Vehicle and Other Charges

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was arrested early this morning for at least three different charges.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says the man was stopped near the intersection of Dakota and Tyler Avenues about 12:40 a.m.  Officers found that the 1995 Nissan Maxima that 21-year-old Robert Parkinson was driving had...
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Takini Students Make Trip to Pierre for Radio Station Visit

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A group of Takini School students stopped by KGFX Monday to record drug and alcohol prevention announcements for use on the radio.  The four students are all officers of their respective classes and were chosen to come to Pierre for the radio field trip based on paragraphs they wrote...
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Trail Signs Dedicated Along River in Pierre Monday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Four signs that were made possible through the Healthy South Dakota initiative were dedicated by City of Pierre officials, the South Dakota Health Department and others during a short ceremony Monday.  13 communities across the state, including Pierre, were named as recipients for the signs in 2010.  The markers...
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