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Group Seeks Fair Price For Power Sold to Utilities

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – Dakota Rural Action says South Dakotans who produce electricity from small solar and wind installations should get a fair price when they sell that power to utility companies. The grassroots agriculture and conservation group says small wind and solar installations represent the future of energy production. Members of the group...
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SD Governor Makes First Successful Skydive

MADISON, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says his first skydive was an “absolutely incredible” experience. The 60-year-old governor jumped from a plane over Madison Wednesday night in tandem with an instructor and fell 10,000 feet before landing safely in a field. He did it to fulfill a pledge to help raise...
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Volunteers Continue Working on Fort Pierre’s Train Depot

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Fort Pierre’s train depot now has some new added features.  The building, which was returned from a Mud Butte ranch to Fort Pierre in March, recently had new signs marking the building with the words “Ft. Pierre” on the north and south ends of the structure.  The depot...
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City Officials Announce That Menards Planning to Build Home Improvement Store in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A new development for Pierre was announced yesterday at the city’s weekly commission meeting.  The Capital City has been tabbed as the next location for the home improvement store Menards.   The company has 280 home improvement stores in several Midwest states.  In South Dakota, the company’s website says stores...
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Stanley County Schools Receive Technology Infrastructure Upgrade Grant

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Stanley County School District has received a grant that will benefit the district’s schools.  Stanley County Superintendent Dan Martin says the district applied for the Technology Upgrade Grant through the South Dakota Department of Education.  Funding was provided through the 2013 legislature.  Martin says in a press...
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Governor Daugaard Urges Careful Driving Over the Upcoming Labor Day Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard is urging travelers on South Dakota roads during the upcoming Labor Day travel weekend to use extra care.  The state Office of Highway Safety says South Dakota has recorded at least one highway fatality during every Labor Day travel weekend since 2005.  2004 was the last...
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Chip Sealing Continues in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Street Department is continuing work it started yesterday to conduct this year’s chip seal project on various roads around the community.  Construction and Operations Manager Lynn Patton says this morning’s rains backed up plans for today a bit, but they still plan to complete work on Humboldt Street...
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SD Looks to Coordinated Care to Cut Medical Costs

UNDATED (AP) – South Dakota’s Medicaid program is launching a new effort to trim spending by coordinating the care of chronically ill people in the state.  Medicaid is the federal program that pays the medical costs for poor people. A team known as a “Health Home” typically will be led by a primary care...
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Dakotas Tribal Member to Speak at DC Ceremony

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A college student from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation is getting a chance to speak at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The Bismarck Tribune reports that 23-year-old University of Mary senior Alayna Eagle Shield will speak...
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Suspect in Pedestrian Deaths of Pierre Man and NY Woman Pleads Not Guilty

LAKE ANDES, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man accused of driving drunk and killing two federal wildlife researchers has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges. Twenty-nine-year-old Ronald Fischer Jr., of Lake Andes, was allegedly driving drunk on July 8 in the Pickstown area when he failed to stop at a stop sign....
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