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Interim Police Chief Named in SD Capital City

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Pierre commissioners have named an interim police chief for South Dakota’s capital city. Capt. Dave Panzer Jr. will head the Police Department while the city searches for a permanent replacement for Bob Grandpre. He’s retiring at the end of the month after nearly four decades in law enforcement and about...
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SD Senate Kills Bill to Regulate Contested Waters

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has killed a bill to regulate the use of public water that lies over private land after its main sponsor moved to defeat the measure. The debate has pitted fishing and hunting enthusiasts against property owners. Property owners say the public should not have access to...
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SD House Rejects Boost in Video Lottery Bet Limit

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has rejected a measure that would have increased the bet limit in video lottery games. A bill that would have raised the bet limit from $2 to $5 failed on a vote of 28-40. Supporters say the increase was needed to boost lagging state revenues from...
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Nelson Submits Signatures to Get on Ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State Rep. Stace Nelson says he’s submitted more than 2,650 signatures to the South Dakota Secretary of State’s office to get on the ballot as a Republican candidate for Senate. The Secretary of State must verify 1,950 of the nominating petition signatures for Nelson to qualify for a position on...
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SD Lawmakers Consider Limits on Payday Lending

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel is taking a first look at a measure that seeks to put restrictions on short-term loans. Rep. Steve Hickey of Sioux Falls says he negotiated provisions of the bill with representatives of the payday lending industry who became alarmed after he suggested putting limits on...
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Almost Three Years After Flooding Devastated Their Home, Family Rebuilding Along the River

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A family whose waterlogged home was often shown on news footage during the 2011 flood has decided to return to riverside living again.  Rod and Dale Vizcarra’s house along Frontier Road north of Fort Pierre sat in flood waters during the summer of 2011 and had remained empty...
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SD Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Business Day at the Legislature and Annual Meeting to be Thursday in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry is holding the 38th Business Day at the Legislature and Annual Meeting Thursday in Pierre.  South Dakota Chamber President David Owen will give a Legislative Briefing to start the day. In the afternoon, organizers have scheduled the Chamber’s 10th annual Business Caucus...
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Non-Profit Organization Farm Rescue Now Offers Haying Assistance for Crisis-Stricken Farm Families

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – (DRG News) A North Dakota based non-profit organization that provides free planting and harvesting assistance for farm families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster is now adding haying to its list of assistance offerings.  Farm Rescue’s coverage area includes the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota,...
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State Park Memorial Day Weekend Camping Reservations Open February 22

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This Saturday brings the first day that people wanting to camp in state parks on Memorial Day weekend will be able to make reservations for that holiday period.  State Division of Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer says in a press release that Memorial Day weekend is very busy...
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Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center Museum Reopens to the Public

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The museum portion of the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre has reopened to the public following cleanup and reconstruction work resulting from a break in a sprinkler system pipe on Christmas Eve.  Center Director Cindy Bahe says in a press release that the museum...
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