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Black Leaders Weigh In, Renaming Work Suspended

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota panel responsible for getting rid of offensive place names has suspended work on sites that contain the word “Negro” after some black people said the term is not offensive. The Board on Geographic Names met in Pierre on Tuesday to consider replacement names for five Black Hills...
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Farmers Face Tough Decisions from Delayed Planting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – It’s decision time for many Midwest farmers stuck in one of the wettest springs ever: Plant or replant corn in muddy, puddled fields or collect crop insurance. The USDA says 91 percent of the nation’s corn is planted; normal for this time of year is 95 percent. The water-logged...
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Polls Are Closed…Unofficial Results in for Pierre’s Municipal and School Board Races

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Polls have closed for this Election Day in the Capital City and unofficial results show Commissioner Jeanne Goodman was the top vote getter in today’s municipal election.  She defeated challenger Troy Bowers for city commission by a vote of 1,217 to 378. In the school board race, Cari Leidholt...
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Pierre Voters Head to the Polls Today to Make Choices in School Board and Commission Races

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today is Election Day in Pierre, as municipal and school board elections are being held.  Polls opened at seven this morning.  Voters will choose between incumbent Cari Leidholt, and challengers Mike Mehlhaff, Jr. and Paul Turman to fill two openings on the Pierre School Board and in the race...
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Local Resident Loses Money in Phone Scam

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Hughes County resident lost $2,500 in a telephone scam recently.  Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt says the resident called authorities late last week to report a second call from someone claiming to be from “Publishers Clearance”.  The resident said that the caller had contacted them earlier saying they...
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NWS Says May’s Above Normal Rainfall Improved Drought Conditions

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) Central and northeast South Dakota saw near to below normal temperatures last month with above to much above normal rainfall.  The National Weather Service in Aberdeen says the monthly average temps for May were as much as two degrees below normal.  The highest temperatures for the month occurred in...
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Event on June 12 Will Offer Details on Aging Services

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) If you have ever wondered what services are available to help as you age, Adult Services and Aging will be providing information on the topic during an “old fashioned picnic meal” next week in Fort Pierre.  Whether needing information for you or for a family member going through...
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Premier Woman’s Award Seeking Nominations

HURON, S.D. – (DRG News) The Spirit of Dakota Award Society is asking South Dakotans for nominations for their annual award presentation.  The recipient of the Spirit of Dakota award will be announced at a banquet in Huron on October 5.  The award was established in 1987 and is presented to an outstanding South...
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Moore Named Interim Director of Indian Education

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Education has named the former director of the federal Bureau of Indian Education as the interim director of Indian education for the state. Keith Moore of Sioux Falls was director of the BIE from 2010 to 2012. Prior to working there, Moore served as chief...
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US Attorney Johnson Dances Around Political Future

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson of South Dakota says his job as federal prosecutor prevents him from commenting on his political plans, but does not dispute comments that he won’t be running for Senate in 2014. Johnson told the Argus Leader Monday that he looked at polling and talked to...
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