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Harrisburg School is Flooding

  HARRISBURG, SD (AP) – The nearly ten inches of rain that has fallen in the Harrisburg area in the last 48 hours is causing some major problems at Liberty Elementary School.   The school is surrounded by floodwater. District officials and volunteers are working to sandbag the entrances to the school to keep...
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Brookings Fire Chief Suspended for Two Weeks

  BROOKINGS, SD (AP) -  The city of Brookings has suspended its fire chief for two weeks. City Manager Jeff Weldon says that Fire Chief Darrell Hartmann has been placed on unpaid administrative leave “for personnel reasons.”  Weldon says he met with the chief on Wednesday and placed him on the unpaid leave.  Weldon...
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Governor Daugaard Proclaims May as Archaeology Month

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month in South Dakota.  Daugaard, in his proclamation, says South Dakota’s cultural heritage is rich because of thousands of historical sites, historic buildings and landscapes.  He says public appreciation and understanding of the sites are the foundations for...
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South Dakota Museum Opening Marred by Horse Wagon Crash

   DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — The opening of the new $5.5 million Days of ’76 Museum in Deadwood has been marred by the crash of a horse-drawn wagon that injured four people in the historic city in western South Dakota’s Black Hills. The free wagon rides were being given Saturday to celebrate the opening...
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SDSU Scientist Studies Wetland Losses

  BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — An expert on soil science at South Dakota State University says wetlands in eastern North Dakota and South Dakota are shrinking at a rapid pace. Professor Carol Johnston compared Department of Agriculture crop maps with wetland maps from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey...
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Federal Official to Speak at SD Health Conference

   PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health will be the keynote speaker at a national conference being held in South Dakota to connect small businesses with federal funding opportunities. The state Board of Regents says Lawrence A. Tabak will speak at the Small Business Innovation Research...
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Pierre Man Pleads Not Guilty to Mailing Chicken Feces

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Pierre man has pleaded not guilty to sending chicken feces to the Dewey County treasurer. 49-year-old Tom Parsons entered the plea Friday in federal court. A trial date has not yet been set. Prosecutors say Parsons has been in a dispute with the county treasurer over vehicle registration....
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Military Given Free Admission at Heritage Center

   PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center is offering free admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The center in Pierre is participating in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of...
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Program for young people with disabilities expands

   PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota program that provides employment training for young people with disabilities is expanding to Brookings. Project Search has been operating internship programs at Avera McKennan Health Care Systems in Sioux Falls and Aberdeen for three years. A third site will begin training students in August at South...
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Judge Declares Mistrial in South Dakota Figure Skating Case

  RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial in the lawsuit a Rapid City man launched against his daughters’ figure skating coach.  After deliberating for almost seven hours on Thursday, the jury returned to work Friday morning for two hours only to tell Circuit Judge Robert Mandel they could not...
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