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Calving Season Brings Hope to Western SD Ranchers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The arrival of spring calving season in western South Dakota is bringing hope to livestock ranchers whose herds were decimated by last fall’s unexpected blizzard. Rancher Chuck O’Connor lost 45 cows and 50 calves in the two-day October storm, which first brought rain and then dumped up to 4...
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South Dakota Cattle on Feed Up 4 Percent From 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals reported 240,000 cattle on feed on March 1, up 4 percent from last year. The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that placements in feedlots during February totaled 39,000 head, down 13 percent from 2013. Marketings of fed...
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Honey Production Same in ND, Down Slightly in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Honey production in 2013 was unchanged in North Dakota and down slightly in South Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 2013 production from South Dakota producers with five or more colonies totaled 14.8 million pounds, down 9 percent from 2012. There were 265,000 honey producing colonies in South...
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SDSU Extension Says NOAA Outlook Calls for Cool Climate to Dominate Through Spring Season

BROOKINGS, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center says cooler than average temperatures are expected to persist through the remainder of the spring season in South Dakota.  NOAA released its most recent update yesterday, detailing projections for temperature, precipitation and drought for the spring and early summer.  Laura...
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South Dakota Highway Patrol Joins “Drive to Save Lives”

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is taking part in an aggressive “Drive to Save Lives” campaign-along with more than 40 other states and the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The campaign is aimed at reducing highway fatalities across the nation this year.  Colonel Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway...
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Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is now accepting nominations for the 2014 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.  Nominee names are due to the SDDA by April 21.  The Ag Department says an Ag Ambassador should be someone that provides visionary leadership to the state’s agricultural industry and...
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PFD Puts Out Grass Fire Thursday Afternoon Near Y and Rawlins Library

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department spent almost two hours at the site of a grass fire near Rawlins Library Thursday.  Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says the department was told that grass was burning in the area of Rawlins Library and the Oahe Family YMCA-just north of parking areas for...
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SD Department Primes for Texting and Driving Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A law that would make texting while driving illegal in South Dakota still awaits the governor’s signature, but the state Department of Public Safety says it’s already talking about a public awareness campaign. A state official says the state already has some materials to warn against texting and driving. He...
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March 31 Marks End of Snowmobile Trail Season

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – March 31 marks the official end of the season for the statewide snowmobile trail system. Black Hills Trails District supervisor Shannon Percy says grooming operations began in full force on the season opener and crews have been consistently grooming throughout the season. Grooming operations will continue as long as snow...
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MN Tribe Helps Fellow Tribes With Propane Crisis

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Donations from an American Indian tribe in Minnesota totaling nearly $1.4 million have helped tribes in the Great Plains deal with a winter propane crisis. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community provided grants to the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota and South Dakota; the Yankton, Rosebud and Cheyenne River Sioux...
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