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Varilek Appointed to Small Business Administration

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – One-time U.S. House of Representatives candidate Matt Varilek has a new job with the Small Business Administration. Varilek has been appointed regional administrator for the SBA. U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson applauded Varilek’s appointment. Varilek has worked for both Johnson and former Sen. Tom Daschle. Says Johnson, “With his private...
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Officials to Update Missouri River Plan Tuesday

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Officials will provide an update on the plan for managing the Missouri River’s reservoirs on Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a conference call about its plan for managing water along the river. So far this year, officials have been working to conserve water because of...
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Chamberlain School Board Rejects Honor Song Request

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – American Indian students will not be recognized with an honor song during this year’s graduation ceremony at Chamberlain High School. The Daily Republic newspaper reports that the school board voted 6-1 Monday night to reject a request to allow the song. Supporters of an honor song presented a petition to...
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State’s Annual Free Fishing Weekend Begins Friday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Anglers can fish without a license this coming weekend during South Dakota’s annual Free Fishing Weekend. Fishing regulations and limits remain applicable. The state Game, Fish and Parks Department says all state parks and recreation areas also are offering free entrance from Friday through Sunday. Camping fees still apply. A...
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SD Officials Urge Caution in Dealing With Vendors

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State officials say South Dakotans should use caution when dealing with out-of-state vendors who are selling products or services. The state Revenue Department says many vendors are legitimate, but people should make sure vendors are reputable before doing business with them. The department says before hiring someone to provide repair...
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USDA Says Warmer Temperatures Help South Dakota Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Warmer weather across South Dakota helped farmers make good progress on their crops last week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that producers had on average 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Winter wheat conditions were rated 28 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 34...
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Interstate Kidnapping Suspect Caught in SD Remains Jailed

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A federal magistrate has ordered a western Pennsylvania man to remain in jail until he can stand trial on federal charges that he took a 13-year-old girl across state lines for sex. Thirty-one-year-old Joshua Baker of Leeper was originally charged by state authorities with kidnapping the girl whom he had allegedly...
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Man Wanted for Crimes in Washington State Arrested in Pierre Over the Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A man wanted for crimes in the state of Washington and for failing to register as a sex offender in Minnesota was taken into custody in Pierre over the weekend.  Paul Keyes, Supervisory Deputy for the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Pierre, says authorities were alerted that 24-year-old Marcus Jones...
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Events Planned This Week as Part of National Law Enforcement Memorial Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This week, May 12 to May 18, has been proclaimed by President Barack Obama as Peace Officer Memorial Week and Wednesday, May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day.  The President has asked Governors of all states to direct that flags fly at half-staff on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to...
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Educational Foundation Awards Spring Mini-Grants

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Educational Foundation has awarded its Spring 2013 mini-grants to a handful of Pierre teachers.  The mini-grant program was set up more than 15 years ago to encourage teachers to look beyond standard curriculum, raise the educational performance of students and offer answers to certain educational challenges.  The...
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