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SD FFA Foundation Raised $17,630 for Storm Atlas Relief

GETTYSBURG, S.D. – (DRG News) More than $17,000 has been raised in the past month by individuals, FFA chapters and foundations from nine states-to assist SD FFA members who lost livestock to Storm Atlas last month.  The SD FFA Foundation created a fund to split among FFA members that experienced losses to their livestock...
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Federal Jury Trial Set for Eagle Butte Man Charged with Six Firearms Related Charges for October Crimes

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A jury trial has been set for mid-January in the federal case of an Eagle Butte man facing six firearms related charges linked to two October crimes.  27-year-old Jason Todd Garreau is charged with four counts of Assaulting, Resisting and Impeding Federal Officers; plus one count each of Possession...
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Work Starting on Casey Tibbs Documentary

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A former Philip area resident will be in Fort Pierre next month as he starts work on a documentary about saddle bronc legend and Stanley County native Casey Tibbs.  Justin Koehler completed a historical documentary on James “Scotty” Philip called “The Buffalo King” and currently is in the...
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SDCA to Celebrate 65th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Pierre Next Month

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association will host its annual Convention and Trade Show in Pierre next month.  The SDCA’s convention will start with a 65th Anniversary Celebration on December 10 at the Pierre Ramkota which will honor past presidents, reminisce about the organizations past 65 years and include entertainment. ...
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Deb Bowman Announces Retirement Plans

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard’s Senior Advisor-Deb Bowman-announced yesterday that she will retire next year.  Bowman is expected to retire following the 2014 Legislative Session-on March 21.  Governor Daugaard says in a press release that Bowman has spent her career in public service as an advocate for those without a voice...
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Discussions Underway on Possible Fort Pierre Business Association

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Fort Pierre businesses and city officials are re-starting talks about the possibility of organizing some type of Fort Pierre Business Association.  Dave Bonde, Executive Director of the Fort Pierre Development Corporation says an informal meeting was held Tuesday which included downtown businesses, city leaders and others.  He says...
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Study Says Slow Growth Likely in Rural Parts of 10 States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The overall index in a new monthly survey matches the previous index and also suggests the economy will continue growing at a slow pace in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states. The report for the Rural Mainstreet Index was released Thursday and says the index remained unchanged at...
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Former SD Official’s Death Ruled Suicide by AG’s Office

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The state attorney general says former South Dakota economic development director Richard Benda died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen. Benda was found Oct. 22 in a grove of trees near Lake Andes, in southeast South Dakota. Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the autopsy results Thursday. He...
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South Dakota’s Unemployment Rate Holds at 3.7%

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s labor department says the state’s unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent from September to October during the partial federal government shutdown. The number of South Dakotans in the labor force also remained unchanged at 449,400 over the month but was 6,100 more than last October. The agency says...
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US Forest Service Launches Apps for Apple, Android

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trekking through the nation’s national forests and grasslands just got easier. U.S. Forest Service visitor maps are now available on mobile apps for Android and iOS devices. The digital maps are part of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s work toward reaching President Obama’s initiative to create a paperless government that also provides...
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