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USDA Says Rainy, Warm Weather Continues to Boost SD Crops

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Scattered rain and above-normal temperatures continued to boost crop development in South Dakota over the past week. The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop and weather report that there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork on average. Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 4 percent very short, 21 percent...
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SD Lottery Officials Warn of Mega Millions Scam

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Lottery officials are warning players not to be taken in by a scam that promises them winnings from a second-chance Mega Millions drawing. The Lottery has been notified by more than a dozen lotto or scratch-ticket winners who have received telephone calls from someone claiming to be from...
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Local Woman Who Gave to TOG Project Pleased with Mellette Statue She Helped Fund

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) One of the donors for a statue that was put up Friday as part of the Trail of Governors project says she is pleased with how the artwork looks now that it’s displayed in Pierre.  April and Matthew Smart donated $34,000 for Governor Arthur Mellette’s statue.   It was erected...
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Statue Artist Talks About Arthur Mellette Statue and TOG Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Friday brought the installation of two more statues in Pierre which depict past South Dakota Governors.  Art pieces honoring former Governors Arthur Mellette and Frank Farrar were put in place at two locations in Pierre on Friday morning.  The first to be added to what is being called the...
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State Historical Society and Smithsonian Holding Teachers Workshop This Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A four day teacher workshop, led by a Smithsonian EdLab educator will be held this week at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.  The workshop is sponsored in part by the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, and features the theme “Mission Possible: Teaching in the 21st...
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Attorney General Warns of Transient Paving and Roofing Scams Targeting the State

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota consumers and business owners are being reminded about transient paving and roofing scams that are targeting the state.  Attorney General Marty Jackley says the Consumer Protection Division and local Law Enforcement across the state have been getting complaints about out-of-state transients going door-to-door promising low estimates; supposedly...
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Nebraska Man Arrested Friday in Pierre for Two Separate Incidents

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Nebraska man was arrested Friday morning for two separate incidents.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were called to Griffin Park Friday morning about 8:30 a.m. where they were told someone was trying to shut off working sprinklers.  Park staff had indicated that the person was acting...
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Winner of Annual Harley Raffle for Boys and Girls Club and Chamber to be Determined Thursday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This Thursday brings the annual Harley Giveaway Picnic to the Steamboat Park Picnic Shelter in Pierre. Each year; tickets are raffled off for a new motorcycle, with the funds going to the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area and the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce.  This year,...
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New Judge Named to Fourth Circuit in South Dakota

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – A new judge has been appointed to the Fourth Judicial Circuit in South Dakota. The South Dakota Supreme Court has approved the appointment of Eric Strawn as a part-time magistrate judge for the Fourth Circuit. The Fourth Circuit covers the counties of Butte, Dewey, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Perkins and Ziebach....
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Update: Winner House Explosion Injures Five

WINNER, S.D. (AP) – Four people remain hospitalized after being seriously injured during a house explosion in Winner that authorities believe was due to a faulty propane line. The Daily Republic reports that the blast occurred at about 6:30 a.m. on Friday. Five people were hurt, and four were transported to a Minneapolis burn...
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