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Armour, Rutland, Kadoka Have Top Public Schools

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Students at Armour High School, Rutland Junior High and Kadoka Area’s Midland Elementary have bragging rights. The South Dakota Department of Education says they are the best public schools in the state for the School Performance Index, now in its second year. It grades schools on a 100-point scale...
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Woman Making Solo Kayak Trip from Montana to Missouri Makes Stop in Pierre Area Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Columbia, Missouri woman arrived in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area yesterday as she continues her solo effort to kayak the Missouri River from its source to St. Louis.  56-year-old Janet Moreland says she just recently graduated from college and received a teaching degree for middle school social studies and...
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Volunteer Open House Planned at Paws Animal Shelter Next Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Now that the new shelter for Paws Animal Rescue is open in northeast Pierre, a volunteer open house is planned to add more people to the list of those who help care for the dogs and cats at the facility.  Betty Truax, who has volunteered with the animal rescue...
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152nd Support Group Keeps in Touch with the Deployed Guard Unit’s Family Members

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) About a month after a deployment ceremony was held in Pierre, members of the South Dakota National Guard’s 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are still said to be in Fort Hood, Texas for training, prior to starting about a half year stint of service in Afghanistan.  About 70 soldiers...
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Pierre 10-Year-Old Selected for Youth Advisory Board for National Fitness Organization

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre elementary school student was chosen to serve on a Youth Advisory Board for a national organization called “The Alliance for a Healthier Generation”.  10-year-old Reagan Spomer was chosen to serve as one of the 21 youth leaders for 2013-2014.  The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is an...
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Pierre School Board to Hold Third Public Information Meeting on Elementary School Planning Study

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board will hold a special public information meeting this evening to discuss the district’s elementary school facility planning study.  This will be the third informational meeting, in which the board invites district patrons to ask questions and offer comments on the proposals.  Prior meetings were held...
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Midwest, Plains Economic Index Declines from June

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Conductors of a monthly survey of business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states say the region’s economy will grow in the coming months, despite a fourth month of decline in the survey’s overall index. The overall economic index for the region declined to 53.5 in July from June’s 55.6,...
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As Sturgis Visitors Arrive, Some Businesses Close

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – As motorcycle enthusiasts begin arriving in the western South Dakota city of Sturgis for an annual rally, another group of people is heading out. Several Sturgis business owners close their stores and clear out their merchandise to make way for temporary vendors that pay big money to rent prime downtown...
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Stulken Having Good Shooting Summer

  PIERRE, S.D. – The summer of 2013 has been memorable for Megan Stulken who will be a junior at Riggs High in Pierre.  Since June she has competed in nine events at three national shooting matches for precision air rifle and small bore (.22).  In June she competed at Fort Benning, GA during...
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SD Student Scores Remain Steady in Math, Reading

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Reading and math scores for South Dakota students remained about the same in an annual test given across the state. The state Education Department reports that 74 percent of the students tested last spring scored at the advanced or proficient levels in both math and reading. The department reports that...
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