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Survey Says Midwest Economic Survey Index Jumped

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwest and Plains states jumped last month, suggesting improving economic growth for the region over the next three to six months. The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 58.2 in March, compared with 53.1 in February and 53.2 in January. Creighton University economist Ernie...
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Grant Helping to Preserve 600 South Dakota Images

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A recent scanning of glass plate negatives is helping preserve nearly 600 South Dakota images from the late 1890s to 1910s. The grant from the City of Deadwood and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission helped the South Dakota State Historical Society digitize and catalog the glass plate negatives from the...
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State Grant to Fund SD Landfill Training Course

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $24,000 grant to help fund a national certification course for landfill managers and operators from across the state. The South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association will use the grant to host the training session this fall. The course...
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Lion Season Ends with Reduced Kill in Black Hills

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Despite an increase in the number of lions that could be killed, the Black Hills lion season has ended well short of the limit. The Rapid City Journal reports that the number of lions killed this year also falls below 2012′s numbers. As of Saturday afternoon, 60 lions had been...
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Governor’s Mansion Tours to Start in June

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Weekly public tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion are set to start in June. This is the third season for the tours, and First Lady Linda Daugaard says she and Gov. Dennis Daugaard are happy to open up the mansion to the public. The weekly tours start June 5...
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SD Environmental Projects Get $39 Million

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $39 million in grants and loans for projects that involve drinking water, wastewater, storm water and recycling. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the money will result in better drinking water, improved wastewater treatment and enhanced environmental protection. The awards...
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Governor Daugaard Discusses the Fun of Sunday’s Elks Easter Egg Hunt at Governor’s Residence

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Elks Lodge will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday afternoon.  The event has become a family tradition for many-as children from toddler on up gather with their parents at the Governor’s Residence in Pierre and the youngsters fill baskets with treats that have been placed...
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NWS to Start Impact Based Warning Format Monday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The upcoming severe storm season will bring an effort by the National Weather Service to better communicate the threats that Mother Nature could bring.  Starting Monday, the National Weather Service is beginning what it calls an “Impact Based Warning Format”, which involves issuing thunderstorm and tornado warnings that will be...
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Spotter Training Held Thursday to Prepare for Upcoming Storm Season

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Thursday brought a weather spotter training class to Pierre.  The gatherings are held each spring to help get those who watch the skies get up-to-date on the upcoming spring and summer storm season and know what to watch for with severe weather.  It is also offered for members of...
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SD Commission Considers Gregory Elevator Licenses

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has suspended the licenses of a financially troubled grain elevator in Gregory. The three-member commission voted unanimously Friday to immediately suspend the grain buyer and grain warehouse licenses of the Gregory Farmers Elevator. The licenses will be revoked permanently in 15 days unless the...
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