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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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Dakotas Are Opposite in Personal Income Increase

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Oil-rich North Dakota and drought-stricken South Dakota are at opposite ends of the rankings when it comes to personal income last year. New numbers from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show that North Dakota had a 12.4 percent over-the-year increase in personal income in 2012, tops in the nation....
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Forecaster Expects Busy SD Wildfire Season

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – State Fire Meteorologist Darren Clabo says there is a potential for large wildfires in western South Dakota this spring. Clabo says he is expecting an “above-average” fire season in the region, even if there is a lot of precipitation. The area has been mired in drought since last year....
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Miller Native Brent Kallestad of the Associated Press Retires After 40 Years

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Veteran newsman Brent Kallestad is retiring from The Associated Press after a 40-year career with the international news agency. Today will be Kallestad’s last day. He’ll leave the Tallahassee bureau more than 26 years after being named correspondent. Kallestad covered sports and politics, including Florida State University’s unparalleled run of...
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February Gaming Income Up, Bets Down in Deadwood

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – Gaming revenue in Deadwood was up roughly 1 percent in February compared to the same time last year. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the amount of money wagered, however, was down 2.7 percent. Industry officials blame the drop on losing slot machines. Weston Pleinis is the general manager of the...
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SD Commission Considers Gregory Elevator Licenses

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has scheduled a special meeting to consider whether to suspend the licenses of a grain elevator in Gregory. The commission’s staff has recommended that the three commissioners immediately suspend the Gregory Farmers Elevator’s grain buyer and grain warehouse licenses. The commission has scheduled a...
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