Dry Farm Field

Snow, Rain Improve SD Drought, But Deep Soil Dry

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Officials say snow and rain in the past month have improved drought conditions in much of South Dakota, but soil deep below the surface is still very dry. State Climatologist Dennis Todey says a two-week dry spell would create conditions that are tough, but not as bad as last year....
Keep Reading »

USDA Says Warmer Weather Improves Farm Conditions in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Pastures are beginning to turn green following warm weather and sunshine in South Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that the spring-like conditions resulted in 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork.  Activities included caring for livestock and preparing for spring planting. Winter wheat conditions...
Keep Reading »
Medical Logo

South Dakota Double Lung Transplant Patient Celebrates Two Birthdays

  HURON, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota woman says she is going to be celebrating two birthdays from now on: Her actual birthday and the day she received a double lung transplant.  Michelle Gascoigne was diagnosed with scleroderma and pulmonary hypertension in 2009. Scleroderma is a condition that damages and hardens the tissue...
Keep Reading »
SD Lottery Logo

Mega Millions Ticket Sold in Rapid City

  RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A ticket sold in Rapid City is worth $10,000 in the latest Mega Millions drawing.  South Dakota lottery officials say the ticket matched four of five white ball numbers and the Mega Ball to win the game’s third prize in last Friday’s drawing. The odds of winning it...
Keep Reading »
Blue Ribbon

Small-Town Group in SD Protests School Demolition

LEOLA, S.D. (AP) – A group of people in the northeastern South Dakota community of Leola is using ribbons to protest the school board’s decision to demolish the town’s school and build a new one. The American News reports that the group of more than 20 people spent Sunday putting hundreds of blue and purple...
Keep Reading »
Go Green and Clean Logo 2

Volunteers Pick Up and Clean Up During Pierre’s Earth Awareness Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Earth Awareness Week wrapped up Saturday, and brought a variety of activities including organized cleanup efforts Friday and Saturday.  Plans call for at least one event that was rescheduled because of weather, to take place on Tuesday.  An Arbor Day tree planting will take place tomorrow at the...
Keep Reading »
SD State Employees Organization

SD State Employees Urge Improvement of Dental Plan

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Leaders of an organization of state employees are pushing for improvements in their dental plan and more timely information on their health insurance plan. Leaders of the South Dakota State Employees Organization met Saturday in Sioux Falls. The Argus Leader reports that delegates representing the group’s 24 chapters around...
Keep Reading »
Capitol Rotunda (KGFX Photo)

SD Lawmakers Approve New Study of School Funding

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A special committee of South Dakota lawmakers will take another look at the state’s system for funding public school districts. The Legislature’s Executive Board voted unanimously last week to appoint a study committee that will investigate the funding formula and the revenue sources used to finance schools. The panel will...
Keep Reading »
Close Up of Rattlesnake

Study Looks at Snake Venom at Different Elevations

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A research project led by biologists in the state shows that the venom a prairie rattlesnake uses to disable its prey is different in the higher elevations of the Black Hills than at lower elevations. The Pierre Capital Journal says that the research says the difference could be because the...
Keep Reading »

Farm Families to be Honored at State Fair

HURON, S.D. (AP) – Farm families who have spent 100 or 125 years of life on the farm or ranch have the opportunity to be recognized during the South Dakota State Fair on Aug. 29. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the South Dakota Farm Bureau have been recognizing Century Farms at the...
Keep Reading »