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SD Has Second West Nile Virus Death of the Year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State health officials say a second person has died in South Dakota from the West Nile virus this year. He or she was a Tripp County resident in their 80s. State Epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger told KELO-TV this is one of the most serious seasons in years. He says that...
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Corps Continuing Drought Conservation Measures and Announces Annual Operating Plan Meetings

OMAHA, NEBRASKA – (DRG News) The Corps of Engineers says drought conditions continue to impact a large portion of the upper Missouri River Basin.  In a recent update, the Corps says runoff in the Missouri River basin above Sioux City, Iowa last month was just above normal at 107 percent of normal, but the...
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Deputy Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture Named

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An eastern South Dakota native has been named as South Dakota’s Deputy Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.  Ag Secretary Lucas Lentsch said yesterday that Trudy Wastweet has been appointed Deputy Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.  Wastweet graduated from Lake Preston High School and...
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Governor Says This Year’s Buffalo Roundup to Bring New Schedule for Attendees

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This month brings the annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival to western South Dakota.  The 48th annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup will come on a different day on the calendar this year—a Friday.  Traditionally, the roundup was held on the last Monday of September each year, but it...
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Cowboy Life to be the Focus for Tonight’s Meeting of History and Heritage Book Club

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The local History and Heritage Book Club will focus on South Dakota’s western heritage at its September meeting-which will be held this evening in Fort Pierre.  The club will discuss the book “Dakota Cowboy” by Ike Blasingame during the free meeting tonight.  Michael Lewis, President of the South Dakota...
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Crop-Damaging Fruit Pest Found in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A pest that lays its eggs in fresh fruit has been found in South Dakota for the first time. South Dakota State University entomologist Buyung Hadi tells the Capital Journal that the spotted-wing drosophila was caught in a trap in southeastern South Dakota late last month. The insect is about...
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Pierre Church Gathers Volunteers to Complete Second Feed My Starving Children Event

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A local church once again brought together a number of volunteers over the weekend to package meals for hungry children in countries around the globe.  Community Bible Church held its second “Feed My Starving Children” event in less than a year on Saturday.  Hundreds of people volunteered a few...
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USDA Says Corn Silage Harvest Starts in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s corn silage harvest has started in some areas and farmers are preparing equipment for row crop harvest. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says in its weekly crop report that the barley harvest was at 97 percent last week. Corn at the dough stage was 98 percent, just...
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SD State Fair Raising Money for New 4-H Exhibit Hall

HURON, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation has started a campaign to raise $4 million to build a new 4-H exhibit hall on the fairgrounds in Huron. The campaign will seek donations over the next three years to replace the aging Clover Hall, which has been used since the 1950s for...
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New State Court Administrator Named for SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Supreme Court has named Gregory Sattizahn as state court administrator. Sattizahn has worked for the state’s Unified Judicial System the past twelve years in various roles, including Supreme Court staff attorney and director of policy and legal services. As state court administrator he will be responsible for...
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