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Former State Auditor Passes Away-Flags to be Lowered to Half-Staff at State Capitol Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard’s office announced today that a former state Auditor passed away over the weekend.  Betty Larson Casey of Gettysburg died Sunday at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City at age 80.  She served as state auditor from 1961-1963.  Governor Daugaard has ordered that the flag at...
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Wellmark Foundation Presents Grant for Local VEGGIES Program

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Discovery Center received a grant today that it will use to implement the VEGGIES (Volunteers and Educators Growing Gardens with Eager Students) program.  The $18,760 grant is provided by the Wellmark Foundation and will help create a culture in which fresh fruit and vegetable consumption is...
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Indian Child Welfare Act Summit to be Held in Rapid City

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, Bureau of Indian Affairs officials and leaders from South Dakota’s nine Indian tribes are gathering in Rapid City this week to discuss Indian child foster care in the state. The summit, scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, is in response to allegations that...
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Thune Among Guests at Neuharth Memorial on Friday

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – NBC’S Tom Brokaw, U.S. Sen. John Thune and University of South Dakota President James Abbott will be among the colleagues and friends paying tribute to USA Today founder Al Neuharth during a memorial service Friday. The service will be at the University of South Dakota at 10 a.m. and feature...
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Varilek Appointed to Small Business Administration

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – One-time U.S. House of Representatives candidate Matt Varilek has a new job with the Small Business Administration. Varilek has been appointed regional administrator for the SBA. U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson applauded Varilek’s appointment. Varilek has worked for both Johnson and former Sen. Tom Daschle. Says Johnson, “With his private...
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Officials to Update Missouri River Plan Tuesday

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Officials will provide an update on the plan for managing the Missouri River’s reservoirs on Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a conference call about its plan for managing water along the river. So far this year, officials have been working to conserve water because of...
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Chamberlain School Board Rejects Honor Song Request

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – American Indian students will not be recognized with an honor song during this year’s graduation ceremony at Chamberlain High School. The Daily Republic newspaper reports that the school board voted 6-1 Monday night to reject a request to allow the song. Supporters of an honor song presented a petition to...
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State’s Annual Free Fishing Weekend Begins Friday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Anglers can fish without a license this coming weekend during South Dakota’s annual Free Fishing Weekend. Fishing regulations and limits remain applicable. The state Game, Fish and Parks Department says all state parks and recreation areas also are offering free entrance from Friday through Sunday. Camping fees still apply. A...
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SD Officials Urge Caution in Dealing With Vendors

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State officials say South Dakotans should use caution when dealing with out-of-state vendors who are selling products or services. The state Revenue Department says many vendors are legitimate, but people should make sure vendors are reputable before doing business with them. The department says before hiring someone to provide repair...
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USDA Says Warmer Temperatures Help South Dakota Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Warmer weather across South Dakota helped farmers make good progress on their crops last week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that producers had on average 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Winter wheat conditions were rated 28 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 34...
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