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NRCS Offers Tools to Help with Resource Planning as Forage Production for 2013 Looks Short

HURON, S.D. – (DRG News) Natural Resources Conservation Service officials currently believe drought recovery in 2013 doesn’t look promising for South Dakota grazing lands.  Stan Boltz, NRCS State Range Specialist says even with normal precipitation, forage production will still be limited this summer. South Dakota livestock producers can get help for handling the impact...
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Jackson County Places Burn Ban in Effect

KADOKA, S.D. – (DRG News) Jackson County has implemented a burn ban.  County Commissioners met Monday and put the burn ban in place.  Jackson County Emergency Manager Jackie Stilwell says this is the earliest a burn ban has been enacted there during a year in recent memory and she says the county is quite...
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City of Pierre Starts Work on Transmission Line for Electrical Infrastructure Upgrade

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre is starting a new phase of work on its electrical upgrade project that has been in the discussion phase for the last few years.  Brad Palmer, City Utilities Director, says planning for the project started four years ago to keep up with increasing electrical demand...
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Looking for a Change? DRG Has an Office Job Opening

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A full time office position is currently open at the Dakota Radio Group (KGFX, KPLO, KMLO, River 92-7 and 100.1 The Eagle) in Pierre.  Mark Swendsen, General Manager for the Dakota Radio Group says the successful applicant will be able to quickly learn computer software unique to the radio...
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SD Governor Signs Three Bills on Open Government

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law three measures suggested by a task force that sought ways to make state and local government more open. One bill requires that government agencies consider the ease and affordability of public access to information when they set up electronic record-keeping systems....
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SD Law Allows Use of Dogs to Hunt Mountain Lions

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure allowing the use of dogs for mountain lion hunting. The bill also allows a leashed dog to be used to track and retrieve any big game animal that is wounded or presumed dead. Hounds had not been used for...
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New Federal Prosecutor Starts Job at Standing Rock

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Federal authorities say a new prosecutor has begun handling cases on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in South Dakota and North Dakota. Erin Shanley was sworn in last week as special assistant U.S. attorney for the tribe. She is headquartered at the tribal court offices in Fort Yates, N.D. Brendan...
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SD Woman Charged with Embezzling from Elevator

BURKE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota woman is accused of embezzling more than $17,000 from the Gregory Farmer’s Elevator. Twenty-nine-year-old Melissa Vosika is charged with seven counts of embezzlement, three counts of forgery, three counts of altering corporate records and one count of attempted embezzlement. The Daily Republic of Mitchell reports that Vosika...
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SD Governor Signs Needs-Based Scholarship Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure that sets up a state scholarship that will award money based on students’ financial need. When the Legislature passed the bill last week, Senate Republican Leader Russell Olson of Wentworth said South Dakota until now has been the only...
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Corps Says Releases Into the Missouri River Will Increase

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water released into the lower Missouri River will be increased this month, as expected, but will be less than the amount usually released in March, affecting shipping on the river. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says winter runoff into the river above Sioux City, Iowa, will...
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