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Miller Woman Claims $100,000 Scratch Ticket Prize

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Miller woman claimed her $100,000 top prize last week in one of the scratch games played in South Dakota.  Mary Jo Gortmaker picked up her prize on Friday as part of the Casino Royale scratch game.  Gortmaker bought her winning ticket at Cenex in Wessington.  The odds of...
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Attorney General Says Drug Offenses, Sex Crimes Up in SD in 2012

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Arrests for drug offenses, sex crimes and assaults all increased in South Dakota last year. Attorney General Marty Jackley says the annual crime report for 2012 shows a 2.5 percent increase in assaults over the year, a 9 percent rise in sex offenses and a 17 percent jump in drug...
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South Dakota Cattle on Feed Down Seven Percent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals had 215,000 cattle on feed on June 1, down 7 percent from last year. The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that placements in feedlots during May totaled 39,000 head, up 11 percent from 2012. Marketings of fed...
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Boost for Cars or Bust? Ethanol Debate Heats Up

WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s a dilemma for drivers. Do they choose a gasoline that’s cheaper and cleaner even if, as opponents say, it could damage older cars and motorcycles? That’s the peril and promise of a high-ethanol blend of gasoline known as E15. The fuel contains 15 percent ethanol, well above the current 10...
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Panel in Rapid City to Examine Native American Representation

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The lack of Native American representation in media and advertising is the topic of a panel discussion next month at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Hosted by the American Advertising Federation, the panel will discuss the portrayal of American Indians in the media. A question-and-answer segment will...
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SD Vehicle Registration Fees Increasing

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The second phase of an increase in South Dakota’s vehicle registration fees will take effect on July 1. A law passed in 2011 raised vehicle registration fees in two phases. The first took effect in 2011, and the second takes effect this year. Money from vehicle registration fees, commonly called...
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One Jackpot Winner in June 22, 2013 Powerball Game

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – One of the tickets sold in Pennsylvania for the Powerball game Saturday evening matched all six numbers drawn, which were: 13-19-23-33-57 Powerball: 28.  The player matching all five numbers and the Powerball won the $127 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $40 million for Wednesday. Tickets that match the first...
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Former Congressman to Give Keynote at Ag Summit

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A former U.S. House member who served on the Agriculture Committee is the keynote speaker at the 2013 Governor’s Ag Development Summit. Charlie Stenholm will give the keynote address at the Wednesday event. Stenholm is currently a senior policy adviser at a Washington-based law firm. This is the fourth year...
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New Campground Opens at Fisher Grove State Park

REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) – Fisher Grove State Park has opened a new 22-site campground. The campground at the park near Redfield was moved to the east side of the James River after repeated flooding made the bridge unsafe for vehicles. The new location includes 22 electrical campsites, a new comfort station and a dump...
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Newly Insured Will Worsen SD Doctor Shortage

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has struggled for decades to deal with a shortage of family doctors in rural areas, and the shortage is expected to grow next year when the federal health care law allows more people to get insurance coverage. The South Dakota State Medical Association estimates the state’s shortage of...
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