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Nearly 9,000 Western SD Residents Without Power

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Nearly 9,000 customers still have no power after last weekend’s blizzard downed power lines and damaged equipment in western South Dakota. Black Hills Power says about 4,500 of its customers remain without electricity. The company has restored power to more than 23,000 since the storm. Mike Theis of Black Hills...
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Latest Shutdown Casualty: Prime Hunting Acres

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – When pheasant hunters take to the fields of South Dakota this weekend to renew a treasured rite of autumn, they’ll have less land to do it on thanks to the federal government shutdown. About 150,000 acres in the national wildlife refuge system will be off-limits for the state’s annual...
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Livestock Killed by Blizzard Removed from SD Roads

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials are taking steps to have livestock killed by last weekend’s blizzard removed from state highways. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven says the state has contracted with a rendering service to clear livestock carcasses from state highways and ditches in western South Dakota. Oedekoven says carcasses along county roads...
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Pierre Police Chief Talks About Friday Tasing Incident of Suicidal Young Girl with Knife

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Police Chief is reacting to an incident late last week in which a young girl threatening suicide with a knife was tased by a police officer.  Police were called to the report on Friday night just before nine o’clock that a juvenile had a knife and was threatening...
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Three Livestock Organizations Work with Foundation to Set Up Rancher Relief Fund

UNDATED – (DRG News) Three South Dakota livestock related organizations have set up what is being called the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund to offer support and relief assistance to producers impacted by the blizzard of October 4-7.  A press release indicates that South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and South Dakota...
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KGFX to Carry Special Program Monday Offering Info and Advice for Stockmen Impacted by Recent Western SD Snowstorm

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Join KGFX Monday afternoon as we bring you a special hour-long program on the recent snowstorm and the impact it has left behind among South Dakota ranchers.  Though final numbers are still being determined, officials say the number of livestock lost in the storm is up into the thousands. ...
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Four Taken Into Custody Early This Morning After Police Called to Loud Music Report

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Four people were arrested on various charges early this morning after police were called to a location on Clarice Drive to the report of loud music and possible underage drinking.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers responded just after midnight to the location.  He says while police were...
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Senator Says SD Ranchers Need Help for Livestock Loss

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Sen. John Thune says Congress needs to pass a new farm bill to provide financial help to western South Dakota ranchers who lost livestock during last weekend’s early fall blizzard. A previous livestock disaster program has expired. Thune says both the Senate and House versions of the new farm bill...
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Pierre Police Chief Defends Tasing of 8-Year-Old Girl

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Pierre’s police chief is defending an officer’s use of a stun gun on an 8-year-old girl. Chief Bob Grandpre says the officer used the Taser after responding to a report of a suicidal girl. He says the girl was holding a knife to her chest, refused to drop it, turned...
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Pierre Officer Uses Taser on 8-Year-Old Girl

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Pierre police officer used a stun gun on an 8-year-old girl apparently threatening to stab herself. Police Chief Bob Grandpre told the Argus Leader three officers were called over the weekend after someone reported a suicidal 8-year-old girl who had stabbed herself in the leg. He says she was...
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