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Heavy Rain in Western SD leads to Flash Flooding

  RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Heavy rainfall has led to flash flooding overnight in parts of western South Dakota.  National Weather Service reports show up to 5 inches of rain in some areas. Low-lying areas of Rapid City flooded, and some homes had flooded basements. Some roads in the region were covered by...
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Weather Service says Tornado hit SD town of Allen

  ALLEN, S.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service says storm damage in the South Dakota town of Allen was caused by a small tornado.  The weather service sent an investigator to the Pine Ridge Reservation community of about 420 people after the Tuesday storm. The official concluded the tornado touched down briefly on...
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SD Works to Boost Business in Oil and Gas Industry

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials are taking new steps to promote businesses related to the oil and gas industry.  State Energy Policy Director Hunter Roberts says South Dakota can attract new businesses and help existing companies expand to serve the oil fields in nearby North Dakota.  The Governor’s Office of Economic...
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$10,000 Mega Millions Ticket Sold in Mitchell

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Mega Millions ticket sold in Mitchell is worth $10,000 in the latest drawing.  South Dakota lottery officials say the ticket matched four of five white ball numbers and the Mega Ball to earn the game’s third prize. The odds of doing so are one in about 689,000.  Mega...
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Sioux Falls Events Center Construction nears Halfway Point

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A little more than $24 million has been spent on construction and development costs for a new events center scheduled to open next year in Sioux Falls.  An estimated $1 million a day is being spent in the construction of the Denny Sanford Premier Center as construction nears...
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Officials hope to limit Missouri River flooding

  OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After several days of heavy rain across the lower Missouri River basin, the amount of water released into the river is being reduced to help minimize flooding.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it began reducing the amount of water flowing into the river on Sunday because of...
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South Dakota Monastery and Retreat Center Remains Unsold

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A northeast South Dakota monastery and retreat center that housed Benedictine monks for more than six decades remains unsold a year after its residents voted to shut it down.  Blue Cloud Abbey has been looking for a religious group to buy the 80-acre property. But Abbot Denis Quinkert...
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Rain Limits Crop Activity for Farmers in South Dakota

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Rain across much of South Dakota limited planting activities for farmers last week.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that producers had on average only 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork.  Winter wheat conditions were rated 35 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 29...
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Officials Say Rains Ease Drought in Much of SD

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Officials say recent rains have eased the drought in much of South Dakota, but problems remain in some western areas of the state.State Climatologist Dennis Todey told the state Drought Task Force on Tuesday that recent rains have replenished moisture in surface soils, but southwestern South Dakota remains particularly...
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Janklow Plaque to be Dedicated at Fort Sisseton

  FORT SISSETON, S.D. (AP) — A plaque honoring former Gov. Bill Janklow will be dedicated next month during the Fort Sisseton Historical Festival.  Fort Sisseton Commissioner Paul Symens says Janklow’s efforts to secure funding for early restoration efforts at Fort Sisseton, along with local support from state Sen. Curt Jones, made restoration of...
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