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Flu Continues to be Widespread in State

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Flu in South Dakota continues to be classified as “widespread” by the South Dakota Department of Health.  The latest weekly flu summary showed that this flu season has brought more than 770 lab confirmed cases of influenza and 272 hospitalizations.  25 people have succumbed to flu.  South Dakota State...
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Pierre School Board Accepts Retirement and Resignations Monday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board accepted three notices of retirement or resignations yesterday at their monthly meeting. Submitting her retirement was Glenda Woodburn, who is currently a math teacher at Georgia Morse Middle School.  She has served the Pierre School District for 25 years, starting her career in the district...
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SD Senate Panel Rejects Animal Cruelty Measure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has rejected a measure that sought to make aggravated cruelty to dogs, cats and horses a felony. The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 7-1 to kill the bill after state officials and representatives of agricultural groups said it would conflict with animal abuse...
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Brush Pile Burn to Take Place at Cow Creek Recreation Area Today

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Citizens in southwest Sully County and northwest Hughes County are being asked to note that a brush pile burn will take place today at Cow Creek Recreation Area.  Tuck Durham with the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area says the annual burn will take place just across from the Outpost. ...
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Mortgage Late Payments Low in Upper Great Plains

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Upper Great Plains states have the lowest home mortgage delinquency rates in the nation. Homeowners around the country who took on mortgages well after the housing bubble burst are doing a better job keeping up with payments. Credit reporting agency TransUnion says the trend is helping bring down the U.S....
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Agency Urging Blood Donations in Wake of Blizzard

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – United Blood Services of the Dakotas is urging people to donate blood in the wake of the weekend blizzard in the region to ensure a stable blood supply. The organization says the storm forced the cancellation of several blood drives, and few donors were able to venture out Monday in...
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SD Senate Panel Looks at Animal Cruelty Measure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are taking a look at a measure that would make aggravated cruelty to dogs, cats and horses a felony. The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee plans to hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday. Animal rights groups have said South Dakota and North Dakota are the...
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SD Retirement System Has Good Investment Return

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Officials say the South Dakota Retirement System is in good financial shape after earning 12.4 percent on investments through the first seven months of the financial year. State Investment Officer Matt Clark says the system now holds assets of more than $8.5 billion, up from $7.8 billion at the start...
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Hughes/Stanley County Democrats to Meet This Evening in Fort Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Hughes and Stanley County Democrats will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening at the Chateau Restaurant in Fort Pierre.  The speaker will be Zach Crago of the South Dakota Democratic Party.  Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.   Everyone is welcome...
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NWS Says Pierre/Fort Pierre Gets Five Inches of Snow from Saturday Evening Into Sunday

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The start of the new work week brings digging out for many South Dakota residents, as a storm left varying amounts of snow across the state this weekend.  The National Weather Service says Pierre/Fort Pierre received five inches of snow.  Scott Doering with the Weather Service in Aberdeen says...
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