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Man Attempting to Paddle Board 2,300 Mile Stretch of the Missouri River Travels Through Pierre/Fort Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An Illinois man traveled through the Pierre/Fort Pierre area over the weekend, as he attempts to be one of the first people to trek the Missouri River’s 2,300 miles by “Stand-up Paddle Board”.  Scott Mestrezat says he started his trip June 7 in Three Forks, Montana and hopes to...
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Work Continues in Eagle Butte to Raise Funds for Permanent Shelter to Care for Homeless Pets

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. – (DRG News) Efforts continue in Eagle Butte to raise the funds needed to build a new animal shelter in the community.  Friends of Cheyenne River Pets have a temporary facility now that can hold a limited amount of pets for a short time.  If the animals are not adopted locally,...
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Governor Expects Aberdeen Beef Plant to be Bought

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he expects a financially troubled South Dakota beef packing plant will eventually be bought and operated by a new owner. Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen filed for bankruptcy protection last month and has asked a judge to allow it to hire an investment banking firm that...
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USDA: Warmer Temps Needed to Advance SD Crops

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says warmer temperatures are needed to advance crop development in South Dakota. The USDA in its weekly crop report says that winter wheat is 73 percent harvested, behind the 93 percent average and last year’s completion by this date. Spring wheat is 21 percent...
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‘Wild Bill’ Hickock’s Pistol Going Up For Auction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A San Francisco auction house says it’s selling the gun “Wild Bill” Hickock was wearing when he was shot and killed. Bonhams announced Monday that it will auction off the Smith & Wesson No. 2 revolver in November. It was on Hickock when Jack McCall shot him in the South...
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Last Dry SD Reservation Voting on Alcohol Sales

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Native Americans in South Dakota are voting whether to legalize alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Tuesday’s vote is expected to be close. Critics of the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s plan say legalization would only make the reservation’s troubles worse. Alcohol is blamed for some of the highest rates...
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SD Governor Says He Probably Will Seek Re-Election

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he probably will seek re-election next year. Appearing on the Dakota News Network’s call-in radio show, Daugaard says he probably won’t make a final decision on seeking re-election until later this year. But he says his plans right now are to seek a second...
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USDA Forecasts Corn Crop to be 37 Percent Larger

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting South Dakota’s 2013 corn crop to be 37 percent above last year’s crop. The department in its production report forecasts the crop, based on Aug. 1 conditions, to be 731 million bushels. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 5.3 million acres,...
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SD West Nile Cases on the Upswing

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Human West Nile Virus cases continue to rise in South Dakota and one state health official is urging residents to use mosquito repellent and to take other precautions to protect themselves.  Lon Kightlinger, State Epidemiologist for the South Dakota Department of Health says in a press release that the...
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Hughes and Stanley County Democrats to Hold Potluck Picnic This Evening

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Hughes and Stanley County Democrats will hold a potluck picnic this evening in Pierre.  Everyone is welcome for food, fun and fellowship.  Those attending are asked to bring something to share for the picnic meal.  Watermelon, beverages and tableware will be furnished.  The picnic will be in Pierre’s...
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