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SD Nonprofit for Disabled Closing After 74 Years

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A nonprofit that’s helped South Dakota families cope with disabilities is shutting down after nearly 74 years because of financial problems. President Vince Braun says South Dakota CARES decided last month to cease operations. The Rapid City Journal reports that the nonprofit formerly known as the South Dakota Society...
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Corps: Missouri River Will Get More Water in 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Slightly more water than normal is expected to flow into the Missouri River this spring, but the dams along the river should have room for it. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says several of the reservoirs remain below normal because they are still recovering from the 2012 drought. So...
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SD Blizzard Rancher Relief Fund Tops $4 Million

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A fund set up to help South Dakota ranchers in the wake of an early October blizzard that killed tens of thousands of animals has surpassed $4 million. The Rancher Relief Fund has received money from more than 5,000 donors in all 50 states. It recently got a boost...
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SDSU Extension Offering Farm Transition Sessions

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota State University Extension is offering workshops to answer questions about estate planning and preparing for farm transitions. The Sustaining the Legacy-Estate Planning and Farm Transitions Conferences will be held at SDSU Extension regional centers in Sioux Falls and Pierre on Feb. 7 and in Watertown and Rapid City...
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Visa Added as Payment Option for SD Vehicle Tags

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakotans can now use a Visa debit or credit card to renew their vehicle licenses plates. The state Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles says the cards can be used online or through one of the self-service terminals around the state. Other options include electronic check and MasterCard...
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SD Companies Must Sign Up Soon for China Trip

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Officials say companies must apply soon if they want to join Gov. Dennis Daugaard on the next trade mission to China. Pat Costello, commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, says companies must submit applications by Jan. 17. Costello says companies interested in exporting to China should consider applying...
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Parole Absconder Back In Custody

RAPID CITY, S.D.- (From the S.D. Department of Corrections) A parole absconder who failed to attend sex offender treatment and violated conditions of his supervision is back in custody. Noah Hero turned himself in to his parole agent in Rapid City this morning. He is now incarcerated at the Pennington County Jail. Corrections Secretary...
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Active Shooter Drill Held at State Capitol Wedneday to Prepare State Employees and Responders for Emergency

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An emergency exercise was held at the South Dakota Capitol building Wednesday evening-and organizers say the drill went well.  The joint exercise was put together by South Dakota’s Office of Risk Management,  Department of Public Safety, Office of Homeland Security, and the  U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  It involved...
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Pierre’s Police Chief Appreciative of the Chance for Officers to Participate in Capitol Drill

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) One local law enforcement agency that took part in Wednesday’s emergency drill at the Capitol building was the Pierre Police Department.  Chief Bob Grandpre said about half of his department’s staff members were involved in one way or another in handling the mock report that someone was in the...
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Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Classes Being Held This Month-Today in Herreid and Later in Pierre and Gettysburg

UNDATED – (DRG News) SDSU will be hosting upcoming Private Pesticide Applicator Trainings this month.  Anyone who wishes to purchase “restricted use pesticides” or who is using pesticides in the production of more than $1,000 gross sales per year of  an agricultural commodity is required to obtain a private applicators license.  Certification is free...
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