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Standing Rock Unveils Sitting Bull Visitor Center

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – A tourist information center honoring a former Dakotas tribal leader is scheduled to open on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The Sitting Bull Visitor Center will be operated by Sitting Bull College and offer travelers information regarding local and special events and places to visit. A gift shop will...
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Pierre School Board Hears Facility Planning Study for District’s Elementary Buildings

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board listened yesterday to a facility planning study done by a Sioux Falls architectural firm.  In January, the board gave the okay to look at the district’s elementary schools and determine whether to expand some current buildings or construct a new elementary building.  There are currently...
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Former State Auditor Passes Away-Flags to be Lowered to Half-Staff at State Capitol Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard’s office announced today that a former state Auditor passed away over the weekend.  Betty Larson Casey of Gettysburg died Sunday at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City at age 80.  She served as state auditor from 1961-1963.  Governor Daugaard has ordered that the flag at...
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Wellmark Foundation Presents Grant for Local VEGGIES Program

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Discovery Center received a grant today that it will use to implement the VEGGIES (Volunteers and Educators Growing Gardens with Eager Students) program.  The $18,760 grant is provided by the Wellmark Foundation and will help create a culture in which fresh fruit and vegetable consumption is...
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Indian Child Welfare Act Summit to be Held in Rapid City

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, Bureau of Indian Affairs officials and leaders from South Dakota’s nine Indian tribes are gathering in Rapid City this week to discuss Indian child foster care in the state. The summit, scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, is in response to allegations that...
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Thune Among Guests at Neuharth Memorial on Friday

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – NBC’S Tom Brokaw, U.S. Sen. John Thune and University of South Dakota President James Abbott will be among the colleagues and friends paying tribute to USA Today founder Al Neuharth during a memorial service Friday. The service will be at the University of South Dakota at 10 a.m. and feature...
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Varilek Appointed to Small Business Administration

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – One-time U.S. House of Representatives candidate Matt Varilek has a new job with the Small Business Administration. Varilek has been appointed regional administrator for the SBA. U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson applauded Varilek’s appointment. Varilek has worked for both Johnson and former Sen. Tom Daschle. Says Johnson, “With his private...
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Officials to Update Missouri River Plan Tuesday

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Officials will provide an update on the plan for managing the Missouri River’s reservoirs on Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a conference call about its plan for managing water along the river. So far this year, officials have been working to conserve water because of...
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Chamberlain School Board Rejects Honor Song Request

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – American Indian students will not be recognized with an honor song during this year’s graduation ceremony at Chamberlain High School. The Daily Republic newspaper reports that the school board voted 6-1 Monday night to reject a request to allow the song. Supporters of an honor song presented a petition to...
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State’s Annual Free Fishing Weekend Begins Friday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Anglers can fish without a license this coming weekend during South Dakota’s annual Free Fishing Weekend. Fishing regulations and limits remain applicable. The state Game, Fish and Parks Department says all state parks and recreation areas also are offering free entrance from Friday through Sunday. Camping fees still apply. A...
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