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Inmate from Hughes County Located After Reported as Missing from Rapid City Facility

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Authorities say a state prison inmate who was reported as missing earlier today has been located.  The South Dakota Department of Corrections says inmate Aaron Olson was accounted for in Rapid City this morning after officials initially enacted escape procedures.  The 35-year-old man is currently serving a two-year sentence...
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Finalists Named in South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award Program

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The finalists have been announced for the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award.  The Sand County Foundation, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition named the four finalists last week.  The Leopold Conservation Award honors the achievement of South Dakota landowners in voluntary stewardship and management of natural...
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Fatal Crash Reported in Jones County Late Sunday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Mitchell woman was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred south of Murdo late last night.  The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says the wreck occurred on U.S. Highway 83 south of Murdo about 10:30 p.m. Sunday night.  Reports indicate that 54-year-old Terri Ann Kowall was...
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Pierre Man Arrested Following Saturday Assault Report

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was jailed over the weekend after police were told that a domestic assault was occurring in a vehicle outside an apartment complex in northeast Pierre.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were summoned late Saturday afternoon about 5:45 p.m. to the 1900 block of Kennedy...
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Search Underway for Inmate Serving Hughes County Sentence on Possession of a Controlled Substance

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Authorities are searching for a missing state prison inmate.  The South Dakota Department of Corrections says 35-year-old Aaron Olson left the Rapid City Minimum Security Unit to go to his work release job this morning, but did not show up at the work site.  Olson is serving a two...
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Faulkton Pilot Recounts Emergency Landing in ND

FAULKTON, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota pilot who made an emergency landing in southeastern North Dakota says he didn’t panic when his engine started to sputter at 5,000 feet. Keith Melius, of Faulkton, says he managed to stay calm because he had done many emergency landing drills with his flight instructor before earning...
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Program to Help Parents Understand Crying Babies

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new program in South Dakota is educating parents about a period in a baby’s life when they may cry a lot. Called “The Period of PURPLE Crying,” the program teaches parents about the period from about 2 weeks to 5 to 6 months when some babies cry a lot....
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People Leaving SD Countryside for Urban Centers

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – New 2012 census estimates confirm that people are leaving the South Dakota countryside to live in the urban centers of Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Gregory County Commission Chairman Dennis Vedralin tells the Rapid City Journal that it’s an alarming trend that can lead to a shortage of retail options,...
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Blinds for Viewing Grouse Courtship Available

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Fort Pierre National Grassland will once again have viewing blinds available for people who want to want to watch the spring courtship rituals of prairie chickens. The viewing blinds can be reserved at no charge on the National Grasslands south of Fort Pierre. The viewing blinds are available...
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Survey Says Midwest Economic Survey Index Jumped

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwest and Plains states jumped last month, suggesting improving economic growth for the region over the next three to six months. The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 58.2 in March, compared with 53.1 in February and 53.2 in January. Creighton University economist Ernie...
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