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SD Officials Urge Caution in Dealing With Vendors

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State officials say South Dakotans should use caution when dealing with out-of-state vendors who are selling products or services. The state Revenue Department says many vendors are legitimate, but people should make sure vendors are reputable before doing business with them. The department says before hiring someone to provide repair...
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USDA Says Warmer Temperatures Help South Dakota Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Warmer weather across South Dakota helped farmers make good progress on their crops last week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that producers had on average 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Winter wheat conditions were rated 28 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 34...
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Interstate Kidnapping Suspect Caught in SD Remains Jailed

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A federal magistrate has ordered a western Pennsylvania man to remain in jail until he can stand trial on federal charges that he took a 13-year-old girl across state lines for sex. Thirty-one-year-old Joshua Baker of Leeper was originally charged by state authorities with kidnapping the girl whom he had allegedly...
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Man Wanted for Crimes in Washington State Arrested in Pierre Over the Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A man wanted for crimes in the state of Washington and for failing to register as a sex offender in Minnesota was taken into custody in Pierre over the weekend.  Paul Keyes, Supervisory Deputy for the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Pierre, says authorities were alerted that 24-year-old Marcus Jones...
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Events Planned This Week as Part of National Law Enforcement Memorial Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This week, May 12 to May 18, has been proclaimed by President Barack Obama as Peace Officer Memorial Week and Wednesday, May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day.  The President has asked Governors of all states to direct that flags fly at half-staff on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to...
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Educational Foundation Awards Spring Mini-Grants

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Educational Foundation has awarded its Spring 2013 mini-grants to a handful of Pierre teachers.  The mini-grant program was set up more than 15 years ago to encourage teachers to look beyond standard curriculum, raise the educational performance of students and offer answers to certain educational challenges.  The...
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SDSEO to Hold District 24 Legislator Forum May 21

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota State Employees Organization will host District 24’s three state lawmakers in a forum for SDSEO members and state government employees next week.  The gathering will be Tuesday, May 21 and will be at the Pierre Chamber of Commerce Community Room.  It will start at 6:30 p.m....
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Hefty Brothers to be Featured at Next Month’s Oahe Farm and Ranch Show

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The 2013 Oahe Farm and Ranch Show is just over a month away and organizers recently announced that South Dakota farmers and hosts of the TV program Ag PhD, Brian and Darren Hefty, will be two of the featured speakers.  The show is scheduled for June 25 & 26...
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Commission Candidates to Speak at Meeting for Hughes and Stanley County Democrats

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Hughes and Stanley County Democrats will meet today in Pierre.  The group will gather at the Church of Christ Fellowship Hall at 323 North Madison-starting at 7:00 p.m.  The evening will include comments from the two candidates in the June 4th election for Pierre City Commission.  Current commissioner...
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Herseth Sandlin Rules Out Run for SD Senate Seat

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former South Dakota U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin says she will not seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tim Johnson. Herseth Sandlin announced her decision on her Facebook page Monday morning and confirmed it to The Associated Press. She says she wants to focus on her...
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