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SD Man to Lead Fundraising for Historical Society

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man will be leading the effort to raise money for the South Dakota State Historical Society. Michael Lewis has been named the president of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation. The foundation is the nonprofit fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Both are...
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State GOP Elects Its New Leadership Team

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Republican Party has elected its new leadership team. Former marketing and advertising executive Craig Lawrence will serve as chairman. He replaces state Sen. Tim Rave. Tony Venhuizen of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office made the announcement Saturday on his Twitter account. Venhuizen says former state Rep. Kim Vanneman...
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Bald Eagles Thriving in South Dakota Habitat

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Volunteers helping the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department monitor bald eagle nests throughout the state counted 128 active nests in 2012. Those nests produced 177 fledglings. The volunteers range from federal employees to bird watchers. They adopt nests in their areas and observe whether the nests have been...
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New Time Magazine Editor Has Roots in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The new executive editor of Time magazine says she’ll bring a Midwestern perspective to the job that she cultivated in South Dakota. Martha Nelson tells the Rapid City Journal that when she thinks about something that might go on the cover, she’s not thinking about “a 40-square mile block...
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South Dakota Legislature: What to Know This Week

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Senate Transportation Committee is set to weigh a bill that would ban texting while driving across the state- a proposal that has been repeatedly rejected by the South Dakota Legislature. It’s one of several bills facing lawmakers this week when the legislative session reconvenes Tuesday. Now that some cities...
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Corn Shortage Idles 20 Ethanol Plants Nationwide

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The persistent drought is taking a toll on producers of ethanol, with corn becoming so scarce that nearly two dozen ethanol plants have been forced to halt production. The Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol industry trade group, provided data to The Associated Press showing that 20 of the nation’s 211...
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Interstates Closed Because of Wintry Conditions

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State officials have started closing interstates in South Dakota and North Dakota as blizzard conditions move through the states. Terry Woster with the South Dakota Department of Public Safety says Interstate 90 between Wall and Chamberlain. Interstate 29 has been closed from Watertown, S.D., to Fargo, N.D. Woster says falling...
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State Park Camping Reservation System New in 2013

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Department of Game, Fish and Parks is working on a new reservation system, as it prepares to take reservations for visitors planning camping trips to state parks and recreation areas.  State Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer says the new website is still a work in progress and...
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The Buffalo King to be Shown Tomorrow in Pierre and Sunday in Philip

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Saturday brings a public screening for an hour long historical documentary on former west river resident James “Scotty” Philip.  The film, called “The Buffalo King” will be shown at Pierre’s State 1-2-3 Theater tomorrow morning and in Philip at the Gem Theatre on Sunday evening.  The production was put...
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Noem Holds Town Hall Meeting in Pierre Thursday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) U.S. Representative Kristi Noem held a town hall meeting in Pierre yesterday; speaking on a variety of topics and answering questions posed by the audience.  Noem stopped at Capital University Center in Pierre.  Organizers estimate that about 40 people were on hand for the meeting which lasted more than...
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