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Johnson Votes for Farm Bill, Thune Votes Against

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s U.S. senators have different takes on the farm bill the Senate has passed. Democrat Tim Johnson supports it, saying it’ll ensure the continued integrity of farm programs, reduce the budget deficit and support the millions of jobs that rely on agriculture. Republican John Thune says the Senate...
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Feeding South Dakota Study Says More Than 100K Go Hungry in State

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A new survey shows that more than 100,000 people in South Dakota do not always know where their next meal will come from. The findings from “Map the Meal Gap” by Feeding America show that 12.5 percent of the population in the state struggle with hunger. Of the more...
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SD Officials Caution of Fire Danger Despite Rain

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials say people should realize that wildfires could still break out despite the recent rain. Jim Strain, assistant operations chief for the South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, says South Dakota has received rain and vegetation is beginning to turn green. But he says trees are still ready...
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Sheriff’s Office Recovers Track Pit Cushions Reported Missing in May

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Stanley County Sheriff’s Office recovered some track equipment on Friday which has been missing from Fort Pierre since mid-May.  Stanley County Chief Deputy Sheriff Greg Swanson says two track pit cushions were taken from behind Parkview Gymnasium on May 17.  The large blue mats weigh about two...
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Bike Rider Hurt on Highway 1804 When Struck by Side Mirror of Passing Vehicle

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Local emergency responders were called to the report of an accident between a Pierre bicyclist and a vehicle Sunday morning.  Deputy Jeff Hill of the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office says the accident was reported about 9:15 a.m. on Highway 1804-just south of the intersection with Grey Goose Road.  He...
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Wheat Walks to be Held in Central SD on Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Wednesday will bring two “Wheat Walks” to central South Dakota.  The events are hosted by the SDSU Extension Service.  The first event will start at 9:30 a.m. and will take place at the SDSU Dakota Lakes Research Farm located 17 miles east of Pierre on Highway 34.  Later, an...
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Mayor Gill Signs ESGR Statement of Support

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill took part in a recent signing ceremony for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s “Statement of Support”.  Gill was joined in the ceremony by other state and local officials.  A press release from the City of Pierre says the Statement of Support Program...
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USDA Says Weather Affecting Farmers’ Ability to Plant Crops

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Cool and wet conditions are continuing across South Dakota and have limited farmers’ ability to complete fieldwork. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that producers had on average only 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork. Winter wheat was jointed at 65 percent and headed at...
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SD Retirement System Has Good Investment Return

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Retirement System’s assets have grown to an all-time high after earning 19.8 percent on investments through the first 11 months of the financial year. The system’s assets peaked at about $8.2 billion in 2007 and then plummeted during the recession. But Retirement System director Rob Wylie says...
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Former SD Secretary of State Kundert Dies

MOBRIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Former South Dakota Secretary of State and lawmaker Alice Kundert has died. She was 92. Secretary of State Jason Gant says Kundert, of Mobridge, died Monday. Kundert was Secretary of State from 1979 to 1987. She served in the state House of Representatives from 1990 to 1994. Kundert was born...
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