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Officials Say Rains Ease Drought in Much of SD

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Officials say recent rains have eased the drought in much of South Dakota, but problems remain in some western areas of the state.State Climatologist Dennis Todey told the state Drought Task Force on Tuesday that recent rains have replenished moisture in surface soils, but southwestern South Dakota remains particularly...
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Janklow Plaque to be Dedicated at Fort Sisseton

  FORT SISSETON, S.D. (AP) — A plaque honoring former Gov. Bill Janklow will be dedicated next month during the Fort Sisseton Historical Festival.  Fort Sisseton Commissioner Paul Symens says Janklow’s efforts to secure funding for early restoration efforts at Fort Sisseton, along with local support from state Sen. Curt Jones, made restoration of...
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Custer State Park Elk License Raffle Raises $30K

  RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A fundraiser raffle for a Custer State Park elk hunting license has raised more than $30,000 for elk management in South Dakota.  The state Game, Fish & Parks Department says Don Latham, of Renner, won the 2013 permit in a raffle sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. ...
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Memorial Day Evening Brings Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Weird Weather in Jackson County

UNDATED – (DRG News) Severe Thunderstorm Warnings popped up in parts of western and central South Dakota last night, leaving needed rains; but also some unusual weather conditions.  In Jackson County, several inches of hail fell on a two mile stretch of Interstate 90 west of Belvidere last night about 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time. ...
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Fort Pierre Man Arrested After Early Morning Incident in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Fort Pierre man was arrested by Pierre Police on several charges early this morning.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says a patrol officer saw a man near parked cars in the 400 block of South Henry Street and the officer was in the process of interviewing the man...
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Oahe Downstream to Host Annual Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Saturday will bring a morning of fishing and prizes at the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area north of Fort Pierre.  The 6th annual Kids Fishing Derby will be held late Saturday morning.  Kids can pre-register for the event at the Oahe Downstream Welcome Center or by calling the office...
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Highway Patrol Kicked Off New Safe Driving Campaign Over Memorial Day Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The just ended Memorial Day travel weekend brought the kick off for the South Dakota Highway Patrol’s new summer long safe-travel campaign.  This year’s campaign is called “Obey the Sign and Avoid the Fine” and Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel Craig Price says it is an initiative to reduce highway...
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SD Parks and Rec Areas Could See Record Camping

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Parks Director Doug Hofer says the state could see a record amount of camping in parks and recreation areas this year. The Rapid City Journal reports that a prolonged winter set back visitation, but the trend appears to be turning with the weather. Nearly all of the...
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Harrisburg School is Flooding

  HARRISBURG, SD (AP) – The nearly ten inches of rain that has fallen in the Harrisburg area in the last 48 hours is causing some major problems at Liberty Elementary School.   The school is surrounded by floodwater. District officials and volunteers are working to sandbag the entrances to the school to keep...
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Brookings Fire Chief Suspended for Two Weeks

  BROOKINGS, SD (AP) –  The city of Brookings has suspended its fire chief for two weeks. City Manager Jeff Weldon says that Fire Chief Darrell Hartmann has been placed on unpaid administrative leave “for personnel reasons.”  Weldon says he met with the chief on Wednesday and placed him on the unpaid leave.  Weldon...
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