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Fatalities Down at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – Injury accidents were up but fatalities were down during this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in western South Dakota. The Highway Patrol’s final count shows 69 injury accidents during the weeklong rally, up from 50 last year. Six people died in crashes, down from 9 in 2012. The number of drunken...
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Great Plains Farm Expenses Up About 20 Percent

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Production expenses rose about 20 percent for farmers in the Great Plains last year. The Agriculture Department says production expenses in the region totaled $88.8 billion in 2012, up from $73.8 billion in 2011. The region includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Farm production expenses nationally...
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Local Teen Volunteers Attend Recent Coalition of Juvenile Justice Youth Summit in D.C.

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Six local teens and two adults returned recently from a national summit that was held in Washington, D.C.  The young people are part of the Central South Dakota Teen Court’s Youth Advisory Board and they attended the Coalition of Juvenile Justice Youth Summit August 1-4.  Teen Court Coordinator Kellie...
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Commission Welcoming Public Input for Celebrating 125 Years of Statehood

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Public input is currently being taken-as a commission working on South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood puts together a list of projects, events and activities for next year’s celebration.  Last month, Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed the nine-person commission which is working between now and October 1 to come up...
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Chamber to Host Annual City Ag Tour Next Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual City Ag Tour next week at Dakota Lakes Research Farm east of Pierre.  Pierre Chamber Executive Director Laura Schoen Carbonneau says this year’s tour on Thursday, August 15 will give participants a chance to see the operations at Dakota...
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Pierre/Fort Pierre Historical Preservation Commission Actively Working to Highlight Local Historical Structures

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre/Fort Pierre Historical Preservation Commission continues expanding a project in which the group has placed QR or “Quick Respond” codes at different historical locations in both communities.  Gordon Koch, Chairman of the Commission says the codes-which can be read with smart phones-offer details on the history of the...
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SD Veterans Groups Worry About a Claims Backlog

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Leaders of military veterans groups in South Dakota are worried about a possible slowdown in the processing of benefit claims as backlogged cases from around the country are shifted to the state. The federal Veterans Affairs department has a nationwide backlog of more than 500,000 claims. To help reduce...
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Judge Denies Credit Request for Beef Plant

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A bankruptcy judge has denied a South Dakota beef packing plant’s request to obtain secured credit and has scheduled a final hearing in two weeks. Judge Charles Nail says he’ll also wait to rule on whether Northern Beef can hire investment banking firm Lincoln International to pursue a sale...
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Authorities: Robby Knievel Arrested on DUI Charge

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – The daredevil son of Evel Knievel has been arrested on a drunken driving charge in South Dakota. Meade County Chief Deputy Tom Wilts told the Rapid City Journal that Robbie Knievel drove his motorhome into a couple of parked vehicles at the Buffalo Chip Campground, a popular spot during the...
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Martin Man Sentenced on Sex Abuse Charge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A 62-year-old Martin man has been sentenced to five years in prison for having a sex with a 15-year-old girl more than 50 times in Bennett County in 2010 and 2011. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says that Chief Judge Jeffrey Viken sentenced Edwin Johnson in federal court for sexual...
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