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Commissioner of School and Public Lands Resigns

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota governor’s office says the state’s commissioner of School and Public Lands is resigning his position this summer for family reasons Jarrod Johnson was elected to the post in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. The position is a constitutionally-created office that administers state lands set aside to support...
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Boys and Girls Club to Reopen Today After Water Main Break Causes It to Close Thursday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area will be open again today after it was closed for the day Thursday.  Club Director Becky Bowers says the facility had to be closed Thursday after a maintenance man found a water main break yesterday morning.  The break was located...
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SD Panel: Offensive Names of Creeks and Other Features on Reservation Should Go

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota panel responsible for getting rid of offensive place names has proposed renaming two creeks and three other geographical features on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to reflect the area’s traditional use for deer hunting. The locations all feature a variation of the phrase “Squaw Humper,” and each...
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Sioux Tribes Gather on Rosebud Indian Reservation

MISSION, S.D. (AP) – The second of a two-day meeting between several Sioux tribes gets under way Friday on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is hosting officials from several other Sioux tribes as part of an effort to work together as one nation on issues they deem important. Some of the...
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Dakotas Grassland Fire About 75 Percent Contained

LEMMON, S.D. (AP) – A fire that scorched nearly 22 square miles on the Grand River National Grasslands in the Dakotas is about 75 percent contained. The fire spread Wednesday after a prescribed burn by the U.S. Forest Service southeast of Hettinger, N.D., escaped containment lines and moved into South Dakota’s Perkins County. Eighteen...
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Engines, Tankers From Western SD, ND Help Effort

LEMMON, S.D. (AP) – The head of the Grand River Ranger District says engines and water tankers from fire departments across western South Dakota and western North Dakota have been helping to suppress a 22-square-mile fire in Perkins County. Ranger Paul Hancock tells KBJM radio in Lemmon that the wind-driven fire grew rapidly Wednesday...
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SD Retirement System Has Good Investment Return

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Officials say the rising stock market has helped the South Dakota Retirement System’s assets earn 14.9 percent on investments through the first nine months of the current financial year. Retirement System Executive Director Rob Wylie says if that level of investment return holds through the end of the financial year,...
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South Dakota Delegation Led by Governor Daugaard to Depart Tomorrow for China Trade Mission

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard is to leave tomorrow with a group of South Dakota business and agriculture leaders for a trade mission to China.  The Governor’s Office of Economic Development says representatives from 15 business and ag groups will go with the governor on the trip which runs through April...
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Boys and Girls Club’s Fundraising Campaign Starts Next Phase

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The next phase of the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area’s annual fund raising drive is underway.  The “It Just Takes One” campaign started in February and the honorary chairpersons for the fund drive are Jim and Susan Mollison.  New to this year’s campaign is the “Blue...
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Hughes County Commission Taking Applicants for Open Hughes County States Attorney Position

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Hughes County Commission is currently accepting applications for the position of Hughes County States Attorney.    Max Gors resigned for health reasons as States Attorney at the County Commission meeting on Monday and the resignation went into effect immediately. Kevin Hipple, Hughes County Manager, says Gors was sworn into...
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