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DRG’s Winter Expo to be Held at Ramkota This Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This weekend brings the 23rd annual Dakota Radio Group Winter Expo to Pierre.  Join us at the Ramkota on Saturday and Sunday and see booths featuring area businesses, plus you can spin the DRG Prize Wheel for great prizes, visit with DRG personalities and there will also be a...
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City Adds Pierre School District to List of Entities Interested in Pubic Facility Partnership

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Mayor told City Commissioners last night that she has had discussions with Pierre school officials on the two entities possibly working together toward a shared facility. The Pierre School Board on Monday approved appraisals for two district elementary buildings and the administration building–and also gave the okay for...
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SD Governor’s Conference on Tourism Underway in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The 2013 South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism is underway through tomorrow at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre.  The annual event started this morning and will wrap up Thursday evening with an awards night gala.  Jim Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism, says 2012 was a...
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SD Police Chiefs Advise Governor on School Safety

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Police chiefs from around South Dakota say school buildings should be made more secure to prevent mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Conn. In a meeting with Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the chiefs also said improvements are needed to help them deal with mentally ill people who pose threats...
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Hanson Will Again Serve as PUC Chairman

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has re-elected Gary Hanson as its chairman. The vote was held among the panel’s three commissioners – Hanson, Chris Nelson and Kristie Fiegen – at the commission’s meeting on Tuesday. Nelson was elected as vice chairman. Hanson is serving his second six-year term on...
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ND Smoking Ban Boosts Tobacco Control Grades/SD Grade Unchanged

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The passage by North Dakota voters last November of a comprehensive indoor smoking ban has boosted the state’s grades in an annual tobacco “report card” from the American Lung Association. North Dakota got two A grades – for smoke-free air and for funding tobacco control and prevention programs above the...
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Zimmerman Confirmed as Head of SD Veteran Affairs

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has voted unanimously to confirm Larry Zimmerman as the state’s first secretary of Veterans Affairs. Zimmerman was previously the state command sergeant major in the South Dakota Army National Guard. Gov. Dennis Daugaard named Zimmerman as secretary of Veterans Affairs in late 2011, but he did...
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Requests For Concealed Carry Permits Up in SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Secretary of State Jason Gant says he has seen a “significant increase” in the number of requests for permits to carry a concealed weapon in recent months. Gant says more than 3,000 concealed pistol permits have been requested in the first 11 days of 2013.This far outpaces 2012′s...
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School Board Approves Hirings/Resignations

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board approved a handful of hirings and resignations at yesterday’s meeting.  Besides choosing Jayson Poppinga to replace Joe Kramer as head football coach for the Governor’s football program (see Rod’s story in sports), also hired was Bryan Linn.  Linn will be the district’s new Technology Administrator,...
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Private Pesticide Applicator Certification to be Held Near Gettysburg Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Private Pesticide Applicator certification will be held near Gettysburg tomorrow.  The meeting will take place at Bob’s Steakhouse at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.  Attendees to the meeting should arrive a few minutes early.  The re-certification class will end at 4:00 p.m.  Ruth Beck, Agronomy Field Specialist with the SDSU Extension...
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