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Bomb Dog Jet and Lt. Scott Sheldon in March 2013 at Capitol

SD Highway Patrol Dog Retires After 11 Years

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol is retiring its explosive-sniffing Belgian sheepdog. Jet started his career with the Highway Patrol in 2003 as a police service dog trained to detect odors of different compounds that could be used to construct explosive devices. Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Craig Price says Jet has...
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Meeting Held Thursday for City of Pierre’s Go Green and Clean Campaign Activities

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) “Earth Awareness Week” will be noted in April in Pierre and a meeting was held Thursday to lay out plans for the week and to plan similar clean-up and beautification efforts in the months that follow.  Earth Awareness Week will be held April 21-27 and is part of Pierre’s...
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Rawlins Municipal Library to Hold 108th Birthday Celebration Sunday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This weekend brings an anniversary that will mark the start of public library services for Pierre.  Rawlins Library will host an event Sunday to note 108 years since the Pierre Carnegie Library opened to the public.  Library Director Beverly Lewis says there will be historical displays which will include...
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Casey Crane Benefit at Taco John’s Raises More than $11,000…So Far…

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Although the final figures won’t be known for a few more weeks, Taco John’s says so far, more than $11,000 has been raised to help the children of a former employee who was killed in a one vehicle accident last month.  Taco John’s donated 50% of all the sales...
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SD Governor Signs Bill Allowing Teachers to be Armed

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill allowing the state’s school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns. Supporters say the so-called sentinels could help prevent tragedies such as the Connecticut school shooting in December. Representatives of school boards, school administrators and teachers opposed the bill,...
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“Our South Dakota” Exhibit at Cultural Heritage Center to Close on Sunday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Museum officials at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center are reminding residents that their award winning exhibit “Our South Dakota: Big Land/Big Ideas/Big Heart” will be closing this weekend.  Jay Smith, director of the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, says they are always sorry to see...
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Set Clocks Ahead This Weekend…and Check or Change Smoke Alarm Batteries!

UNDATED – (DRG News) This weekend brings the start of Daylight Savings Time, which means a change to clocks tomorrow night.  Clocks are to be moved ahead one hour for the weekend time change.  With the annual spring ritual, comes a safety note from area firefighters to check or change the batteries in your...
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Governor Daugaard on July 18, 2012 (KGFX Photo)

SD Governor Approves Longer Abortion Wait in Some Cases

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill extending in some cases what is already the nation’s longest waiting period for a woman to receive an abortion. Daugaard announced that he signed the legislation on Friday. Women seeking abortions in South Dakota currently must wait three days after seeing...
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SD Legislature Passes Economic Development Plan for Large Projects

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature has passed a comprehensive bipartisan economic development plan intended to help recruit projects to the state. After a negotiating committee added $7 million to kick-start the plan, the House voted 60-6 and the Senate voted 31-2 to pass it. The measure will become law if Gov....
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SD Legislature Works on Budget at End of Session

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are working to pass a state budget as the main run of this year’s legislative session comes to an end. The budget is the biggest remaining issue facing the Legislature. The Joint Appropriations Committee hoped to finish work on the $4.1 billion spending plan by midday so...
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