Snowfall Tapering Off in Eastern South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A winter storm that moved into eastern South Dakota is tapering off. The National Weather Service says the Sioux Falls airport accumulated 6.1 inches of snow through Friday morning, but heavier amounts were reported around other parts of Minnehaha and Lincoln counties. A spotter in Marion reported 7.8 inches...
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SD Senate Committee Hears Bill on Arming Teachers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee is looking at a bill that would allow school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns. The measure was passed earlier by the House. The Senate State Affairs Committee planned to hold a public hearing on the bill Friday. Supporters say school boards...
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Bray Named Republican of the Year at Tuesday’s Lincoln Day Dinner

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A local woman was named Republican of the Year at this week’s Hughes and Stanley County Lincoln Day Dinner.  Teresa Bray received the honor on Tuesday.  Carrie Gonsor, vice-chair of the Hughes County GOP says in a press release that Bray has been heavily involved with the South Dakota...
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Ag Secretary Vilsack Names Two SD Men to Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) Two South Dakotans are part of a group of 20 people that have been appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics.  The appointments were announced yesterday by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.  The group advises Vilsack on surveys of agriculture and other related...
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Pierre Man Sentenced on Charges of Simple Assault and Obstructing

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was sentenced yesterday for his no contest pleas to Simple Assault and Obstructing Law Enforcement.  19-year-old John Reddest was indicted on several charges after an altercation at a Pierre business last November.  Police were told that a knife had been pulled during the fight, but no...
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Pierre Teen Pleads Not Guilty to Charges from Car Thefts/Second Suspect Expected in Court Next Month

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man has pleaded not guilty to four counts linked to a rash of vehicle thefts in January.  19-year-old James Cowman was arrested January 10 after multiple vehicles were stolen from the Pierre, Fort Pierre and Hughes County areas the day before.  Cowman appeared in a Pierre courtroom...
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Midwest Bankers Survey Suggests Economic Growth

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A survey of rural bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states suggests slow economic growth is ahead. A report released Thursday on the Rural Mainstreet Index says the overall index rose to 58.2 in February, compared with 55.6 in January. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the report, and he...
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South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson’s Son Eyeing Bid

UNDATED (AP) – Although Sen. Tim Johnson has not said whether he intends to seek re-election in 2014, some Democrats would like to keep his seat in the family — and in Democratic hands. Party activists are promoting the idea of Johnson’s son, Brendan, who is U.S. attorney, seeking the nomination if the senator...
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House Panel Endorses Concealed Weapons Permit Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has advanced a bill that would make concealed weapons permits valid for five years, up from the current four years. The Local Government Committee voted unanimously to send the measure to the full House. The measure’s main sponsor, Sen. Larry Rhoden of Union Center, says...
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SD Farmers, Ranchers Dealing with Hay Shortage

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota farmers and ranchers are searching for solutions to deal with the hay shortage. SDSU Extension agronomy crops field specialist Larry Wagner tells the Yankton Press and Dakotan that the issues started last summer when pastures started giving out and some people had to start feeding early in the...
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