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SD Farm Real Estate Value, Cropland Up From 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Farm real estate in South Dakota has increased in value by 29 percent. The Agriculture Department says in a new report that the value of farm land and buildings in 2013 averaged $1,800. That is up $400 per acre. Cropland value increased 30 percent from last year to $3,020...
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Pierre School Board Holds Third Public Meeting on Elementary Facility Planning Study

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board held the third in a series of meetings to give the public a chance to hear details of its elementary facility planning study, to ask questions and offer comments.    McKinley and Washington Elementary Schools are the district’s oldest buildings and will need some necessary, but...
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NWS Says July Weather in Central and NE SD Was Cooler Than Normal

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service says the month of July brought cooler than normal weather to central and northeast parts of the state.   Rainfall ranged from below normal to above or much above normal.  Average temperatures ranged from a half degree to almost three degrees below normal for July.  The...
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US Panel Can’t Issue Opinion on SD Voting Sites

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says he won’t create satellite voting offices on three American Indian reservations unless the U.S. Election Assistance Commission approves spending federal money on the project. But the Argus Leader reports that the commission can’t issue advisory opinions because the four commission seats are...
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SD Lawmakers Approve Shorter Bobcat Season

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers have approved a state panel’s decision to shorten next winter’s hunting and trapping season for bobcats in the western part of the state. Rules passed by state agencies cannot take effect unless they are approved by the Legislature’s Rules Review Committee. The committee has now approved the...
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Michigan Targets SD Internet Lender for High Rates

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan regulators have cited a South Dakota-based Internet lender that they say is charging interest rates of more than 340 percent. The state Department of Insurance and Financial Services said Thursday that it’s given notice of Michigan’s intention to issue a cease-and-desist order to Western Sky Financial. State officials say...
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Armour, Rutland, Kadoka Have Top Public Schools

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Students at Armour High School, Rutland Junior High and Kadoka Area’s Midland Elementary have bragging rights. The South Dakota Department of Education says they are the best public schools in the state for the School Performance Index, now in its second year. It grades schools on a 100-point scale...
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Woman Making Solo Kayak Trip from Montana to Missouri Makes Stop in Pierre Area Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Columbia, Missouri woman arrived in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area yesterday as she continues her solo effort to kayak the Missouri River from its source to St. Louis.  56-year-old Janet Moreland says she just recently graduated from college and received a teaching degree for middle school social studies and...
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Volunteer Open House Planned at Paws Animal Shelter Next Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Now that the new shelter for Paws Animal Rescue is open in northeast Pierre, a volunteer open house is planned to add more people to the list of those who help care for the dogs and cats at the facility.  Betty Truax, who has volunteered with the animal rescue...
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152nd Support Group Keeps in Touch with the Deployed Guard Unit’s Family Members

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) About a month after a deployment ceremony was held in Pierre, members of the South Dakota National Guard’s 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are still said to be in Fort Hood, Texas for training, prior to starting about a half year stint of service in Afghanistan.  About 70 soldiers...
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