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SD House Panel Delays Vote on Arming Teachers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has delayed a vote on a plan to let school boards designate teachers and others who would be armed with guns to protect against attacks like last month’s elementary school shooting in Connecticut. Supporters told the House Education Committee on Wednesday that the bill leaves...
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Fire in Pierre Home Tuesday Causes Extensive Damage to the Structure

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A fire in a west Pierre home Tuesday left extensive damage to the structure.  The blaze at 210 North Poplar Avenue was called in to the Pierre Fire Department at 4:45 p.m. yesterday.   When firefighters arrived at the scene, Chief Bill Alexander says flames were already coming from a...
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Final Keystone Pipeline Decision Still Months Away

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval of a revised route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline puts the long-delayed project back in the hands of the federal government. But don’t look for a quick decision on the $7 billion project, which would carry oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast if...
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Governor Asks Craig Lawrence to be State GOP Chairman

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has asked Craig Lawrence, a former marketing and advertising executive, to be the next chairman of the South Dakota Republican Party. Lawrence says he has agreed to serve if the Republican Party’s Central Committee approves him in February. In a written statement, Daugaard says he chose Lawrence...
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Thanks for Joining Us At Another Successful DRG Winter Expo Saturday and Sunday!

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Dakota Radio Group held our annual Winter Expo at the Ramkota over the weekend. This year’s Expo was the 23rd annual was a great time for all! Once again we held a fundraising chili cookoff this year. The recipient of the $884 that was raised was the Boys...
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SD FFA Officers to Meet with South Dakota Leaders During Two Day Gathering in Fort Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota FFA Association will hold its 2013 State FFA Legislative Breakfast and District Officer Training tomorrow and Thursday in Fort Pierre.  The event is held to promote the FFA’s mission of leadership, personal growth and career success.  It brings together South Dakota’s governmental leaders and South Dakota...
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GIPSA Investigators to be in Fort Pierre Tomorrow for Producer Input on Sheep and Lamb Price Drops

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Because of dramatic price decreases in the U.S. sheep and lamb market, South Dakota Sheep Growers will hold a meeting in Fort Pierre tomorrow to discuss an investigation into the declines.  Investigators from the USDA Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) will be at the meeting and...
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Tom Wagner Appointed as CFO at Avera St. Mary’s

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A new Chief Financial Officer has been appointed for Avera St. Mary’s.  Tom Wagner was named as the new CFO.  The announcement was made yesterday.  Wagner has served Avera St. Mary’s for almost 33 years.  He has been Budget Analyst, Director of Finance and most recently, worked as Interim...
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Feeding South Dakota to Introduce New Mobile Food Pantry Program Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News)  Feeding South Dakota will announce a new Mobile Food Pantry Program during a news conference tomorrow morning.  The new Mobile Food Pantry Program will meet the needs of hungry individuals and families in many rural areas of the state.  Feeding South Dakota says the program will distribute 650,000 pounds...
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Nebraska Governor OKs Keystone XL Route Through State

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved a new route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that avoids the state’s environmentally sensitive Sandhills region. Heineman sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama confirming that he would allow the controversial project to proceed in his state. The pipeline has faced strong...
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