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USDA Says Stormy Weather in SD Limits Spring Fieldwork

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Snow, freezing rain and cold weather has limited spring fieldwork in South Dakota over the past week. The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop and weather report that the planting of crops is on hold. The report also says the spring storms have caused problems for ranchers in...
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Herseth Sandlin Might Decide Soon on US Senate Run

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Former U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin says she expects to decide soon whether to run for the South Dakota U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson. The former Democratic congresswoman tells the Argus Leader newspaper that she’s seriously considering a run, and is being encouraged by both...
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Forecast: Dakotas in Store for Weekend Warm-up

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – After a cold and snowy early spring, residents of the Dakotas are looking forward to a weekend warm-up. The National Weather Service says high temperatures are expected to reach into the 50s and 60s in North Dakota and into the 60s and 70s in South Dakota. That will be...
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SD Man Charged with Threatening Senator Tim Johnson

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man accused of threatening U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson because the senator supports gun control has been taken into custody. According to documents filed in federal court, Jonathan Constantine of Piedmont has been charged with transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure another. Constantine allegedly posted a...
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EPA Again Questions Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency again is raising objections to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from western Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast. Despite more than four years of study, the State Department’s analysis of the project’s environmental impact is “insufficient,” the EPA said Monday. In a letter...
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Western South Dakota Ranch Wins Conservation Award

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A western South Dakota ranch has won the annual Leopold Conservation Award for voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources. The Sand County Foundation, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition announced that the award has been given to the Guptill Ranch, a 7,000-acre cattle operation near...
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Earth Awareness Week Being Noted in Pierre All Week!

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Mother Nature may have changed the lineup of events for today and tomorrow, but the coming week will be a flurry of activity as part of Pierre’s notation of “Earth Awareness Week”.  A group of citizens who are part of a Go Green and Clean Campaign committee have been...
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Bond Remains at $2,500 for Pierre Man Charged Following Weekend Law Enforcement Pursuit and Theft from Fort Pierre Business

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man made an initial appearance in court this afternoon on charges linked to a burglary and theft from a Fort Pierre business and a chase with law enforcement that followed.  36-year-old Cody W. Cruse was jailed after he was arrested late Saturday morning following a law enforcement...
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Counselor Recommends Ways South Dakotans Can Deal with More Spring Snow

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – As South Dakotans spend another spring day digging out from up to a foot of snow, a mental health professional is recommending people take vitamins, remain active and escape through books to stave off depression. Kelly Marker is a licensed counselor with Behavior Management Systems in Rapid City. She...
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Tornado Drills Planned Wednesday Morning for Hughes and Stanley Counties

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Although today looks wintry, organizers are planning a drill this week to prepare for summer storms that are sure to pop up in the coming months.  A tornado drill is going to be held in Hughes and Stanley counties on Wednesday.  Emergency Manager Rob Fines says the drill will...
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