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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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Graduation Rates Above Average in the Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Public high school graduation rates in the Dakotas are higher than the national average. A report from the National Center for Education Statistics released Tuesday shows that the average graduation rate for incoming freshmen in North Dakota is 88.4 percent. The South Dakota rate is 81.8 percent. Across the...
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FPDC To Hold Annual Meeting on Tuesday

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Tuesday brings the annual meeting of the Fort Pierre Development Corporation.  The meeting will take place tomorrow night at the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre.  FPDC Executive Director Dave Bonde says there will be a speaker from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, a...
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Lawmaker Discusses HB 1087: School Sentinel Program Bill

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A hearing will be held Wednesday morning at the State Capitol, as lawmakers begin discussing a bill that if approved, would allow school boards in the state to arm staff and volunteers.  The legislation, House Bill 1087, would authorize school boards to set up “school sentinel programs”.  School safety...
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Dehumidification System at Expo Center in Fort Pierre Now in Use

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Ice conditions for hockey players using the Expo Center in Fort Pierre have improved-following the addition of a new piece of equipment in the building about two weeks ago.  A new dehumidification system was added to the Expo Center earlier this month.  A $9,000 donation from the South...
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SDDA and SDSU Extension Holding Forum at Fort Pierre Livestock Tonight

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Tonight brings a meeting to Fort Pierre which will be part of a series of gatherings organized by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and South Dakota State University Extension.  The forums started last week in Aberdeen and Mobridge and will continue statewide through March.  The meetings are being...
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Jury Trial for Couple Charged in Federal Court with Bank Larceny Moved to March

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The jury trial for a couple charged by a federal grand jury with Bank Larceny has been rescheduled for March.  Ismael Espinoza Ortiz and Alejandra Corral Madrid pleaded not guilty to the charges in November.   Allegations are that the couple took more than $1,000 from the BankWest branch on...
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U.S. and S.D. Flags Line the Missouri River Bridge for MLK Day

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) American and South Dakota State Flags are once again prominently displayed as the Pierre/Fort Pierre Exchange Club has the flags posted across the Missouri River Bridge in honor of today’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Today’s display is sponsored by the Pierre New Car Dealers Association, which is made...
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MLK Day-Some Offices Closed, Other Locations Open Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today is being observed as Martin Luther King Jr. Day across the country.  As part of the day, postal offices are closed-as are many state and federal government offices.  School closings for the day vary from district-to-district.  Rawlins Municipal Library is also closed for the holiday. The South Dakota...
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Frigid Temps and Dangerous Wind Chills in Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Frigid temperatures have moved into the Dakotas as an arctic air mass continues to spread across the region. The National Weather Service says below-normal temperatures are expected to continue through at least Tuesday morning. The coldest wind chills are in western and central North Dakota. The Weather Service says...
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