Obstacles Remain for Wind Energy Projects in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A one-year extension of a federal wind energy tax credit could provide a jolt for the wind industry, but developers say other obstacles remain in South Dakota. The wind energy industry had been stalled because of uncertainty over whether the tax break would be extended. The extension was included...
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SD Man Pleads Guilty to Felon in Possession Charge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man has pleaded guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson announced that 52-year-old Jess Porras, of McLaughlin, pleaded guilty to the charge earlier in the week. Prosecutors say Porras was acting as a deer hunt guide on tribal...
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SD Lawmakers Ready for New Debate on School Money

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are readying for another debate on funding for school districts as they head to Pierre for the year’s legislative session. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended that state aid to school districts be increased by 3 percent next year to account for inflation. It’s one of many issues...
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Some Ask: Is SD’s Pheasant Boom Headed for a Bust?

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A wildlife biologist says that South Dakota’s pheasant boom could go the way of the Black Hills gold rush of 1870s – as in, it might disappear. Pheasants Forever farm bill biologist Mike Blaalid says that the bust is tied to there being less land in the Conservation Reserve Program....
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31 People Died From Work Injuries in SD in 2011

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says 31 people died from work injuries in South Dakota during 2011. The preliminary numbers show that the number of work-related fatalities in the state decreased by five from the previous year. Of the 31 fatalities, 14 were from transportation incidents. The agriculture,...
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Pierre Teen Enters Not Guilty Plea on Charges from December Shooting

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre teen who has been charged by a Hughes County Grand Jury for a December shooting has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces.  16-year-old Braiden McCahren was indicted in December on charges of First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and alternate counts of Aggravated Assault. ...
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Pierre City Leaders to Gather for Strategic Planning Session Monday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s City Commission and other city leaders will gather Monday for what has become an annual activity in recent years-a Strategic Planning Session.  Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says elected officials, leaders of city departments and City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier will gather to look back what was laid out at...
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NWS Looks Back at Weather in Central and NE SD for 2012

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service in Aberdeen says 2012 was a dry and warm year across central and northeast parts of South Dakota.  Looking back at the year, the weather service says many record highs were broken and drought conditions expanded and worsened.  Average temperatures for the year were from...
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First Baby for 2013 Born at Avera St. Mary’s Thursday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The first baby of 2013 for Avera St. Mary’s Hospital was born three days into the New Year.  Amanda Bacon, Communications Coordinator for Avera St. Mary’s says Maisie Belle Kroger was born yesterday morning, January 3 at 7:40 a.m.  Her parents are Karl and Michelle Kroger of Pierre.  For...
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City Bans May Prompt SD Ban on Texting and Driving

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has repeatedly refused to ban texting while driving, but bans imposed by four cities might prompt lawmakers to look more favorably on the idea. State Sen. Mike Vehle  of Mitchell says he plans once again to introduce a texting ban in the legislative session that opens...
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