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SD Legislature Passes Criminal Justice Reform Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a plan to cut the state’s prison costs by treating more nonviolent offenders in community programs. The House voted 63-7 to pass the bill, which was approved last week by the Senate. The measure now goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for...
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Dancing with the Stars Comes to Fort Pierre Tonight

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Tonight brings the sixth annual “Dancing with the Stars” event to Fort Pierre.  The evening is held as Capital Area United Way’s annual Thank You Dinner and Recognition Celebration-according to Gloria Hanson, Executive Director for United Way.  Doors open at the Community and Youth Involved Center at 5:00...
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SDHP Holding February Sobriety Checkpoints

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Highway Patrol will have another series of sobriety checkpoints next month.  February checkpoints are to be held at various locations in 13 South Dakota counties.  Some area counties where checkpoints will be held include Hughes, Stanley and Tripp.  For checkpoint text alerts, visit
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Fire Breaks Out in Big Rig Parked at Vivian Business Wednesday

KENNEBEC, S.D. – (DRG News) A fire in a semi truck parked at a Vivian truck stop yesterday caused damage to the big rig.  Lyman County Sheriff Steve Manger says the fire was reported just after seven Wednesday morning in a semi truck parked at the Coffee Cup.  The truck was parked about eight...
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Pickup Badly Damaged After Early Morning Fire in Fort Pierre

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A pickup was heavily damaged this morning when it started on fire inside a Fort Pierre garage.  Fort Pierre Fire Chief Rick Cronin says the fire was reported about 6:40 a.m. this morning at 2114 Tiree Drive.  The vehicle was parked inside a detached garage at that residence. ...
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Nebraska Responds to Lawsuit Opposing Pipeline Law

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The state of Nebraska has responded to a lawsuit filed by three opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry Canadian tar sands oil south through Nebraska and other states to Gulf coast refineries. The lawsuit says the law that established the review process is unconstitutional because it doesn’t...
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SD House: Military Training Counts for Licenses

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has passed a bill that would allow military training and experience to count toward getting state licenses or certifications in civilian occupations. Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to send the bill to the Senate for further debate. The bill’s main sponsor, Rep. Scott Parsley of Madison, says...
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ND Has Better Winter Wheat Snow Cover Than SD

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota winter wheat farmers are enjoying better snow cover protection for their crops than their counterparts in South Dakota. The Agriculture Department says protection for winter wheat in North Dakota is rated 28 percent poor, 44 percent adequate and 28 percent excellent. That compares with 84 percent poor in...
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Dangerous Wind Chills Blanket the Dakotas

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Dangerously cold weather has settled over the Dakotas, but it should be gone by the weekend. The National Weather Service on Thursday issued wind chill advisories and warnings throughout North Dakota and South Dakota into Friday morning. Forecasters said wind chills in some areas could drop to as low as...
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“Eagles and Bagels Walk in the Park” Coming to Oahe Downstream Saturday

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This weekend brings an event called the “Eagles and Bagels Walk in the Park” to the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre.  Pat Buscher, Oahe Downstream District Supervisor says the annual event has always had great attendance.  Buscher says this is a good chance for families to...
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