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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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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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