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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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SD Agency Puts All Public Notices on One Website

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is putting all its public notices on a single page on its website. The page includes links to all current public notices for department activities that involve general permits, air quality, ground and surface water discharge, mining, oil and gas, water...
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SD Democrats Criticize Appointment to State Board

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Democrats have criticized Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s appointment of a man to a board that awards state economic development loans to businesses. Daugaard has appointed Rob Skjonsberg of Pierre to the state Board of Economic Development. Skjonsberg was a banker, a chief of staff for former Gov. Mike...
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Fort Pierre Depot Project Continues to Move Forward

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Work has been underway for about the past month at the site that will soon be the new home for Fort Pierre’s former train depot.  The depot was part of the Chicago and NorthWestern Railroad system and served Fort Pierre for many years-starting in the early 1900’s.  It...
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Releases Into the Missouri River Will be Decreased

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The amount of water released into the lower Missouri River will be decreased this month because warmer weather has reduced ice concerns. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday it will gradually reduce the amount of water it releases out of Gavins Point Dam on the South Dakota-Nebraska border...
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Drought Conditions Unchanged in the Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Drought conditions in the Dakotas have not changed with the start of the new year. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows all of South Dakota and just over half of North Dakota remaining in some form of drought. Another third of North Dakota remains classified as abnormally dry....
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Attorney General Jackley Says South Dakota Sex Offender Registry Maintains National Certification

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Federal authorities recently certified that South Dakota’s Sex Offender Registration continues to implement the provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).  Attorney General Marty Jackley says sex offender registration and community notification are an important part of his office’s work to improve the safety of the...
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AAA Says the Average Annual Gas Price Was Highest Ever in 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – (DRG News) A travel organization says the national annual average price for gas last year reached levels that are said to be the most expensive average ever.  AAA says the 2012 average gasoline price was $3.60 per gallon, which they say is the highest annual average on record.  The previous...
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