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SD Senate Panel Looks at Animal Cruelty Measure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are taking a look at a measure that would make aggravated cruelty to dogs, cats and horses a felony. The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee plans to hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday. Animal rights groups have said South Dakota and North Dakota are the...
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SD Retirement System Has Good Investment Return

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Officials say the South Dakota Retirement System is in good financial shape after earning 12.4 percent on investments through the first seven months of the financial year. State Investment Officer Matt Clark says the system now holds assets of more than $8.5 billion, up from $7.8 billion at the start...
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Hughes/Stanley County Democrats to Meet This Evening in Fort Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Hughes and Stanley County Democrats will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening at the Chateau Restaurant in Fort Pierre.  The speaker will be Zach Crago of the South Dakota Democratic Party.  Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.   Everyone is welcome...
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NWS Says Pierre/Fort Pierre Gets Five Inches of Snow from Saturday Evening Into Sunday

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The start of the new work week brings digging out for many South Dakota residents, as a storm left varying amounts of snow across the state this weekend.  The National Weather Service says Pierre/Fort Pierre received five inches of snow.  Scott Doering with the Weather Service in Aberdeen says...
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Winner Man Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Winner man pleaded guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in federal court last week.  20-year-old Darius Two Eagle appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange and entered the plea to the charge-which was leveled after an incident last October when Two Eagle assaulted a victim with a...
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PFD Called to Report of Fire at Pierre Trailer Home This Morning

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department spent about 45 minutes at a trailer home in east Pierre this morning.  Firefighters were dispatched to 106 Lakeview Court this morning about 7:45 a.m. according to Deputy Fire Chief Ian Paul.  On arrival, he says smoke was spotted on the outside of the trailer-coming...
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Roads in the Dakotas Reopening After Weekend Blizzard

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Interstates that were shut down by a blizzard in the eastern Dakotas have nearly all reopened. Interstate 29 reopened Monday afternoon between Watertown, S.D. and the North Dakota border. It remains closed from the border to Fargo, N.D. It earlier reopened between Watertown and Sioux Falls to the south and...
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Buffalo King Showings See Great Attendance in Pierre and Philip

PHILIP, S.D. – (DRG News) A former western South Dakota resident says he was more than happy with the turnout for showings of his documentary “The Buffalo King”.  Admission to see the film was free and it was played twice at State 1-2-3 Theater Saturday and once Sunday evening at the Gem Theatre in...
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Delta Paid $1.6M For Staying Longer in SD Cities

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Transportation paid Delta Air Lines nearly $500,000 to compensate for the extra time the company stayed at the Pierre Regional Airport in late 2011 and early 2012. Delta had planned to end service in Pierre in November 2011 to save money. But the DOT required Delta...
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Legislative Calendar Changed/State Offices Open But Officials Suggest Calling Ahead

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The weekend’s blizzard has resulted in a change to this week’s legislative calendar.  Lawmakers have the day off today, but will kick off this week’s four-day schedule tomorrow.  The calendar has been shifted to a Tuesday through Friday schedule for lawmakers, instead of the Monday through Thursday schedule that...
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