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2 South Dakota Highway Patrol Vehicles Hit in Separate Cases

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol says two of its vehicles have been hit by other vehicles in separate accidents on slippery Interstate 29, but there were no injuries in the crashes.  Trooper Jason Husby was traveling northbound Thursday morning at a reduced speed on I-29 in southeastern South Dakota...
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Officials Urge Caution with New Years Fireworks

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota firefighting officials are urging people to take extra care to prevent wildfires when using fireworks over the New Year’s holiday period.  Officials say grassland areas are still dry, which means the danger of wildfires is above normal for this time of year.  State Wildland Fire Division Director...
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SDDA and SDSU Extension Holding “The Next Generation of Livestock Production” Forums Starting Next Month

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and South Dakota State University Extension will hold forums across the state from January through March-with the focus of the meetings to be on South Dakota’s vision for livestock production.  South Dakota Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones says in a press release that the...
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New iPads Being Tried Out by Some Lawmakers as Part of Pilot Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Some state lawmakers will be taking part in a pilot project-as they try out using iPads instead of laptops beginning with the coming legislative session.  Legislative Research Council Director Jim Fry says that about 30 of the devices have been distributed to some veteran members who have volunteered to...
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Oahe Chapter of the American Red Cross Receives Casual Friday Donation from DSS

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Oahe Chapter of the American Red Cross received a donation last week from the South Dakota Department of Social Services.  The money is to be used by the Red Cross to assist victims of Superstorm Sandy that impacted portions of the east coast in late October.  Mike Mehlhaff,...
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New SD Mountain Lion Season Brings Expanded Quotas

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – It’s the start of an expanded mountain lion season for hunters in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The state Game Fish and Parks Commission has set a quota of 100 lions, a record in the seven years of lion seasons. The quotas have been gradually increased primarily to...
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Dakota Men Hanged in 1862 to be Honored in Mankato After Two Week Horseback Ride from SD

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) – About 150 Native Americans are expected in Mankato to honor the 38 Dakota men who were hanged in 1862. KTOE radio reports a new monument will be dedicated at Reconciliation Park in Mankato in a Wednesday morning ceremony. It’s believed to be the location where the executions took place at...
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Fire Destroys Hunting Bus on Farm Near Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a bus used to transport hunters was destroyed by fire on a farm near Pierre. Pierre Rural Fire Department Chief Jason Roggow says operators at a guide service jump-started the bus Monday and left the engine running unattended. Roggow tells the Pierre Capitol Journal the engine compartment caught...
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Today is Last Day to View Capitol Christmas Display

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Today is the final day for residents to view the decorated Christmas trees in the South Dakota Capitol. The annual Christmas at the Capitol holiday display is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST. Representatives of organizations and communities who decorated the more than 90 trees...
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Website, Smartphone App Offer Snowmobile Maps

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new interactive South Dakota snowmobile trail system map is available for both the Web and smartphones. The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department says the map shows trail conditions and pinpoints businesses, restrooms and parking areas along the trail system. State snowmobile trail coordinator Tony Schmitt says snowmobilers...
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