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SD Governor Urges Safe Travel on Labor Day Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is urging South Dakota motorists to use care when traveling over the Labor Day weekend. The governor says 10 people were killed and 247 others were injured in crashes on South Dakota’s roads during the past five Labor Day weekends. He says four of the fatalities were...
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Day of Record-Breaking Heat Hits the Dakotas

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Forecasters say a cool-down is in store after a day of record-breaking heat in the Dakotas. National Weather Service reports show more than a dozen cities in South Dakota and North Dakota set high-temperature records on Wednesday. The South Dakota capital of Pierre hit 110 degrees. Many other cities in...
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Dakotas Ranchers Get More Drought Relief from Feds

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Drought-stricken farmers and ranchers in the Dakotas are getting more help from the federal Agriculture Department. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a two-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land. He also has designated 21 South Dakota counties as primary natural disaster areas, which also affects...
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NTSB Wrapping Up On Site Investigation Into Plane Crash at Pierre Airport

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An official with the National Transportation Safety Board says officials have completed their investigation at the scene of an airplane crash which occurred at the Pierre Regional Airport yesterday. Dan Baker, who is the Deputy Chief of the NTSB’s Central Region in Denver, says investigators have spent much of...
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Extreme Heat Hits South Dakota; Schools Close Early

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – More than two dozen school districts across South Dakota have shut down early, with temperatures above 100 degrees. Eureka Superintendent Bo Beck says “the safety and welfare of students and staff members” is a major factor. His district and others dismissed a few hours early Wednesday because classrooms lack air...
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Pilot in Tuesday Fatal Crash ID’ed

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre has released a statement regarding yesterday’s plane crash at the Pierre Regional Airport.  The statement from Airport Manager Mike Isaacs reads as follows: Pierre, S.D. – Authorities confirmed the identity of the pilot who was killed as Paul Lee of Pierre, South Dakota.  The experimental,...
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Woman Pleads Guilty to Two Charges from August 7 Crimes

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A woman who was charged after she stole a vehicle and was chased by law enforcement pled guilty to two of the charges in her case yesterday. Stanley County States Attorney Tom P. Maher says 19-year-old Ruby Sazue entered guilty pleas to Grand Theft and DUI-1st in a...
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Parmelee Man Pleads Guilty to Robbery in Federal Court

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Parmelee man pled guilty in federal court to a charge of Robbery. 18-year-old Levi Big Crow, Jr. appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange Monday and entered the plea. Officials say that Big Crow was with another person on May 8 of this year when they entered the...
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Small Plane That Crashed in Pierre Was Home-Built

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration says a single-engine airplane that crashed at the Pierre airport was an SQ2000, a plane that can be built from a kit. The plane crashed on takeoff Tuesday morning and the pilot was killed. He was the only person on board. Authorities have not identified him....
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ND Officials Upset with Mo River Water Charges

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota officials don’t like plans by the Army Corps of Engineers to charge fees for people who want to use Missouri River water. The Corps held a public comment session in Bismarck Tuesday. The idea also drew objections at a public meeting in Pierre, S.D., on Monday. North Dakota...
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