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Coaches vs. Cancer Event at Hockey Games Raises Over $3,000

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Yesterday brought Coaches vs. Cancer Day to the Expo Center in Fort Pierre-as part of the Pierre-Fort Pierre Capitals hockey program.  During JV, Bantam and Varsity games that were held yesterday, volunteers manned a donation table and displayed a Wall of Hope.  Those who gave donations were able...
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FPFD Logs 85 Calls in 2012-An Increase from 2010 and 2011 Numbers

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Fort Pierre Fire Department saw an increase in its number of calls logged in 2012.  Fort Pierre Fire Chief Rick Cronin says the department responded to 85 calls and investigations last year.  36 of those were in Fort Pierre, 41 were rural calls and eight calls involved...
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Authorities Spend Saturday Evening Searching for Man Who Exited Ambulance in Remote Area of Mellette County

MURDO, S.D. – (DRG News) Authorities spent much of Saturday night and part of Sunday morning searching for a man who reportedly got out of an ambulance in a remote area of Mellette County.    Jones County Sheriff John Weber says officials were first called about the man-when he fell and hit his head at...
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Three Semis/12 Other Vehicles Slip and Slide on Stretch of I-90 Saturday

MURDO, S.D. – (DRG News) Jones County authorities were kept busy Saturday when weather conditions caused slippery spots on Interstate 90.  Sheriff John Weber says the windy weather created slushy and slippery spots on the interstate east of Draper and west of Murdo.  He says three semis ended up in the ditch, along with...
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SD Democrats Urge Quick Expansion of Medicaid

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers expect to spend a lot of time studying the Medicaid program during the legislative session that starts Tuesday. Democrats hope to quickly expand Medicaid to cover an estimated 48,000 additional people. But Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Republican lawmakers want more time to study the potential costs...
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Flu Season Ramping Up Fast in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Flu cases are on the rise in South Dakota and could surpass last year’s total of 505. The most recent data available show 409 confirmed cases, compared with just five at the same time last year. There also have been three flu-related deaths in the state. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger...
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Obstacles Remain for Wind Energy Projects in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A one-year extension of a federal wind energy tax credit could provide a jolt for the wind industry, but developers say other obstacles remain in South Dakota. The wind energy industry had been stalled because of uncertainty over whether the tax break would be extended. The extension was included...
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SD Man Pleads Guilty to Felon in Possession Charge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man has pleaded guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson announced that 52-year-old Jess Porras, of McLaughlin, pleaded guilty to the charge earlier in the week. Prosecutors say Porras was acting as a deer hunt guide on tribal...
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SD Lawmakers Ready for New Debate on School Money

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are readying for another debate on funding for school districts as they head to Pierre for the year’s legislative session. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended that state aid to school districts be increased by 3 percent next year to account for inflation. It’s one of many issues...
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Some Ask: Is SD’s Pheasant Boom Headed for a Bust?

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A wildlife biologist says that South Dakota’s pheasant boom could go the way of the Black Hills gold rush of 1870s – as in, it might disappear. Pheasants Forever farm bill biologist Mike Blaalid says that the bust is tied to there being less land in the Conservation Reserve Program....
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