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Rural Areas to Feel Strain as SD Population Grays

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s state demographer says that in coming years more baby boomers will age into retirement and more young people will migrate to large urban areas. Mike McCurry tells the Argus Leader newspaper that the trends have big implications for elder care, transportation needs and rural economies. McCurry’s research...
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Official Says SD Pulse Crop Plant Could Compete

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The CEO of a planned pulse crop processing plant in South Dakota says it could compete with North Dakota’s established industry by moving into what he calls secondary processing. Mat Chaudry says that includes such processes as making gluten-free flour, instead of just cleaning and packaging dry pea, lentil and...
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Video Blasting SD ‘Corn Dog’ Candidate Goes Ciral

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota GOP campaign video depicting a Democratic House candidate as jet-setting around the globe to earn environmental degrees and hosting a “raucous” corn dog party has gone viral. And both Democrats and Republicans are hoping the Web hits keep coming. Democrat Matt Varilek says it’s goofy to...
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Department of Agriculture Seeks Drought Advice From Farmers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is asking farmers and ranchers who struggled with this year’s extreme drought conditions to send their ideas on drought disaster relief. South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones says the Department of Agriculture wants to know how best to help producers through drought this...
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Klemann and Nelson Top Winners in Fundraising Pasta Sauce Cook-Off

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Last Thursday brought the annual pasta cook off–hosted by the Community Youth Involved Center in Fort Pierre. Kayla Klemann won the Top Sauce Maker and Reg Nelson won the People’s Choice Award. Besides supper choices including pasta and various sauces, bread and dessert; there were also door prizes,...
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Annual Boy Scout Food Drive Deemed a Success

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The annual Boy Scout Food Drive to gather food for the Pierre Area Food Pantry resulted in about 5,000 pounds of food being donated on Saturday. Cathie Mercer of the Pierre Area Referral Service says that earlier this week, Scouts from several different Packs and Troops distributed bags throughout...
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Fort Pierre Fire Department Holds 2012 Supper and Awards Night

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Several awards were given out Saturday night as part of the Fort Pierre Fire Department’s 2012 annual Appreciation Supper and Awards Night. Fire Chief Rick Cronin says the awards included: Firefighter of the Year-Dustin Dowling Rookie of the Year-Lindsey Binstock Friend of the Fire Department-CHS Elevator in Pierre...
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Fort Pierre Couple Donates One Million Dollars to SD Community Foundation

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Fort Pierre couple that has called central South Dakota home for less than ten years has provided a sizable charitable gift to the South Dakota Community Foundation. The foundation announced Friday that Gary and Connie Grittner would be giving one million dollars which will be doled out to...
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St. Mary’s Receives Funds to Implement eEmergency Technology from Helmsley Charitable Trust

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) St. Mary’s Healthcare Center will start a new program called eEmergency-thanks to $339,000 in funding provided from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. eEmergency is a service that will link St. Mary’s with emergency trained physicians at Avera in Sioux Falls via two way video equipment...
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McGovern Celebrated as ‘Conscience for Our Nation’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A bagpipe processional closed out the funeral service for former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, who was remembered by hundreds of mourners during the two-hour ceremony. McGovern died Sunday at age 90. He was recalled fondly Friday in speeches by former U.S. Sens. Tom Daschle and Gary Hart. Hart called...
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