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SD Legislative Panel OKs Boost in Livestock Fee

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative committee has approved a state board’s plan to raise the fee for brand inspections designed to prevent the theft of cattle and horses in western South Dakota. The 3-1 vote by the Rules Review Committee allows the state Brand Board to increase the current 80 cent inspection fee...
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Thune Urges Opening CRP Acres to Haying, Grazing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sen. John Thune is asking Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to release Conservation Reserve Program acres for emergency haying and grazing in South Dakota because of continuing drought conditions. The South Dakota Republican sent a letter to the secretary on Monday saying a dry spring, higher than normal temperatures and...
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Emergency Rules Allow Sale of 85-Octane Gasoline

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota is allowing the sale of 85-octane gasoline under emergency rules implemented Monday by the state Department of Public Safety. Officials say a public hearing will be held July 20 to discuss permanent rules for sale of the product, which is illegal under state law. Gov. Dennis Daugaard asked...
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Dry Conditions Across SD Continue to Stress Crops

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Dry conditions are taking a toll on crop development in South Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop and weather report that topsoil moisture is rated 41 percent short and 32 percent very short, and subsoil moisture is 44 percent short and 27 percent very...
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SD Panel Cuts Number of East River Deer Licenses

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has decided to cut the number of East River deer hunting licenses this year. The commission voted Monday to issue licenses allowing a total of 58,585 deer to be shot east of the Missouri River this fall. That’s a reduction of 16,360...
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Monday Morning Fatal Accident in Hand County Being Investigated by SDHP

MILLER, S.D. – (DRG News) A Watertown man died in a one-vehicle accident today on South Dakota Highway 45 north of Miller. The one-vehicle fatal crash happened this morning about 5:30 a.m.-about eight miles north of Miller. The Department of Public Safety says in a press release that 45-year-old Dale Elsworth Steward was driving...
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Draper Fire Department Puts Out Two Small Stubble Fires Sunday and Today

DRAPER, S.D. – (DRG News) The Draper Fire Department responded to two stubble field fires-one last night and one this morning-and both burned just under an acre each. Draper Fire Chief Cody Hatheway says last nights fire was reported about 8:30 p.m. and occurred in a winter wheat stubble field about 7-8 miles north...
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South Dakota Crime Statistics for 2011 Released

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley says crime statistics for 2011 show that South Dakota remains a relatively safe place to live. There were 16 homicide and negligent manslaughter arrests last year, about average for the state. Sex offense arrests were up slightly, as were assaults. Drug arrests jumped 18 percent. Burglary...
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Public to Help Set Scope of Wildlife Agency Review

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Officials from Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office say the public will get a chance to help determine the issues covered in an external review of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. The governor’s chief of staff, Dusty Johnson, told the Game, Fish and Parks Commission on Monday that the...
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Sirens in Hughes and Stanley Counties to be Tested Tuesday

UNDATED – (DRG News) Plans call for siren testing in Hughes and Stanley counties again tomorrow. Sirens were tested last week and Hughes/Stanley County Emergency Manager Rob Fines says plans call for another series of checks tomorrow. He says the testing is being done as part of federal requirements that must be met by...
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