Flash and Dale Hartmann on October 7, 2012

New PFD Mascot Takes Part in Sunday Open House Events

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Yesterday brought the annual Pierre Fire Department Open House to fire stations throughout town. The events were held as part of this week’s National Fire Prevention Week. The most recent addition to the Pierre Fire Department helped kick off the week. “Flash” is the new official mascot of the...
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South Dakota Celebrates Native American Day

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – It’s Columbus Day in the United States, but it’s Native American Day in South Dakota. The state Legislature in 1989 approved the change proposed by then-Gov. George Mickelson. South Dakota is the only state that celebrates Native American Day on Columbus Day. Dani Daugherty grew up on the Pine Ridge...
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Study Looks at Wind Energy Boost for Counties

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A new federal study concludes that wind energy projects have provided a big economic boost to counties in wind-rich states such as the Dakotas. Researchers with the Economic Research Service, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory studied economic data from about 1,000 counties in a dozen...
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Corps Holding Meetings on Missouri River Plan

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Army Corps of Engineers is holding meetings in the Dakotas on its proposed operating plan for the Missouri River for the coming year. Meetings are scheduled Oct. 30 in the North Dakota capital of Bismarck and the South Dakota capital of Pierre. They’re among six meetings in five states...
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SD College Retention Rates Haven’t Improved

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Fewer than three in four South Dakota college freshmen have been coming back for a second year in school. South Dakota college officials say they’re putting a renewed focus on student retention. But the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports the 72 percent retention rate hasn’t improved from a year...
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CenturyLink, Union Fail to Reach Labor Agreement

DENVER (AP) – CenturyLink and the union representing 13,000 workers in 13 states in the West and Midwest have failed to reach a contract agreement, but have signed onto a day-to-day extension of the expired pact. The Communications Workers of America made the announcement after the existing labor contract expired at 11:59 p.m. Saturday....
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Friday Crash in Hughes County Involves Semi and Combine-SDHP Investigating

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An accident late this morning resulted in a section of Highway 14 east of Blunt being blocked until late this afternoon. Responders were called to a collision between a combine and a semi tanker truck-which was hauling gas. Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt says the accident occurred on a...
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More Than 9,000 South Dakotans Have Already Voted

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – More than 9,000 South Dakotans have already cast their votes in the presidential election. The South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office reports that as of Friday, about 19,800 absentee ballots have been requested, with nearly all of the requests granted. About 9,200 people have already returned the ballots. Early voting...
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Onida Circus Cancelled

ONIDA, S.D. – (DRG News) The October 10 performance of the Piccadilly Circus in Onida has been cancelled. The circus notified local organizers that the shows that were to be next Wednesday have been cancelled. There were to be two shows at the Sully County Fairgrounds that day.
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SD Department of Agriculture Conducting Internet Survey

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has set up an internet survey and is seeking feedback from farmers, ranchers and others in the ag sector. Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones says the department is conducting the online survey as part of Governor Dennis Daugaard’s Red Tape Review. The department wants...
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