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Drought Worsens in SD; Relatively Stable in ND

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Drought conditions have worsened in South Dakota over the week but remained relatively stable in North Dakota. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 63 percent of South Dakota in the worst two categories of drought, extreme and exceptional. That is up more than 8 percent from last...
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Former SD Governor Rounds Announces Run for US Senate

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds says he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Rounds made the announcement in an event held in Pierre. He planned to hold other events later Thursday in Rapid City and Sioux Falls The former Republican governor earlier formed a committee to...
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More Prairie Dog Disease Confirmed in South Dakota

  FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A disease that can devastate prairie dog colonies has been confirmed on the Fort Pierre National Grassland in South Dakota. District Ranger Ruben Leal says the bacteria that causes sylvatic plague was found in fleas collected from prairie dog colonies. Sylvatic plague was first detected in South Dakota...
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SD Panel Urges Reform of Criminal Justice System

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A panel appointed by state leaders from all three branches of government has recommended changes in South Dakota’s criminal justice system that could save up to $212 million in prison costs in the next decade. The group’s recommendations include keeping more drug and alcohol offenders out of prison by...
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SD Man Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man who drove drunk and struck a pedestrian who ended up dying has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson announced Wednesday that 49-year-old Thomas Hacker, of St. Francis, pleaded guilty to the charge on Monday. Prosecutors say Hacker’s blood-alcohol content was .255...
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SD Planning to Replace Missouri River Bridge

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Transportation Department has started the planning process to replace the highway bridge over the Missouri River between Pierre and Fort Pierre. The department is searching for an engineering consultant to determine the location and kind of structure that will eventually replace the current bridge. The study...
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Former South Dakota Police Chief Admits Embezzling

  LEOLA, S.D. (AP) – The former police chief in Leola has admitted embezzling more than $37,000 from the fire department in the northeastern South Dakota town. The American News reports that 43-year-old John Grabowska pleaded guilty to two counts of grand theft by embezzlement and faces up to 20 years in prison when...
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PFD Responds to Two Tuesday Afternoon Fires

  PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department was summoned to two afternoon fire calls Tuesday.  Deputy Fire Chief Ian Paul says firefighters were told about a brush pile fire at Hyde Stadium about 3:30 p.m. yesterday.  The fire was burning along a set of bleachers, but was put out quickly.  Paul...
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Keldron and Buffalo Residents Reappointed to Cattlemen’s Beef Board

  HURON, S.D. – (DRG News) Two South Dakotans have been re-appointed to seats on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board.  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack reappointed Danni Beer of Keldron and Linda Gilbert of Buffalo to the board.  They will both serve three-year terms.  The 106-member Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research...
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DOH Advises South Dakotans to Prepare for Healthy Holiday and Winter with Flu Shot

  PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Next week is being noted as National Influenza Vaccination Week and South Dakota’s State Epidemiologist says the week is a good reminder that flu shots are the best way to stay protected against influenza.  Dr. Lon Kightlnger of the South Dakota Department of Health says so far this...
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