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ND Farmers Want Changes in Crop Insurance Rules

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Some Upper Midwest farmers who thought they caught a break when the federal government eased crop insurance rules for land hit by prolonged flooding are finding it isn’t as easy to cash in as they first thought. The “prevented planting” provision pays farmers if they can’t plant due to extreme...
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2nd Person Dies From West Nile in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A second person from South Dakota has died from West Nile disease. KELO-TV reports that the person was from McPherson County. The death brings the total number of deaths from the mosquito-borne disease in the state to two. The first death from the disease was reported last month. That person...
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Two Gettysburg Men Succumb to Sewer Gas in Accident at Potter County Lift Station

GETTYSBURG, S.D. – (DRG News) An accident that occurred while work was being done at a sewer lift station has claimed the lives of two Gettysburg men. Potter County Sheriff Curt Hamburger says the accident was reported about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. He says the men-50-year-old Kirk Hansen and his son, 20-year-old Erik Hansen-were overcome...
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Pierre Man Arrested on Assault and Intentional Damage Charges

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was arrested by Pierre Police on two charges early this morning. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says that 21-year-old Brian Thunder Shield was taken into custody near the intersection of Fifth Street and Euclid Avenue. Blemaster says Thunder Shield had apparently been kicked out of an...
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Donations Still Being Accepted to Help Family Displaced by Friday Fire

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Assistance continues to be sought from local residents in gathering items needed by a family who lost their home to a fire late Friday night. The bi-level, two-story home, at 121 Pasque Drive, was destroyed in the fire. Dan Spears, Stevi Herrman and four children live in the home,...
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“100 Days of Heat” Safety Effort Shows Reduced Fatalities

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Preliminary numbers show that the state’s “100 Days of Heat” safe-driving campaign which ran from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend wrapped up with fewer highway fatalities than the ten year average for the same time frame. For the time between the two holiday weekends this year, South...
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SD Part of National Trend in Hunting/Fishing Participation

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Officials with South Dakota’s Game, Fish and Parks Department believe that the agency has had one of the best years in fishing license sales in some time. Nearly 67,000 resident annual fishing licenses have been sold so far this year, compared to 56,000 at the same time in 2011....
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Daugaard Requests Flags at Half-Staff for Larson

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has asked that all flags be flown at half-staff in South Dakota on Friday in honor of former Secretary of State Alma Larson of Gregory. Larson died Sunday. She was 80. Larson served as South Dakota’s 22nd secretary of state from 1965-1973. Daugaard says he’s asking all...
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Millions Visit SD During Busy Summer Season

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Tourism says visitor numbers to the state’s private and public attractions are up this summer compared to last summer. Ashley Worth with the Department of Tourism says numbers at the state’s private attractions are up 8 to 25 percent. More than 2 million people have...
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Warm Temperatures Push Row Crop Development in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Warm temperatures in South Dakota spurred row crops to progress at a rapid rate last week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop and weather report that some areas of the state saw temperatures reach into the 110s, which is uncommon for late August. Precipitation was...
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