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Governor Daugaard on July 18, 2012 (KGFX Photo)

Governor Daugaard Talks About Drought Task Force and Disaster Declarations

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The newest drought monitor shows the severe drought category spreading across western and south central and southeastern parts of South Dakota. Governor Dennis Daugaard activated the state Drought Task Force earlier this week because of the dry conditions and the task force will have its first meeting on Monday....
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SD Inspectors Now Can Check Fuel Octane Levels

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety says some of its inspectors now have devices to analyze the octane ratings of gasoline. The agency recently said it is illegal to sell gas with an 85 octane level in South Dakota. An 85 octane level can cause an engine to run roughly....
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SD Oil Potential Dampened by ND’s Record Bonanza

BUFFALO, S.D. (AP) – Despite widespread hope that North Dakota’s oil rush will spread across the border, some say it’s doubtful South Dakota will experience much of it. South Dakota state geologist Derric Iles says drillers are virtually assured of a profitable well in North Dakota. He says they have little time to bother...
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Pierre Elk’s Lodge Sponsors South Dakota Kite Day

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Elk’s Lodge #1953 sponsored South Dakota Kite Day in Pierre’s Hilger’s Gulch yesterday. The gathering-which offered kids a free kite and a large open area to fly it in-was said to have drawn at least 300 youngsters. Organizer Steve Wegman says despite the fact that winds weren’t...
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Lawsuit Says 2 Fuel Dealers Sold Substandard Gas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Democratic state legislator is among a group of people accusing two fuel companies of overcharging for their gasoline and lying about its quality. Flandreau Rep. Mitch Fargen and five other people filed the lawsuit in Jerauld County court in South Dakota. They say Harms Oil Co....
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BLM Oil, Gas Leases in Dakotas Hit $3.3 Million

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Bureau of Land Management says its most recent sale of oil and gas leases in the Dakotas totaled more than $3.3 million. BLM says Serka Services LLC of Vienna, Virginia had the highest bid in Tuesday’s sale: $880,000 for an 80-acre U.S. Forest Service parcel located in North Dakota’s...
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Noem, Democratic Colleague, Urge Farm Bill

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and a Democratic colleague have gathered more than 50 signatures from both parties urging House leaders to bring the farm bill to the floor. Noem and Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont in their letter are urging their parties’ House leaders to bring the farm bill...
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DOT Wants Farmers to Avoid Irrigation Overspray

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Transportation is asking farmers to try to keep their field irrigation systems from spraying water onto state highways. The DOT says the overspray can endanger motorists by creating a slippery road surface and limiting visibility for drivers. Such conditions can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists...
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Governor Daugaard July 18, 2012

State Leaders Announce Corrections Study

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – State leaders from all three branches of government announced the creation of a work group to study possible ways to reform the criminal justice system as the prison population in South Dakota continues to increase. Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced the work group during a news conference Wednesday with Supreme...
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SD Stations Aren’t Warning About Low-Octane Fuel

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Some South Dakota gas stations are selling lower-octane fuel without telling customers about it. Selling 85-octane gasoline became legal in South Dakota earlier this month. But the law change says gas stations have to post a warning to customers if they’re doing it. Lower-octane fuel can cause knocking and...
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