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Former SD Legislator Diedtrich Dies in North Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former South Dakota legislator Elmer Diedtrich has died. He was 85. Diedtrich, formerly of Mina and Aberdeen, served from 1989-1992 and 1999-2000 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. He served from 2001-2002 in the state Senate. He passed away Tuesday in Williston, N.D. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday...
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Avera St. Mary’s Announces TCU to be Moved from Hospital to Maryhouse

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Avera St. Mary’s Hospital said today that changes will soon be made to its Transitional Care Unit.  The TCU is currently located on the 4th floor of the hospital, but starting April 1, 2013, it will be relocated to a specialized area on the 2nd floor of Avera Maryhouse...
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Attorney General Jackley Warns Consumers of Sweepstakes Scams

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office is warning residents to be cautious of sweepstakes scams that continue to circulate around the state.  Attorney General Marty Jackley says there are a few warning signs that a supposed sweepstakes “win” is a scam.  Tip-offs of fraud include sweepstakes that ask you...
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Pierre Man Arrested on Rape Charge

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was arrested Sunday after police investigated a report of Rape over the weekend.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were called to a residence in the 200 block of East Seventh Street where a 26-year-old Pierre woman told authorities she had been sexually assaulted.  About...
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Authorities Pleased with Results of Weekend Alcohol Compliance Check

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Alcohol compliance checks done at several businesses in Pierre, Blunt and Harrold over the weekend showed that almost all of the establishments turned away underage purchasers.  The Pierre Police Department yesterday said that the checks were done by the Pierre Police Department and Hughes County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday. ...
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Interim Administrator of Avera Maryhouse LTC Named as Administrator

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Avera St. Mary’s announced yesterday that Mark Schmidt has been appointed Administrator of Avera Maryhouse Long Term Care.  Schmidt has served as Interim Administrator for over a year-since December of 2011.  A press release from Avera St. Mary’s says that Schmidt will also continue serving as Executive Director of...
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SD Leads Nation in Native American Poverty Rate

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – New Census numbers show that South Dakota leads the nation in the percentage of Native Americans living below the poverty line. Five years’ worth of data from The American Community Survey on poverty shows that more than 48 percent of the state’s 65,000 Native Americans live below the poverty...
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South Dakota Lawmakers Urged to Expand Medicaid

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Health care officials and some low-income people have urged South Dakota lawmakers to expand Medicaid to cover thousands more people. The House and Senate committees on Health and Human Services held a joint meeting Wednesday to consider the advantages and drawbacks of expanding the program as part of the federal...
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Forecasters Watching Developing Weather for Region

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The forecast currently has a Winter Storm Watch mentioned for later this evening through much of Thursday.  The National Weather Service continues to keep an eye on how the potential storm is developing.  Dan Mohr with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen said this morning that it is possible...
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SD Tribe Seeking Designs for Sioux Coin

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – The Oglala Sioux Tribe is seeking design ideas from the public for a new Sioux Nation dollar coin. The tribe’s Office of Economic Development is working with the Native American Mint on the contest. The winning design will be displayed on a 39 millimeter coin. Designs should represent Sioux...
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