Todd Johnson Sworn in as Pierre Police Officer August 27, 2012

Pierre P.D. Adds New Officer to Staff

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Police Department has added another officer to its staff. Todd Johnson, who worked as a Deputy with the Hughes County Sheriff’s Department, was sworn in as the newest patrol officer on Monday afternoon. Johnson is a Pierre native and his background includes a career in the military,...
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Drought Conditions Change Little in the Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The severity of drought in the Dakotas has changed little over the past week. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor Map shows that about 61 percent of South Dakota is in severe or extreme drought, compared to about 59 percent last week. None of North Dakota has yet slipped into...
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Good Weather in Store for South Dakota State Fair

HURON, S.D. (AP) – People taking in the South Dakota State Fair over the Labor Day weekend can expect hot weather but generally fair skies. The fair began its five-day run in Huron on Thursday. Officials are hoping to see attendance hit 200,000, after 191,000 people took in last year’s fair. Kyle Weisser with...
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Airport Manager Mike Isaacs

Airport Manager Discusses Response to Plane Crash/Runway Condition

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Although the airport remained open after Tuesday’s fatal plane crash at the Pierre Regional Airport, the runway on which the accident happened was closed for a time. Airport Manager Mike Isaacs says that stretch-which is the airport’s main runway-was reopened yesterday afternoon. Isaacs says there was some minor damage...
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Money Stolen from Home in Pollock

MOUND CITY, S.D. – (DRG News) The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office in Mound City is investigating a theft that occurred from a home in Pollock. Sheriff’s Deputy Chuck Davidson says someone went into a home in the northern South Dakota town and took $600 in money that was stored in a container. The case...
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2012 Pheasant Count Up from 2011

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Brood counts done this month across the state are showing that the pheasant population in South Dakota is up from last year, which means the pheasant season should be excellent this fall. The annual August survey showed that pheasant numbers were up in many areas of the state, thanks...
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Texting While Driving Simulator Set Up At Fair

HURON, S.D. (AP) – A virtual reality driving simulator at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron is highlighting the dangers of texting while driving. The simulator from AT&T, the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the South Dakota Safety Council will be set up just outside the expo building’s southeast corner on Thursday and...
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SD Governor Urges Safe Travel on Labor Day Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is urging South Dakota motorists to use care when traveling over the Labor Day weekend. The governor says 10 people were killed and 247 others were injured in crashes on South Dakota’s roads during the past five Labor Day weekends. He says four of the fatalities were...
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Day of Record-Breaking Heat Hits the Dakotas

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Forecasters say a cool-down is in store after a day of record-breaking heat in the Dakotas. National Weather Service reports show more than a dozen cities in South Dakota and North Dakota set high-temperature records on Wednesday. The South Dakota capital of Pierre hit 110 degrees. Many other cities in...
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Dakotas Ranchers Get More Drought Relief from Feds

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Drought-stricken farmers and ranchers in the Dakotas are getting more help from the federal Agriculture Department. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a two-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land. He also has designated 21 South Dakota counties as primary natural disaster areas, which also affects...
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