Report says Drought in South Dakota Has Stabilized

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Drought in South Dakota has damaged the corn crop but recent rainfall might have helped soybeans in some areas. The Agriculture Department in its latest crop and weather report says the precipitation and slightly cooler temperatures over the past week kept drought from worsening. The State Climate Office says...
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Pierre Social Security Office Open to Offer Assistance Tuesdays through Thursdays

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Social Security services are now available Tuesdays through Thursdays in the Pierre office. The office had been closed for the past month and patrons had been traveling to the office in Huron for assistance during that time. Now that the Pierre office has reopened, people can seek assistance on...
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Man Arrested for Assault and Other Charges Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A man was arrested early Saturday by Pierre Police on four charges after officers were called to a location on Kennedy Drive and the report of a domestic dispute. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says 20-year-old Jerald Noisy Hawk was taken into custody on charges that include Underage Possession...
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Downtown BankWest Drive-Up Window Closed for Reconstruction Work This Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Customers of BankWest’s downtown branch should note that the drive-up window will be temporarily closed this week for reconstruction work. BankWest President Terry Fitzke says in a press release that the drive up lane will be reconfigured to include an automatic teller machine and a new deposit tube. The...
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Investigation Continues into Fatal Accident

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Investigators continue looking into the factors that may have caused a one vehicle fatal rollover on Fort Pierre’s west side Sunday morning. Stanley County Sheriff Brad Rathbun says 19-year-old Tyler Erickson died in the accident, which occurred just south of the intersection of Buffalo Road and Far West...
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NWS Says Pierre and Mobridge Set Record Lows Sunday

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service mentioned two words over the weekend which haven’t been heard much over the past few months…”record lows”. Weather Service officials in Aberdeen say that record low temps were set on Sunday in two Central South Dakota communities. The temperature dropped to 46 in Mobridge on...
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SD Reports First West Nile Death Since 2007

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials say a Hughes County resident has died of West Nile virus encephalitis, the first death related to West Nile reported in the state since 2007. The Health Department reports that a person aged 80-89 died of the disease spread by mosquitos. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says the...
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SD Farm Land Value Jumped 25 Percent in Last Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The average value of South Dakota farm land rose by about 25 percent in the past year. The U.S. Agriculture Department reports that the average value of cropland in South Dakota is now $2,320 an acre, up nearly 25 percent from last year’s estimate of $1,860 an acre. Nationally,...
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SD National Guard Unit in Cooking Competition

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Army National Guard unit based in Pierre is taking part in a national cooking competition. The 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion recently won a regional contest against units from North Dakota and Oregon. It now will compete against a half dozen other units around the country in...
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I-90 in SD Being Named ‘Purple Heart Trail’

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota stretch of Interstate 90 is being renamed as the “Purple Heart Trail.” The Purple Heart is a decoration given to wounded soldiers. The designation will apply to Interstate 90 in South Dakota from the Wyoming border to Minnesota. South Dakota’s Transportation Commission recently approved a request for...
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