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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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Hughes County Wheel Tax Hike Could Go to Voters

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A man who helped defeat two previous attempts by Hughes County commissioners to raise the county wheel tax says he has collected enough petition signatures to put the fate of another increase in the hands of voters. David Braun needed to gather 531 signatures to refer the increase approved by...
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SD Governor’s Son Saves Choking Man in Restaurant

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The son of South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is being credited with saving the life of a man who choked on food in a Pierre restaurant. La Minestra Manager Mark Mancuso tells the Capital Journal that Chris Daugaard used the Heimlich maneuver to clear the man’s throat on Friday. Gov....
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SD Man Indicted for Involuntary Manslaughter

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A federal grand jury has indicted a McLaughlin man on a charge of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly causing a fatal crash when he was driving while intoxicated. Brendan Johnson, U.S. Attorney for South Dakota, says 32-year-old Jody Red Bird has pleaded not guilty to the charge. If Red Bird is...
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Fort Pierre Teen Dies in Sunday Accident

A Fort Pierre area teen died in an early morning accident Sunday in the city limits of Fort Pierre. Stanley County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Baxter says the accident was reported about 4:15 a.m. yesterday morning on a gravel road-near the intersection of Buffalo Road and Far West Road-on the western edge of Fort Pierre....
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