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SD Schools Eligible for Clean-Diesel Bus Grants

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s public school districts can apply for federal grants to get buses that emit less pollution. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources says it will accept grant applications until Dec. 21. The grants help schools buy new buses outfitted with emission controls or retrofit some buses with...
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ND, SD Celebrate 123rd Birthdays

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota and South Dakota are celebrating their 123rd birthdays. The two states entered the Union on Nov. 2, 1889. President Benjamin Harrison signed the admission papers for the two states on that day. North Dakota became the 39th state, and South Dakota the 40th. North Dakota Secretary of State...
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Serving Chili for Votes? SD Democrats Deny Charge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota GOP says that a series of get-out-the-vote rallies that serve food to attendees are illegal attempts to buy votes, but the Democrats hosting the events insist their chili is legit. The allegations come from GOP chairman Tony Post after a Wednesday chili rally in Rapid City...
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Dems Mount Aggressive Campaign in Two PUC Races

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The race for two spots on South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission has turned increasingly testy. Democratic challengers Matt McGovern and Nick Nemec accuse Republican incumbent commissioners of letting utility companies charge customers too much, and for failing to protect farmers who lost $2.6 million when a grain-buying company went broke...
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Pierre Man Sentenced on Possession of Child Pornography

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was sentenced Tuesday for his no contest plea to one count of Possession of Child Pornography. A seven year sentence in the state penitentiary for 24-year-old Shawn Mohr was suspended; however, he was placed on probation for seven years. He must serve 90 days in jail...
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St. Francis Indian School Students Visit KGFX Tuesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Six students from St. Francis Indian School made a trip to KGFX Tuesday to record various radio messages. The students’ announcements promoting suicide prevention and avoidance of alcohol will be airing on KGFX soon. Advisor Michel Poland joined the group on their visit to Pierre. The students are all...
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South Dakota Local Foods Conference Being Held in Fort Pierre Tomorrow and Saturday

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The annual South Dakota Local Foods Conference will be held tomorrow and Saturday in Fort Pierre. The conference has been organized to give producers, consumers, farmers’ markets, retailers, schools and others a chance to talk about the topic of local foods. Alison Kiesz of the South Dakota Department...
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Noem Joins Congressional Members from Minnesota and Tennessee in Requesting Study into USDA School Lunch Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) Representative Kristi Noem announced yesterday that she joined two other Congressional members in requesting a study on the new school lunch standards that are being implemented. Noem, along with Congressman John Kline who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce; and Representative Phil Roe...
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SD Drought Unchanged; Conditions Ease in ND

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The drought in South Dakota is unchanged over the week but conditions have eased in North Dakota for a second week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that about 57 percent of South Dakota remains in the two worst categories of drought, extreme and exceptional. All of the...
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Pierre Police to Reduce Urban Deer Herd by 20

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Pierre commissioners have approved a plan to kill 20 deer within city limits this year. That was the recommendation of the city’s Deer Management Task Force. Chairwoman Jeanne Goodman says the group tried to reach a “socially acceptable” number. Twenty deer is the lowest number in the six years the...
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