PIERRE SD - Join Pierre based stations of the Dakota Radio Group
on Tuesday March 21st for the 15th Annual Think and Drive Stay Alive to
central South Dakota. Once again, we’ll present the program before
students at the TF Riggs High School Theater.
Dakota Radio Group has featured a number of different guests through Think and Drive and has aired the program for our listeners and before close to 12,000 students with this year being our 15th Annual. Think and Drive focuses on making good choices, both behind the wheel…and in life.
As guests this year, we’ll feature Amy Johnson with Haley Luke as they discuss the loss of a loved one to a drunk driver and a father and son team Anthony and AJ Farinacci telling about drug addiction. Also Vona Johnson a certified health coach will talk about healthy choices
We’ll carry this year’s Think and Drive on KGFX AM 1060/107.1 FM, 94.5/100.5-FM KPLO, and KGFX FM River 92.7-FM. You can hear our coverage Tuesday morning
starting about 9:15 a.m. These stations are also streamed on your mobile device through our apps as well as from our website www.drgnews.com when you click on listen live.
PIERRE, S.D. (City of Pierre - Brooke Bohnenkamp)– In the cold months especially, the City of Pierre Electric Department staff grabs a gun and hits the streets to hunt for savings.
The weapon of choice? An infrared heat gun. It’s a device that scans all of the City’s electrical infrastructure and identifies pieces of equipment that are radiating too much heat. A hot spot is an indicator that an equipment failure is possible.
“Prevention is the name of the game,” said Ryan Grant, Electrical Superintendent. “If we can prevent outages, it saves our customers money and saves the department time.”
Throughout the year, the Electric Department “guns” all of the city-owned electric department devices to identify problems. This review includes everything from substations to a transformer –those green boxes you might see in your backyard. While staff is working on devices, they routinely check them for problems. Any devices that don’t get reviewed during the course of general work, get gunned during the winter.
Grant says that the Electric Department has been utilizing a heat gun to test its devices for more than a decade and that each year it saves the taxpayers thousands of dollars.
“If we can prevent one device from failure, we eliminate the need for emergency response. That removes the need for emergency purchases, overtime, and any collateral damage that comes as a result of the failure,” said Grant. “Prevention is just good practice. It keeps the lights on and minimizes costs.”
(Courtesy Photo John Petrick, Electric Department Lineman, uses an infrared heat gun to test a high-voltage switch for hot spots)
PIERRE SD - Tuesday March 21st in honor of General Manager Rick Murray of the Ramkota in Pierre at 920 W Sioux Ave. there will be a retirement party held at the Ramkota Courtyard 4pm – 6:30pm. All friends, family and customers are invited to attend and wish Rick a wonderful retirement. There will be a special presentation at 4pm.
PIERRE SD - Friday a list of 138 JCPenny stores closing their doors has been released and a few South Dakota Stores were among the 138. The stores being closed generate less than 5% of total annual sales.
The South Dakota JCPennys stores that will be closing are in the Palace Mall of Mitchell, the Northridge Plaza of Pierre, the Watertown Mall, Watertown, and the Yankton Mall in Yankton.
Penney has about 600 mall-based stores and another 400 smaller standalone stores in smaller markets. Those smaller locations make up the bulk of the closings, though some major mall-based stores like the Penney in King of Prussia, Pennsylvia and at Palisades Center in West Nyack, New York, one of the 10 largest malls in the country, are going out of business. Fellow department store chains Macy's and Sears are closing dozens of stores as well.
PIERRE SD – (News Affiliate - KWAT Jerry Oster) - The state Cattlemen’s Association is partnering with South Dakota State Government to help producers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado impacted by the recent wildfires. South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Executive Director Jodie Anderson says her group is contributing up to $1,000 to pay for the oversized load permit a hauler carrying donated hay needs to travel through South Dakota.
She says those needing assistance with permit fees should contact both the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
Anderson says while producers hit by the wildfires need hay and fencing materials, it may be advisable to donate cash.
Haulers wanting to take advantage of the offer should call the Cattlemen’s Association at 605-945-2333. For more information about other fees required to transport hay through the state contact the South Dakota Highway Patrol at 605-773-4578 or go to their website.
REE HEIGHTS SD - The 2017 Info Show will be held tomorrow at the Ree Heights Auditorium on Tuesday March 21st with discussion on chemicals and sprayer calibration along with cover crops and grazing. Supper is at 5:30pm sponsored by Wilbur-Ellis with program to follow. The public is invited to attend.
Listen here to KGFX "People in The Neighborhood with Morning Show Host Scott Lane as he and Dave Tatum Weed Pest Manager talk about the event that will take place tomorrow.
PIERRE, S.D.- (SD Dept of AG - Jodi Heemstra) – Joining states across the country, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed March 19-25 as National Ag Week in South Dakota. March 21 is National Ag Day. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life.”
National Agriculture Week is a time to reflect on the importance of South Dakota’s farmers and ranchers and the state’s agriculture industry. This year marks the 44th anniversary of National Ag Day.
As part of National Ag Day, the Agriculture Council of America conducts an essay contest and a video contest. This year, a South Dakota student is the winner of the essay contest. Bridger Gordon from Whitewood receives a $1,000 prize and travel to Washington, D.C., for recognition at the National Press Club on March 21, 2017. During this event, he will have the opportunity to read the winning essay as well as join with industry representatives and media. Gordon’s winning essay as well as the winning video can both be viewed online at www.agday.org/2017-contest-winners.
National Agriculture Day is a reminder of the impact agriculture has in South Dakota.
Agriculture is South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, with a $25.6 billion annual economic impact
Agriculture generates more than 30 percent of the state’s economic activity
Agriculture and its associated industries employ more than 115,000 (1 in 5) South Dakotans
South Dakota is home to 31,000 farms with an average size of 1,397 acres
Over 43 million acres in South Dakota are used for agricultural purposes
98 percent of farms and ranches in South Dakota are family owned and operated
The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:
Understand how food and fiber products are produced
Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy
Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products
Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industries
Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit SDDA online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. SD Ag Chat podcasts can be found http://sdda.sd.gov/news . You may subscribe to SD Ag Chat, free of charge, through Google Play Music, iTunes or from https://sdagchat.podbean.com/ .
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is extending an invitation to communities across the state to apply to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day.
Activities for the day typically include a main street walk, business tours and a community social. The Governor also holds a roundtable lunch for community leaders to meet and discuss the needs of the city.
“When I took office, I decided to continue the Capital for a Day tradition started by Gov. George S. Mickelson because it gives me the opportunity to hear from South Dakotans,” Gov. Daugaard said.
Since 2011, Capital for a Day has been hosted by Mitchell, Canton, Onida, Volga, Hill City, Britton, De Smet, Viborg, Aberdeen, Lead-Deadwood, Flandreau, Wall, Parkston, Faulkton, Wessington Springs, Milbank, Kimball, Madison, Spearfish, Lake Norden, Lemmon and Yankton.
Interested communities should fill out an application and submit it to the Governor’s Office. For more information, contact Kris Erickson at 605-773-3212 or Kris.Erickson@state.sd.us .
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's Republican governor has vetoed a pair of bills that would have loosened restrictions on carrying concealed guns in the conservative state. Gov. Dennis Daugaard's vetoes are sure to frustrate his GOP colleagues who passed the gun rights measures this session. He had warned he would reject the bills - one to let people carry concealed handguns without a permit, and one to open up the Capitol building to concealed weapons.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's animal disease research lab is in line for much-needed renovations and upgrades after Gov. Dennis Daugaard approved creative funding to provide $50.1 million. Daugaard signed legislation Friday to upgrade and expand the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at South Dakota State University in Brookings.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The mayor of South Dakota's capital city says President Donald Trump's call to eliminate subsidized air service to rural communities would be a mistake. Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill told The Associated Press that she appreciates efficient government, but that the Essential Air Service program isn't a place to cut. She says the program is "vital for rural America." Trump's proposal is expected to run into opposition in the Senate.
LISTEN FOR NEWS FROM ABC, MARK SWARTZELL WITH THE DAKOTA NEWS NETWORK AND KGFX LOCAL NEWS WITH DORENE FOSTER AND KOLY NEWS-TOGETHER OFFERING YOU A COMPLETE UPDATE ON WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND THE GLOBE AND IN YOUR PART OF THE STATE!!
Local Newscasts can be heard on your favorite Dakota Radio Group station Monday through Friday at the following times:
KGFX 1060 AM - Pierre, SD 6:09 a.m.; 7:09 a.m.; 8:09 a.m.; 12:06 p.m. and 5:05 p.m.
River 92.7 FM - Pierre, SD 6:15 a.m.; 7:15 a.m.; 8:15 a.m. and 5:20 p.m.
KPLO 94.5 FM - Chamberlain/Pierre, SD 12:03 p.m. and 3:03 p.m.
KMLO 100.7 FM - Lowry/Mobridge 12:03 p.m. and 3:03 p.m.
KOLY 1300 AM - Mobridge, SD 6:10 a.m.; 7:10 a.m.; 8:10 a.m.; 12:10 p.m. and 5:06 p.m.
Star 99 99.5 FM - Mobridge, SD 6:00 a.m.; 7:00 a.m.; 8:00 a.m.; 9:00 a.m.; Noon and 5:00 p.m.
FM The Eagle - Pierre, SD 6:18 a.m.; 6:54 a.m.; 7:18 a.m.; 7:54 a.m.; 8:18
a.m.; 8:54 a.m.; 5:18 p.m.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal grant will provide bulletproof
vests for emergency responders in eight southeastern South Dakota
counties. Minnehaha County emergency manager Lynn DeYoung tells the
Argus Leader the world is changing and there are different emerging
threats. Emergency responders have dealt with two high-profile shooting
cases in recent years.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State Patrol says charges
are likely against a semi driver who struck a taxi at a St. Cloud
intersection, killing two people. The driver of the van operated by Elite
Taxi and one of two passengers in the vehicle were killed Saturday when the
semi rear-ended the cab which was waiting for a red light on Highway 10 and
St. Germain St.
WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI Director James Comey is publicly
confirming for the first time that the FBI is investigating Russia's
efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And it includes
any potential coordination between Trump campaign associates and
Russia's government. Comey is testifying before Congress. He says he's
authorized by the Justice Department to make the disclosure. Typically,
the FBI does not discuss or even confirm the existence of ongoing
LONDON (AP) - Britain's government says that on March 29
it will trigger Article 50, signaling Britain's exit from the
European Union. Brexit Secretary David Davis says the country is "on
the threshold of the most important negotiation" for a generation.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks opening slightly lower, led by
losses in banks after Britain announced it will formally trigger the
process of leaving the European Union on March 29. But markets are
trying to move into positive territory. Energy companies are falling
as the price of U.S. crude slips about 1 percent. At 10:12 a.m.
Eastern Time, the Dow was up 14 points to 20,929. The Nasdaq was up
4 points, to 5,905. And the S&P 500 was down one point at 2,377.
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Sports Play by Play this week
Games for All Stations will be listed Tomorrow March 21st
IN SPORTS TODAY:
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and the
New Orleans Pelicans beat the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves 123-109
on Sunday. DeMarcus Cousins added 15 points and 11 rebounds in his
return from a one-game absence because of left knee and rib soreness.
Reserve guard Jordan Crawford scored 22 points in 21 minutes for the
Pelicans, who have won four of five. Jrue Holiday had 21 points,
shooting 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 33 for the
Timberwolves, who lost their third straight. Andrew Wiggins added 25
points and reserve Shabazz Muhammad had 20 for the Minnesota. Ricky
Rubio chipped in with 10 points and 14 assists for the Wolves, who built
a 13-point lead in the second quarter only to fade late as New Orleans
closed the game on a 21-10 run.
UNDATED (AP) — Seventh seeds South Carolina and Michigan provided
the biggest surprises in yesterday's NCAA Tournament action.
Sindarius Thornwell pumped in 24 points and the Gamecocks erased a
double-digit deficit in the second half to knock out Duke, 88-81.
Moe Wagner scored a career-high 26 points and helped the Wolverines
turn a 45-36 deficit into a 73-69 win over Louisville.