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Couple unites in July ceremony
White Lake man celebrates nine decades
Parkston woman celebrates 90th birthday
Former Ethan woman celebrates a century
Former Parkston man turns 80
Letcher duck habitat nearly complete
Wiltz: Buck fever? Can't say I've been afflicted
Wiltz: Thankful in all forms during hunting season
Elk herd to be trimmed, studied for wasting disease
SD deer elusive after EHD outbreak
June 30, 2014
Wheat Growers group eyes rail service, loader facility
ABERDEEN (AP) — Wheat Growers says it is looking forward to the eventual return of heavy rail service from Chamberlain to Presho as it looks at potential locations to build a $40 million facility west of Chamberlain. Nearly 150 people attended a series of meetings in Lyman...
June 30, 2014 - 5:16pm
June 23, 2014
US regulators tell railroads to report on backlog
By Josh Funk OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A backlog of grain shipments across the Great Plains has been reduced but not eliminated, so U.S. regulators are requiring BNSF and Canadian Pacific railroads to provide weekly updates on their efforts to catch up before harvest. The U.S....
June 23, 2014 - 6:56pm
June 19, 2014
Telecom company wins waiver of fees by state Railroad Board
PIERRE -- Midstate Communications can run fiber along part of a state railroad line for free in order to reach a remote residence at Chamberlain. Midstate faced an application fee of $175 and an annual access fee of about $750, but the state Railroad Board granted a waiver. General...
June 19, 2014 - 9:51pm
June 18, 2014
Future of rail service remains deadlocked for Napa-Platte line
PIERRE -- The state Railroad Board remained in a holding pattern Wednesday about restoring service on the Napa-Platte rail line in south-central South Dakota. The board renewed its short-term lease with the Napa-Platte regional railroad authority and the sublease for Dakota Southern...
June 18, 2014 - 11:09pm
Flood knocks D&I Railroad out of service
PIERRE -- Its manager said Wednesday that much of the Dakota and Iowa Railroad's track is under water from heavy rains that flooded southeastern South Dakota in recent days. "We are out of service completely from Canton to Elk Point," Jack Parliament told the state Railroad Bo...
June 18, 2014 - 11:04pm
June 5, 2014
States balk at keeping oil-train info from public
By Matthew Brown BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. railroads forced to turn over details of their volatile crude oil shipments are asking states to sign agreements not to disclose the information. But some states are refusing, saying Thursday that the information shouldn't be kept...
June 5, 2014 - 10:33pm
May 21, 2014
Shuttle loader planned for Tabor
Dakota Plains Ag Center has plans for a shuttle loading facility in a number of different locations in the southeast corner of the state, in Clay, Yankton or Bon Homme counties. Two of those locations would be on either the west or east side of Tabor. "Both of these sites have...
May 21, 2014 - 7:26pm
State, Pukwana talk about who will take grain elevators down
PUKWANA -- The old grain elevators in Pukwana need to come down, but the question revolves around who will pay for it to be done. The South Dakota State Railroad Board took no action during a Tuesday meeting in Mitchell on a request to pay up to $17,000 for the removal of the buildings,...
May 21, 2014 - 7:22pm
May 14, 2014
Thune: Railroads clearing up backlog
Railroad companies deserve credit for clearing up much of the backlog that had plagued South Dakota and surrounding states, Sen.
May 14, 2014 - 7:45pm
April 29, 2014
Thune encourages South Dakotans to attend STB rail meetings
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. -- ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation -- announced Tuesday that the Surface Transportation Board (STB)'s Rail Customer and Public Assistance program (RCPA) will be hosting a series of...
April 29, 2014 - 5:30pm
April 28, 2014
Ag groups talk rail delays with ND regulators
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials say delays in agricultural rail shipments go back to the territorial days in the Dakotas but the issue appears worse than it's even been. North Dakota's Public Service Commission met in Bismarck with representatives from agriculture and transportation...
April 28, 2014 - 12:02pm
April 21, 2014
Aberdeen freight depot being demolished
ABERDEEN (AP) — Demolition has begun on an old freight depot in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen American News reports that workers last week began removing the west end of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad Depot, which also is referred to as the freight portion of the building. The...
April 21, 2014 - 2:57pm
April 18, 2014
More than $1 million in raised for railroad rehabilitation
Rails to the Future announced recently that more than $1 million has been raised in local match for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant the state of South Dakota is applying for. The State's TIGER grant application is seeking $12.6 million for...
April 18, 2014 - 8:35pm
April 15, 2014
Rail companies to report fertilizer delivery plans
PIERRE (AP) — A federal oversight board has told Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway that they have until Friday to report their plans to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments for the spring planting of U.S. crops. The Surface Transportation Board's decision comes in...
April 15, 2014 - 9:08pm
April 3, 2014
VEHLE: Railroad project a straight line to success
I'm writing this the night before Veto Day. It appears there will be no vetoes to consider, however, we must make sure we have a quorum present to adjourn. Since it did not become subject to a veto, I want to write a little bit about my legislation, SB 137, to provide $6 million to...
April 3, 2014 - 3:21pm