SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Much of the year in state news hovered around a shuttered beef plant, which returned to the headlines with a bankruptcy filing before exploding into a saga involving the death of a former economic development official, investigations into corruption and a court auction sale. But there were plenty of other stories garnering Web site hits in 2013, including an autumn blizzard that killed tens of thousands of cattle, the death of Eureka native Al Neuharth who founded USA Today and the pending retirement of Sen. Tim Johnson. Other top stories included a discovery of 1971 skeletal remains, Pine Ridge voting to legalize alcohol, Gov. Dennis Daugaard declining to expand Medicaid, a decline in pheasants and the Legislature’s ban on cellphone use by young drivers and passage of an economic development bill.
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