Kristi Noem

SD Rep. Noem Battles Allegations of Absenteeism

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem is calling “hogwash” the allegations that she’s slacking off in Washington by missing committee meetings. Democrats allege she has attended just four of 20 agriculture meetings since being appointed last June. The Argus Leader reports that Noem says she simply hasn’t mastered the art...
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Pierre/Fort Pierre Exchange Club Posting Flags on Bridge for Memorial Day Holiday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre/Fort Pierre Exchange Club is posting American and South Dakota State Flags across the Missouri River Bridge in honor of the Memorial Day holiday. The flag display for the holiday is sponsored by the Ramkota Hotel and River Center Convention Centre. The Pierre/Fort Pierre Exchange Club organizes the...
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More South Dakotans to Hit the Road for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – (DRG News) One travel organization says more South Dakotans will be driving to Memorial Day getaway destinations this year-compared to last year’s holiday weekend. AAA South Dakota says fewer South Dakotans will be flying over the weekend. A survey shows that South Dakota numbers compare to national figures that show...
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SD Red Meat Production in April Up Over Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Commercial red meat production for South Dakota totaled 81.9 million pounds during April, down 5 percent from March but up 2 percent over the year. The Agriculture Department says both pork and sheep production were up from April 2011. The commercial hog slaughter for South Dakota totaled 363,100 head...
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Upper Midwest Farmers Have Unique Problems

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – The mild winter and early spring that were a boon for Upper Midwest farmers are contributing to headaches they are starting to deal with now. Agweek reports that weed and insect problems that farmers don’t encounter in a typical year are popping up. One example is astor leafhoppers, which...
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Appointees Named to Assist Native American Farmers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named the members of a council created in a 2010 settlement to ensure Native American farmers and ranchers have access to Department of Agriculture programs. The Council for Native American Farming and Ranching is part of the $680 million Keepseagle lawsuit settlement. The 1999 lawsuit was...
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Free Admission for Some Crazy Horse Visitors

CRAZY HORSE, S.D. (AP) – Crazy Horse Memorial is offering free admission and a dynamite blast on the mountain during the Memorial Day weekend to kick off its summer visitor season. The memorial in the southern Black Hills will waive admission fees Friday through Monday for residents of the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska...
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SD Commission Designates I-90 Purple Heart Trail

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Transportation Commission has agreed to designate Interstate 90 as the Purple Heart Trail to honor military personnel killed or wounded in combat. The Military Order of the Purple Heart requested the designation. The Purple Heart Trail is aimed at creating a system of roads, bridges and other...
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APNewsBreak: Feds to Re-Examine Pine Ridge Cases

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says his office will re-examine a list of nearly 40 deaths that Oglala Sioux tribal officials say were insufficiently prosecuted or investigated. Oglala Sioux tribal officials sent Johnson on Thursday a list naming 39 people who died on or near the reservation from the 1970s...
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Oahe Chapel to Start Sunday Service Schedule This Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Oahe Chapel will once again hold Sunday Services for the summer season. The first service for 2012 will be this Sunday, May 27. The ecumenical services begin at 8:00 a.m. each Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The historic chapel was built in 1877 as part of...
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