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SD Ends Budget Year With $47.8 Million Surplus

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota state government ended the last budget year with a $47.8 million surplus thanks to higher-than-expected tax collections and lower-than-projected spending by state agencies. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says revenue for the year that ended June 30 was $24 million higher than the South Dakota Legislature had projected, and state...
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Sully County Enacts Burn Ban

ONIDA, S.D. – (DRG News) Sully County has enacted an Emergency Regulation imposing a ban on all open burning and fireworks. Sully County Auditor Patty McGee says an exception is being made for charcoal or petroleum fueled grills used for preparing food. This burn ban applies to any person or entity in Sully County...
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Water Service Restricted in Presho—Water Main in Hoven Repaired After Break Reported Sunday

UNDATED – (DRG News) The City of Presho continues asking residents again today to restrict their use of water. Yesterday, the city put out the word that a water use restriction was in place. Mike Sprenger, Mayor of Presho says residents should avoid any unnecessary use of water again today. He says temporary water...
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Some SD Ranchers Selling Cattle as Drought Worsens

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (AP) – Some South Dakota ranchers are starting to sell off their cattle as drought conditions worsen in the state. Pastures are drying up, hay and feed are running low and the lack of rain is turning the water bad in stock ponds. Belle Fourche Livestock Exchange owner Dean Strong tells...
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Dakotas Tribe Gets New Prosecutor Courtesy of Feds

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A reservation that straddles the Dakotas’ border is getting a boost in law enforcement thanks to the federal government. Standing Rock is one of four reservations in the United States that has been awarded grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice to hire a special federal prosecutor for cases...
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Governor and First Lady Are Grandparents

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard and first lady Linda Daugaard are grandparents. The Argus Leader reports that Henry Raymond Venhuizen was born Friday evening in Pierre to the couple’s daughter, Sara Venhuizen, and Tony Venhuizen, a senior adviser for the governor. Daugaard chief of staff Dusty Johnson said it’s the Daugaards’ first...
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SD Seeks Applications for Ethanol Pump Grants

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state economic development agency is accepting applications for grants that will help South Dakota gas stations install pumps that let customers choose different blends of fuel containing ethanol. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development is providing $960,000 for the program. Most ethanol now is a blend of 10 percent...
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SD Programs for Disabled Children Get High Rating

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State officials say South Dakota has received the highest possible federal rating for education programs that help children with disabilities. The U.S. Education Department reports that South Dakota is one of only 23 states or territories to meet the requirements and purposes of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act for...
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Opening of SD Beef Processing Plant Put on Hold

ABERBEEN, S.D. (AP) – The long-awaited opening of a $110 million beef processing plant in northeastern South Dakota has been delayed. Northern Beef Packers officials had hoped to open the Aberdeen plant on Saturday. Laure Swanson, a spokeswoman for the company, tells the American News that a new opening date has not been set....
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SD Oil and Gas Committee Holds Landowner Meetings

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative committee studying oil and gas issues is meeting in two northwestern South Dakota communities this week to hear from landowners worried about the impacts of energy development. The oil and gas boom in western North Dakota already is impacting northwest South Dakota counties, as workers move back and...
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