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Noem, Varilek Debate Farm Issues in Mitchell

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and Democratic challenger Matt Varilek repeatedly stressed the need for Congress to pass a new farm bill Wednesday while engaging in spirited disagreements on other topics. Several hundred people stood outside a packed tent set up at the Dakotafest Farm Show in Mitchell to hear...
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SD Governor and AG Urge Open Government

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Attorney General Marty Jackley say government should be as open as possible so people can find out what the state and local governments are doing. Daugaard and Jackley spoke Wednesday at the first meeting of a task force they formed to study the state’s...
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Juvenile Justice Focus of Conference Next Month

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Attorneys, judges, social workers and mental health professionals will gather in Sioux Falls and Rapid City next month to talk about the juvenile justice system. The second annual Children’s Justice Conference is being held in Rapid City on Sept. 11 and in Sioux Falls on Sept. 13. The South...
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SD Livestock Inspection Fee to Increase Sept. 1

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The fee for brand inspections designed to prevent the theft of cattle and horses in western South Dakota will increase on Sept. 1. The South Dakota Brand Board voted in June to raise the inspection fee from 80 cents a head to 90 cents. Approval by a legislative committee means...
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Faith Man to Appear in Court Next Week on Charges from Fatal April Car Crash

PHILIP, S.D. – (DRG News) A Faith man will appear in a Pierre courtroom next week and is expected to change his plea to charges he faces from an April car accident that occurred near Hayes. The Haakon County States Attorney’s Office says 63-year-old Walt Taton was charged with Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Battery, DUI...
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Responders Called to Area of S-Curve in Pierre for Reported Accident Between Car and Cycle

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Emergency responders were called to the scene of an incident that was reported as a car striking a motorcycle during the noon hour Tuesday. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says authorities were called about 12:05 p.m. to the area near the S-curve in central Pierre. Blemaster says a car...
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Buying The Black Hills: Tribes Raise $1.4 Million for Land

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Several Native American tribes have raised more than $1 million towards buying a prime piece of real estate in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Rosebud Sioux spokesman Alfred Walking Bull tells The Associated Press that the tribe is now allocating $1.3 million to purchase the privately owned land...
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HHS’ Sebelius Visits Tribal Communities in SD

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – The Secretary of Health and Human Services says there are encouraging signs of health initiatives taking place at federal Indian Health Service clinics. Kathleen Sebelius toured several programs on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations on Tuesday. The Department of Health and Human Services oversees IHS. Sebelius said she’s...
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Grasshoppers Not a Big Problem in Upper Midwest

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Grasshoppers are not doing as much damage in the Upper Midwest as officials had feared. A federal study of adult grasshoppers last year concluded that the pests could be a threat this summer in much of the region, particularly in Montana and South Dakota. Warm, dry conditions last fall...
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SD Lottery Offers Online Drawing for Prizes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Lottery is offering an online drawing for prizes as part of the celebration of its 25th anniversary. Lottery officials say people can begin registering online now for the chance to win prizes ranging from South Dakota Lottery T-shirts to $500 in cash. No purchase is necessary, but...
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