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South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, right, speaks with U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Jay N. Anania during Suriname’s National Day celebration in the Para District on Nov. 25, 2013. Senior leaders from the South Dakota Governor’s Office and the National Guard visited Suriname officials to reinforce the existing partnership between the South Dakota National Guard and Suriname military. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Anthony Deiss)(RELEASED)

SD Leaders Boost Partnership with Suriname

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Leaders from the South Dakota governor’s office and the state National Guard say a recent visit to Suriname helped strengthen ties between the state and the South American country. The Defense Department-sponsored partnership was established about seven years ago and numerous exchanges have taken place to develop military, political,...
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Former Montana Legislator Named HHS Regional Head

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says former Montana state Sen. Kim Gillan will head a six-state region for the federal agency. The Billings Democrat will be HHS’ director of Region VIII, which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says...
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SD Panel Recommends Keeping Negro in Place Names

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Acting on a request by black leaders, the South Dakota panel responsible for getting rid of offensive geographic names has decided to seek the repeal of a state law that requires the renaming of places that use the word “Negro.” Current state law requires the South Dakota Board on Geographic...
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AG Warns of Scams Targeting Green Dot MoneyPak

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers of the scams surrounding the use of Green Dot MoneyPak cards. Officials have received numerous calls from consumers who have been targeted. Green Dot MoneyPak cards are legitimate products that allow consumers to reload MoneyPaks to other prepaid cards, add money...
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