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Obama Pitches Wildfire Plan to Western Governors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – President Barack Obama is encouraging Western governors to support a plan to budget for fighting wildfires, instead of raiding funding for mitigation efforts. Obama made the pitch by telephone Monday to governors meeting in Colorado Springs for the annual Western Governors Association conference. Proposals pending in Congress would create...
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SD Legislative Panel Begins Study on Alcohol Policies

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature’s Alcohol Study Committee will meet for the first time Tuesday to review alcohol distribution policies in and beyond the state. Legislative summer studies often result in proposed legislation. This study was selected by lawmakers after a 2014 bill failed that would have allowed direct shipping of...
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Pheasants Forever Opening SD Office in Brookings

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – Pheasants Forever is setting up its first office in South Dakota in response to a sharp drop in bird numbers. Longtime vice president of governmental affairs Dave Nomsen will move to Brookings in July and be the group’s point person in the state. The nonprofit organization that encourages the development...
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USDA Says Wet, Cool Weather Helps Soil Moisture

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Wet, cool conditions across South Dakota this past week left just 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork, but the rain helped soil moisture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says topsoil moisture supplies are rated 5 percent short, 85 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies are rated 9...
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