Governor Dennis Daugaard

3 Candidates Endorsed by Daugaard Lose Senate Bids

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s endorsement apparently didn’t mean much to South Dakota voters when it came to choosing state senators. Of the five candidates endorsed by the governor, three lost their bids – including incumbent Republican Sen. Tom Nelson. Nelson was defeated by Spearfish businessman and Lawrence County Commissioner Bob...
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Ex-Governor’s Son Wins GOP Primary For SD House

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The son of former South Dakota Gov. George Mickelson has won a Republican nomination for state House. Mark Mickelson captured more than half of the vote in the newly configured District 13, which includes central and southern Sioux Falls. Steve Westra edged out Frank Alvine for the other Republican...
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Matt Varilek

SD Dems Nominate Varilek as US House Challenger

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Democrats have chosen a former aide to Sen. Tim Johnson, as their candidate to challenge Republican Rep. Kristi Noem this fall for the state’s lone seat in the U.S. House. Matt Varilek defeated Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth in a primary contest in which the two candidates...
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Variety of Races on Ballots Across the State Today

UNDATED – (DRG News) Voters across the state are going to cast their ballots for a variety of different races today. Several local contests are found in some central South Dakota counties. In Jones County, voters will select one of five Republicans running to fill the Treasurer’s post now held by Beverly Andrews. Those...
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Five Appointed to Fire Marshal Advisory Board

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Five new members have been appointed to the State Fire Marshal’s Advisory Board by Governor Dennis Daugaard. The advisory board had been inactive for several years. Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says that he and Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones discussed the board earlier this year and agreed that re-activating...
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May Brought Warmer Than Normal Temps and Below Normal Moisture to Parts of State

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The month of May brought warmer than normal conditions to central and northeast parts of the state. Average temperatures were slightly above–to as much as three degrees above normal. The National Weather Service in Aberdeen says the middle part of May brought highs in the upper 80’s to the...
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Polls are Open-One Change in Polling Location in Pierre

UNDATED – (DRG News) Polls are open for today’s Primary Election. In Pierre, Hughes County Finance Officer Shellie Baumgart says voters who usually cast their ballots at the auditorium will have to vote at a different location. The auditorium was closed by the city because of structural issues. Baumgart says voters in that precinct...
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Voting Underway in South Dakota Primary Election

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakotans are choosing a Democratic nominee for the U.S. House today. They’re also deciding 30 primary contests for the South Dakota Legislature. Polling places opened at 7 a.m. local time Tuesday. They’ll be closing at 7 p.m. local time. U.S. House Democratic candidates Matt Varilek and Jeff Barth...
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American State Bank Announces New Ownership

(From American State Bank) American State Bank of Pierre is officially under new ownership of Leackco Bank Holding Company as of today. Jack Steele of Leackco Bank Holding Company stated, “Our family has been banking in South Dakota for nearly 70 years stretching over three generations. American State Bank has a great reputation as...
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Iowa Man Gets Life for Stabbing Death of Wife

ALLISON, Iowa (AP) – A 40-year-old man has been given a life sentence for stabbing his wife to death at their home in northern Iowa. Thomas Petersen, of Greene, had been convicted in April of killing his 36-year-old wife, Judy. Petersen was sentenced on Monday. Prosecutors say Greene inflicted more than 120 wounds on...
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