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SD’s Oldest Car Dealership Wraps Up 105th Year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The oldest car dealership in South Dakota is wrapping up its 105th year in business. Wegner Auto Co. in Pierre is owned by the same family as when it opened in 1907. Jim Wegner says the company has lasted so long because it’s diversified and expanded to meet the various...
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SD Ag Secretary Urges Use of Farm Loan Programs

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones says farmers and ranchers should consider taking advantage of state financial programs that lower the cost of borrowing money. The South Dakota Agriculture Department’s financial programs work with commercial lenders to provide farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses with lower interest rates. Programs are available for...
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Report: Nearly Half of SD Pregnancies Unintended

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A new report indicates that nearly half of South Dakota’s pregnancies are unintended, and 13 percent of those result in abortions. The highest rates are among low-income women. The report, by the nonprofit Guttmacher Institute, is meant to encourage states to promote the use of contraceptives. Sarah Stoesz, president...
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Chamberlain Farmer Records Highest Yield in South Dakota

MITCHELL, S.D. –  Despite a drought, several South Dakota farmers who entered the 2012 Corn Yield Contest harvested some of the highest corn yields in history.  Steve Breding, of Chamberlain, recorded the highest yield in the state this year by raising 279.32 bushels per acre in one of his fields. That ranks as the...
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Deaths Dominate South Dakotas Top Stories of 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lost some of its political legends in 2012, beginning with the death of former Gov. Bill Janklow in January and continuing through the fall with the passing of former Sen. and presidential nominee George McGovern.  A survey of Associated Press newspaper and broadcast members determined that these...
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Dakotas Tops for Centenarians

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — U.S. Census Bureau data show people are more likely to live 100 years or longer in North Dakota and South Dakota.  Data released this month show North Dakota ranks No. 1 in the number of centenarians per 10,000 people, at 3.29. South Dakota was second at 2.95.  Sioux Falls...
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2 South Dakota Highway Patrol Vehicles Hit in Separate Cases

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol says two of its vehicles have been hit by other vehicles in separate accidents on slippery Interstate 29, but there were no injuries in the crashes.  Trooper Jason Husby was traveling northbound Thursday morning at a reduced speed on I-29 in southeastern South Dakota...
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Officials Urge Caution with New Years Fireworks

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota firefighting officials are urging people to take extra care to prevent wildfires when using fireworks over the New Year’s holiday period.  Officials say grassland areas are still dry, which means the danger of wildfires is above normal for this time of year.  State Wildland Fire Division Director...
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SDDA and SDSU Extension Holding “The Next Generation of Livestock Production” Forums Starting Next Month

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and South Dakota State University Extension will hold forums across the state from January through March-with the focus of the meetings to be on South Dakota’s vision for livestock production.  South Dakota Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones says in a press release that the...
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New iPads Being Tried Out by Some Lawmakers as Part of Pilot Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Some state lawmakers will be taking part in a pilot project-as they try out using iPads instead of laptops beginning with the coming legislative session.  Legislative Research Council Director Jim Fry says that about 30 of the devices have been distributed to some veteran members who have volunteered to...
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