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Senator Lucas Speaks on Social Hosting Bill

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A bill was introduced Thursday at the state capitol that proposes a social host law.  SB 94 would prohibit citizens from permitting the underage consumption of alcoholic beverages on their premises and would set a penalty for those who violate the law.  Mission Democrat, Larry Lucas who is a...
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Nearly 70 Horses Seized Due to Neglect in SD

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office has started a criminal investigation after nearly 70 horses were impounded for neglect. The 69 horses were seized after the Sheriff’s Office obtained a court order Jan. 8. The Sheriff’s Office says the caretakers for the horses do not currently live on the property...
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SD Tourism Industry’s Economic Impact Up 5 Percent

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the South Dakota tourism industry’s impact on the state economy was nearly $2 billion last year, up 5 percent from the previous year. Daugaard says the tourism industry generated about $291 million in state and local tax revenue last year, about 19 percent of total taxes....
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Lion Hunting Behind Last Year’s Pace in SD

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The number of mountain lions being killed during this year’s hunting season in South Dakota is behind last year’s pace, and hunters might not reach the state-set quota of 100 lions. Game, Fish and Parks Regional Wildlife Manager John Kanta tells KEVN-TV that 23 days into the season, 23...
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Study Says SD Agriculture Has $21 Billion Impact

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An associate professor at South Dakota State University says agriculture and related industries had a $21.4 billion impact on South Dakota’s economy in 2010. Gary Taylor, an associate professor of economics, says the impact includes more than $8.3 billion in direct agricultural production, $3.4 billion in inputs supplied by businesses...
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Deceased SD Lawmakers Remembered in Ceremony

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has honored eight former state lawmakers who died in the past year. Members of the House and Senate met in a joint session Thursday to hold a special memorial service for their deceased colleagues. The Legislature holds the service each year. Those honored Thursday included former...
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Young Farmers and Ranchers Holding Conference

OACOMA, S.D. (AP) – Young Farmers and Ranchers is holding its winter conference in Oacoma. The event running through Sunday at Cedar Shores Resort is geared to farmers and ranchers ages 18 to 35. Topics include beef industry advancements, cattle market insights, shelterbelts and farm horticulture projects, weather insurance, trends in agronomic practices and...
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Midwest Bankers Survey Suggests Continued Growth

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new survey of rural bankers suggests that growth in farmland prices, cash rents and farm equipment sales remain strong despite the continuing threat of drought in some Midwestern and northern Plains states. A report on the Rural Mainstreet Index released Thursday says the index hit 55.6 in January, down...
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Applications Being Taken Through March for South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Applications are being accepted now for the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors South Dakota landowners who demonstrate responsible stewardship and management of natural resources.  The award is given to honor Aldo Leopold’s land ethic. Leopold wrote the book “A Sand County Almanac” which called for an ethical relationship...
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Farm Rescue Accepting Applications to Help Farm Families Needing Assistance with Planting

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – (DRG News) The North Dakota based organization Farm Rescue is currently accepting applications for the 2013 planting season.  Farm Rescue was started in 2006 to help farmers who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster.  Farm Rescue is a non-profit organization and assists producers by mobilizing volunteers and sponsored...
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