Cattle Prices Jump More Than 30 Percent

NORTHERN HILLS, S.D. (AP) – The drought that plagued much of the region this summer has caused a cattle shortage, which in turn has prompted prices to rise between 30 to 40 percent higher than this time last year. The summer’s lack of moisture made ranching difficult and contributed to a severe lack of...
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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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