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Avera Health Adds Pierre Hospital to Network

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Avera Health is buying St. Mary’s Healthcare Center in Pierre in a merger that will give the Sioux Falls-based health network a stronger foothold in central South Dakota. The deal takes effect with the new year and includes St. Mary’s 60-bed hospital in Pierre and a 10-bed affiliate hospital...
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Black Footed Ferret

Feds Announce Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Effort

DENVER (AP) – A memorandum of understanding between federal and state agencies would allow routine grazing for property owners who agree to set aside land as black-footed ferret habitat. The Safe Harbor Agreement announced Monday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is part of an effort to boost the wild population of the...
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Health Official Urges Food Safety Over Holidays

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s state epidemiologist is reminding residents to cook and store foods at proper temperatures over the holidays. Dr. Lon Kightlinger says it’s not uncommon for holiday pot-lucks at schools, churches, offices or other gatherings to result in food-borne outbreaks. Those preparing meals should also wash their hands thoroughly, cook...
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Connecticut Deaths to Spark Gun Debate in SD Legislature

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The deadly school shooting in Connecticut has prompted a South Dakota legislator to begin drafting a bill that would allow teachers, administrators and even janitors with concealed weapons permits to bring their guns to school. Rep. Betty Olson, a Republican from Prairie City, tells The Associated Press that she feels...
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