Dakotas Shown on North American Map

Dakotas Projects Getting Aid From Federal Ag Dept

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Three rural cooperatives and one city in the Dakotas are getting money through a federal Agriculture Department effort to invest in rural businesses and spur economic development. Nearly $17.6 million in loans and grants is going to projects in 15 states and the Northern Mariana Islands. In North Dakota, Dakota...
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SD Legislative Panel Considers Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee is considering a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving. House Speaker Brian Gosch of Rapid City initially introduced a bill that sought to prevent local governments from passing and enforcing their own distracting driving ordinances. But at a committee hearing last week, he changed...
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Progam Mulls Expansion of Pierre Food Bank

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Feeding South Dakota may upgrade its current operations in Pierre to increase the amount of food it can distribute to hungry people. Executive Director Matt Gassen tells the Capital Journal that the Pierre location was founded in 2010 and has exceeded its expected distribution because of an unanticipated increase in...
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SD Bill Would Regulate Health Insurance Helpers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State Sen. Al Novstrup wants the state to regulate the so-called navigators who help uninsured people sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The Aberdeen Republican says his proposal provides additional protection for people seeking insurance. But critics of Novstrup’s bill and similar efforts in other...
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