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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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