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U.S. Drought Monitor February 17, 2015

Much of the Dakotas Abnormally Dry or in Moderate Drought

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – A winter with little snow has left much of the Dakotas abnormally dry or in moderate drought, though a weather expert says conditions could improve in the coming months. National Drought Mitigation Center climatologist Brian Fuchs says the number of areas in the Plains states that are snow-free is “unheard...
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State Looks to Drop Waterfowl Designation on Onida Lake

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A lake 30 miles northeast of Pierre might lose its designation as a refuge because of limited waterfowl use. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission wants to remove the Cottonwood Lake State Waterfowl Refuge near Onida in Sully County. The GFP says neighboring landowners who’ve been contacted regarding...
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House Defeats Plan to Allow All-Night Drinking in Deadwood

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state House has voted down a measure that would have authorized the city of Deadwood to allow liquor to be served all the time except for Christmas Day. House lawmakers voted 39 to 29 to dismiss the proposal, which supporters called the “Destination Deadwood” bill. Republican Rep. Tim Rounds...
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US Rep. Kristi Noem Addresses State Lawmakers in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says some of the most pressing issues facing Congress include fighting extremism abroad, trade agreements and overhauling the federal tax code. Noem said Congress could take a tip from South Dakotans about building the economy on Thursday in a speech to state lawmakers about the...
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