SD Lawmakers Advance Concealed Carry Bills to Both Chambers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Two nearly identical bills aiming to eliminate penalties for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit in South Dakota are moving forward in both the House and Senate. The Senate bill cleared a panel hearing Tuesday 5-2 after its companion passed through a House committee last week. Lawmakers have to...
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South Dakota House Panel Votes to Table Abortion Measure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A House panel has tabled a bill that would have banned a type of second-trimester abortion in the state. The House Judiciary Committee voted 7-6 to shelve the bill, which had an amendment pending that would have changed it substantially. As introduced, the measure would have banned a procedure known...
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Officials Offer Services as Pipeline Camp Closes

BISMARK ND -    Authorities in North Dakota are offering assistance and services to Dakota Access pipeline protesters as they close a longstanding encampment near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Up to 300 people remain at the camp, down from thousands at the protest’s peak. The Army Corps of Engineers has ordered the camp closed...
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East of Westreville

Kiwanis Club Bringing Back Popular Concert

FORT PIERRE SD – Back by popular demand, the Pierre-Fort Pierre Kiwanis Club is bringing “East of Westreville” from the Sioux Falls area to the Riggs High School Theater for a concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. “East of Westreville” includes Boyd Bristow of “Acoustic Christmas” fame, Kaija Bonde, known for her...
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Bald Eagle Awareness Week Feb. 20-25

PIERRE, S.D. – Bald Eagle Awareness Days celebrates its 25th year of entertainment and education by emphasizing the need for conservation and appreciation of bald eagles and other birds of prey. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed February 20-25, 2017, as Bald Eagle Awareness Week in South Dakota. Interested persons will have several free events...
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Holden Departs As Commissioner Of State Bureau Of Administration

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Jeff Holden, the Commissioner of the South Dakota Bureau of Administration, is retiring from state government. “I thank Jeff for serving over three decades in public safety, purchasing and administration. I am grateful for his leadership of our state in those areas,” said Gov. Dennis...
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Noem Asks U.S. Attorney General to Discuss Rising Violent Crime in SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is asking new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to discuss rising violent crime in South Dakota. Noem sent a letter Tuesday to Sessions requesting a meeting and urging the Justice Department to redouble its efforts to fight drug trafficking, gang proliferation and the “violent crime that...
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K9 “Gabber” Sniffs out $500,000 Worth of Meth Seized in Record-Breaking Drug Bust in North Dakota

MANDAN, N.D. – Today, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department releases additional information about the largest methamphetamine seizure in the department’s history on Feb. 18, confiscating over four pounds worth an estimated street value of $500,000.00. At approximately 12:30am on Saturday, the Sheriff’s Department’s K9 unit found the drugs in a white Dodge Dart rental...
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Railroad Board Seeking Rail Project Information

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Railroad Board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Becker-Hansen Building Commission Room in Pierre. After reviewing proposed projects from the 2011 State Rail Plan at their Feb. 15 meeting, the board is now soliciting input from the public regarding...
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Tree Planting

Grants Available for Tree Planting

PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has grant funds available to communities that lost trees during storm events. Communities must use the grants to purchase or plant trees. “Some communities have struggled to replace trees lost during significant storm events that have occurred in recent years,” Rachel Ormseth, SDDA community forestry...
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