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SD National Guard Honors Harding with Williamson Militiaman Award

The South Dakota National Guard has honored Pierre mayor Steve Harding for his community leadership. Harding, a retired Colonel who now serves as the deputy secretary of the South Dakota Department of Military, was recently given the Williamson Militiaman Award. Established in 1987 by Maj. Gen. Ronald F. Williamson, the award recognizes an individual...
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Pierre City Commission Picks Bridge Design Enhancements; Wants 50-50 Cost Share with Fort Pierre

The South Dakota Department of Transportation is planning to replace the bridge between Pierre and Fort Pierre in 2020. The state pays for the cost of building the bridge—which will remain two lanes going east and two going west– but the towns of Pierre and Fort Pierre would have to pay for any additional...
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Falling auto sales drive US retail sales down 0.3 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans cut back on purchases of cars, furniture and a variety of other products in January, pushing retail sales down by 0.3 percent, the biggest decline in 11 months. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the January decline, following no change in December, was the largest setback since a 0.5 percent...
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US core consumer prices rise 0.3 pct., most in a year

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices, excluding the volatile food and energy categories, rose 0.3 percent last month, the most in a year. The increase was led by much higher clothing costs and more expensive car insurance. The Labor Department says overall consumer prices rose 0.5 percent in January, the most in four months....
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Panel rejects Native American boarding school victims’ bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state Senate panel has rejected a bill aimed at allowing victims of childhood sexual abuse at Native American boarding schools to file lawsuits against organizations like schools and churches. The Judiciary Committee voted 4-3 Tuesday against the bill. An amendment to the measure would have created a three-year period...
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Rawlins Municipal Library Earns Exemplary Accreditation

Twelve South Dakota public libraries—including the one in Pierre– that have been accredited by the State Library this year were honored yesterday (Feb. 13) at the Capitol. Rawlins Municipal Library director Robin Schrupp says they received Exemplary accreditation.     Commissioner Jamie Huizenga serves as the liaison from the commission to the library. He...
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European official: Digital currencies inefficient way to pay

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – A top European monetary official says digital currencies are no substitute for conventional money issued and managed by central banks. Jens Weidmann said in a speech Wednesday that digital currencies such as Bitcoin are not good means of payment because their values fluctuate so rapidly. Weidmann is head of Germany’s...
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Cleaning krewe: Recycling effort targets Mardi Gras trash

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Mardi Gras produces a huge amount of garbage in addition to days of fun and parties. This year two New Orleans-area organizations tried to fix that with a recycling effort. Their pilot project aimed to collect beads, plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Rain canceled one day of the two-day pilot...
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Noyes Earns National Board Certification

Pierre teacher Ann Noyes (noise) is one of five teachers in the state to earn National Board Certification last year. Noyes told the school board at last night’s (Mon.) meeting, achieving the certification took her two years.   Noyes says she did various things to help prepare for the certification.   National Board Certification...
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Pierre School Board Sets 2018-19 Calendar

T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre will start classes for the 2018-19 school year on Aug. 20. Middle and grade school students will start Aug. 22. Supt. Dr. Kelly Glodt says administrators take several things into account when building the school year’s calendar.   Glodt says middle and elementary school staff like starting the...
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