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2 More Independents Jump Into US Senate Race

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tim Johnson is getting even more crowded. South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant has approved the nominating petitions for two additional independent candidates – Gordon Howie and Clayton Walker. Howie served in the state Legislature between...
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Bipartisan Bill Approves Pipeline Construction

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate supporters of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline have introduced legislation authorizing its immediate construction and say they expect the measure will come to a vote in the coming days. The legislation was introduced by Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Republican Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota. In a...
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Rural Leaders Say Planning, Support Key to Growth

WASHINGTON (AP) – Witnesses are telling a Senate panel that rural communities need to sell what they are, not what they are not in order to thrive economically. They also say government support is important for growth and that small cities and towns should band together to maximize their potential. A subcommittee of the...
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13K in SD Got Health Insurance Using Marketplace

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Federal officials say that 13,104 South Dakotans have chosen health plans through the new insurance marketplace created by the nation’s health care law, falling short of expectations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report Thursday with enrollment figures that cover most of the open enrollment...
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Registration Opens for Denny Palmer Fishing Tournament

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News) Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Denny Palmer Memorial Classic. There is an 80% payout to the top 25% of teams, overflowing raffle tables, and more than $16,000 in cash and prizes to win. The Mobridge Area Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Committee is pleased to announce the...
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May Deemed ‘Beef Month’ by SD Governor

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared May “Beef Month.” The tradition extends back 40 years. This year’s “Beef Month” draws special attention to West River ranchers who lost cattle in a blizzard last October. An estimated 43,000 cattle and other livestock in the state died in that storm. Daugaard...
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Midwest Economic Survey Index Hits 3-Year High

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states hit a three-year high in April, suggesting more economic growth over the next three to six months. A report issued Thursday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 60.4 from 58.2 in March. Looking six months ahead, the...
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Pierre School Board Accepts Three New Bids for Elementary School Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board chose to re-bid three different portions of the elementary school construction project earlier this month and as a result, the district has saved about $475,000.  The board met Monday and accepted three new bids. Almost a month ago, bids for General Construction ranged from $2.7...
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SD Governor Appoints Transportation Commissioner

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed a new member to the state’s transportation commission. The Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that Kathy Zander of Pierre has been chosen to serve a four-year term. She will succeed Sam Tidball who served for 20 years on the commission. Zander is the...
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Man Accused of Killing Fiancee Gets Life Sentence

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – A man accused of fatally shooting his fiancee in rural Chamberlain has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after changing his plea to guilty. 37-year-old Kent Davidson pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Wednesday at the Brule County Courthouse. Authorities contend Davidson shot Crystal Schulz in the head...
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