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State-Sponsored Company Wanted to Finance Pipeline

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A state-sponsored company that directed millions of dollars from foreign investors to the idled Northern Beef Packers plant in South Dakota attempted to finance the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Argus Leader reports that SDRC Inc. submitted an application to federal immigration authorities to list the pipeline’s operator as...
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New Exhibition Opens at Historical Society Museum

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society has debuted a new exhibition that showcases the work of Lakota artist Arthur Amiotte. The exhibition is on display at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. It includes 50 original and reproduced works. A reproduction of Amiotte’s “Wounded Knee 3” collage...
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Authorities Search for Missing State Prison Inmate

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities are searching for a state prison inmate missing in Rapid City.      State corrections officials say 26-year-old Paul Trejo walked away from the Rapid City Minimum Unit between Saturday night and Sunday morning.     Trejo is described as a Native American male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet...
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SD Birth Rate on the Rise After Recession Slump

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s birth rate is on the rise after seeing a slump caused by the economic prospects during the recession. The Argus Leader reports that the higher unemployment rate and a bleak economy led to 500 fewer babies being born in 2010 compared to 2007. The state recorded almost...
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After Long Wait, Ranchers Find Relief from USDA

WASHINGTON (AP) – After a devastating blizzard killed thousands of cattle in October, South Dakota lawmaker and rancher Gary Cammack wondered whether his state’s ranching community could recover.     Now Cammack is praising the U.S. Department of Agriculture for quickly providing relief that will help ranchers and others.     USDA began taking applications this past week for various...
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Railroad Group Says $1 Million Pledged Locally

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota organization that helps raise money for railroad rehabilitation says more than $1 million has been committed locally to help match a federal grant for which the state is applying. Rails to the Future says the state is seeking $12.6 million in a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery...
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SD Lottery Offers Losing Tickets a Second Chance

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Lottery has announced a second chance game for players with losing scratch-off tickets.     The program, called Play it Again, will launch next Wednesday. Members of the Lottery Players Club can enter non-winning tickets in an online drawing.     Lottery executive director Norm Lingle says other states have similar games and...
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South Dakota Native Earns Medal of Valor

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A native of Lemmon, South Dakota, has been honored for saving the lives of four soldiers in Afghanistan. The Bismarck Tribune reports that military contractor Dave Jensen received the Secretary of Defense Medal of Valor during a recent ceremony at the Pentagon. The Army says Jensen was serving as an...
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DRG’s 100.1 The Eagle and Pub 34 Bringing Comedy Show Saturday Night

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This weekend brings a few days of family, friends, traditions, some great weather …and some comedy…as the Dakota Radio Group’s 100.1 The Eagle is bringing Bob Zany and Costaki Economopoulos to Pierre. The two comedians are regulars on the Eagle’s morning Bob and Tom show and they’ll have two...
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Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt Coming Sunday to Lawn of Governor’s Residence

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Easter Sunday will bring the 61st annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn in Pierre. It’s estimated that up to 1,500 children take part in the Easter tradition each year. Governor Dennis Daugaard says that he and First Lady Linda Daugaard have enjoyed hosting the hunt...
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