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Agency managing vast US lands experiences year of upheaval

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of staff members re-assigned, key positions go unfilled, rules governing industry shelved and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees. The agency’s evolving status quo has met with praise from energy and mining companies and congressional Republicans....
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“Winter Storm Warning” Means Expected Heavy Snowfall

A winter storm warning is in effect for much of central South Dakota until 6 o’clock tomorrow (Tues.) morning. Weather Eye meteorologist Nick Carlyle says a winter storm warning means heavy snowfall is imminent.   Carlyle says the heaviest snow is expected tonight (Mon.).   But, Carlyle doesn’t anticipate blizzard conditions.   Carlyle says...
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UPDATE: Initial Snow Removal in Pierre is Done; Waiting on the Weather

Crews have plowed snow off of emergency snow routes and highways in Pierre. Now, city operations manager Lynn Patton says they’re going to wait and see how much snowfall we get to determine the plowing plans for this (Mon.) afternoon and early evening.
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Third Ballot Question Petition Validated for 2018 General Election Ballot

PIERRE, SD– Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced that the petition submitted for an initiated measure to increase the State tobacco tax and create a postsecondary technical institute fund for the purposes of lowering student tuition and providing financial support to the State postsecondary technical institutes was validated and filed by her office. It...
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Summer Camping Reservations Open Tomorrow in State Parks

This weekend, campers can begin making reservations for summer stays in the South Dakota State Parks. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks state parks director Katie Ceroll says tomorrow (Sat. Feb. 17) is the first day to make camping reservations for a Friday, May 18, arrival – the State Parks’ Open House Weekend and...
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Climate Outlook Shows Cold Conclusion to Winter 2018

BROOKINGS, SD- Colder than average temperatures are likely to carry through March 2018, according to the latest National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Outlook released today, Feb. 15, 2018. “The last two weeks of February will likely be colder than average, and that pattern is likely to carry into March,” explained Laura Edwards, SDSU...
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Agtegra Cooperative Pledges $500,000 to SDSU Precision Ag Building Project

PIERRE, SD- Agtegra Cooperative announced a $500,000 donation to South Dakota State University for the Precision Agriculture Building Project proposed by the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. “We are committed to serving our farmer-members with innovation and integrity,” said Agtegra Cooperative Board President Hal Clemensen. “It is from our understanding of the vital...
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General Jackley Warns Public of Increased Number of Sweepstakes and Wire Transfer Scams

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley is asking consumers statewide to reach out to their friends or neighbors to warn them of the dangers of sweepstake scams. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has had multiple victims come forward to file formal complaints against these types of scam artists. One consumer has wired...
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Ram trucks recalled to fix problem with gear shifters

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 229,000 Ram trucks, mostly in North America, because they can be shifted out of park without a key in the ignition or a foot on the brake. The recall covers certain 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups. Also included are 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks....
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US home construction jumps 9.7 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — Groundbreakings on new homes jumped 9.7 percent last month to the highest level since October 2016, welcome news for a housing market struggling with a shortage of homes for sale. The Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts came in at an annual pace of 1.33 million in January, up from...
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