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Nelson Wants to Ruffle Feathers in Washington

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Republican State Rep. Stace Nelson wasn’t afraid to ruffle feathers during his four years in the South Dakota House, often opposing his own party leaders. The former U.S. Marine now wants to take that determination to Washington to get Congress committed to cutting spending and reigning in federal government....
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Livestock Disaster Aid Signup Set for Next Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Ranchers in the Dakotas whose herds were devastated by an early October blizzard can begin signing up for federal disaster aid next week. The federal Agriculture Department says farmers and ranchers can start signing up for disaster assistance programs authorized by the new farm bill on Tuesday, April 15....
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South Dakota Attorney General Jackley to Run Again

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says he will seek re-election this year. Jackley has served as attorney general since September 2009, when then-Gov. Mike Rounds tabbed him to fill a vacancy created when Larry Long was appointed a circuit judge. The Republican then defeated Democrat Ron Volesky in the...
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Construction to Begin on I-90 East of Wall

WALL, S.D. (AP) – A nine-mile construction project on Interstate 90 east of Wall to near Cactus Flats is scheduled to begin today. KELO-TV reports the work will involve grading, removing and replacing concrete pavement, installing edge drains and paving new asphalt shoulders on the eastbound lanes. Traffic is expected to be reduced to...
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Bosworth Can Compete in GOP US Senate Primary

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says Republican Senate candidate Dr. Annette Bosworth submitted enough valid signatures to be on the ballot for the GOP U.S. Senate primary. Political activist and commentator Cory Heidelberger recently filed an affidavit with Gant’s office questioning some of Bosworth’s signatures. But Gant on...
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Rounds Says Congress Needs to Regain Discipline

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Former Gov. Mike Rounds says he wants to bring South Dakota common sense to Washington, D.C., and keep Washington out of South Dakota. Rounds, one of five Republicans seeking the party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, said Congress is broken and...
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Courthouse Postcard Display in Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson is a man who loves antiques. So he went right to work when the state judicial system was given a collection of postcards featuring courthouses from across the state. He shared copies and framed the originals for preservation and display. The cards...
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State, Contractor at Odds Over Digital Upgrade

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – State officials and a contractor hired six years ago to work on a new computerized Medicaid management system continue to be at odds over how to resolve differences on the project. The state signed a $62 million contract in 2008 with Client Network Service Inc. to develop a digital...
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Conservationists Claim Victory on New Farm Bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory when it comes to conservation under the new farm bill. Two of their top priorities made it into the law, which set federal farm policy for the next five years. One is “conservation compliance,” which means farmers will have to use good conservation practices...
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SD Nonfarm Industries Show Slight Growth in 2013

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The number of South Dakotans in nonfarm industries has grown very slightly since 2012. The Department of Labor and Regulation figures show that the number of wage and salaried workers in 2013 rose 1.4 percent in the state. Nationally the rate has gone up 1.7 percent. The South Dakota figures...
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