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Extension Connects Hay and Forage Sellers, Buyers

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – SDSU Extension is helping to connect hay and forage suppliers with those who need them through a Facebook group. The “SDSU Extension Feed & Forage Finder” group is open to anyone that is interested in either buying or selling hay or feedstuffs. Cow/Calf Field Specialist Warren Rusche says listings can...
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Governor Dennis Daugaard

SD Governor Signs New Laws; One Alters Place Names

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recently signed 17 bills into law. One law allows for the use of the word “Negro” in the names of buttes, creeks and other places. This law disallows the use of the term squaw. Squaw has already been removed and replaced from most of...
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Gun Groups Press, Fracture Pro-Gun SD Lawmakers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The presence of the National Rifle Association in the South Dakota Capitol has caused a stir among representatives in the House. Some gun-toting lawmakers don’t always agree with the stance of the NRA. But the association’s score card system means legislators will have to account for their votes on gun...
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Medical Examiner Can Testify in SD Woman’s Trial

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota judge has ruled that a medical examiner can testify for the prosecution in the case of a woman accused of beating to death a 4-year-old boy because he wet his pants. The Daily Republic reports Brule County Judge Bruce Anderson has said that the medical examiner who...
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Chris Nelson

PUC Chairman Nelson to Serve on National Board

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Public Utilities Commission chairman Chris Nelson has been appointed to a national board. The Federal Communications Commission selected Nelson for the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. Nelson was nominated for the appointment by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Nelson is one of four state utility regulators...
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SD Legislative Staff Run Sessions from Background

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Each legislative session, a few dozen staffers return to the South Dakota Capitol to keep the lawmaking process on track. Sergeant at Arms Melvin Chandler is serving his 23rd year in the Legislature. The 87 year old says he doesn’t engage in politics but loves meeting people. Chief Clerk Arlene...
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Brendan Johnson

Johnson Discusses Human Trafficking Fight in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson’s office continues its work to fight human trafficking in South Dakota. Johnson formed a human trafficking task force last year and has been trying to combat the issue during his time in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Johnson says the state is not immune to sex...
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Larry Pressler

Pressler ‘American Hustle’ Ad to Air During Oscars

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – As “American Hustle” vies for a best picture Oscar Sunday night, former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler will pop into the Academy Awards broadcast to remind South Dakotans that he was the lone congressman to turn down a bribe in the real-life 1970s Abscam scandal. The 71-year-old Pressler says he’s...
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Funeral Arrangements Pending for Local Long-time Legal Official

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre funeral home is in charge of arrangements for a man who most recently served as Hughes County State’s Attorney. Authorities indicate that Max Gors has passed away. He had served about three months as Hughes County State’s Attorney, resigning March 31 of last year for health reasons....
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Grandpre Finishes Service as Pierre’s Police Chief

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today is the final day on the job for Pierre’s Police Chief. Last month, Bob Grandpre announced that he planned to retire after overseeing the Police Department for just over five years. Grandpre says the job turned out to be exactly what he thought it would be when he...
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