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Lt. Governor to Speak in Lemmon, Hettinger

LEMMON, N.D. (AP) – South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will be in the South Dakota town of Lemmon and the North Dakota town of Hettinger on Monday to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the two states’ entrance into statehood. Michels will speak at 3:30 p.m. MDT at the Lemmon Senior Center. He’ll then...
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Insurers File Health Plans With State for Review

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – At least two health insurers have given the state copies of the plans they intend to sell through the federal marketplace during the next open enrollment period. Insurers faced a Sunday deadline to submit their plans to the state’s Division of Insurance for review. That office will then send...
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Senator Seeking Nominees for Adoption Recognition

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson says he is accepting nominations for the Angels in Adoption program. Angels in Adoption was established in 1999 by the Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute to raise awareness about the importance of adoption. Johnson is the grandfather of two adopted children. The South Dakota Democrat...
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SD State Fair Concert Tickets on Sale Monday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – People interested in the South Dakota State Fair Grandstand performances can begin purchasing tickets at 9 a.m. Monday. Tickets are sold at the ticket office, online and by phone. Tickets with reserved seating cost $115 and the standing package is $105. They cover two nights of Championship Bull Riding and...
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Teen Texting While Driving Highest in the Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A new report released this week shows South Dakota has the highest rate of high school-aged teens who admit to texting and driving. The report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 61 percent of teen drivers in South Dakota text and drive or send...
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Idaho Man New SD Legislative Research Council Head

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The office in Pierre that helps South Dakota lawmakers with research and other tasks has a new leader. The Legislature has hired Jason Hancock as director of the Legislative Research Council. Hancock most recently was deputy chief of staff for the Idaho State Department of Education. The new director formally...
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Lawmaker Out-of-State Travel Reimbursement Rises

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State records show that South Dakota lawmakers have increased their out-of-state travel since 2011 budget cuts. And the documents show a meeting viewed by some people as too conservative has been the top destination. Between July and early May, the state spent about $89,000 in taxpayer money for legislative travel,...
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President Obama Visits ND/SD Reservation Today

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – President Barack Obama is in Indian Country for the first time as president, witnessing two sides of Native American life — a celebration of colorful cultural traditions on the powwow grounds and a view of the often bleak modern-day conditions on tribal lands. The president and first lady arrived by...
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Attorney General Says Documents in 1971 Case to be Released Next Week

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Sealed court documents used in the criminal investigation of a 1971 cold case will be released next week. A judge in Vermillion on May 30 granted a request from Attorney General Marty Jackley to unseal the documents but without the names of numerous reported victims of sexual assaults. Another judge...
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Air Force One Lands in Bismarck-POTUS Now Heading to Cannonball

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Air Force One arrived in Bismarck this afternoon (2:13 p.m. Central Time) for President Barack Obama’s visit to the Standing Rock Reservation. Obama is visiting the reservation straddling North Dakota and South Dakota to get a firsthand look at culture and also the problems there. The trip marks Obama’s first...
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