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Wildlife Officials Seek Protection for Butterflies

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Federal wildlife officials are proposing threatened or endangered species status for two Upper Midwest butterflies in the wake of rapid population declines. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to publish its proposal to protect the Dakota skipper and the Poweshiek skipperling in Thursday’s edition of the Federal Register....
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$15K to Help Ranchers, Sturgis Businesses

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – The $15,000 that usually goes to Sturgis Rally Charities will instead go to ranchers affected by the early October blizzard. KBHB radio reports that the funds will be split, with half going to Meade County producers and half helping Sturgis businesses recover from the storm. The city will also donate...
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Risky Behavior Blamed as STDs Increase in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Health officials say Internet hookups by anonymous partners are driving a distressing increase in sexually transmitted disease in South Dakota. Cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia all are ahead of last year’s pace. Officials attribute the increase to online liaisons and to an increasingly lax attitude about risky behavior....
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December Hearing Scheduled in ‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) – Oral arguments are scheduled for December in a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit over ABC News’ coverage of a meat product that critics dub “pink slime.” The lawsuit filed by Beef Products Inc. was moved in June from federal court to circuit court. ABC is asking the circuit...
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