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Crow Creek Sioux Tribe to Hold General Election April 17-Results of Thursday’s Primary Certified

FORT THOMPSON, S.D. – (DRG News) Next month will bring the general election for Chairman and Council members for the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.  The results of Thursday’s primary election have been certified.  Of the seven candidates running for Chairman, the top two vote getters were current Chairman Brandon Sazue Sr. with 299 votes...
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Governor to Announce Plans for Upcoming Election

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has scheduled a tour around the state to announce his plans for the upcoming election. The Secretary of State’s office certified Daugaard’s nominating petitions last week. The Republican governor on Tuesday will stop in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Pierre. He is scheduled to host...
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Rural Learning Initiative Expands in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – An initiative that promotes project-based learning in rural South Dakota schools is expanding to almost a dozen more schools in the fall. South Dakota Innovation Lab educates students through projects that have real-world applications. For example, students in one school recently learned about genetics, anatomy, physiology and the environment...
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Deadline Nearing to Apply for Property Tax Relief

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The deadline for elderly and disabled South Dakotas to apply for property tax relief is nearing. The state’s Department of Revenue is reminding homeowners that they have until April 1 to submit an application. Under a state program, a homeowner’s property assessment can be prevented from increasing for tax purposes....
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In South Dakota, Flood Insurance Rates on Rise

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A city official in Fort Pierre has his eye on a problem that many South Dakota residents don’t recognize yet. More than 1,600 South Dakota residents will see their federally subsidized flood insurance rates increase substantially, even after a measure signed Friday by President Barack Obama that puts the brakes...
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Hunters Allowed to Take Snow Geese This Spring

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation order is allowing hunters to shoot snow geese this spring. The annual snow goose migration is underway and the federal agency is allowing states to help control the species’ population and prevent further habitat degradation. The conservation order in South Dakota runs from...
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Closing Scheduled on Sale of Failed Beef Plant

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A bankruptcy judge has set a closing date for the sale of a failed South Dakota beef packing plant. A San Francisco-based investment banking firm still holds the top bid of $44.4 million for Northern Beef Packers, the Aberdeen plant that filed for bankruptcy last summer because it lacked money...
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Calving Season Brings Hope to Western SD Ranchers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The arrival of spring calving season in western South Dakota is bringing hope to livestock ranchers whose herds were decimated by last fall’s unexpected blizzard. Rancher Chuck O’Connor lost 45 cows and 50 calves in the two-day October storm, which first brought rain and then dumped up to 4...
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South Dakota Cattle on Feed Up 4 Percent From 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals reported 240,000 cattle on feed on March 1, up 4 percent from last year. The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that placements in feedlots during February totaled 39,000 head, down 13 percent from 2013. Marketings of fed...
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Honey Production Same in ND, Down Slightly in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Honey production in 2013 was unchanged in North Dakota and down slightly in South Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 2013 production from South Dakota producers with five or more colonies totaled 14.8 million pounds, down 9 percent from 2012. There were 265,000 honey producing colonies in South...
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