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Study Says Slow Growth Likely in Rural Parts of 10 States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The overall index in a new monthly survey matches the previous index and also suggests the economy will continue growing at a slow pace in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states. The report for the Rural Mainstreet Index was released Thursday and says the index remained unchanged at...
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Former SD Official’s Death Ruled Suicide by AG’s Office

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The state attorney general says former South Dakota economic development director Richard Benda died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen. Benda was found Oct. 22 in a grove of trees near Lake Andes, in southeast South Dakota. Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the autopsy results Thursday. He...
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South Dakota’s Unemployment Rate Holds at 3.7%

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s labor department says the state’s unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent from September to October during the partial federal government shutdown. The number of South Dakotans in the labor force also remained unchanged at 449,400 over the month but was 6,100 more than last October. The agency says...
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US Forest Service Launches Apps for Apple, Android

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trekking through the nation’s national forests and grasslands just got easier. U.S. Forest Service visitor maps are now available on mobile apps for Android and iOS devices. The digital maps are part of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s work toward reaching President Obama’s initiative to create a paperless government that also provides...
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