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Thune’s New Spokeswoman is Chamberlain Native

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Sen. John Thune has promoted a Chamberlain native as his new communications director for his Senate and Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee offices in Washington. Rachel Millard replaces Andi Fouberg, who’s the new president and CEO of the South Dakota State University Alumni Association. Millard previously was Thune’s press secretary...
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More Than 200 New SD Laws to Take Effect

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – More than 200 state laws ranging from bans to repeals and tweaks of existing policy take effect in South Dakota on Tuesday. July 1 also marks the start of a new fiscal year across most of the country and in South Dakota. The state has a $4.3 billion spending plan...
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Officials React to Ruling on Women’s Contraception

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Republicans say they’re pleased with a Supreme Court decision that says for-profit businesses can hold religious views under federal law.        But state Democratic Party Chairwoman Deb Knecht says the decision will make it even more difficult for South Dakota women to access basic preventative health care such...
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Weekend Rainfall Sets Records in the Dakotas

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Weekend rainfall in the Dakotas set records in both states and led to flash flooding in some areas. The National Weather Service reports that Minot in northern North Dakota got more than 2.6 inches of rain on Saturday, breaking a 62-year-old record for the date. Pierre in central South Dakota...
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Bosworth to be Arraigned on Election Law Charges

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Pierre on charges she violated election laws. A Hughes County grand jury indicted the Sioux Falls physician last week on multiple counts of perjury and filing false documents. Authorities say she fraudulently attested to gathering voter signatures...
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South Dakota Democrats Wrap Up Yankton Convention

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Democrats wrapped up their state convention Saturday after nominating candidates for several constitutional offices, adopting their party platform and receiving a $200,000 donation from retiring U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson. Convention delegates nominated Yankton native David Allen, who ran for the state Senate in District 18 in 2012, to...
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Public Meeting Tuesday on Missouri River Bridge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Design options on a new Missouri River bridge in Pierre and Fort Pierre will be released Tuesday. Representatives with both cities and the South Dakota Department of Transportation plan to hold a public open house to tell area residents about the conceptual improvement options. Projects to be discussed include a...
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SD Trainings Target Compliance, May Help Workforce

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Trainers operating with a federal grant came to Brookings and Pierre this past week to educate public and private employers on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. One of the sessions led by the Rocky Mountain ADA Center addressed employer requirements with the state’s Bureau of Human Resources, a...
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Wheat Growers Eyes Rail Service, Loader Facility

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Wheat Growers says it is looking forward to the eventual return of heavy rail service from Chamberlain to Presho as it looks at potential locations to build a $40 million facility west of Chamberlain. Nearly 150 people attended a series of meetings in Lyman County this past week to hear...
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Perkins County Fatal Crash

(From SD Department of Public Safety) MEADOW, S.D. – A Faith, S.D., man died Thursday in a one vehicle rollover crash at the intersection of Athboy Road and S.D. Highway 73 near Meadow, S.D. Leigh W. Putzier, 54, of Faith, was driving a 1995 Ford Ranger eastbound on Athboy Road, and lost control of...
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