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SD Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Business Day at the Legislature and Annual Meeting to be Thursday in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry is holding the 38th Business Day at the Legislature and Annual Meeting Thursday in Pierre.  South Dakota Chamber President David Owen will give a Legislative Briefing to start the day. In the afternoon, organizers have scheduled the Chamber’s 10th annual Business Caucus...
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Non-Profit Organization Farm Rescue Now Offers Haying Assistance for Crisis-Stricken Farm Families

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – (DRG News) A North Dakota based non-profit organization that provides free planting and harvesting assistance for farm families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster is now adding haying to its list of assistance offerings.  Farm Rescue’s coverage area includes the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota,...
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State Park Memorial Day Weekend Camping Reservations Open February 22

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This Saturday brings the first day that people wanting to camp in state parks on Memorial Day weekend will be able to make reservations for that holiday period.  State Division of Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer says in a press release that Memorial Day weekend is very busy...
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Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center Museum Reopens to the Public

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The museum portion of the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre has reopened to the public following cleanup and reconstruction work resulting from a break in a sprinkler system pipe on Christmas Eve.  Center Director Cindy Bahe says in a press release that the museum...
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Panel Defeats Bill to Give SD Gun Laws More Power

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill that would have given South Dakota state gun laws supremacy over those of federal and local governments has failed in a legislative panel. The House Local Government Committee voted 8-4 to reject the measure. The bill would have made it a felony for law enforcement officers to carry...
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‘Heating the Rez’ Effort Nearing $50,000 Goal

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – An effort to raise $50,000 to fund a pilot project to outfit 20 Standing Rock Reservation homes with heat stoves that burn pellets made from natural materials is nearing its goal. More than 1,000 people have contributed more than $44,000 to “Heating the Rez,” promoted via http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/heating-the-rez. Attorney and...
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SD Lawmakers Reject Bill on Sex Orientation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has rejected a measure that sought to protect people from being sued for expressing their religious beliefs regarding sexual orientation. The bill also sought to protect businesses against lawsuits if they refuse to serve or hire a person because of sexual orientation. The Senate Judiciary...
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SD Panel Rejects Request for Medicaid Expansion

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has killed a measure intended to expand Medicaid eligibility for all people below 100 percent of the federal poverty level. The House Health and Human Services committee has voted 9-3 to defeat the bill. It would have required the state’s Department of Social Services to...
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Mobridge Area Chamber Elects New Executive Committee

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News)  Every year, two positions on the Mobridge Area Chamber Board of Directors come up for re-election at the organization’s Annual Banquet. This year, those positions were filled by returning Board Member, Cindi Volk, of Great Western Bank, and new Board Member, Karen Pfitzer, of Pfitzer Pest Control. BJ Wiest,...
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Propane Crisis on Dakotas Reservation Easing

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The leader of the Standing Rock Sioux says a propane crisis on the Dakotas reservation is easing due to warmer weather and a drop in the price of the fuel. Chairman Dave Archambault says the tribe has ensured that everyone in need of propane has received some. He says the...
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