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Pierre Area Chamber’s Activities Roundup to be Held Thursday, February 6 at YMCA

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Oahe Family YMCA will be the location next week for an “Activities Roundup”, which will be sponsored by the Sports and Recreation Committee of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce.  Lois Ries of the Pierre Convention and Visitors Bureau says activities represented will be for people of all...
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SD Voters Could Decide Adding Games in Casinos

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Deadwood casinos to add some games. The State Affairs Committee voted 10-1 for a measure that would put the proposal to a statewide vote on the November ballot. Deadwood casinos now offer slot machines, poker and...
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SD Legislative Panel Endorses School Aid Boost

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has given initial approval to a plan that would provide school districts with more state financial aid than Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended. The Republican governor’s proposed budget would boost state aid to schools by 3 percent next year. The House Education Committee on Wednesday...
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SD State Parks Set Records for Visitors, Camping

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Both visitation and camping in South Dakota’s state parks reached all-time highs in 2013 for the second year in a row. The state Department of Game, Fish and Parks says the biggest draws were Custer State Park in the Black Hills and Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton. The...
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Pierre Mayor Expects Better Air Service Soon

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The mayor of South Dakota’s capital city says she has been assured that Great Lakes Airlines is working to improve service to Pierre. Great Lakes is pulling out of five cities in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa because of problems in retaining pilots under new federal rules on pilot qualifications...
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Dakotas Tribe Opens Shelters Amid Propane Shortage

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has opened shelters for people without adequate heat due to a propane shortage exacerbated by recent cold weather. The reservation straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. The tribe has opened shelters in Fort Yates on the North Dakota side and in Wakpala on the...
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SD Congressional Delegation Reacts to Obama Speech

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Republican members of South Dakota’s congressional delegation say President Barack Obama should strive more to work with Congress. Obama said in his State of the Union speech that he will act on his own if lawmakers won’t cooperate on such things as creating new jobs. Sen. John Thune...
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SD Panel Recommends Broadening Domestic Abuse Laws

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has endorsed a proposal that would expand the state’s domestic abuse laws to cover dating couples who don’t live together. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday also approved some other measures intended to protect abuse victims. Current law defines domestic abuse as physical harm, attempted...
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Health Department Conducting Mosquito Surveys

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State health officials are getting an early start on mosquito season by surveying communities about their control programs. State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says South Dakota has had more than a decade of West Nile Virus transmission, so it’s appropriate to take a look at the current status of mosquito control...
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SD Legislative Panel Discusses State School Aid

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel is discussing a plan that would give school districts more state financial aid than Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended. The Republican governor’s proposed budget would boost state aid to schools by 3 percent next year. But a proposal by a legislative study committee would instead...
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