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Redistricting Reflects South Dakota’s Urban Shift

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Having just one U.S. House seat in South Dakota makes congressional redistricting moot, but the once-a-decade process carries its share of complexities on the state legislative front. The Republican majority again got to call the shots on new boundaries in 2011. State GOP officials say their redistricting plan was...
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Historical Society to Present Governor’s Awards

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Historical Society says three people and two organizations will be honored for their efforts in preserving the state’s history. The groups and individuals will be presented with the Governor’s Awards for History on Saturday in Pierre. The award recipients are Barbara Johnson of Aberdeen, Steve Olson of...
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State Offices in Western South Dakota Closed Due to Storm

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered all state offices in the western portion of South Dakota area closed today because of the strong storm impacting the area. State offices are closed in Butte, Corson, Dewey, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins and Ziebach Counties. Officials are monitoring the storm closely and evaluating whether further state-office...
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Spring Snow Storm to Impact Much of South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – No travel is advised in the northwestern corner of South Dakota, and motorists in other areas are advised to use caution as a spring snow storm hits. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the west and north central areas of the state through the day,...
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Dangerous Driving Conditions Expected Across Much of South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – State officials are advising motorists that travel may become difficult, if not impossible, overnight tonight (Sunday) through Monday across much of South Dakota as a strong spring snow storm moves across the state. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning from the Northern Hills to just west of Mobridge with snowfall...
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Online Forum to Discuss Credit for New Farmers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will host an online forum to discuss types of credit and financing options available to new farmers and ranchers. The Google+ Hangout is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday. Agriculture officials say the discussion will cover credit and financial options from the USDA as well...
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SD Hopes to Reach All Veterans, Fill Service Gaps

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – National experts say a push in South Dakota to meet with all 75,000 veterans is part of a trend among states to compensate for gaps in federal efforts. Bryan Craig with the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah says states have been working on veteran outreach...
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SD Tribe Has ‘Prayer Camp’ to Oppose Oil Pipeline

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A new front in the battle against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is opening up for American Indian tribes and others in south-central South Dakota. The Rapid City Journal reports that a group sanctioned by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is setting up a prayer camp near Mission to keep...
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SDHP Announces April Sobriety Checkpoints

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Highway Patrol says it is targeting 20 counties sobriety checkpoints in April. The Rapid City Journal reports that the checkpoints were announced Friday. The counties scheduled for sobriety checkpoints in April are: Beadle, Brookings, Charles Mix, Codington, Custer, Davison, Edmunds, Hamlin, Harding, Hughes, Kingsbury, Lawrence, Lincoln,...
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SD Governor Signs Last Bills of Session Into Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the last 22 bills of the session. One new law will treat e-cigarettes as a regulated tobacco product, prohibiting sale to minors. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that create nicotine vapor and resemble traditional cigarettes. Two other measures signed Friday establish studies. One is...
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