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SD Lawmaker Working to Help Ranchers Hurt by Storm

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state senator from western South Dakota says he is trying to find ways to provide financial help for ranchers who lost cattle in the early autumn blizzard. Sen. Larry Rhoden of Union Center says he started looking at possible legislation that could provide loan guarantees and other help to...
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Tourism Industry Remained Strong in 2013

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The economic impact of the state’s visitor industry saw a 2.8 percent jump between 2012 and 2013. Governor Dennis Daugaard revealed 2013 Tourism Industry numbers last night at the closing of this year’s Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The uptick translates to a direct impact on the state’s economy of...
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Awards Honor Fort Pierre Business and Mayor During FPDC Annual Meeting

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Fort Pierre Development Corporation held its annual meeting last night and the organization’s members heard from a special guest speaker, looked back at what 2013 brought for Fort Pierre and looked ahead to plans for the coming year. During Thursday’s event, awards were given out, including the...
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FPDC Executive Director Says 2014 to be Another Good Year for Fort Pierre

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Executive Director of Fort Pierre’s Development Corporation believes 2014 will bring a busy year for the city-with the start of a major riverside project; along with continued promotion to fill remaining open lots in the Teton Island Business Development area and construction in the Broken Timber residential...
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Judge Rules on Motions in Pierre Teen’s Murder Case

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A judge Thursday denied a motion to dismiss charges against a Pierre teen for the December 2012 shooting death of a 16-year-old Pierre boy.  A hearing was held in a Pierre courtroom yesterday during which Judge John Brown looked at a handful of motions in the case involving 17-year-old...
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SD Lawmakers Continue Medicaid Expansion Talks

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota legislative leaders from both parties say they still discussing the possibility of expanding the Medicaid program to provide medical care to more poor people. House Democratic Leader Bernie Hunhoff of Yankton says he’s confident something can be passed during the current legislative session. Hunhoff says discussions have focused...
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Deceased SD Lawmakers Remembered in Ceremony

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has honored 11 former state lawmakers who died in the past year. Members of the House and Senate on Thursday held a memorial service for their deceased colleagues. The Legislature holds the service each year. Those honored and their chamber and years of service: Elmer Diedtrich...
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Economic Impact of SD Tourism Up 2.8 Percent

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the tourism industry’s impact on South Dakota’s economy increased by 2.8 percent last year despite spring and fall blizzards and a federal government shutdown that closed Mount Rushmore for about two weeks. Daugaard says tourism’s overall economic impact in 2013 was nearly $2 billion. He says...
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Backers: Report on Rail Risks Boosts Keystone XL

WASHINGTON (AP) – A government warning about the dangers of increased use of trains to transport crude oil is giving a boost to supporters of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments Thursday to impose new safety rules on so-called oil trains, warning that a “major loss of...
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SD Senate Rejects Plan to Study Common Core

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has rejected a plan to conduct a study aimed at settling the dispute between supporters and opponents of the Common Core standards now used for math and English in the state’s school districts. Senators voted 18-16 for the bill. But it required a two-thirds majority, or...
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