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South Dakota’s DVA Reminds Veterans of Services and Benefits They Are Due-Department Launched New Website This Fall

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new website earlier this fall and officials hope it is being utilized for the benefit of all vets.  Department Secretary Larry Zimmerman says the website at www.vetaffairs.sd.gov was designed to offer a clearinghouse of valuable resources for veterans and family members...
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Sanford Donates to UC San Diego Stem Cell Center

SAN DIEGO (AP) – South Dakota businessman T. Denny Sanford has donated $100 million to create a California stem cell clinical center to speed research into new drugs and therapies. University of California San Diego officials say it will be called the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center. The center will integrate operations at four...
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Mobridge Ministerial Association Food Pantry Seeks Donations

MOBRIDGE, S.D – (DRG News) The Mobridge Ministerial Association Food Pantry in Mobridge recently received about 1100 pounds of food from the efforts of the local Cub Scout Pack 65.  Darci Enderson from the food pantry tells us that it was great to receive the food and it will greatly help feed those in need. ...
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AP Investigation: The Secret, Dirty Cost of Obama’s Green Power Push

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new Associated Press investigation finds that the push to produce corn-based ethanol has fallen short of clean energy expectations and appears to be causing more environmental damage than promised. The AP’s investigation is based on government data, interviews and observations. It highlights what many researchers have published in peer-reviewed journals...
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Former Senator Pressler Considers Another Senate Bid

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former Sen. Larry Pressler says he is considering running again for the U.S. Senate, this time as an independent. The 71-year-old Pressler served three Senate terms as a Republican from 1979 to 1997. He lost a 1996 re-election bid to Democrat Tim Johnson, who is not seeking re-election next year...
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SD Expands Online Delinquent Business Tax Report

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Revenue Department has expanded an online report to identify a larger number of businesses that are delinquent in paying state taxes. The department can publicly list those who owe sales tax, use tax, tourism tax, municipal tax, municipal gross receipts tax, contractor’s excise tax, motor vehicle leasing...
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Retired Army Officer Kicks Off US House Campaign

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A retired Army officer who served in Iraq has kicked off her campaign to seek the Democratic nomination to run for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House. KOTA-TV reports that Corinna Robinson officially began her campaign Monday by visiting with veterans and their families in Rapid City....
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Report Addresses Public Safety on Tribal Land

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – A commission formed as part of a law to combat crime on American Indian reservations is set to release a report on public safety in Indian Country. The Indian Law and Order Commission traveled around the country to hear from tribal leaders on criminal jurisdiction, courts, grant funding and other...
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Snow Reported in Parts of State Today

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Snow has been reported in parts of western South Dakota today. The National Weather Service says 1-2 inches of snow is expected in the region by Monday evening. The Rapid City Journal reports that the snow made Interstate 90 off ramps slick, and that some vehicles were in the...
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SD Tribal Leaders Seek Federal Foster Care Help

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Leaders of South Dakota’s nine Sioux tribes will be in Washington, D.C., this week to seek federal help to resolve allegations that the state removes too many Native American children from their homes and places them in foster care in non-Indian homes. The tribal officials allege that the state violates...
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