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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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Eight Scouts Advance, Larsen Installed as Senior Patrol Leader

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News) Eight Scouts were recognized with advancement awards in ceremonies called a “Court of Honor” on Thursday conducted by the Mobridge Rotary Boy Scout Troop 65. Tyler Larsen, son of Amy and Tony Larsen, was awarded the rank of Life Scout. This is the fifth rank for Tyler and puts...
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SD Governor Approves Texting While Driving Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill to ban texting while driving. He said in a statement that he hopes the new law will encourage South Dakotans to keep their eyes on the road and away from their phones. The law takes effect July 1. It makes texting...
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SD Sand Not Suitable for Oil Field Fracking in ND

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state study has concluded that sand from western South Dakota is not suitable for use in the oil and gas industry. South Dakota’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources studied whether silica sand found mainly in the Black Hills was suitable for hydraulic fracturing. The method known as fracking...
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Attorney General Warns of Wire Transfer Scam

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning businesses to be wary of a fraudulent wire transfer scam. The scam targeted a South Dakota company with an email exchange that appeared to be within the company’s own network, and ended with an attempted fraudulent wire transfer. The company’s corporate controller received an...
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Judge Won’t Dismiss ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Suit

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) – A circuit judge has refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed “pink slime.” Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages. Dakota Dunes-based BPI...
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