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SD Lawmakers Approve More Common Core Bills

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers have taken another step toward studying whether the Common Core standards that establish what students should know in each grade level should be kept in the state’s schools. Earlier in the week, a legislative panel approved a measure that would set up a study of the existing...
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South Dakota Waiting on Word About Farm Bill

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s members of Congress hope a conference committee approves a farm bill within days to bring needed relief to ranchers who lost thousands of cattle in an early fall blizzard. Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson and leaders of the South Dakota Farmers Union and Stockgrowers Association held a news...
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Oglala Tribe Holding Conference Opposing Pipeline

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Oglala Sioux Tribe says it’s organizing a conference to oppose TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline. Tribe vice president Tom Poor Bear says it will be held Feb. 13-14 at the Rapid City Ramkota Inn. The conference is entitled “Help Save Mother Earth From The Keystone Pipeline.” The $7 billion...
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SD Lawmakers Debate More Common Core Bills

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are considering proposals that would protect the privacy of student records and delay the adoption of any additional Common Core standards. School districts in the state are already using Common Core standards to determine what students should know in math and English at each grade level. The...
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Eastern ND, Northeastern SD Dealing With Blizzard

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Residents of eastern North Dakota and northeastern South Dakota are dealing with blizzard conditions again. The National Weather Service says wind gusting to 40 mph is blowing around snow on the ground and reducing visibility for motorists. A small amount of new snow also is possible in some areas. Transportation...
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SD FFA Officers to Meet with South Dakota Leaders During Two Day Event in Fort Pierre This Week

BROOKINGS, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota FFA Association will be holding the 2014 State FFA Legislative Breakfast and District Officer Training tomorrow and Thursday in Fort Pierre. The event is held each year to promote the FFA’s mission of premier leadership, personal growth and career success and brings together South Dakota’s governmental leaders and South Dakota...
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Pierre Elks Lodge #1953 to Bring Elks Aviation Day for Kids to SD Discovery Center Next Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Next week brings a new event for local kids as the Pierre Elks Lodge will present an Aviation Day at the South Dakota Discovery Center in Pierre. Elks Project Chairman Steve Wegman says Wednesday, January 29 will be an early release day for Pierre students, so the Elks Lodge...
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South Dakota’s 17-Day 125th Birthday Wagon Train Scheduled for September

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Details of the 125th Birthday Wagon Train are coming together as part of this year’s celebration of South Dakota’s Quasquicentennial. The event is to be sponsored by the South Dakota Draft Horse and Mule Association. Gerald Kessler of Fort Pierre, who is a co-Wagon Master for the ride, says...
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US Supreme Court Rejects Rhines Appeal

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Charles Russell Rhines’ appeal of his first degree murder conviction and capital sentence. Rhines has been on death row for two decades for the slaying of a man during the 1992 burglary of a Rapid City doughnut...
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SD Senate Panel Approves Common Core Study

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has approved a measure that would set up a study of the Common Core standards now being used for math and English in the state’s school districts. The Senate Education Committee voted 5-2 to send the measure to the full Senate. Supporters say a study...
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