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Daugaard’s Chief of Staff to Resign After Election

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The governor’s office says chief of staff Dusty Johnson will step down after the midterm elections next month to take a job in the private sector. Johnson has served in his position since Gov. Dennis Daugaard took office in 2011. His last day will be Nov. 7. The governor’s office...
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Noem, Robinson Debate Wage Increase Ideas

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Republican Rep. Kristi Noem and Democratic challenger Corinna Robinson outlined different ideas on how to increase wages in South Dakota during a debate in Rapid City. Robinson supports increasing the minimum wage. She carried petitions to get Initiated Measure 18 on the Nov. 4 ballot. It would raise...
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Outside Support Coming to S.D. for U.S. Senate Candidates

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota U.S. Senate candidates are bringing in top guns to campaign on their behalf as the race draws increasing national attention. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin from Iowa participated in an event in support of Democratic candidate Rick Weiland Tuesday in Sioux Falls, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee...
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SD Governor Names New Tribal Relations Secretary

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has named the state’s new tribal relations secretary. Daugaard on Tuesday announced the appointment of Steve Emery. J.R. LaPlante resigned from the position in April to take a job as an assistant U.S. attorney in Sioux Falls. Emery has served as the chief judge of...
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Rounds Backed by Santorum for US Senate in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum has endorsed Republican candidate Mike Rounds for a South Dakota U.S. Senate seat. The Pierre Capital Journal reports Santorum, a former Republican presidential candidate from Pennsylvania, praised Rounds Tuesday in Rapid City as the keynote speaker of an event hosted by the conservative Family...
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SD Event to Offer Tool to Help Recover Lost Kids

WALL, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota parents can get help in putting together a kit of information about their children that could be used to identify them should they ever go missing. The South Dakota Child Identification Program will collect information for the free kits Thursday at the Wall School District office. The kits...
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Free Flu Shots Offered to all South Dakota Kids

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakotans are starting to get flu shots for the upcoming season. The Sioux Falls School District is offering free vaccinations to middle and high students on Wednesday. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and first lady Linda Daugaard also got their shots this week and encouraged other South Dakotans to do the...
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South Dakota Winter Wheat Seeding Nearly Done

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Dry conditions across much of South Dakota over the past week have aided farmers planting winter wheat and harvesting row crops. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 90 percent of the state’s winter wheat crop is in the ground, and more than half of it...
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Fed Judge Overturns South Dakota Murder Conviction

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge in South Dakota has dismissed the murder conviction of a Wakpala man in a case in which the victim died nearly two years after being beaten. Judge Charles Kornmann says a death must happen within a year and a day in order to constitute a punishable homicide....
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Awards to be Given at South Dakota’s National Philanthropy Day Conference

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will be recognizing individuals, businesses and communities for their philanthropic work in South Dakota through awards to be given out Wednesday.  The award ceremony is part of a two day conference which is being held in part at...
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