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SD Exchange Insurance Above National Average

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakotans will have fewer options and will pay more than most states in the federally run health insurance exchange. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report released Wednesday provides a peek at the rates that will be available when enrollment opens next week for insurance marketplaces...
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Voters in Cash-Strapped SD County OK Tax Increase

MARTIN, S.D. (AP) – Voters in southern South Dakota’s Bennett County have approved an opt out of state-imposed property tax limitations. Tuesday’s vote was 349 in favor and 168 opposed. Auditor Susan Williams says the cash-strapped county used paper ballots that were counted by hand to save money. The opt-out is designed to generate...
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Gregory Voters Reject $300,000 School Opt-Out

GREGORY, S.D. (AP) – Gregory School District voters rejected a proposed three-year, $300,000 opt-out. Election officials say the unofficial results from Tuesday were 331 votes against and 280 in favor. The Daily Republic reports the opt-out would have allowed the district to collect an extra $300,000 per year above the state property tax limits...
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Former Faulk County Commissioner Admits Sex Crimes

FAULKTON, S.D. (AP) – A man who used to serve on the Faulk County Commission has pleaded guilty to raping one girl and having sexual contact with another. KELO-TV reports that Kelly Stevens pleaded guilty Tuesday to the two felony charges that carry a maximum punishment of 30 years in prison. Authorities say the...
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Authorities: Skeletal Remains Found in Buried Car

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say skeletal remains were found in an old Studebaker believed to be tied to the 1971 disappearance of two 17-year-old girls. Crews lifted the rusted, mangled hulk from an embankment in Brule Creek near Elk Point on Tuesday afternoon. State and local agency leaders say some potential pieces...
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Arboretum Trail Dedication and Open House to be Held in October

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Coming up in October, a dedication and open house will be held at the Native Plant Arboretum in southeast Pierre.  The arboretum was damaged by the 2011 flood and work has been underway to replant trees and upgrade the facility since flood waters receded. Dan McCormick, Arbor Board Chairman...
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Monday’s Parade and Tonight’s Coronation Just a Few of the Activities for Governor’s Homecoming Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Homecoming Week continues in Pierre as Riggs High School celebrates Governor Pride!  Monday, the annual Homecoming Parade was held.  Tonight, coronation takes place at Riggs High School.  First Lady candidates are Carney Knecht, Eileen Leong, Jennifer Palmer, Kaitlyn Severyn and Abbie Wieseler.  Governor candidates are Conrad Adam, Cash Anderson,...
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US Ag Secretary Backs South Dakota in DM&E Issue

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Agriculture Secretary is backing the state of South Dakota in its effort to make sure the old Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad keeps operating west of Tracy, Minn. Secretary Thomas Vilsack sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board urging the panel to support the state’s petition regarding...
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G F & P Says Mountain Lion Sighting in Oahe Dam Area Has Been Confirmed

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department says game officials have confirmed a reported mountain lion sighting near Oahe Dam north of Pierre.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used a trail camera to photograph the lion as it moved through an undeveloped natural area below Oahe Dam. ...
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Saturday’s Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo Another Success

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Organizers say that Saturday’s annual Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo fundraiser held at the Stanley County Fairgrounds drew a good crowd.  It is organized to raise money to help those fighting cancer and their families-and was started in October 1998 as the Dick Stirling Memorial Team Penning to remember...
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