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Ethanol’s Rise Can Mean Loss of Hunting Lands

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Since the government began requiring ethanol be added to gasoline, the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska have lost 2.8 million acres of land set aside in the U.S. Conservation Reserve Program. Hunters, who are big business in that part of the country, say...
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High Court Affirms Jerauld County State’s Attorney Win

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Supreme Court says the man who won the state’s attorney’s race in Jerauld County last November is the rightful holder of the office, even though he simultaneously ran for the position in a neighboring county. Dedrich Koch beat Casey Bridgman in the Republican primary in June...
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Tribal Honor Song Issue Arises Again in SD School

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – School officials in the South Dakota city of Chamberlain are set to decide next month whether to include an American Indian honor song at future graduation ceremonies. The controversy arose last spring, when the school board rejected a request for a Lakota honor song. Board members said a feathering ceremony...
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SD Defers to Insurance Companies on Health Care Law

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The state of South Dakota will allow insurance companies to decide whether to let customers keep health plans that otherwise would be canceled under the federal health care law. The Division of Insurance made the announcement Tuesday in response to President Barack Obama’s decision to give companies the option...
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Bumpy Skies But Smooth Roads Expected for Holiday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakotans traveling by car this holiday week should have no trouble. But storms elsewhere could impact air travelers connecting to flights through the major airline hubs. The National Weather Service says temperatures might be a bit cooler than normal, but most of the Northern Plains should be dry....
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SD Ag Secretary: Raw Milk Rules to Take Effect December 11

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s agriculture secretary says new rules covering the production, testing and labeling of raw milk sold in the state will take effect Dec. 11. The Agriculture Department had been trying to pass the rules since last spring and has held three hearings on the issue. The Legislature’s Rules...
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Forecasters Look at Weather Stats for Past Thanksgivings

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) Forecasters are predicting temperatures in the low 30′s in central South Dakota on Thanksgiving Day-with no mention of any precipitation in the state’s mid-section.  The National Weather Service says that means it will be cooler than the high temperatures that have been recorded for the past few Thanksgiving holidays. ...
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Registration Deadline Coming Up for December 6 Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The registration deadline for the December 6 Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit in Huron is coming up in a few days and officials say there is lots of interest in the event.   Tony Leif, Wildlife Division Director for the Game, Fish and Parks Department says registration has been steady and...
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Highway Patrol Superintendent Urges Safe Travel On SD Roads

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The national Thanksgiving Day holiday fatality reporting period this year starts tomorrow evening and continues through Sunday-and state officials are asking travelers to put safety first on the highway during that time and throughout the year.   Governor Dennis Daugaard issued a statement yesterday asking South Dakotans to travel safely...
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2013 Chamber Parade of Lights Has a New Date and Time

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This year’s holiday season will bring a change in the date and time for the annual Parade of Lights.  The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the parade on Saturday this year-with the parade coming up this weekend-November 30 at 6:00 p.m.  Chamber CEO Laura Schoen Carbonneau says...
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