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ND Oil Boom Boosting Household Income and SD Income Dropped Slightly

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Demographers say North Dakota’s oil boom has helped boost the state’s median household income and positively impacted salaries in South Dakota. U.S. Census Bureau statistics released Thursday show North Dakota’s median household income rose to $53,585 last year, up from $52,763 in 2011. North Dakota census manager Kevin Iverson says...
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Replica of T-rex Named Sue Returns to South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A T-rex named Sue is returning to South Dakota for a three-month visit. The full-size traveling replica of the dinosaur unearthed from the Hell Creek Formation near Faith more than 20 years ago will appear at the Washington Pavilion’s Kirby Science Discovery starting Saturday. The real Sue remains at...
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Libertarian Candidate Entering Senate Race in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Libertarian candidate who some say was a big factor in a 2002 U.S. Senate race in South Dakota could be a factor again next year. The Argus Leader newspaper says Kurt Evans will seek the Senate seat held by Democrat Tim Johnson, who isn’t seeking re-election after three...
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Groundbreaking Held For New Goodwill Store This Morning

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning to officially mark the start of construction for the state’s newest location of Goodwill.  Pierre’s new Goodwill Store and Connection Center will be located at 1902 Eastgate Avenue just north of Beck Motor Company and along North Garfield Avenue.  Present at this...
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AAA South Dakota Says State’s Average Gas Price Has Dropped Within the Past Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A travel organization says Tuesday’s national average price for regular gasoline was at $3.51 per gallon, which is a nickel lower than the price one week ago and 35 cents cheaper than one year ago.  AAA South Dakota says in a press release that the average price of self-serve...
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SD Panel Releases Report on Expanding Medicaid

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A group appointed to investigate the pros and cons of expanding Medicaid has issued its final report. The 29-member Medicaid Opportunities and Challenges Task Force was made up of lawmakers, doctors, behavioral health providers, dentists, community health providers, hospital officials and state workers. The Legislature this year opted not to...
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Saturday Event to Showcase Local Chicken Coops and Promote Passage of Urban Chicken Ordinance in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A group working toward eventual passage of an urban chicken ordinance in Pierre will have a tour Saturday of locations in the area that already have coops.  Pierre Urban Chicken Reform, also known as PUCkR and Dakota Rural Action are sponsoring what they have dubbed the first “Pierre Tour...
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Beef Council Honors Prime Promoters During Recent Awards Event

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Beef Industry Council handed out honors over the weekend to select businesses, an individual and one couple-for their work in promoting the beef industry.  The SDBIC recognized award recipients during the 2013 Prime Promoter Award luncheon that was held during the organization’s annual meeting Saturday in...
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Fall Marketing Campaign Starts for Department of Tourism

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) With the peak tourism season wrapping up, officials with South Dakota’s Department of Tourism have begun focusing on their next set of potential travelers.  The fall months of the year are known as the “shoulder” season and continue to grow in popularity among some travelers-especially those with no children...
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Wanted: Ideas on How to Celebrate SD Statehood

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakotans are being asked for ideas on how the state should celebrate 125 years of statehood next year. Gov. Dennis Daugaard invited people to give public testimony at 1 p.m. today in Pierre at the Capitol visitor center where the commission organizing the celebrations is meeting. People can also...
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