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SD Lawmakers Consider Insurance Regulation Bills

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel is looking at proposals to improve the regulation of insurance companies. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has said the proposals were drafted after reports that an insurance company had seriously hurt people. He says current laws do not give the state Division of Insurance adequate authority to...
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Three Appear in Court for Rosebud Double Homicide

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Two brothers and a woman are in jail on charges they killed two men near St. Francis on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Twenty-three-year-old BillyRay McCloskey and 20-year-old Riley McCloskey pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. They’re accused of killing 76-year-old Benjamin Clifford and 33-year-old Calvin Kills In...
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Slower Growth Likely in Rural Areas of 10 States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Economic growth will likely slow in rural parts of 10 Midwest and Western states in the months ahead. A monthly survey of rural bankers released Thursday shows the region’s overall economic index falling to 50.8 in January from December’s 56.1. The index ranges from 0 to 100, and any score...
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DOT Closes I-90 Westbound Sioux Falls to Salem

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota transportation officials have closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 from Sioux Falls to Salem as numerous weather-related accidents are blocking the roadway. The department says westbound I-90 will reopen when the accidents have been cleared and the highway is again safe for motorists to travel. National Weather...
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Gill Announces Plans to Seek Third Term as Pierre Mayor

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Mayor announced this morning that she intends to seek a third term. Laurie Gill began her service as the 18th Mayor for the Capital City in 2008. Prior to that, she was a Pierre City Commissioner-from 1999 until her successful bid for Mayor nine years later. In a...
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SDRA Holds Annual Meeting This Week-Has Elections for Board of Directors Positions

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre restaurant owner has been elected to a second three-year term on the Board of Directors for the South Dakota Retailers Association.   Mark Mancuso of LaMinestra was selected for another term during the Association’s annual meeting in Pierre this week.  Another Pierre businessman is also serving on the...
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Capital Area United Way Names New Executive Director

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Capital Area United Way announced today that they have named the organization’s new Executive Director.  A press release from the United Way says Christina Ka Yun Oey will join the local United Way on March 1 and cites Oey’s valuable non-profit and community service experience-including work with the...
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SD Chief Justice Says Courts Working on Reform Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson says the state court system is making progress in carrying out its role in an extensive overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system. In his annual State of the Judiciary speech to the South Dakota Legislature, Gilbertson on Wednesday said the court...
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Prices, Future Markets on Minds of SD Corn Growers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota corn farmers produced a record crop last year, but prices and future markets will likely be on their minds during their annual convention Saturday. Corn Growers’ executive director Lisa Richardson says high prices after the drought led to a huge decrease in exports, and ethanol companies aren’t...
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Sundance Film Features ‘Sue’ Dinosaur Found in SD

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A documentary film showing this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, features “Sue” the dinosaur. KOTA-TV reports that “Dinosaur 13” was partially filmed at the Black Hills Institute for Geological Research in Hill City. Workers from the institute found Sue’s bones in 1990 on the...
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