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District 24 Crackerbarrel Held Saturday at Pierre Area Chamber Building

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A variety of issues were brought up Saturday morning during a District 24 Legislative Crackerbarrel, organized by the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. District 24 Senator Jeff Monroe and Representatives Mary Duvall and Tim Rounds gave opening comments regarding their thoughts on the current session, and spent the rest of the...
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2014 State-Tribal Relations Day to be Held February 26 in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Later this month, the 2014 State-Tribal Relations Day will be held in Pierre. The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations hosts the event each year. Tribal Relations Secretary JR LaPlante says the first-ever State-Tribal Legislative Reception for tribal leaders, state lawmakers and state officials will be held February 25....
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SD Legislative Panel Passes Statewide Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has approved a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving. House Speaker Brian Gosch of Rapid City initially introduced a bill that sought to prevent local governments from passing and enforcing their own distracted driving ordinances. But at a committee hearing last week, he changed...
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SD Panel Passes Rules About Water on Private Land

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has passed a bill to regulate the public use of water on flooded private land. The State Affairs Committee voted 6-3 to approve a measure that would allow fishing on bodies of water 40 acres or larger, as long as there is public access to...
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Northern Plains Are in For a Winter Warm-up

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Arctic air that has enveloped the Northern Plains for a week and half is on its way out, with a warm-up in store for the rest of the week. Temperatures Monday morning in the Dakotas were in the single digits and teens below zero – with wind chills dropping into...
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Dakotas Projects Getting Aid From Federal Ag Dept

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Three rural cooperatives and one city in the Dakotas are getting money through a federal Agriculture Department effort to invest in rural businesses and spur economic development. Nearly $17.6 million in loans and grants is going to projects in 15 states and the Northern Mariana Islands. In North Dakota, Dakota...
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SD Legislative Panel Considers Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee is considering a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving. House Speaker Brian Gosch of Rapid City initially introduced a bill that sought to prevent local governments from passing and enforcing their own distracting driving ordinances. But at a committee hearing last week, he changed...
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Progam Mulls Expansion of Pierre Food Bank

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Feeding South Dakota may upgrade its current operations in Pierre to increase the amount of food it can distribute to hungry people. Executive Director Matt Gassen tells the Capital Journal that the Pierre location was founded in 2010 and has exceeded its expected distribution because of an unanticipated increase in...
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SD Bill Would Regulate Health Insurance Helpers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State Sen. Al Novstrup wants the state to regulate the so-called navigators who help uninsured people sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The Aberdeen Republican says his proposal provides additional protection for people seeking insurance. But critics of Novstrup’s bill and similar efforts in other...
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Valenti to Lead SD Social Services Department

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is appointing Lynne Valenti to be the next secretary of the state Department of Social Services. Valenti has been the department’s deputy secretary since 2011. She will replace Kim Malsam-Rysdon, who is leaving the Department of Social Services to join the governor’s office as a...
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