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Wisconsin Beef Company Bids for Idled SD Plant

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Green Bay, Wis.-based beef processing company has submitted the minimum $12.75 million bid for an idled South Dakota plant. American Foods Group’s bid for Northern Beef Packers allows it to become a qualified bidder in an auction scheduled for Thursday at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Sioux Falls....
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Education Secretary Happy with Budget Proposal for Education

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Education Secretary says she’s happy with Governor Dennis Daugaard’s proposed increase in aid for schools as part of Tuesday’s budget address.  Daugaard yesterday offered a three percent funding increase in spending for K-12 education.  He announced that he would fund the increases with the help of an...
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Lawmakers Discuss Their Thoughts on Governor Daugaard’s Budget Address

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Area lawmakers reacted yesterday with mostly positive comments following Governor Dennis Daugaard’s budget address at the State Capitol.  Representative Julie Bartling of Gregory-a District 21 Democrat-said the Governor’s proposed three percent increase in K-12 education is a positive step for schools-but she expects that lawmakers will work with the...
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School Group Appreciates Governor’s Budget Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The head of an association representing South Dakota’s school boards says Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposed increase in state aid to schools is a step in the right direction, but school officials hope the Legislature will give school districts even more money. State law requires that aid to school districts increase...
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Winter Storm Continues in Northern Great Plains

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Travel conditions in the Dakotas remain hazardous as a winter storm continues in the northern Great Plains. Fender-benders have been reported throughout both states, including a school bus-car collision in the Sioux Falls area with no injuries. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says weather contributed to at least one fatality...
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PFD Responds to Van Fire Tuesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Volunteer Fire Department was summoned to a van fire yesterday morning.  Deputy Fire Chief Ian Paul says the fire was reported in a vehicle located in a parking lot at the intersection of Crow Street and Sioux Avenue about 11:10 a.m.  Paul says a motorist in a...
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SD Lawmakers Like Much of Governor’s Budget Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota legislative leaders say they like much of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposed state budget for next year. House Republican Leader David Lust of Rapid City says he’s surprised Daugaard found a way to propose 3 percent funding increases for school districts, health care providers and state employees’ paychecks. Daugaard...
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SD Governor Proposes University Tuition Freeze

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposed state budget would freeze tuition next year for resident students at South Dakota’s six state universities. Daugaard told state lawmakers Tuesday that he wants to provide the universities with about $4 million to freeze tuition for the 2014-2015 school year at current levels. He also recommends...
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SD Governor Proposes Spending Boosts for Schools

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is unveiling a proposed state budget that would use a windfall in unclaimed property receipts to send more money to schools, health care for the poor and pay raises for state employees. Daugaard’s $4.3 billion budget would bump spending in those areas by 3 percent starting in...
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Don’t Miss Out-Guns n’ Hoses/Tyler Wilcox Blood Drive on Day Two Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today is Day Two of the Tyler Wilcox Memorial/Guns n’ Hoses Blood Drive.  This year is the 8th annual blood drive and it has gone from a one-day event to three-days this year.  The drive was started in 2005 after a local teen, Tyler Wilcox, died of cancer.  Tyler’s...
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