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Mobridge City Council Met February 18, 2014

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News)  The City Council of Mobridge, S.D. met February 18th at 5:30 p.m. at city hall. Council approved the minutes from the February 3rd meeting. They moved to unfinished business and approved the second reading of ordinance no. 931, 3 B funding.  It was discussed that the committee would be...
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SD Senate Panel Passes Texting Ban with $100 Fine

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has passed a bill that would ban texting while driving. The Senate Transportation Committee voted 5-1 to support the measure. The bill’s main sponsor introduced an amendment during Wednesday’s hearing to make the bill more like a similar measure coming out of the House. The...
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Group Upset by Legal Killing of Young Lions in SD

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A national mountain lion protection organization is outraged that South Dakota hunters shot three young lions last week and had their kills deemed legal by the state. Penny Maldonado with the Wyoming-based Cougar Fund tells the Rapid City Journal that the killing of the 3-month-old, 4-month-old and 5-month-old lions...
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‘Heating the Rez’ Effort Quickly Reaches $50K Goal

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An effort to raise $50,000 for a pilot project aimed at moving Standing Rock Reservation homes away from reliance on propane fuel has reached its goal in just a couple of weeks. The “Heating the Rez” effort has drawn more than 1,150 donations from as far as Australia and Sweden....
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Interim Police Chief Named in SD Capital City

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Pierre commissioners have named an interim police chief for South Dakota’s capital city. Capt. Dave Panzer Jr. will head the Police Department while the city searches for a permanent replacement for Bob Grandpre. He’s retiring at the end of the month after nearly four decades in law enforcement and about...
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SD Senate Kills Bill to Regulate Contested Waters

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has killed a bill to regulate the use of public water that lies over private land after its main sponsor moved to defeat the measure. The debate has pitted fishing and hunting enthusiasts against property owners. Property owners say the public should not have access to...
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SD House Rejects Boost in Video Lottery Bet Limit

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has rejected a measure that would have increased the bet limit in video lottery games. A bill that would have raised the bet limit from $2 to $5 failed on a vote of 28-40. Supporters say the increase was needed to boost lagging state revenues from...
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Nelson Submits Signatures to Get on Ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State Rep. Stace Nelson says he’s submitted more than 2,650 signatures to the South Dakota Secretary of State’s office to get on the ballot as a Republican candidate for Senate. The Secretary of State must verify 1,950 of the nominating petition signatures for Nelson to qualify for a position on...
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SD Lawmakers Consider Limits on Payday Lending

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel is taking a first look at a measure that seeks to put restrictions on short-term loans. Rep. Steve Hickey of Sioux Falls says he negotiated provisions of the bill with representatives of the payday lending industry who became alarmed after he suggested putting limits on...
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Almost Three Years After Flooding Devastated Their Home, Family Rebuilding Along the River

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A family whose waterlogged home was often shown on news footage during the 2011 flood has decided to return to riverside living again.  Rod and Dale Vizcarra’s house along Frontier Road north of Fort Pierre sat in flood waters during the summer of 2011 and had remained empty...
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