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Deb Bowman Announces Retirement Plans

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard’s Senior Advisor-Deb Bowman-announced yesterday that she will retire next year.  Bowman is expected to retire following the 2014 Legislative Session-on March 21.  Governor Daugaard says in a press release that Bowman has spent her career in public service as an advocate for those without a voice...
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Discussions Underway on Possible Fort Pierre Business Association

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Fort Pierre businesses and city officials are re-starting talks about the possibility of organizing some type of Fort Pierre Business Association.  Dave Bonde, Executive Director of the Fort Pierre Development Corporation says an informal meeting was held Tuesday which included downtown businesses, city leaders and others.  He says...
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Study Says Slow Growth Likely in Rural Parts of 10 States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The overall index in a new monthly survey matches the previous index and also suggests the economy will continue growing at a slow pace in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states. The report for the Rural Mainstreet Index was released Thursday and says the index remained unchanged at...
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Former SD Official’s Death Ruled Suicide by AG’s Office

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The state attorney general says former South Dakota economic development director Richard Benda died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen. Benda was found Oct. 22 in a grove of trees near Lake Andes, in southeast South Dakota. Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the autopsy results Thursday. He...
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South Dakota’s Unemployment Rate Holds at 3.7%

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s labor department says the state’s unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent from September to October during the partial federal government shutdown. The number of South Dakotans in the labor force also remained unchanged at 449,400 over the month but was 6,100 more than last October. The agency says...
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US Forest Service Launches Apps for Apple, Android

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trekking through the nation’s national forests and grasslands just got easier. U.S. Forest Service visitor maps are now available on mobile apps for Android and iOS devices. The digital maps are part of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s work toward reaching President Obama’s initiative to create a paperless government that also provides...
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State Legislator Wants Audit of EB-5 Program in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Democratic state legislator is calling for an independent fiscal audit of South Dakota’s participation through a private corporation in a federal investment-for-green-cards immigration program. Rep. Kathy Tyler, of Big Stone City, says she tried to put the issue on this week’s legislative Executive Board meeting agenda, but her...
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Congress Honors Code Talkers, Including SD Tribes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is honoring the service of American Indians who used their native language to outwit the enemy and protect American battlefield secrets during World Wars I and II, including several South Dakota tribes. Members of Congress and hundreds of others gathered in the U.S. Capitol’s Emancipation Hall on Wednesday for a...
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A Crow Creek Tribal School Counselor Wins 2013 Excellence in Education Award from CACS

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Crow Creek Sioux Tribal School Counselor has been named the winner of the Capital Area Counseling Service’s 2013 Excellence in Education Award.  Dr. Jodi Owen, Clinical Director at CACS announced Tuesday that Mary Normile is this year’s award recipient.  Owen says Normile is very in tune with the...
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Murdo Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Murdo man was sentenced earlier this month in federal court for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.  42-year-old Shaun Sporrer was given 30 months in prison, 18 months of supervised release and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Sporrer was indicted for...
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