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Commission Gives Okay for Placement of Statue Honoring Former Governor Bill Janklow

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission met last week and approved the location for the placement of a statue of former South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow.  Janklow’s statue was unveiled during a ceremony at the Capitol in June with two others-those of Governors Harvey Wollman and Frank Farrar. ...
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SD Humanities Speaker Discusses Importance of Repair and Restoration Work on Stained Glass at Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A member of the State of South Dakota Humanities Speakers Bureau stood by yesterday as work was done at the Capitol Building to begin removing stained glass panels from the rotunda dome.   Dr. Barbara Jean Johnson of Aberdeen, who has studied stained glass displays across the state through a...
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Stained Glass Being Removed from Capitol Rotunda as Restoration Project Begins

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The process started in earnest yesterday to begin removing stained glass panels from the Capitol Rotunda dome–as the century old features are to be restored and re-installed in the coming months.  The Capitol also contains stained glass in the House and Senate chambers and above the grand marble staircase...
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SD Task Force Finishes Medicaid Expansion Study

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state task force says expanding South Dakota’s Medicaid program would improve health care for thousands of low-income people, but it also could put a strain on medical providers and increase state spending. The task force did not recommend whether Medicaid should be expanded. But at a meeting in Pierre...
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Godless SD Billboards Reach Out to Non-Theistic

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A national effort to reach out to atheists and agnostics is showing up on some South Dakota billboards. The South Dakota Coalition of Reason says it’s a group of seven non-theistic groups that used funding from its national organization and an anonymous donor to put up the billboards. They’re...
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Four Crew Names Released from B-1B Bomber Crash

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AP) – The Air Force has released the names of the four South Dakota crew members who safely ejected from a B-1B bomber that crashed in Montana. Maj. Frank Biancardi II and Capt. Curtis Michael were the instructor pilots on board. Capt. Chad Nishizuka and Capt. Brandon Packard were...
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SD Task Force Meets on Medicaid Expansion Study

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state task force studying the possibility of expanding South Dakota’s Medicaid program is hammering out the details of a report for Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the Legislature. The task force won’t recommend whether Medicaid should be expanded, but instead will identify the advantages and disadvantages of doing so. The...
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USDA Says Row Crop Development Continues to Lag in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The winter wheat harvest and the development of row crops continue to lag behind last year’s pace in South Dakota. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that the past week was marked by continued below-normal temperatures. Eighty-seven percent of the state’s winter wheat crop...
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Pierre Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft From Federal Government

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Pierre woman has pleaded guilty to stealing from the federal government. Thirty-seven-year-old Brandis Rose was accused of misappropriating more than $8,700 while working in 2009 for South Dakota CARES, an organization affiliated with the federal Social Security Administration. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Rose will be sentenced Oct. 28...
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Pierre Leaders to Consider Building Events Center

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – City commissioners in Pierre will be considering a proposal in the coming weeks to build an indoor sports facility and events center. A Public Facilities Task Force has endorsed the idea of a multimillion-dollar facility that could handle indoor sports as well as shows and meetings. The task force has...
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