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Fort Pierre Working to Remove Unsightly, Abandoned Buildings

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) City leaders in Fort Pierre say they are making progress at removing buildings that are considered unsightly, dangerous, or are abandoned or vacant. Three structures in town were demolished this week and the debris was removed. Mayor Sam Tidball says the city reworked an ordinance last fall regarding...
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Four Local Historic Properties Among 17 Approved for State Historic Preservation Property Tax Moratorium

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota State Historical Society board of trustees recently approved 17 property tax moratorium applications. Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society says the approvals are for an eight-year state historic preservation property tax moratorium for restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings. Vogt says if an...
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SD House Speaker Brian Gosch Proposes Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – In a surprise move, South Dakota House Speaker Brian Gosch has proposed a statewide ban on texting while driving. Gosch initially introduced a bill that sought to prevent local governments from imposing their own texting bans, which upset many city officials from across the state. But in the bill’s first...
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SD Panel Kills Bill to Drug Test People on Welfare

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has killed a bill that would have established drug testing of welfare recipients. The Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday voted 5-2 to defeat the measure. Supporters of the bill say it would have discouraged illegal drug use and promoted stable families. Opponents argue...
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