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Standing Rock Chairman Won’t Seek Re-Election

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Charles Murphy says he will not seek re-election. Murphy’s current stint leading the Dakotas tribe began in 2009. He also served as chairman from 1983-93 and from 1997-2005. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the 64-year-old Murphy says he’s not sure what he’ll do when he...
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SD Panel Approves Rules for Armed School Sentinels

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota panel has approved rules for training teachers, other school staff members or volunteers to carry guns to improve security in school buildings. As a reaction to attacks on schools across the country, the Legislature this year approved a law allowing local school districts to designate teachers and...
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Obama Signs Disaster Declaration for Seven SD Counties

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Seven South Dakota counties will receive federal money to help recover from a series of June storms. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says a presidential disaster declaration was signed Friday for Beadle, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Hughes and Kingsbury counties. Preliminary estimates showed more than $1.7 million in damages. Costs included debris...
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SD Farm Real Estate Value, Cropland Up From 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Farm real estate in South Dakota has increased in value by 29 percent. The Agriculture Department says in a new report that the value of farm land and buildings in 2013 averaged $1,800. That is up $400 per acre. Cropland value increased 30 percent from last year to $3,020...
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