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Election Year Likely Means More Pierre Politicking

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The legislative session that starts Tuesday might feature more than the usual amount of political posturing. Two state lawmakers are seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, and a few are looking at running for other statewide offices. All 105 legislative seats are up for election this fall, and...
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South Dakota’s 2014 Legislature Ready to Start

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will kick off this year’s session of the South Dakota Legislature with his annual State of State speech. The governor’s speech is expected to start about 1 p.m. CST Tuesday in the state Capitol in Pierre after the House and Senate take care of some organizational details....
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Mobridge Family Loses Everything in House Fire

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News) On January 11, the family of Larena (Selzler) Mosset lost everything in a house fire in Mobridge S.D. A relief fund has been set up at Dacotah Bank in Mobridge to help the family in this time of need. If you have any items to donate (household items, clothes,...
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Lawmaker to Push for Repeal of SD Death Penalty

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota lawmaker says he’ll ask the Legislature to repeal the death penalty in the session that starts Tuesday in Pierre. Rep. Steve Hickey is a Sioux Falls Republican who also is a pastor. He previously supported capital punishment but says he changed his mind after reviewing the Bible...
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SD Lawmakers Hope to Avoid Partisan Fights in 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers cooperated last year to pass measures revamping the state’s criminal justice system and its economic development programs. Republican and Democratic leaders hope they can once again avoid, or at least limit, bitter partisan fights in the legislative session that begins Tuesday. House Democratic Leader Bernie Hunhoff says...
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How to Spend $100M Among Tasks for SD Lawmakers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers gathering in Pierre Tuesday for the new session expect to spend a lot of time examining the complex state budget the governor proposed. Gov. Dennis Daugaard wants to use a $70 million windfall in unclaimed property payments to give 3 percent increases in school aid, payments to...
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Hughes and Stanley County Democrats to Meet Tonight

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Representative Kathy Tyler of Big Stone City will speak to the Hughes and Stanley County Democrats this evening at the group’s meeting.  The organization will gather at the Longbranch Restaurant in Pierre and tonight’s meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.  In addition to hearing from Representative Tyler, the group will...
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Several Products Already Licensed for Sale to Mark State’s 125th Anniversary of Statehood

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Fourteen products have been licensed by five different companies for this year’s 125th anniversary of South Dakota’s statehood-according to figures released last week.  A commission appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard met Friday to approve a final report for the Governor which includes ideas for celebrating the state’s 125th birthday...
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Department of Revenue Recently Unveiled Website with New Look

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Department of Revenue has launched a new website.  Department Secretary Andy Gerlach says in a press release that the new site is designed to be more user-friendly and provide relevant information.  Gerlach says the new website highlights the department’s e-Services and forms that are popular with taxpayers. ...
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Verendrye Museum Holds Annual Meeting Saturday

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) One change was made over the weekend to the Board of Directors for the Verendrye Museum of Fort Pierre.  The museum’s annual meeting was held Saturday at the Senior Center in Fort Pierre. Following a social hour and meal, the organization held the meeting portion of its gathering. ...
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