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Jett: Parade Should be Fun, Not Political

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Rocker Joan Jett says she’s stepping off South Dakota’s float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade because political agendas are getting in the way of a fun event. Some South Dakota farmers and ranchers were unhappy with Jett on the state float because she supports People for the Ethical Treatment...
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Pierre Chamber and PEDCO Gathered Thursday for Annual Meeting

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Thursday brought an evening which included awards, a meal and a review of the year that is ending-as part of the annual celebration for the Pierre Chamber of Commerce and the Pierre Economic Development Corporation.  The event was held at the Ramkota. PEDCO handed out it’s “Vernon Award for...
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Stanley County Schools Asking for Volunteers in Preparing for Move to New Elementary Building Next Month

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Officials with the Stanley County School District are looking for volunteers to help with moving work starting sometime in mid-December.  The district is about a month away from taking possession of its new elementary building, which should be complete in December.  Superintendent Dan Martin says in preparation for...
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AP NewsBreak: Macy’s Moving Jett Off SD float

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Macy’s is moving rocker Joan Jett off the South Dakota tourism float in its Thanksgiving Day parade after ranchers complained about having a vegetarian and animal rights advocate representing the state. Macy’s Parade spokesman Orlando Veras told The Associated Press that Jett and her band the Blackhearts will be...
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Noem Says Her Focus Remains Repealing ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rep. Kristi Noem voted with the majority in passing the Keep Your Health Plan Act but says her long-term goal is repealing “Obamacare.” The 261-157 roll call Friday in the House would let insurance companies sell individual coverage to everyone, even if it falls short of standards in the health overhaul....
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Last of Six Convicted of Poaching is Sentenced

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The last of six people has been sentenced for poaching deer in 2011 and 2012 near Timber Lake. The state says 32-year-old John Tschetter, of Yale, pleaded guilty in Dewey County to eight crimes. He must pay $23,500 in fines, damages and restitution and serve 28 days in jail, including...
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SD Delegation Reaction Mixed to President’s Change

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson says he welcomes President Barack Obama’s announcement allowing insurance companies to renew for another year policies that otherwise would be canceled because they don’t comply with the new health care law. Johnson says the health care law has had a rocky start, but it will eventually...
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Deer on the Move So Drivers Urged to be Careful

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Deer are on the move across South Dakota this time of year, so the state’s reminding drivers to be especially careful. The Office of Highway Safety says nearly 5,000 wild animals are hit each year in the state, and between 2004 and 2012, 17 people were killed and 824 people...
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SD Ponders Response to Change in Health Care Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota insurance regulators are studying the impact of a change in the federal health care law and how it will affect the state’s insurance companies and their customers. President Barack Obama announced Thursday that insurance companies would be given the option to keep offering consumers insurance policies that would...
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SD Farm Bureau to Hold Annual Meeting in Pierre Next Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre will be the location next week for the 96th annual meeting of the South Dakota Farm Bureau.  Members of the organization will meet Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 at the Ramkota.  SDFB represents 13,000 farm, ranch and rural families across the state. There will be three...
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