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Regulator: Banks in Iowa, Nebraska, S.D., Healthy

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The regulator of nationally chartered banks says community national banks and federal savings associations in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota have recovered from the effects of the financial crisis and economic downturn. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency says in a statement released Tuesday the vast majority...
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SD Ranchers Encouraged to Apply for Donated Hay

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Agriculture officials are encouraging ranchers in counties devastated by an early October blizzard to apply for donated hay bales. All producers in disaster-declared areas are eligible to apply. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture will select the producers who will receive the hay based on the number of applications received,...
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SD Panel Advances Bill to Protect Teacher Data

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate Education Committee has passed a bill to protect the confidentiality of teacher and school staff data. The bill would amend the state’s public records law. It’s already passed the House with strong support. The state Department of Education requested the legislation. Education Secretary Melody Schopp says...
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USDA Spending $3M to Feed Honeybees in Midwest

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture hopes to help honeybees by giving $3 million to farmers and ranchers in the Upper Midwest to improve pastures. The department planned to announce its new program Tuesday morning. It gave details in advance to The Associated Press. Commercial honeybees pollinate about $15 billion worth of...
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