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Nelson Submits Signatures to Get on Ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State Rep. Stace Nelson says he’s submitted more than 2,650 signatures to the South Dakota Secretary of State’s office to get on the ballot as a Republican candidate for Senate. The Secretary of State must verify 1,950 of the nominating petition signatures for Nelson to qualify for a position on...
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SD Lawmakers Consider Limits on Payday Lending

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel is taking a first look at a measure that seeks to put restrictions on short-term loans. Rep. Steve Hickey of Sioux Falls says he negotiated provisions of the bill with representatives of the payday lending industry who became alarmed after he suggested putting limits on...
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Almost Three Years After Flooding Devastated Their Home, Family Rebuilding Along the River

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A family whose waterlogged home was often shown on news footage during the 2011 flood has decided to return to riverside living again.  Rod and Dale Vizcarra’s house along Frontier Road north of Fort Pierre sat in flood waters during the summer of 2011 and had remained empty...
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SD Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Business Day at the Legislature and Annual Meeting to be Thursday in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry is holding the 38th Business Day at the Legislature and Annual Meeting Thursday in Pierre.  South Dakota Chamber President David Owen will give a Legislative Briefing to start the day. In the afternoon, organizers have scheduled the Chamber’s 10th annual Business Caucus...
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Non-Profit Organization Farm Rescue Now Offers Haying Assistance for Crisis-Stricken Farm Families

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – (DRG News) A North Dakota based non-profit organization that provides free planting and harvesting assistance for farm families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster is now adding haying to its list of assistance offerings.  Farm Rescue’s coverage area includes the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota,...
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State Park Memorial Day Weekend Camping Reservations Open February 22

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This Saturday brings the first day that people wanting to camp in state parks on Memorial Day weekend will be able to make reservations for that holiday period.  State Division of Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer says in a press release that Memorial Day weekend is very busy...
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Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center Museum Reopens to the Public

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The museum portion of the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre has reopened to the public following cleanup and reconstruction work resulting from a break in a sprinkler system pipe on Christmas Eve.  Center Director Cindy Bahe says in a press release that the museum...
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Panel Defeats Bill to Give SD Gun Laws More Power

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill that would have given South Dakota state gun laws supremacy over those of federal and local governments has failed in a legislative panel. The House Local Government Committee voted 8-4 to reject the measure. The bill would have made it a felony for law enforcement officers to carry...
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‘Heating the Rez’ Effort Nearing $50,000 Goal

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – An effort to raise $50,000 to fund a pilot project to outfit 20 Standing Rock Reservation homes with heat stoves that burn pellets made from natural materials is nearing its goal. More than 1,000 people have contributed more than $44,000 to “Heating the Rez,” promoted via http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/heating-the-rez. Attorney and...
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SD Lawmakers Reject Bill on Sex Orientation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has rejected a measure that sought to protect people from being sued for expressing their religious beliefs regarding sexual orientation. The bill also sought to protect businesses against lawsuits if they refuse to serve or hire a person because of sexual orientation. The Senate Judiciary...
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