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Dakotas Projects Getting Energy Efficiency Money

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Twenty projects in the Dakotas are getting money through a federal Agriculture Department program aimed at helping farmers, ranchers and small rural businesses boost energy efficiency. The goal of the Rural Energy for America Program is to help producers and businesses reduce energy consumption and use renewable energy technology....
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SD Holding Meetings to Develop State Rail Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Transportation Department is holding a series of meetings across the state to help develop a 2014 state rail plan. The department is identifying critical issues, needs and opportunities regarding the rail system. It also is setting policies governing the state’s involvement in the rail system, and establishing...
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Janklow Portraits Unveiled and Added to Walls of State Capitol Friday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two more portraits were unveiled and added to other works of art depicting each of the state’s Governors on the first floor of the Capitol Friday.  The two portraits were both of former Governor Bill Janklow, who served the state as Governor for two terms from 1979 to 1987...
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SD Ranchers Relief Fund Nearing $1 Million

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A fund aimed at helping South Dakota ranchers who lost livestock in an early autumn blizzard is nearing $1 million. Organizers of the Ranchers Relief Fund began taking applications on Friday. Organizers say the funds collected will not help ranchers recover fully but the money will help with some...
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SD Lawmaker Wants Pledge of Allegiance Requirement

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A state legislator plans to introduce a bill to require all South Dakota schoolchildren to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day they are in class. The Argus Leader reports that Rep. Hal Wick, a Republican from Sioux Falls, intends to introduce the proposal that would apply to all...
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Libraries’ Embrace of E-Books is Growing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota libraries are adapting to the increasing use of tablets and e-readers by helping people learn how to use the devices. A taxpayer-funded library card now gives readers free access to thousands of books, magazines and other resources. State librarian Daria Bossman says the transition is especially affecting...
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Senate Candidate Promotes Medicare for All Ages

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland of South Dakota is promoting the idea of allowing people of any age to buy into Medicare. Republicans running for the U.S. Senate want to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. Weiland tells The Argus Leader he believes the Affordable Care Act...
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SD Livestock Industry Counting on Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – As Congress negotiates a compromise over the farm bill, the most important thing for South Dakota and its beleaguered livestock industry isn’t any one provision. Rather, it’s passing any sort of bill to restore the help for farmers that expired this fall. Congress last enacted a farm bill in 2008, a...
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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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