DOT Says Highway 34 to Close East of Howes at Noon (CDT)

(From the South Dakota Department of Public Safety) PIERRE, S.D. – State officials say Highway 34 east of Howes will be closed at noon (CDT) today (Monday, June 23) to allow crews to make temporary repairs for damage caused by heavy rains in the past several days.  The closed section of highway is about halfway between...
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Highway 34 Likely to Close East of Howes Monday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Public safety officials say Highway 34 east of Howes will likely be closed Monday to allow crews to repair damage caused by the torrential rains during the past several days. The section likely to be closed is about halfway between Pierre and Sturgis, just east of the Highway 34 junction...
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SD Woman Sentenced for Stealing IHS Hospital Drugs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A woman accused of stealing prescription drugs from the Rosebud Indian Health Services Hospital has been sentenced to 18 months of probation. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 38-year-old Bonnie Levy will also have to pay a $200 fine and nearly $40 in restitution. Levy was indicted last year on...
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Annual Sunflower Seminar Slated for South Dakota

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – The National Sunflower Association is holding its annual summer seminar in South Dakota. The Mandan-based group says the three-day meeting begins Tuesday at The Lodge in Deadwood, South Dakota. The group says the annual meeting gives industry leaders and producers a chance to network and learn about what’s happening in...
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Game Commission Weighs Fall Hunting Changes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission votes next month on several proposed changes to the fall turkey, antelope and early fall goose seasons. Turkey season would move back a month to Nov. 1 but still run through Jan. 31. There would also be a reduction in licenses available...
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Summits Call State to Reach Workers In, Out of SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has held his last in a series of workforce summits this week intended to gather ideas on what the state can do, if anything, to address a shortage of qualified workers. The state particularly needs welders, accountants, as well as information technology and health care professionals. Daugaard’s...
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Wellmark Says It Won’t Join Marketplace This Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The largest private health insurer in South Dakota has opted to not sell plans through the federal marketplace during the open enrollment period that begins in November. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield says it will forgo participating in the Health Insurance Marketplace in South Dakota for an additional...
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SD Republican Party Calls for Obama Impeachment

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Republican Party has passed a resolution at its state convention that calls for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. The Argus Leader reports the resolution says Obama has “violated his oath of office.” The resolution cites the release of five Taliban combatants in a trade for...
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Former Senate Candidate Rhoden Endorses Rounds

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Former U.S. Senate candidate Larry Rhoden has endorsed Mike Rounds at the South Dakota Republican Party’s convention. The Argus Leader reports Rhoden was expected to back Rounds eventually, but his appearance Friday in Rapid City came as a surprise. Rhoden says Republicans need to be unified. Rounds thanked Rhoden...
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Pierre’s Mayor Speaks at Volunteer Conference in Georgia

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill spoke at a national conference Tuesday on the topic of the importance of volunteerism-especially during disasters or emergencies. The 2014 Conference on Volunteering and Service was held in Georgia and was set up by an organization known as Points of Light. Gill says the group...
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