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Trail Signs Dedicated Along River in Pierre Monday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Four signs that were made possible through the Healthy South Dakota initiative were dedicated by City of Pierre officials, the South Dakota Health Department and others during a short ceremony Monday.  13 communities across the state, including Pierre, were named as recipients for the signs in 2010.  The markers...
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Coronation and Burning of the Letters to be Tonight for Stanley County Homecoming

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Homecoming week is underway at Stanley County.  The theme for this week’s celebration is Stanley County Buffs Make Big Moves.   Coronation will be held tonight starting at 7:00 p.m. at the MS/HS Gymnasium, followed by the burning of the letters.   Thursday will bring the Powder Puff game-hosted...
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Some Insurance Visitors See Site Down Message

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Some South Dakotans trying to get an early jump on health insurance marketplace signups were greeted with a site down message. South Dakota is one of 36 states letting the feds run the health exchanges under President Barack Obama’s health insurance overhaul. Residents are directed to the federal healthcare.gov...
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SD Guard Sends 549 Employees Home in Shutdown

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – About 549 full-time employees of the South Dakota National Guard have been furloughed because of the federal government shutdown. Guard spokesman Maj. Anthony Deiss says the South Dakota Guard has about 974 full-time employees, and 372 will remain on duty during the shutdown. Deiss says the temporary layoffs will hurt...
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SD Plan Could Cut Unemployment Insurance Tax

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota panel has decided to propose legislation that would lower employers’ taxes for unemployment insurance beginning in January of 2015. The Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council’s recommendation will go Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the 2014 Legislature. The proposal would set the taxable wage base at $14,000, changing an existing...
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Man Must Repay for Burning Church on Standing Rock

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Cannonball man must pay back the cost of a church he set fire to on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Nineteen-year-old Phoenix Martinez pleaded guilty to arson in June for torching the St. James Episcopal Church in the North Dakota town of Cannonball in July 2012. The church was...
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SD Improves in List Where Deer Crashes Likely

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – South Dakota has improved its ranking in states where drivers are likely to collide with a deer – falling from third to fourth on the list. State Farm uses claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration for its ranking. It says the probability of a...
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Consultant to Present Review of SD Game Management

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A consulting firm will present its review of South Dakota’s big-game management system at this week’s meeting of the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission. Gov. Dennis Daugaard selected Wildlife Management Institute to conduct the review after persistent complaints about South Dakota’s management of big game, particularly in the Black...
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Manufacturing Growth to Aid Midwest Economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new survey of business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests that manufacturing growth will help fuel the regional economy through the end of the year. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed for a second straight month in September, rising to 54.8 from 53.8 in August. Creighton...
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SD Governor Offers Staff to Keep Mt. Rushmore Open

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Mount Rushmore’s spokeswoman says South Dakota employees could not be used to keep the memorial open. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he sent a letter to the director of the National Park Service offering personnel and resources if the government shuts down at midnight. Park spokeswoman Maureen McGee-Dallinger says she hasn’t...
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