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SD Legislative Panel Endorses School Aid Boost

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has given initial approval to a plan that would provide school districts with more state financial aid than Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended. The Republican governor’s proposed budget would boost state aid to schools by 3 percent next year. The House Education Committee on Wednesday...
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SD State Parks Set Records for Visitors, Camping

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Both visitation and camping in South Dakota’s state parks reached all-time highs in 2013 for the second year in a row. The state Department of Game, Fish and Parks says the biggest draws were Custer State Park in the Black Hills and Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton. The...
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Pierre Mayor Expects Better Air Service Soon

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The mayor of South Dakota’s capital city says she has been assured that Great Lakes Airlines is working to improve service to Pierre. Great Lakes is pulling out of five cities in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa because of problems in retaining pilots under new federal rules on pilot qualifications...
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Dakotas Tribe Opens Shelters Amid Propane Shortage

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has opened shelters for people without adequate heat due to a propane shortage exacerbated by recent cold weather. The reservation straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. The tribe has opened shelters in Fort Yates on the North Dakota side and in Wakpala on the...
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