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Standing Rock Chairman Won’t Seek Re-Election

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Charles Murphy says he will not seek re-election. Murphy’s current stint leading the Dakotas tribe began in 2009. He also served as chairman from 1983-93 and from 1997-2005. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the 64-year-old Murphy says he’s not sure what he’ll do when he...
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SD Panel Approves Rules for Armed School Sentinels

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota panel has approved rules for training teachers, other school staff members or volunteers to carry guns to improve security in school buildings. As a reaction to attacks on schools across the country, the Legislature this year approved a law allowing local school districts to designate teachers and...
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Obama Signs Disaster Declaration for Seven SD Counties

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Seven South Dakota counties will receive federal money to help recover from a series of June storms. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says a presidential disaster declaration was signed Friday for Beadle, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Hughes and Kingsbury counties. Preliminary estimates showed more than $1.7 million in damages. Costs included debris...
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SD Farm Real Estate Value, Cropland Up From 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Farm real estate in South Dakota has increased in value by 29 percent. The Agriculture Department says in a new report that the value of farm land and buildings in 2013 averaged $1,800. That is up $400 per acre. Cropland value increased 30 percent from last year to $3,020...
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Pierre School Board Holds Third Public Meeting on Elementary Facility Planning Study

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board held the third in a series of meetings to give the public a chance to hear details of its elementary facility planning study, to ask questions and offer comments.    McKinley and Washington Elementary Schools are the district’s oldest buildings and will need some necessary, but...
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NWS Says July Weather in Central and NE SD Was Cooler Than Normal

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service says the month of July brought cooler than normal weather to central and northeast parts of the state.   Rainfall ranged from below normal to above or much above normal.  Average temperatures ranged from a half degree to almost three degrees below normal for July.  The...
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US Panel Can’t Issue Opinion on SD Voting Sites

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says he won’t create satellite voting offices on three American Indian reservations unless the U.S. Election Assistance Commission approves spending federal money on the project. But the Argus Leader reports that the commission can’t issue advisory opinions because the four commission seats are...
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SD Lawmakers Approve Shorter Bobcat Season

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers have approved a state panel’s decision to shorten next winter’s hunting and trapping season for bobcats in the western part of the state. Rules passed by state agencies cannot take effect unless they are approved by the Legislature’s Rules Review Committee. The committee has now approved the...
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Michigan Targets SD Internet Lender for High Rates

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan regulators have cited a South Dakota-based Internet lender that they say is charging interest rates of more than 340 percent. The state Department of Insurance and Financial Services said Thursday that it’s given notice of Michigan’s intention to issue a cease-and-desist order to Western Sky Financial. State officials say...
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Armour, Rutland, Kadoka Have Top Public Schools

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Students at Armour High School, Rutland Junior High and Kadoka Area’s Midland Elementary have bragging rights. The South Dakota Department of Education says they are the best public schools in the state for the School Performance Index, now in its second year. It grades schools on a 100-point scale...
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