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Budget Cuts to Reduce Unemployment Benefits

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota will be reducing extended unemployment compensation benefits by nearly 17 percent as part of federal budget cuts. The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation says the benefits will be reduced by 16.8 percent. It affects all claimants filing for benefits beginning the week of June 2 and...
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Organizations With Storm Damage Eligible for SBA Loans

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Small Business Administration says low-interest federal disaster loans are available to certain private, nonprofit organizations in South Dakota because of an April winter snowstorm. SBA Administrator Karen Mills says organizations that provide essential governmental services in Douglas, Hutchinson, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Shannon and Turner counties are eligible for...
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Standing Rock Unveils Sitting Bull Visitor Center

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – A tourist information center honoring a former Dakotas tribal leader is scheduled to open on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The Sitting Bull Visitor Center will be operated by Sitting Bull College and offer travelers information regarding local and special events and places to visit. A gift shop will...
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Pierre School Board Hears Facility Planning Study for District’s Elementary Buildings

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board listened yesterday to a facility planning study done by a Sioux Falls architectural firm.  In January, the board gave the okay to look at the district’s elementary schools and determine whether to expand some current buildings or construct a new elementary building.  There are currently...
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Former State Auditor Passes Away-Flags to be Lowered to Half-Staff at State Capitol Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard’s office announced today that a former state Auditor passed away over the weekend.  Betty Larson Casey of Gettysburg died Sunday at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City at age 80.  She served as state auditor from 1961-1963.  Governor Daugaard has ordered that the flag at...
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Wellmark Foundation Presents Grant for Local VEGGIES Program

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Discovery Center received a grant today that it will use to implement the VEGGIES (Volunteers and Educators Growing Gardens with Eager Students) program.  The $18,760 grant is provided by the Wellmark Foundation and will help create a culture in which fresh fruit and vegetable consumption is...
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Indian Child Welfare Act Summit to be Held in Rapid City

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, Bureau of Indian Affairs officials and leaders from South Dakota’s nine Indian tribes are gathering in Rapid City this week to discuss Indian child foster care in the state. The summit, scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, is in response to allegations that...
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Thune Among Guests at Neuharth Memorial on Friday

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – NBC’S Tom Brokaw, U.S. Sen. John Thune and University of South Dakota President James Abbott will be among the colleagues and friends paying tribute to USA Today founder Al Neuharth during a memorial service Friday. The service will be at the University of South Dakota at 10 a.m. and feature...
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Varilek Appointed to Small Business Administration

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – One-time U.S. House of Representatives candidate Matt Varilek has a new job with the Small Business Administration. Varilek has been appointed regional administrator for the SBA. U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson applauded Varilek’s appointment. Varilek has worked for both Johnson and former Sen. Tom Daschle. Says Johnson, “With his private...
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Officials to Update Missouri River Plan Tuesday

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Officials will provide an update on the plan for managing the Missouri River’s reservoirs on Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a conference call about its plan for managing water along the river. So far this year, officials have been working to conserve water because of...
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