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SDSU Extension Offering Food Safety Training

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota State University’s Extension is offering food safety training for growers of fresh fruit and vegetables later this month at several locations across the state. The training will be May 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. CDT and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. MDT. The training will be...
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Hunting Guide Sentenced on Federal Gun Charge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A McLaughlin hunting guide has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 52-year-old Jess Porras was providing guiding services to a group of hunters from Minnesota in December. After a member of the hunting...
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SD Robo-Call Case Might Go a Different Direction

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – An attorney for a South Dakota lawmaker who’s filed a civil lawsuit over a robo-call campaign criticizing Republican legislators says he might pursue the matter a different way. Dakota Dunes lawmaker Dan Lederman has sued in an effort to find out who paid for the calls, and to clarify...
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SD Regents CEO Turns Down Similar Job in Connecticut

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The head of South Dakota’s public university system says he has turned down a similar job in Connecticut. South Dakota Board of Regents CEO Jack Warner says he wants to stay in the state for numerous reasons, including strong university presidents and support from state policymakers. Warner was offered the...
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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Upfront Card Fees

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal lawsuit that aimed to stop a watchdog agency from enforcing credit card rules limiting upfront fees has been dismissed. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier on Tuesday dismissed the suit by First Premier Bank and Premier Bankcard against the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its director, Richard...
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USDA Says Winter Wheat Prices Down One Cent from Last Month

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The April preliminary winter wheat price in South Dakota is down a penny from last month but up more than a dollar from a year ago. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the price of $7.30 per bushel is down 1 cent from last month but up $1.13...
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Group Membership Fees Divide SD Lawmakers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Democrats say it’s inappropriate for the state to pay for lawmakers’ membership in an organization they believe is a conservative group dominated by Republicans and large corporations. Republicans say the American Legislative Exchange Council involves both parties, along with businesses, and is aimed at developing better policy. The...
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Former SD Clerk of Court Pleads Guilty to Theft

KENNEBEC, S.D. (AP) – A former clerk of court for Lyman County has admitted to stealing nearly $1,200 in fines paid by traffic violators. The Daily Republic newspaper reports that 58-year-old Denise Anderson has pleaded guilty to a grand theft charge. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Authorities say...
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Snow, Rain Improve SD Drought, But Deep Soil Dry

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Officials say snow and rain in the past month have improved drought conditions in much of South Dakota, but soil deep below the surface is still very dry. State Climatologist Dennis Todey says a two-week dry spell would create conditions that are tough, but not as bad as last year....
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USDA Says Warmer Weather Improves Farm Conditions in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Pastures are beginning to turn green following warm weather and sunshine in South Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that the spring-like conditions resulted in 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork.  Activities included caring for livestock and preparing for spring planting. Winter wheat conditions...
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