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Valenti to Lead SD Social Services Department

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is appointing Lynne Valenti to be the next secretary of the state Department of Social Services. Valenti has been the department’s deputy secretary since 2011. She will replace Kim Malsam-Rysdon, who is leaving the Department of Social Services to join the governor’s office as a...
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SD Governor Likes Extending Lawmakers’ Term Limits

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he likely would vote for a proposed constitutional amendment that would extend the term limits that apply to state lawmakers. Senate and House members can serve no more than four consecutive terms in a chamber, for a total of eight years. But a lawmaker...
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ND, SD US Senators Ask Obama to Aid in Propane Crisis

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. senators from the Dakotas are among the bipartisan group of senators who have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to provide additional relief to people affected by the nationwide propane shortage and its price surge. The letter was sent to the White House on...
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SD Governor Supports Aim of Common Core Standards

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he believes the Common Core educational standards will help improve student achievement levels. A number of measures have been introduced in the South Dakota Legislature seeking to repeal the standards, block any expansion or study them. South Dakota has adopted the Common Core standards,...
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Pierre Comes Close to Record Low Overnight

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service says Pierre came close to setting a record with the bone-chilling temperature that was noted overnight. Tim Kearns with the Weather Service’s Aberdeen office says Pierre fell to -19 degrees at the Pierre Regional Airport about 4:45 a.m. this morning. The record was -20, which was set...
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District 24 Legislative Cracker Barrel Coming to Pierre Tomorrow

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Saturday brings the Pierre Chamber’s District 24 Legislative Cracker-barrel.  The annual event will begin tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. in the chamber’s community room at 800 West Dakota Avenue.  Chamber CEO Laura Schoen Carbonneau says the informal event will include an introduction of District 24’s three legislators-Senator Jeff Monroe,...
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First Construction Meeting Held This Week for Menards Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Though warmer weather and the main construction season is still a few months away, preparatory work is taking place for Pierre’s newest announced business-a Menards home improvement store. City officials announced last August that the company would be locating a store in Pierre. The retail outlet is being built...
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Pierre Continues Seeking Reimbursement for Flood Related Infrastructure Work

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Almost three years after fighting back flood waters, the City of Pierre, like other communities, continues seeking reimbursement for flood related repairs to damaged infrastructure. Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill visited directly with the Federal Emergency Management Agency last month during a trip to Washington, D.C. to appeal a partial...
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SD Senate Panel Delays Ruling on Raw Milk

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – After hours of discussion, a South Dakota Senate committee has delayed a vote on a bill that would relax regulations on raw milk production and sales. The Health and Human Services Committee voted 5-2 to delay the measure for two weeks to give opposing sides a chance to seek compromise....
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Advocate Hopes to Alter Reservation Heating Method

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – American Indian advocate Chase Iron Eyes is launching a program to try to find an alternative to propane-heated homes on the Standing Rock Reservation, where the nationwide propane shortage is hitting particularly hard. A fundraising program dubbed “Heating the Rez” is being coordinated through http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/heating-the-rez.   Iron Eyes says the...
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