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No Hearing Thursday in Beef Plant Bankruptcy Case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A planned hearing on a South Dakota beef packing plant’s request to obtain secured credit is off the calendar. Bankruptcy Judge Charles Nail in Sioux Falls had denied Northern Beef Packers’ plan for post-petition financing and continued the hearing to Thursday, but Northern Beef withdrew its motion last week....
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SD Lawmakers Reject Rules on Raw Milk Sales

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee has rejected proposed state rules that would govern the production and sale of raw milk. The Rules Review Committee voted 3-2 to send the proposed rules back to the state Agriculture Department for more work. Sen. Mike Vehle, of Mitchell, says some committee members believe...
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Planning Starts for New Missouri River Bridge at Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Town leaders in Pierre and Fort Pierre have started an 11-year planning process for a new bridge across the Missouri River between the two cities. The Capital Journal reports that state and local officials held the first discussions this week with representatives of Minnesota-based engineering company URS. The firm will...
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Old SD Governor’s Mansion Being Auctioned

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The mansion that was home to 16 South Dakota governors is up for auction near Rapid City. The residence sits on 17 1/2 acres in Rapid Valley and is a piece of South Dakota history. But after devastating business losses suffered by the home’s former owners and because the...
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Timing Uncertain for SD Medicaid Computer System

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State officials say they do not know when work will resume on a new computerized Medicaid management system because negotiations have not been completed with the company hired to do the work. The state signed a $62 million contract in 2008 with Client Network Service Inc. of Maryland to develop...
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Work Could Begin Soon on New SD Veterans Home

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota official says work is expected to begin in late September on a new State Veterans Home after the facility was redesigned to lower costs. The Legislature had authorized spending $41.3 million in state and federal money to build a new 100-bed home on the same Hot Springs...
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Survivors of Bomber Crash in MT From Around US

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Four airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota who survived a B-1B bomber crash in Montana hail from across the country. The Rapid City Journal reports instructor pilot Maj. Frank Biancardi ll is from Methuen, Mass.; instructor pilot Capt. Curtis Michael is from Albion, Neb.; instructor weapons...
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SD ACT Scores Higher Than National Average

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Members of South Dakota’s high school graduating class of 2013 who took the ACT college readiness assessment scored higher than the national average. The test assesses students in reading, English, math and science reasoning. The report from the American College Testing company says South Dakota test-takers had an average composite...
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Cool Temps Hamper Dakota Bees’ Honey Production

BRUCE, S.D. (AP) – A month-long string of cooler temperatures in the Dakotas this summer has honey producers anticipating a drop in the states’ honey crops. North Dakota and South Dakota are the nation’s top two honey producing states, with North Dakota churning out 34 million pounds in 2012 and South Dakota producing 17...
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SD First Lady to Hold Book Walk for Children

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota first lady Linda Daugaard will hold a book walk for children in the backyard of the governor’s mansion in Pierre on Sept. 16. Children in junior kindergarten through second grade are invited to take part, but they must be accompanied by an adult. The featured book will be...
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