South Dakota Hog Inventory Down 9 Percent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The number of hogs and pigs in South Dakota is down 9 percent from the same time last year. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture hog inventory. The USDA says there were 1.18 million head in the state on March 1. Breeding hog inventory stood at 175,000...
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Ag Secretary Promoting Healthier Food Choices

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says it’s a misconception that fruits and vegetables are more expensive than processed food. Vilsack, speaking during a news conference Thursday at a Hy-Vee grocery store in Sioux Falls, says price comparisons that perpetuate the myth are based on calories. He says it makes...
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Corn Crop

USDA Releases Prospective Spring Planting for SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Producers in South Dakota intend to plant 250,000 less acres of corn in 2013. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s prospective planting guidelines that have been released. The intentions are based on a March 1 survey of producers. Corn acres planted in South Dakota for 2013 are...
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USDA to Release First Look at 2013 Crop Estimate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The USDA is releasing its first estimate of the 2013 crop size in its spring planting report. After a year dominated by worst drought since the 1950s, farmers are looking ahead to the next crop. Some analysts are expecting slightly more corn and soybeans to be planted than a...
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Scales of Justice and Judge's Gavel

Presho Man Wants State Allegations Out of Federal Trial

PRESHO, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man charged in federal court with being a felon and drug user in possession of a firearm wants a judge to forbid prosecutors from mentioning state court allegations of kidnapping and assault. Thirty-six-year-old Clint Brown, of Presho, is accused in state court of being under the influence...
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Easter Basket and Eggs

Elks Mark 60th Year for Annual Easter Egg Hunt Sunday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Sunday brings the Pierre Elks Lodge’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, which will be held on the lawn of the Governor’s Residence.   This year marks the 60th annual egg hunt.  Steve Wegman, who has chaired the event the past 30 years, says the Easter Egg Hunt was started in the...
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Cutting Dollars

US Government’s Cuts in Mineral Payments to States Detailed

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting payments to 35 states as a result of the automatic federal spending cuts that took effect this month. A list of the cuts, which total $110.86 million: Alabama                   $217,731 Alaska                     $603,381 Arizona                       $759 Arkansas                  $98,739 California          $5,500,974 Colorado              $8,417,896 Florida                    $28,853...
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Dakotas Tribe, American Red Cross to Work Together

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – The American Red Cross and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are signing an agreement Thursday that will allow the relief organization to prepare for and respond to future disasters on the reservation. The memorandum of understanding will be the first between the American Red Cross and a tribal nation....
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Jim Bolin

State Lawmaker to Run for SD Lands Commissioner

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republican state Rep. Jim Bolin of Canton says he will run for the office of South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands. Bolin says he will seek the Republican Party’s nomination to run for the office next year. He says that means he will not seek re-election to the...
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North Dakota Outline with Bismarck Marked

Church Moves Headquarters from Pierre to Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Dakotas Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has moved its headquarters from South Dakota’s capital city to North Dakota’s capital. The church had been based in Pierre for decades. The headquarters for the Seventh-day Adventist churches and schools in the Dakotas is now on a three-acre lot in Bismarck....
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