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Farmland Value Up in Upper Midwest Despite Drought

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Drought that devastated crops and pastures in much of the Upper Midwest last year didn’t stop the price of farmland from shooting higher, especially in North Dakota. The Agriculture Department says the average price of an acre of North Dakota cropland has risen nearly 42 percent over the year....
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Leaders of Reservation Drug Ring Sentenced

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Two leaders of a violent group that distributed methamphetamine and cocaine on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation have been sentenced. Authorities say 26-year-old Marco Uribe stuck the barrel of a handgun into the mouth of a kidnapping victim, and 26-year-old Jose Garcia gave partygoers free cocaine in an attempt to...
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Judge Stepping Down in 5th Judicial Circuit in SD

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The presiding judge in South Dakota’s 5th Judicial Circuit is stepping down early next year. Jack Von Wald has been the head judge in the circuit for 10 years. He tells the American News that his last day on the bench will be Jan. 8. The Groton native has been...
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SD Leading 3-State Trade Mission to Russia

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Agriculture Department is leading a three-state trade mission to Russia to tout beef cow genetics in the Northern Plains. Officials with the state agriculture departments in Kansas and Montana also will be involved in the trip planned for late October, along with beef producers and industry representatives. Russia...
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Larger Starting Jackpots for Mega Millions Game

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Lottery Commission has approved larger starting jackpots for the Mega Millions lotto game. If the changes are approved by a rules committee, the starting jackpot would increase from $12 million to $15 million and jackpots would grow by at least $5 million after each drawing without a...
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Gill Named as State’s Human Resources Commissioner

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he is naming Laurie Gill as commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources. Gill already serves in Daugaard’s cabinet as Human Services secretary, a position she has held since 2011. She’s also the part-time mayor of Pierre. Daugaard says Gill is an experienced manager, and the...
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Company With Location in Pierre Breaks Ground on IT Center in Vermillion

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – A Minnesota-based software services company which has a location in Pierre, has broken ground on an information technology support center that will bring 200 jobs to southeast South Dakota. Eagle Creek Software Services is building the center in Vermillion, and it’s also partnering with the University of South Dakota to...
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SD Reservation Alcohol Vote Too Close to Call

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A vote on whether to end prohibition and allow alcohol on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is too close to call because of a high number of challenged ballots. Tribal spokeswoman Tony Red Cloud says the measure got a majority of yes votes in the unofficial count –...
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State Bridge Loans Can Help With Ag Land Purchases

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch says a new state bridge loan program can help farmers and ranchers continue with an agricultural real estate purchase when Farm Service Agency funds may not be readily available. Lentsch says the loan is structured for monthly interest only payments until the funding...
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South Dakota Organization Adopting Wild Horses

LANTRY, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota organization plans to adopt out some of its wild horses this week in an effort to cut expenses because of high hay prices. The International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros center in Lantry says it’s difficult to find hay due to the drought, unless...
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