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USDA Says Weather Affecting Farmers’ Ability to Plant Crops

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Cool and wet conditions are continuing across South Dakota and have limited farmers’ ability to complete fieldwork. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that producers had on average only 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork. Winter wheat was jointed at 65 percent and headed at...
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SD Retirement System Has Good Investment Return

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Retirement System’s assets have grown to an all-time high after earning 19.8 percent on investments through the first 11 months of the financial year. The system’s assets peaked at about $8.2 billion in 2007 and then plummeted during the recession. But Retirement System director Rob Wylie says...
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Former SD Secretary of State Kundert Dies

MOBRIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Former South Dakota Secretary of State and lawmaker Alice Kundert has died. She was 92. Secretary of State Jason Gant says Kundert, of Mobridge, died Monday. Kundert was Secretary of State from 1979 to 1987. She served in the state House of Representatives from 1990 to 1994. Kundert was born...
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SD Water District Looks to Expand, Upgrade

WINNER, S.D. (AP) – The Tripp County Water User District in southern South Dakota is applying for $11.5 million in grants and loans from the federal Agriculture Department for an expansion project. The Daily Republic reports officials hope to start the $11.7 million project next spring and complete it in the fall of 2015. The...
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Local Democrats and Republicans to Gather at Meetings This Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Hughes and Stanley County Democrats will meet this evening in Pierre.  The group will discuss plans for summer activities.  Anyone interested is welcome to attend the meeting, which will be held at the Longbranch Restaurant on South Pierre Street at 7:00 p.m.  Dinner is available before the meeting-starting...
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Infrastructure and Road Work Continues in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Various projects continue on some Pierre streets this week.  Pierre’s Construction and Operations Manager Lynn Patton says Dakota Avenue, west of Pierre Street to Fort Street remains closed this week, as work continues to install storm sewer.    Patton also says the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Garfield Avenue will...
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Schwan Closing Two Dakotas Facilities, Opening One

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The Minnesota-based Schwan Food Company is closing distribution centers in Oakes, N.D., and Faulkton, S.D., and building a 7,000-square-foot facility in the South Dakota city of Aberdeen. Company spokesman Chuck Blomberg says the move is aimed at increasing efficiency. The Aberdeen facility is to be completed in the fall at...
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American Indian Studies ‘Long Overdue’ at SDSU

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota State University will soon begin to offer a new tribal studies major. The Argus Leader reports that the Board of Regents last month approved the new bachelor of arts in tribal studies at the school. SDSU is the third university in the state to offer such a major. The...
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SD Officials Say State GDP Up 1.9 Percent in 2012

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials say a preliminary estimate indicates that the state’s gross domestic product rose by 1.9 percent last year. GDP statistics are released by the U.S. Commerce Department as a measure of comprehensive economic activity. GDP is the sum of all goods and services produced. Pat Costello, commissioner of...
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Residents, Staff Say Goodbye at Hosmer Home

HOSMER, S.D. (AP) – Financial woes are forcing a Hosmer nursing home to shut its doors, closing down the largest employer in town. The Hosmer Senior Citizens Home is closing July 15. For the past month, its residents have slowly been moving away, leaving for other facilities to call home. Administrator Jennifer Bohn tells...
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