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Head of SD Legislative Research Council Resigns

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The longtime director of South Dakota’s Legislative Research Council has stepped down. James Fry resigned on Wednesday, minutes before the presentation of a report critical of his office. The 65-year-old Fry says he was preparing for retirement anyway, and resigned because he disagreed with the plan Republican leaders have for...
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Local Experience Works Program Helps Older Workers Find Productive Jobs

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A proclamation declaring this week as National Employ Older Workers Week has been issued by Governor Dennis Daugaard to support older workers who have passed the traditional retirement age who are still in the work force or who have re-entered it.   Daugaard says older workers play an important role...
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St. Joseph School Named to Receive National Blue Ribbon Award

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s St. Joseph School announced yesterday that it had been named as one of the recipients of the National Blue Ribbon Award by the U.S. Department of Education.  286 schools across the country were included on the 2013 listing of National Blue Ribbon Schools yesterday by U.S. Secretary of...
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Secretary of State Encouraging South Dakotans to Register to Vote

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Tuesday was noted as National Voter Registration Day in South Dakota.  Secretary of State Jason Gant says of the more than 833,300 South Dakota residents, only about 535,000 are registered voters.  Gant encourages all eligible South Dakota voters to register to vote.  Gant says in a press release that...
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Adam and Severyn Named as Riggs Royalty at Tuesday Coronation

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Conrad Adam and Kaitlyn Severyn were named Governor and First Lady at last night’s Coronation at Riggs High School.  The two joined other Homecoming Royalty Candidates-including Cartney Knecht, Eileen Leong, Jennifer Palmer, Abbie Wieseler, Cash Anderson, Nathan Blaseg, Garrett Pochop and Graham Protexter-in overseeing Tuesday’s pep rally.  Adam and...
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SD Exchange Insurance Above National Average

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakotans will have fewer options and will pay more than most states in the federally run health insurance exchange. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report released Wednesday provides a peek at the rates that will be available when enrollment opens next week for insurance marketplaces...
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Voters in Cash-Strapped SD County OK Tax Increase

MARTIN, S.D. (AP) – Voters in southern South Dakota’s Bennett County have approved an opt out of state-imposed property tax limitations. Tuesday’s vote was 349 in favor and 168 opposed. Auditor Susan Williams says the cash-strapped county used paper ballots that were counted by hand to save money. The opt-out is designed to generate...
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Gregory Voters Reject $300,000 School Opt-Out

GREGORY, S.D. (AP) – Gregory School District voters rejected a proposed three-year, $300,000 opt-out. Election officials say the unofficial results from Tuesday were 331 votes against and 280 in favor. The Daily Republic reports the opt-out would have allowed the district to collect an extra $300,000 per year above the state property tax limits...
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Former Faulk County Commissioner Admits Sex Crimes

FAULKTON, S.D. (AP) – A man who used to serve on the Faulk County Commission has pleaded guilty to raping one girl and having sexual contact with another. KELO-TV reports that Kelly Stevens pleaded guilty Tuesday to the two felony charges that carry a maximum punishment of 30 years in prison. Authorities say the...
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Authorities: Skeletal Remains Found in Buried Car

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say skeletal remains were found in an old Studebaker believed to be tied to the 1971 disappearance of two 17-year-old girls. Crews lifted the rusted, mangled hulk from an embankment in Brule Creek near Elk Point on Tuesday afternoon. State and local agency leaders say some potential pieces...
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