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SD Senator Johnson Retires, Cites Health Concerns

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota says he’s retiring at the end of his term, acknowledging he remains limited by a recent “health crisis.” The 66-year-old said at a news conference that “my right arm and right leg aren’t what they used to be and my speech...
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Pierre PD Says Two Injured in Monday Accident in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A two vehicle accident on the northern outskirts of Pierre yesterday resulted in injuries to the motorists involved.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says the accident was called in to the Central South Dakota Communications Center at 4:10 p.m. yesterday.  The injury traffic crash occurred at the intersection of...
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Pierre School Board Okays New Computer Tablet Purchase

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board gave the okay to a plan for the district to buy $1.3 million dollars in new computer tablets.  850 of the Fujitsu tablet PC’s will be used by Riggs High students, while others are to be put to use in the future by high school,...
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Health Care Law Will Raise Claim Costs in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A study by the Society of Actuaries estimates that the new federal health care law will raise medical claims costs in South Dakota by 29 percent. Medical claims costs are the main driver of health insurance premiums. The study estimates that President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act will raise...
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Bridge Deck Work to Start Next Week in Midland

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Department of Transportation is planning to replace the Highway 63 bridge deck over the Bad River in Midland starting next week.  Work is set to begin on Monday.  The DOT says the bridge will be reduced to one-lane with a ten foot width restriction and traffic will...
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Thune to Visit Stephan and Lower Brule Wednesday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) Senator John Thune will be visiting central South Dakota tomorrow.  Thune’s staff says the Senator will stop at Stephan Wednesday morning to tour Crow Creek School at 10:45 a.m.  He will then head to Lower Brule to meet with Lower Brule Sioux Tribal leadership.  The afternoon meeting with tribal...
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Inaugural Button Collection Being Raffled Off for Fundraiser

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Hughes/Stanley County Republicans are holding a raffle after the group was given an inaugural button collection.  Tad Perry, Stanley County Republican Chairman says former State Senate Majority Leader Homer Harding gave his button collection to the group to be used as a local fundraiser.  One button that...
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Event to be Held Today to Mark Return of Fort Pierre Train Depot

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Now that the historic Fort Pierre Train Depot is back in town, a celebration to note the return of the structure is planned for this afternoon.  The depot was moved from Fort Pierre to the Shirley Miller Ranch near Mud Butte after it was sold as surplus in...
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State Orders Company to Stop Selling Securities

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s Division of Securities has ordered an international company to stop selling securities in the state. The division issued a cease and desist order to Profitable Sunrise, accusing the company and its operators, Roman Novak and Radoslav Novak, of committing fraud. State officials...
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SD Senator Tim Johnson Expected to Announce Retirement Today

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The anticipated retirement announcement from South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson gives Republicans one of their best chances of picking up a seat in their quest to regain control, as the veteran moderate Democrat steps aside. The 66-year-old chairman of the Senate Banking Committee is expected to say today that...
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