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SD Governor Signs Last Bills of Session Into Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the last 22 bills of the session. One new law will treat e-cigarettes as a regulated tobacco product, prohibiting sale to minors. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that create nicotine vapor and resemble traditional cigarettes. Two other measures signed Friday establish studies. One is...
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Eight Scouts Advance, Larsen Installed as Senior Patrol Leader

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News) Eight Scouts were recognized with advancement awards in ceremonies called a “Court of Honor” on Thursday conducted by the Mobridge Rotary Boy Scout Troop 65. Tyler Larsen, son of Amy and Tony Larsen, was awarded the rank of Life Scout. This is the fifth rank for Tyler and puts...
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SD Governor Approves Texting While Driving Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill to ban texting while driving. He said in a statement that he hopes the new law will encourage South Dakotans to keep their eyes on the road and away from their phones. The law takes effect July 1. It makes texting...
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SD Sand Not Suitable for Oil Field Fracking in ND

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state study has concluded that sand from western South Dakota is not suitable for use in the oil and gas industry. South Dakota’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources studied whether silica sand found mainly in the Black Hills was suitable for hydraulic fracturing. The method known as fracking...
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