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Rapid City Hotel Drowning of Parmelee Girl Likely Accidental

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The mother of an 8-year-old girl who drowned at a Rapid City hotel says the family was on a vacation that turned tragic. Authorities on Monday identified the victim of the Saturday morning drowning as Jasann Dubray, of Parmelee. They say in a statement that the preliminary investigation indicates...
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Cattle on Feed in South Dakota Down 12 Percent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals had 230,000 cattle on feed on March 1, down 12 percent from last year. The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that placements in feedlots during February totaled 45,000 head, down 4 percent. Marketings of fed cattle during...
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Walleye Research Project on Lake Oahe Includes Cash for Anglers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Catching walleyes on Lake Oahe could be profitable for anglers in the coming years. State wildlife agencies in South Dakota and North Dakota are cooperating on a project to tag at least 40,000 walleyes in the next four years as part of a project to learn more about the fish...
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Justice Applauds Signing of Rural Lawyer Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson says a new law that gives incentives to lawyers willing to work in rural areas of the state will help more residents have access to legal services. Gilbertson says the signing of House Bill 1096 into law last week makes South Dakota the first...
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SD Ag in the Classroom Will Name Teacher of Year

MILLER, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom organization is seeking nominations for its teacher of the year award. The award recognizes a teacher who integrates agricultural concepts into non-agricultural classes in kindergarten through 8th grade. The organization says teachers competing for the award must use agricultural information to help students...
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SD Legislature Holds Final Day of Annual Session

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota legislative leaders expect a short working session when lawmakers meet for the final day of this year’s legislative session. The main item facing the Legislature on Monday is Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s veto of a measure that would increase a fee imposed to fund the state’s inspection of commercial...
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Flu Claims Another Life in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Department of Health says another South Dakota resident has died of influenza-related causes last week. The Rapid City Journal reports that the latest death brings the total number of deaths for this flu season to 36. Two of those deaths have been pediatric patients, and 11 percent of them...
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Senator Johnson to Announce Future on Tuesday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sen. Tim Johnson is set to announce Tuesday whether he will seek re-election in 2014. Questions surrounding whether the three-term Democratic senator would seek re-election have been swirling for months. Johnson spokesman Perry Plumart tells The Daily Republic that the announcement will come Tuesday. Details of when and where...
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SD Brand Board Member Expects Drop in Cattle Herd

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State Brand Board member Curt Mortenson of Fort Pierre says he expects the lingering drought and low prices will cause South Dakota farmers and ranchers to sell many of their cattle. Mortenson says long-range forecasts indicate South Dakota and the rest of the Northern Plains could get rain to relieve...
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SD Board OKs Increase in Livestock Inspection Fee

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state board has approved an increase in the fee for livestock inspections designed to prevent the theft of cattle, horses and mules in western South Dakota. The Brand Board voted 4-1 Friday to raise the inspection fee from 90 cents a head to $1. Brand Board director Larry Stearns...
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