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Work Could Begin Soon on New SD Veterans Home

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota official says work is expected to begin in late September on a new State Veterans Home after the facility was redesigned to lower costs. The Legislature had authorized spending $41.3 million in state and federal money to build a new 100-bed home on the same Hot Springs...
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Survivors of Bomber Crash in MT From Around US

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Four airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota who survived a B-1B bomber crash in Montana hail from across the country. The Rapid City Journal reports instructor pilot Maj. Frank Biancardi ll is from Methuen, Mass.; instructor pilot Capt. Curtis Michael is from Albion, Neb.; instructor weapons...
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SD ACT Scores Higher Than National Average

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Members of South Dakota’s high school graduating class of 2013 who took the ACT college readiness assessment scored higher than the national average. The test assesses students in reading, English, math and science reasoning. The report from the American College Testing company says South Dakota test-takers had an average composite...
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Cool Temps Hamper Dakota Bees’ Honey Production

BRUCE, S.D. (AP) – A month-long string of cooler temperatures in the Dakotas this summer has honey producers anticipating a drop in the states’ honey crops. North Dakota and South Dakota are the nation’s top two honey producing states, with North Dakota churning out 34 million pounds in 2012 and South Dakota producing 17...
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SD First Lady to Hold Book Walk for Children

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota first lady Linda Daugaard will hold a book walk for children in the backyard of the governor’s mansion in Pierre on Sept. 16. Children in junior kindergarten through second grade are invited to take part, but they must be accompanied by an adult. The featured book will be...
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Winter Wheat Meeting to be Held in Draper Next Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) SDSU Extension will be holding a Winter Wheat Meeting in Draper next week.  The meeting will take place next Tuesday evening and will include a meal.  Bob Fanning Plant Pathology Field Specialist with the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Winner says this is the 25th year the Winter Wheat...
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Commission Gives Okay for Placement of Statue Honoring Former Governor Bill Janklow

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission met last week and approved the location for the placement of a statue of former South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow.  Janklow’s statue was unveiled during a ceremony at the Capitol in June with two others-those of Governors Harvey Wollman and Frank Farrar. ...
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SD Humanities Speaker Discusses Importance of Repair and Restoration Work on Stained Glass at Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A member of the State of South Dakota Humanities Speakers Bureau stood by yesterday as work was done at the Capitol Building to begin removing stained glass panels from the rotunda dome.   Dr. Barbara Jean Johnson of Aberdeen, who has studied stained glass displays across the state through a...
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Stained Glass Being Removed from Capitol Rotunda as Restoration Project Begins

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The process started in earnest yesterday to begin removing stained glass panels from the Capitol Rotunda dome–as the century old features are to be restored and re-installed in the coming months.  The Capitol also contains stained glass in the House and Senate chambers and above the grand marble staircase...
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SD Task Force Finishes Medicaid Expansion Study

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state task force says expanding South Dakota’s Medicaid program would improve health care for thousands of low-income people, but it also could put a strain on medical providers and increase state spending. The task force did not recommend whether Medicaid should be expanded. But at a meeting in Pierre...
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