Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Herseth Sandlin Rules Out Run for SD Senate Seat

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former South Dakota U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin says she will not seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tim Johnson. Herseth Sandlin announced her decision on her Facebook page Monday morning and confirmed it to The Associated Press. She says she wants to focus on her...
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Holly Hoffman

‘Survivor’ Survivor Talks Faith, Family, Friends

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota woman says she learned about faith, family, friends and an inner strength and passion that she never knew existed while competing on the 2010 season of the CBS reality series “Survivor.” Holly Hoffman told an audience of about 250 in Yankton recently that it took her to...
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SD Seeking Applications for Clean Water Grants

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is accepting applications for grants to support projects aimed at improving water quality. Officials say they expect about $2 million will be available for South Dakota projects. Conservation districts, water development districts, counties, cities, universities and American Indian tribes can apply...
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North American Bison Museum Opens in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A museum chronicling the history of the North American bison is now open in South Dakota. The Museum of the American Bison in downtown Rapid City held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month. The nonprofit museum features interactive and informative exhibits that teach the importance of...
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Boy Reading Book at the Library

DOE Kicks Off Statewide Reading Challenge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Education is kicking off a statewide reading challenge as students prepare for summer break. Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp says the Read South Dakota! Summer Reading Challenge is unique because it promotes students reading at their appropriate skill level, rather than focusing on reading...
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Grant to Help SD Math and Science Instruction

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota public universities and some K-12 schools will use federal grants totaling nearly $300,000 for six projects aimed at improving math and science instruction in middle schools and high schools. University science, math and education faculty members will work with teachers and administrators from high-need school districts to develop...
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Cattle in Pasture

Forums Provide Ideas for SD Livestock Production

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Agriculture Department says forums held around the state earlier this year have helped provide ideas for expanding livestock production in South Dakota. More than 1,500 farmers and ranchers attended the forums held by the Agriculture Department and the South Dakota State University Extension Service. State Agriculture Secretary Lucas...
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South Dakota Outline

Obama Approves Disaster Declaration for Storm

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says his request for federal assistance to help with recovery efforts from a spring snow and ice storm last month has been approved. President Obama signed a Presidential Disaster Declaration for seven South Dakota counties Friday, making federal financial help available. It authorized the federal government to...
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State Capital

Former State Legislator Frank Homan Dies

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota legislator Ralph Homan has died.  Gov. Dennis Daugaard says Homan died on Wednesday in Mitchell. He was 84.  Homan was a Mount Vernon resident when he served two terms in the South Dakota House of Representatives, from 1983-86.  Daugaard has ordered flags lowered to half-staff at...
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Farmers Getting Spring Planting Break from the Governor

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota farmers are being allowed to move over-wide fertilizer application vehicles on roads during nighttime hours through the rest of the month.  Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an executive order extending the hours of travel in response to the delayed spring planting season due to cold and snowy...
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