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Secretary of State Encouraging South Dakotans to Register to Vote

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Tuesday was noted as National Voter Registration Day in South Dakota.  Secretary of State Jason Gant says of the more than 833,300 South Dakota residents, only about 535,000 are registered voters.  Gant encourages all eligible South Dakota voters to register to vote.  Gant says in a press release that...
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Adam and Severyn Named as Riggs Royalty at Tuesday Coronation

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Conrad Adam and Kaitlyn Severyn were named Governor and First Lady at last night’s Coronation at Riggs High School.  The two joined other Homecoming Royalty Candidates-including Cartney Knecht, Eileen Leong, Jennifer Palmer, Abbie Wieseler, Cash Anderson, Nathan Blaseg, Garrett Pochop and Graham Protexter-in overseeing Tuesday’s pep rally.  Adam and...
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SD Exchange Insurance Above National Average

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakotans will have fewer options and will pay more than most states in the federally run health insurance exchange. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report released Wednesday provides a peek at the rates that will be available when enrollment opens next week for insurance marketplaces...
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Voters in Cash-Strapped SD County OK Tax Increase

MARTIN, S.D. (AP) – Voters in southern South Dakota’s Bennett County have approved an opt out of state-imposed property tax limitations. Tuesday’s vote was 349 in favor and 168 opposed. Auditor Susan Williams says the cash-strapped county used paper ballots that were counted by hand to save money. The opt-out is designed to generate...
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Gregory Voters Reject $300,000 School Opt-Out

GREGORY, S.D. (AP) – Gregory School District voters rejected a proposed three-year, $300,000 opt-out. Election officials say the unofficial results from Tuesday were 331 votes against and 280 in favor. The Daily Republic reports the opt-out would have allowed the district to collect an extra $300,000 per year above the state property tax limits...
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Former Faulk County Commissioner Admits Sex Crimes

FAULKTON, S.D. (AP) – A man who used to serve on the Faulk County Commission has pleaded guilty to raping one girl and having sexual contact with another. KELO-TV reports that Kelly Stevens pleaded guilty Tuesday to the two felony charges that carry a maximum punishment of 30 years in prison. Authorities say the...
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Authorities: Skeletal Remains Found in Buried Car

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say skeletal remains were found in an old Studebaker believed to be tied to the 1971 disappearance of two 17-year-old girls. Crews lifted the rusted, mangled hulk from an embankment in Brule Creek near Elk Point on Tuesday afternoon. State and local agency leaders say some potential pieces...
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Arboretum Trail Dedication and Open House to be Held in October

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Coming up in October, a dedication and open house will be held at the Native Plant Arboretum in southeast Pierre.  The arboretum was damaged by the 2011 flood and work has been underway to replant trees and upgrade the facility since flood waters receded. Dan McCormick, Arbor Board Chairman...
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Monday’s Parade and Tonight’s Coronation Just a Few of the Activities for Governor’s Homecoming Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Homecoming Week continues in Pierre as Riggs High School celebrates Governor Pride!  Monday, the annual Homecoming Parade was held.  Tonight, coronation takes place at Riggs High School.  First Lady candidates are Carney Knecht, Eileen Leong, Jennifer Palmer, Kaitlyn Severyn and Abbie Wieseler.  Governor candidates are Conrad Adam, Cash Anderson,...
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US Ag Secretary Backs South Dakota in DM&E Issue

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Agriculture Secretary is backing the state of South Dakota in its effort to make sure the old Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad keeps operating west of Tracy, Minn. Secretary Thomas Vilsack sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board urging the panel to support the state’s petition regarding...
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