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Midwest Bankers Survey Suggests Economic Growth

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A survey of rural bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states suggests slow economic growth is ahead. A report released Thursday on the Rural Mainstreet Index says the overall index rose to 58.2 in February, compared with 55.6 in January. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the report, and he...
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South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson’s Son Eyeing Bid

UNDATED (AP) – Although Sen. Tim Johnson has not said whether he intends to seek re-election in 2014, some Democrats would like to keep his seat in the family — and in Democratic hands. Party activists are promoting the idea of Johnson’s son, Brendan, who is U.S. attorney, seeking the nomination if the senator...
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House Panel Endorses Concealed Weapons Permit Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has advanced a bill that would make concealed weapons permits valid for five years, up from the current four years. The Local Government Committee voted unanimously to send the measure to the full House. The measure’s main sponsor, Sen. Larry Rhoden of Union Center, says...
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SD Farmers, Ranchers Dealing with Hay Shortage

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota farmers and ranchers are searching for solutions to deal with the hay shortage. SDSU Extension agronomy crops field specialist Larry Wagner tells the Yankton Press and Dakotan that the issues started last summer when pastures started giving out and some people had to start feeding early in the...
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