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SD State Employees Urge Improvement of Dental Plan

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Leaders of an organization of state employees are pushing for improvements in their dental plan and more timely information on their health insurance plan. Leaders of the South Dakota State Employees Organization met Saturday in Sioux Falls. The Argus Leader reports that delegates representing the group’s 24 chapters around...
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SD Lawmakers Approve New Study of School Funding

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A special committee of South Dakota lawmakers will take another look at the state’s system for funding public school districts. The Legislature’s Executive Board voted unanimously last week to appoint a study committee that will investigate the funding formula and the revenue sources used to finance schools. The panel will...
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Study Looks at Snake Venom at Different Elevations

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A research project led by biologists in the state shows that the venom a prairie rattlesnake uses to disable its prey is different in the higher elevations of the Black Hills than at lower elevations. The Pierre Capital Journal says that the research says the difference could be because the...
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Farm Families to be Honored at State Fair

HURON, S.D. (AP) – Farm families who have spent 100 or 125 years of life on the farm or ranch have the opportunity to be recognized during the South Dakota State Fair on Aug. 29. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the South Dakota Farm Bureau have been recognizing Century Farms at the...
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Study: Drought, Other Factors Weigh on Livestock

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A study from the South Dakota Center for Farm/Ranch Business Management says drought and other factors made the livestock business financially difficult last year. The statewide program is administered through Mitchell Technical Institute. Instructor Will Walter tells The Daily Republic that high feed prices had a dramatic effect on livestock...
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SD Lawmakers Studying Possible Changes in Staff

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has decided to have an outside agency review the operation of the Legislature’s professional staff. The National Conference of State Legislatures, a nonpartisan organization that represents state legislatures across the country, will conduct the review. Some legislative leaders have suggested that the South Dakota Legislature...
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Avera St. Mary’s Hospital Working on Plan for Healthcare Needs Through 2020

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Work is underway to develop a master facilities development and improvement plan for Avera St. Mary’s Hospital.  The healthcare center has contracted with BWBR Architects, Inc. of St. Paul,Minnesota to look at how Avera St. Mary’s can best meet the health care needs of central South Dakota.  John T....
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SDNG Names Pierre Man as Recipient of Lieutenant of the Year Award

RAPID CITY, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man is the recipient of the South Dakota National Guard’s 2013 Lieutenant Colonel John J. Steele award.  2nd Lt. Richard Bauman was named the Guard’s Lieutenant of the Year.  The award was established in 1968 and recognizes the most outstanding lieutenant in the South Dakota Army...
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Highway Patrol Says Hand County Fatal Crash Reported Thursday South of Miller

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A two vehicle crash south of Miller Thursday resulted in the death of a Ree Heights man.  The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident occurred about 15 miles south of Miller on Highway 45 late yesterday afternoon-at 4:38 p.m.   Initial information indicates that 90-year-old Peter Werdel of Ree...
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SGAC Holding 14th Annual Gallery Arts Show Today Through Sunday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The 14th annual Gallery Arts Show will take place in Pierre today, tomorrow and Sunday.  The Short Grass Arts Council organizes the art show and admission is free.  Art work of all types will be displayed by artists from all across the state.  Short Grass Arts Council Board Member...
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