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Sioux Falls Diocese Might Merge Rural Parishes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls plans to change how it serves some rural congregations, as populations continue to shift from rural areas to urban centers. The shifting demographics coupled with a high rate of retiring priests and the loss of several religious orders led Bishop Paul Swain to...
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Official: Missouri River Cottonwoods in Danger

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota Forest Service official says the cottonwood trees that once dominated forests along the Missouri River are in danger of disappearing. Tom Claeys tells The Bismarck Tribune that once the existing cottonwoods succumb to old age, the cottonwood forests might well be lost forever. Cottonwoods are declining because...
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Distance Education Continues to Grow in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Board of Regents says nearly 22,000 students enrolled in a distance education course at South Dakota public universities last year. That’s an 8.5 percent growth in unduplicated students enrolled in distance courses. It’s slightly lower than last year’s 13 percent increase. Regents executive director and chief...
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More Snow on the Way for Western SD’s Black Hills

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – More snow is on the way for parts of the Black Hills in western South Dakota, as crews continue working to restore power to people who lost electricity during a blizzard earlier this month. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the central and northern...
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