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Gill Named as State’s Human Resources Commissioner

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he is naming Laurie Gill as commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources. Gill already serves in Daugaard’s cabinet as Human Services secretary, a position she has held since 2011. She’s also the part-time mayor of Pierre. Daugaard says Gill is an experienced manager, and the...
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Company With Location in Pierre Breaks Ground on IT Center in Vermillion

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – A Minnesota-based software services company which has a location in Pierre, has broken ground on an information technology support center that will bring 200 jobs to southeast South Dakota. Eagle Creek Software Services is building the center in Vermillion, and it’s also partnering with the University of South Dakota to...
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SD Reservation Alcohol Vote Too Close to Call

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A vote on whether to end prohibition and allow alcohol on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is too close to call because of a high number of challenged ballots. Tribal spokeswoman Tony Red Cloud says the measure got a majority of yes votes in the unofficial count –...
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State Bridge Loans Can Help With Ag Land Purchases

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch says a new state bridge loan program can help farmers and ranchers continue with an agricultural real estate purchase when Farm Service Agency funds may not be readily available. Lentsch says the loan is structured for monthly interest only payments until the funding...
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South Dakota Organization Adopting Wild Horses

LANTRY, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota organization plans to adopt out some of its wild horses this week in an effort to cut expenses because of high hay prices. The International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros center in Lantry says it’s difficult to find hay due to the drought, unless...
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Pierre School Board Votes to Start Working Toward Building New Elementary in NE Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board voted unanimously yesterday to go forth with starting the preliminary steps that need to be done to build a new elementary school in the district.  The board has been exploring various options for several months and has held three public meetings to get input on...
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NY Attorney General Sues CA, SD Internet Lenders

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sued three Internet lenders alleging violations of state usury laws with high interest rates. The suit claims Western Sky Financial LLC, CashCall Inc. and WS Funding LLC and owners Martin Webb and J. Paul Reddam charged annual interest rates for personal loans at...
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Threat Forces Ballot Count Move in SD Alcohol Vote

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – The election supervisor on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation say threats have prompted officials to move ballot counting for a vote to legalize alcohol. Election commission chairman Francis Pumpkin Seed says protesters operating a camp in nearby Whiteclay, Neb., demonstrated against legalization Monday in Pine Ridge. He says...
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Crow Creek Tribe and Highway Patrol Join Together for Pow-Wow Enforcement Plan

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A joint law enforcement operation will be conducted during the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe’s upcoming pow-wow, which will be this Friday through Sunday.  The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the South Dakota Highway Patrol will be working together during the upcoming event.  A press release from the South Dakota...
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SDHP Says North Dakota Man Killed in Two Vehicle Crash in Corson County Monday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An accident in Corson County Monday resulted in the death of a North Dakota man.  The two vehicle crash occurred on U.S. Highway 12 one mile west of McIntosh Monday morning about 10:30 a.m.  The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 84-year-old Elvin Harold Boe of Goodrich, North Dakota was...
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