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Obama Commends Johnson for His Three Decades of Work

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – President Obama on Tuesday commended retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson for his work to improve the lives of South Dakotans. Johnson announced Tuesday that he will not seek a fourth term. Obama says that in Johnson’s more than three decades in office, he worked tirelessly to protect the environment,...
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Former Senator Pressler Applauds Johnson’s Courage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A former U.S. senator whose 22-year congressional career ended in 1996 when he was defeated by Democrat Tim Johnson says Johnson’s decision to continue to serve despite medical difficulties made him a figure of national courage. Johnson announced Tuesday that he would not seek a fourth term. Republican Larry...
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Former Representative Says She Hasn’t Decided on Senate Run

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – Former U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has been named as a possible successor to retiring South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson, but she is declining to say whether she will run for the post. Herseth Sandlin told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she appreciates the encouragement she’s received but added,...
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Rounds Thanks Johnson for Years of Service to SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds on Tuesday thanked retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson for his many years of public service to South Dakota. The 66-year-old Johnson announced Tuesday that he would not be seeking a fourth term. The move gives Republicans one of their best chances to gain...
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Senator Johnson Says No Election Looming is ‘Strange’

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson says it’ll be “strange” to not have an election looming. Johnson told reporters Tuesday that he won’t run for any office in 2014. Asked what it will be like to not have an election looming, he said it’ll be odd. Johnson said, “I’ve run for...
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DSCC Chair Says Johnson Will Be Greatly Missed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says retiring Sen. Tim Johnson has been a tireless advocate for South Dakotans and for farm communities across the country. The 66-year-old Johnson announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado says he appreciates that Johnson...
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SD Senator Johnson Retires, Cites Health Concerns

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota says he’s retiring at the end of his term, acknowledging he remains limited by a recent “health crisis.” The 66-year-old said at a news conference that “my right arm and right leg aren’t what they used to be and my speech...
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Pierre PD Says Two Injured in Monday Accident in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A two vehicle accident on the northern outskirts of Pierre yesterday resulted in injuries to the motorists involved.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says the accident was called in to the Central South Dakota Communications Center at 4:10 p.m. yesterday.  The injury traffic crash occurred at the intersection of...
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Pierre School Board Okays New Computer Tablet Purchase

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board gave the okay to a plan for the district to buy $1.3 million dollars in new computer tablets.  850 of the Fujitsu tablet PC’s will be used by Riggs High students, while others are to be put to use in the future by high school,...
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Health Care Law Will Raise Claim Costs in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A study by the Society of Actuaries estimates that the new federal health care law will raise medical claims costs in South Dakota by 29 percent. Medical claims costs are the main driver of health insurance premiums. The study estimates that President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act will raise...
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