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State Historical Society Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Verendrye Plate Discovery

This weekend will bring a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Verendrye Plate in Fort Pierre.  The plate was buried in 1743 on a hillside in what is now Fort Pierre by French-Canadian explorers Francois and Louis-Joseph Verendrye.  The plate was found 170 years later-by...
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Public Access over Private Land

Pierre, SD (DRG NEWS) Private Land owners are being given more rights to who can access public waters across private land. The Parks V. Cooper South Dakota Supreme Court case that held that the legislature should determine  to what extent the public can use water that lies over privately own land, for recreational purposes....
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SD Gets $344,750 in Settlement on Foreclosures

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota’s share of a multistate settlement with one of the nation’s biggest mortgage processing companies is $344,750. Lender Processing Services Inc. has agreed to pay $121 million to resolve states’ claims that it wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners who should have been allowed to stay...
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Midwest Economic Index Suggests Slow Growth

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic index for nine Midwest and Plains states rose above a growth neutral level last month, pointing to slow growth for the region over the next three to six months. The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 53.2 in January, up from 49.5 in December and 48.0 in November....
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New Law Signed by President Lets Tribes Seek Direct Disaster Aid

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The response to natural disasters and other emergencies in American Indian communities is expected to improve thanks to legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama. Tribes are now able to seek federal disaster aid directly from the president rather than waiting for state governors to make a declaration. The...
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Daugaard Signs Tourism Tax Measure into Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed his first bill of the 2013 legislative session. House bill 1066 continues the current tax rate on tourism-related businesses during the June-September period. The governor’s office says the tax on the gross receipts of most tourism-related goods and services was 1 percent until...
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Spring Wheat Prices Down 52 Cents From December

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Agriculture Department says spring wheat prices for January are averaging $8.06 per bushel, a decrease of 52 cents from the previous month. The South Dakota office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service says the preliminary winter wheat price of $7.96 is down 35 cents from last month...
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Shelterbelts in North Dakota

SD Officials Hold Workshops on Fixing Shelterbelts

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Agriculture Department is holding workshops in northwestern South Dakota on how to renovate shelterbelts. The free workshops will provide information on how to evaluate shelterbelts and plan improvements. Information will include replacing or removing selected trees and shrubs. John Hinners of the Agriculture Department says drastic drops in...
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SD House Committee Hears Bill on Marijuana Defense

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Two South Dakota lawmakers – one a police officer and the other a retired police chief – say people charged with possessing small amounts of marijuana should be able to defend themselves in court by arguing they need it for medical reasons. Rep. Dan Kaiser is an Aberdeen police officer...
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SD Legislature Passes Criminal Justice Reform Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a plan to cut the state’s prison costs by treating more nonviolent offenders in community programs. The House voted 63-7 to pass the bill, which was approved last week by the Senate. The measure now goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for...
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