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Trapp Chosen to Fill Executive Director Opening for SD Brand Board

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A new Executive Director has been chosen to lead the South Dakota Brand Board.  Current director Larry Stearns says the board announced that Debbie Trapp will take over the leadership position near the end of the month.   He says the Brand Board met in Pierre Wednesday and voted to...
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SD Lawmakers Pass Ban on Texting While Driving

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate panel has approved a bill to ban texting while driving, a proposal that has been repeatedly rejected by the state Legislature. The Transportation Committee voted 5-2 to send the measure to the full Senate. Supporters hope the Legislature will look more favorably on the idea this...
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SD House Approves Bill for Home-Schooled Students

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has approved a bill to help home-schooled students receive scholarship money from the state. The Opportunity Scholarship is given to high school students who receive a 24 on their ACT test and take a rigorous course load. Starting in July, students who don’t meet the course...
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SD Flu Deaths Make it Deadliest Winter in 8 Years

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Department of Health officials say 30 people in the state have died from the flu, making it the deadliest winter in eight years. Lon Kightlinger, the state epidemiologist, says the worst of the flu season is over but the virus is still circulating and people are still...
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Tourism Secretary Invites Obama to Visit SD Sites

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The secretary of South Dakota’s Department of Tourism is hoping President Obama will make a stop in the Mount Rushmore State during his new presidential term. Tourism Secretary James Hagen says South Dakota is one of only a handful of states Obama did not visit during his first term. Hagen...
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Mission Woman Pleads to Stealing Prescriptions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A 33-year-old pharmacy technician has pleaded guilty to theft in connection with health care and larceny related to prescription medicine taken at the Indian Health Hospital in Rosebud. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Tisha Leader Charge of Mission took a few pills out of prescription bottles before giving them...
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SD Senate Panel Endorses Incentives for Wind Power

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has endorsed a measure that would provide financial incentives to encourage the construction of wind power projects in the state. The Commerce and Energy Committee voted 6-1 to pass the measure after industry representatives said construction of wind farms has drawn to a standstill in...
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Secretary Hagen: SD Tourism Department Re-Signs with Macy’s Parade

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The state of South Dakota will be appearing in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade for another three years. Tourism Secretary James Hagen tells The Associated Press that the Department of Tourism has been invited to renew their contract to appear in the parade. For the past three years,...
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SD Man Ordered to Pay $85,000 for Killing Whooper

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $85,000 for killing an endangered whooping crane. Jeff Blachford, of Miller, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to one count of violating the Federal Endangered Species Act. Authorities say the 26-year-old Blachford shot...
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South Dakota to be Represented at National Trade Show in Minneapolis This Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Tourism Department will attend this weekend’s National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The show offers a chance for South Dakota to show off what it has to offer to hunters and outdoors enthusiasts.  In 2012,South Dakota teamed up with 13 entities to attend the...
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