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ND, SD Rank 1-2 in Independent Nursing Home Study

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A study by an independent news organization shows that North Dakota and South Dakota have the lowest number of serious deficiencies in its nursing homes. Figures compiled by ProPublica show that North Dakota had the lowest rate of serious deficiencies per nursing home in the last three years at 0.01....
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What to Know in SD Legislative Session’s Second Week

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Criminal justice reform is to take center stage as South Dakota’s 2013 legislative session picks up the pace. Lawmakers descended on Pierre last week to kick off the annual session. A first committee hearing will be Tuesday on a plan to cut prison costs and improve the rehabilitation of criminal...
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South Dakota Lawmakers Meet Tuesday Through Friday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakotans wanting to see lawmakers in action should steer clear of the Capitol on Monday. Legislators this week meet Tuesday through Friday. The Legislature in recent years has moved to mostly four-day work weeks to give lawmakers a chance to spend an extra day at home taking care of...
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Tribal Members to Take Part in Inauguration Parade

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – More than 50 enrolled members of tribes in South Dakota and North Dakota will be walking in President Barack Obama’s inauguration parade later this month. The Forum reports that 55 people representing the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold, the Spirit Lake Nation, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Sisseton Wahpeton...
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Two SD Tree Farms Agree to Pay $170K in Fraud Case

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The owners of two tree farms linked to a Federal Crop Insurance Program fraud case have agreed to pay the federal government $170,000 to settle the case. The payment settled allegations Black Hills Tree Farm and Western Hills Tree Farm, both of Philip, cheated the government by falsifying the...
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Travel Remains Difficult on I-90 in Western South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation say travel conditions on stretches of I-90 and other highways in western South Dakota remains very difficult and no travel is advised. As this winter storm continues to track through South Dakota, motorists can expect hazardous driving conditions including snow-packed and...
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Verendrye Museum to Hold Annual Meeting Saturday

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Verendrye Museum of Fort Pierre will hold its annual meeting tomorrow.  Verendrye Museum President Darby Nutter says the meeting will take place Saturday at the Fort Pierre Senior Center.  Nutter says there will be a meal, annual officer elections, a program and more. Dinner is to be...
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Museum of SDSHS Announces New Smithsonian Institution Affiliation

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A new affiliation was announced yesterday between the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society said the new endeavor brings various elements of the Smithsonian to South Dakota and offers opportunities for...
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Second Person Arrested in Pierre/Fort Pierre Area Car Theft Cases

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) One Pierre teen appeared in court yesterday for an initial appearance linked to recent vehicle thefts-while another was arrested Thursday as part of the same crime spree.  18-year-old Robert Larson made his first court appearance via an interactive TV link to the Pierre courthouse from the Hughes County Jail...
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SD Lawmakers Work on Business Recruitment Plans

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota legislative leaders say they are working to find a new way to provide financial incentives that would help recruit new businesses to the state. Voters in the November election rejected Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to use tax money to give incentive grants to companies that otherwise would...
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