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State Lawmaker to Run for SD Lands Commissioner

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republican state Rep. Jim Bolin of Canton says he will run for the office of South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands. Bolin says he will seek the Republican Party’s nomination to run for the office next year. He says that means he will not seek re-election to the...
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Church Moves Headquarters from Pierre to Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Dakotas Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has moved its headquarters from South Dakota’s capital city to North Dakota’s capital. The church had been based in Pierre for decades. The headquarters for the Seventh-day Adventist churches and schools in the Dakotas is now on a three-acre lot in Bismarck....
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Flu Numbers in SD Double Last Year’s Totals

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state health expert says South Dakota is being hit hard by the flu this season. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says there have been nearly 950 confirmed cases of influenza, more than 330 hospitalizations and 36 deaths. The Capital Journal reports that all of the numbers are about double the totals...
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Depot Thank You Celebration Held Tuesday-Now That It’s Back in Fort Pierre

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A celebration was held yesterday to formally mark the return of a long-time Fort Pierre landmark.  The Fort Pierre Train Depot was brought back to the community last week after spending about fifty years on a ranch near Mud Butte.  The building started serving the rail-line in 1907. ...
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SD Indian Community Losing Supporter in Johnson

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Members of South Dakota’s American Indian community say they will lose a strong supporter when U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson steps down. The 66-year-old Democrat announced Tuesday that he will retire next year at the end of his third Senate term. He has been known during his nearly three decades...
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Secretary of State Gant: SD Sees Record Number of Corporate Filings in December

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota saw a record number of new corporate filings in December. Secretary of State Jason Gant says that suggests the state’s economy is improving. Corporate filings in December totaled 827, a 23 percent increase over the year and the highest number on record. Gant tells the Argus Leader...
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State GF&P to Stock Trout in Two Areas Near Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state fisheries biologist says rainbow trout will be stocked in two areas near Pierre starting the first week of April. Robert Hanten of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department says the department will stock catchable-size rainbow trout at Oahe Marina and Downs Marina. Trout released in Downs...
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State Department of Transportation Releases Travel App

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Traveling in South Dakota? There’s an app for that – on Android smart phones, anyway. The state’s Department of Transportation has released the South Dakota 511 mobile app, providing information on road conditions, highway closures and travel advisories. The app has the same information as SafeTravelUSA.com but is formatted for...
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South Dakota Pilot Makes Emergency Landing in North Dakota

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) – A South Dakota pilot made an emergency landing south of Jamestown, North Dakota Tuesday when the plane he was piloting started experiencing mechanical problems. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says 46-year-old Keith Melius, of Faulkton, S.D., landed the 1978 Cessna 172 on a snow-covered field about 17 miles south of...
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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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