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U.S. and S.D. Flags Line the Missouri River Bridge for MLK Day

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) American and South Dakota State Flags are once again prominently displayed as the Pierre/Fort Pierre Exchange Club has the flags posted across the Missouri River Bridge in honor of today’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Today’s display is sponsored by the Pierre New Car Dealers Association, which is made...
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MLK Day-Some Offices Closed, Other Locations Open Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today is being observed as Martin Luther King Jr. Day across the country.  As part of the day, postal offices are closed-as are many state and federal government offices.  School closings for the day vary from district-to-district.  Rawlins Municipal Library is also closed for the holiday. The South Dakota...
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Frigid Temps and Dangerous Wind Chills in Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Frigid temperatures have moved into the Dakotas as an arctic air mass continues to spread across the region. The National Weather Service says below-normal temperatures are expected to continue through at least Tuesday morning. The coldest wind chills are in western and central North Dakota. The Weather Service says...
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Case Could Shape Native American Adoptions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide a case that could outline the limits of a law on Native American adoptions written by a former U.S. senator from South Dakota. The former senator, Jim Abourezk, tells the Argus Leader that he hopes the high court can look beyond...
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Tanka CEO Karlene Hunter Wins Leadership Award

  KYLE, S.D. (AP) – The CEO of a South Dakota company created to provide a healthy snack for American Indians has won a leadership award. Karlene Hunter is the CEO of Native American Natural Foods. The Kyle-based company is known for launching the buffalo-and-cranberry Tanka bar, Tanka Bites and Tanka Dogs. The items...
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SD Population Grows as State Becomes More Urban

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Census data shows that the Black Hills region is the fastest growing part of the state. Eric Abrahamson with Black Hills Knowledge Network tells the Rapid City Journal that the population in the Black Hills has increased 10.9 percent from 2000 to 2010, while the state population grew at...
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SD Group Wants More Time on Ferret Plan

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association is requesting a delay to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to reintroduce the black-footed ferret in 12 western states. The association has written a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Director Dan Ashe asking for an...
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SD Governor Believes Current State Gun Laws Good

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he believes the state’s current gun laws are good and he sees no need to change them. Daugaard says he supports the state law that allows people to carry concealed weapons if they have permits. He says he opposes allowing people to carry concealed...
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SD Senate Leader Suggests Needs-Based Scholarship

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The leader of the Republican majority in the South Dakota Senate says he will introduce a bill to create a state program that awards scholarships based on financial need. Senator Russell Olson of Wentworth says South Dakota is the only state that has no scholarship program based on financial need....
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SD Senate Panel Approves Criminal Justice Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate panel has approved a wide-ranging plan to cut prison costs by treating more nonviolent offenders outside of prison walls. The State Affairs Committee voted unanimously Friday to approve the measure, which is supported by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson and legislative leaders....
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