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Investors Funding Harrold Pulse Crop Plant

HARROLD, S.D. (AP) – A group planning to build a pulse crop processing plant in Harrold is $150,000 shy of raising $1.5 million from investors. South Dakota Pulse Processors board of managers president Tom Young tells the Pierre Capital Journal he’s optimistic the company will be able to tell farmers at planting time in...
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SD Lawmakers Approve Penny Bets for Video Lottery

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a measure that would allow 1-cent bets in video lottery games. The House voted 39-28 Thursday to approve the measure, which was passed earlier by the Senate. The bill, which was proposed by the state Lottery Commission, now goes to Gov....
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Snowfall Tapering Off in Eastern South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A winter storm that moved into eastern South Dakota is tapering off. The National Weather Service says the Sioux Falls airport accumulated 6.1 inches of snow through Friday morning, but heavier amounts were reported around other parts of Minnehaha and Lincoln counties. A spotter in Marion reported 7.8 inches...
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SD Senate Committee Hears Bill on Arming Teachers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee is looking at a bill that would allow school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns. The measure was passed earlier by the House. The Senate State Affairs Committee planned to hold a public hearing on the bill Friday. Supporters say school boards...
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Bray Named Republican of the Year at Tuesday’s Lincoln Day Dinner

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A local woman was named Republican of the Year at this week’s Hughes and Stanley County Lincoln Day Dinner.  Teresa Bray received the honor on Tuesday.  Carrie Gonsor, vice-chair of the Hughes County GOP says in a press release that Bray has been heavily involved with the South Dakota...
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Ag Secretary Vilsack Names Two SD Men to Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) Two South Dakotans are part of a group of 20 people that have been appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics.  The appointments were announced yesterday by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.  The group advises Vilsack on surveys of agriculture and other related...
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Pierre Man Sentenced on Charges of Simple Assault and Obstructing

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was sentenced yesterday for his no contest pleas to Simple Assault and Obstructing Law Enforcement.  19-year-old John Reddest was indicted on several charges after an altercation at a Pierre business last November.  Police were told that a knife had been pulled during the fight, but no...
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Pierre Teen Pleads Not Guilty to Charges from Car Thefts/Second Suspect Expected in Court Next Month

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man has pleaded not guilty to four counts linked to a rash of vehicle thefts in January.  19-year-old James Cowman was arrested January 10 after multiple vehicles were stolen from the Pierre, Fort Pierre and Hughes County areas the day before.  Cowman appeared in a Pierre courtroom...
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Midwest Bankers Survey Suggests Economic Growth

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A survey of rural bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states suggests slow economic growth is ahead. A report released Thursday on the Rural Mainstreet Index says the overall index rose to 58.2 in February, compared with 55.6 in January. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the report, and he...
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South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson’s Son Eyeing Bid

UNDATED (AP) – Although Sen. Tim Johnson has not said whether he intends to seek re-election in 2014, some Democrats would like to keep his seat in the family — and in Democratic hands. Party activists are promoting the idea of Johnson’s son, Brendan, who is U.S. attorney, seeking the nomination if the senator...
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