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South Dakota 4-H to Require Animal DNA Tests

  MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – People who compete in 4-H livestock competitions at the South Dakota State Fair will have to submit DNA samples from their animals beginning next year. South Dakota 4-H Livestock Show Management Coordinator Rod Geppert says the rule is aimed at preventing cheating and protecting the integrity of 4-H competitions....
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SD Tribe Buys 40 Acres of Land in Black Hills

  RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has bought 40 acres of land in western South Dakota’s Black Hills in an auction that was made necessary when a first attempt ended in confusion and a non-sale. Pennington County auctioned off the remote land west of Deerfield Lake last month but the...
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Reaction to Governor’s Budget Follows Party Lines

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Reaction To South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposed $4.1 billion state budget is following party lines. The Republican governor proposed modest increases to account for inflation in state aid to schools, funding for universities and reimbursements to hospitals and other facilities that provide medical services to poor people. House...
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Former Selby Woman Given Probation for Mileage Overbilling

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A former Veteran’s Health Administration patient has been given three years of probation for overcharging the agency more than $22,000 for mileage reimbursements. Department of Veterans Affairs patients are paid mileage reimbursements for travel to and from health care facilities. The Argus Leader reports that 45-year-old Wendy Gonzales...
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SD Governor Proposes Modest Boost in Spending

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proposed a $4.1 billion state budget he says will provide modest increases in state spending on education, health care and salaries for state workers. In a speech to the Legislature, the Republican governor proposed 3 percent increases in state aid to school districts,...
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CP Gauging Interest in Railroad Track in Four States

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Canadian Pacific Railway is looking into the possibility of selling 660 miles of track in South Dakota and three surrounding states. CP in 2007 bought 2,500 miles of track and equipment from South Dakota-based DM&E and its subsidiaries for $1.5 billion. CP on Tuesday said it was “inviting...
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South Dakota Seeing Big Increase in STD Cases

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota is seeing what officials say is an alarming increase in sexually transmitted diseases. They cite as reasons online acquaintances, a changing population and a relaxed view of risks. The Argus Leader reports that chlamydia infections in South Dakota have doubled since the late 1990s, and gonorrhea...
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Pierre to Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Tomorrow for 4th Street Multi Use Recreational Trail

  PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held tomorrow to celebrate the grand opening of the 4th Street Multi-Use Trail.  The event was scheduled now that Phase I of the trail has been completed.   Phase I treks from Governor’s Drive to Bristol Place.  Phase II of the trail was...
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FBI Searching for Man Who Fired at Idaho Trooper

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office is searching for a man suspected of firing at an Idaho State Police trooper during a chase early Saturday and later kidnapping a woman who was dropped off unharmed in eastern Montana. The Kootenai County sheriff’s department in Idaho obtained a $1 million...
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SD Governor Proposing State Budget to Legislature

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ready to propose a new state budget. The Republican governor is outlining his budget plan in a speech Tuesday afternoon to the South Dakota Legislature. In the past week, Daugaard has said he will recommend a pay raise for state employees and increases...
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