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USDA to Release First Look at 2013 Crop Estimate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The USDA is releasing its first estimate of the 2013 crop size in its spring planting report. After a year dominated by worst drought since the 1950s, farmers are looking ahead to the next crop. Some analysts are expecting slightly more corn and soybeans to be planted than a...
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Presho Man Wants State Allegations Out of Federal Trial

PRESHO, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man charged in federal court with being a felon and drug user in possession of a firearm wants a judge to forbid prosecutors from mentioning state court allegations of kidnapping and assault. Thirty-six-year-old Clint Brown, of Presho, is accused in state court of being under the influence...
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Elks Mark 60th Year for Annual Easter Egg Hunt Sunday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Sunday brings the Pierre Elks Lodge’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, which will be held on the lawn of the Governor’s Residence.   This year marks the 60th annual egg hunt.  Steve Wegman, who has chaired the event the past 30 years, says the Easter Egg Hunt was started in the...
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US Government’s Cuts in Mineral Payments to States Detailed

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting payments to 35 states as a result of the automatic federal spending cuts that took effect this month. A list of the cuts, which total $110.86 million: Alabama                   $217,731 Alaska                     $603,381 Arizona                       $759 Arkansas                  $98,739 California          $5,500,974 Colorado              $8,417,896 Florida                    $28,853...
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Dakotas Tribe, American Red Cross to Work Together

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – The American Red Cross and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are signing an agreement Thursday that will allow the relief organization to prepare for and respond to future disasters on the reservation. The memorandum of understanding will be the first between the American Red Cross and a tribal nation....
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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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