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Miller Native Brent Kallestad of the Associated Press Retires After 40 Years

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Veteran newsman Brent Kallestad is retiring from The Associated Press after a 40-year career with the international news agency. Today will be Kallestad’s last day. He’ll leave the Tallahassee bureau more than 26 years after being named correspondent. Kallestad covered sports and politics, including Florida State University’s unparalleled run of...
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February Gaming Income Up, Bets Down in Deadwood

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – Gaming revenue in Deadwood was up roughly 1 percent in February compared to the same time last year. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the amount of money wagered, however, was down 2.7 percent. Industry officials blame the drop on losing slot machines. Weston Pleinis is the general manager of the...
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SD Commission Considers Gregory Elevator Licenses

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has scheduled a special meeting to consider whether to suspend the licenses of a grain elevator in Gregory. The commission’s staff has recommended that the three commissioners immediately suspend the Gregory Farmers Elevator’s grain buyer and grain warehouse licenses. The commission has scheduled a...
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South Dakota Hog Inventory Down 9 Percent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The number of hogs and pigs in South Dakota is down 9 percent from the same time last year. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture hog inventory. The USDA says there were 1.18 million head in the state on March 1. Breeding hog inventory stood at 175,000...
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Ag Secretary Promoting Healthier Food Choices

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says it’s a misconception that fruits and vegetables are more expensive than processed food. Vilsack, speaking during a news conference Thursday at a Hy-Vee grocery store in Sioux Falls, says price comparisons that perpetuate the myth are based on calories. He says it makes...
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USDA Releases Prospective Spring Planting for SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Producers in South Dakota intend to plant 250,000 less acres of corn in 2013. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s prospective planting guidelines that have been released. The intentions are based on a March 1 survey of producers. Corn acres planted in South Dakota for 2013 are...
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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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