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Authorities Pleased with Results of Weekend Alcohol Compliance Check

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Alcohol compliance checks done at several businesses in Pierre, Blunt and Harrold over the weekend showed that almost all of the establishments turned away underage purchasers.  The Pierre Police Department yesterday said that the checks were done by the Pierre Police Department and Hughes County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday. ...
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Interim Administrator of Avera Maryhouse LTC Named as Administrator

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Avera St. Mary’s announced yesterday that Mark Schmidt has been appointed Administrator of Avera Maryhouse Long Term Care.  Schmidt has served as Interim Administrator for over a year-since December of 2011.  A press release from Avera St. Mary’s says that Schmidt will also continue serving as Executive Director of...
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SD Leads Nation in Native American Poverty Rate

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – New Census numbers show that South Dakota leads the nation in the percentage of Native Americans living below the poverty line. Five years’ worth of data from The American Community Survey on poverty shows that more than 48 percent of the state’s 65,000 Native Americans live below the poverty...
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South Dakota Lawmakers Urged to Expand Medicaid

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Health care officials and some low-income people have urged South Dakota lawmakers to expand Medicaid to cover thousands more people. The House and Senate committees on Health and Human Services held a joint meeting Wednesday to consider the advantages and drawbacks of expanding the program as part of the federal...
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Forecasters Watching Developing Weather for Region

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The forecast currently has a Winter Storm Watch mentioned for later this evening through much of Thursday.  The National Weather Service continues to keep an eye on how the potential storm is developing.  Dan Mohr with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen said this morning that it is possible...
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SD Tribe Seeking Designs for Sioux Coin

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – The Oglala Sioux Tribe is seeking design ideas from the public for a new Sioux Nation dollar coin. The tribe’s Office of Economic Development is working with the Native American Mint on the contest. The winning design will be displayed on a 39 millimeter coin. Designs should represent Sioux...
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SD Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Medicaid Expansion

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are taking another look at the possibility of expanding Medicaid to cover thousands more people. The House and Senate committees on Health and Human Services are holding a joint meeting Wednesday to consider the advantages and drawbacks of expanding the program as part of the federal health...
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SD Senate Passes Incentives for Wind Projects

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has approved a measure that would provide financial incentives to encourage construction of wind power projects in the state. The Senate voted 26-7 to send the proposal to the House of Representatives. The bill would give a wind project an incentive payment roughly equal to 2...
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SD Senate Passes Ban on Texting While Driving

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has passed a measure that would ban texting while driving. Senators voted 24-9 to approve the bill and send it to the House, which has rejected similar bills in recent years. Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia already ban texting behind the wheel. The bill...
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USDA Says Number of Farms in ND, SD Decreases

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of farms in North Dakota and South Dakota decreased in 2012 but the average size of each farm increased. According to the USDA, there were 300 fewer farms in South Dakota in 2012 compared to 2011. The total number of farms...
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