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Former State Legislator Frank Homan Dies

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota legislator Ralph Homan has died.  Gov. Dennis Daugaard says Homan died on Wednesday in Mitchell. He was 84.  Homan was a Mount Vernon resident when he served two terms in the South Dakota House of Representatives, from 1983-86.  Daugaard has ordered flags lowered to half-staff at...
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Farmers Getting Spring Planting Break from the Governor

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota farmers are being allowed to move over-wide fertilizer application vehicles on roads during nighttime hours through the rest of the month.  Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an executive order extending the hours of travel in response to the delayed spring planting season due to cold and snowy...
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Sanford Health to Expand Helicopter Service

  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dakotas-based Sanford Health is expanding its air ambulance helicopter service to the Bismarck region.  Sanford AirMed operates a fleet of four helicopters and four airplanes from bases in Bismarck and Fargo in North Dakota, Sioux Falls in South Dakota and Bemidji in Minn.  The Bismarck helicopter service is scheduled...
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Drug and Gun Ring Bust made in Northeast South Dakota

  WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — Federal authorities say they have busted a drug and gun ring in South Dakota.  U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 10 people were arrested as a part of an investigation dubbed “Operation Black Widow” by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Eight of the suspects are from Watertown,...
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