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Ag Secretary Vilsack Names Two SD Men to Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) Two South Dakotans are part of a group of 20 people that have been appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics.  The appointments were announced yesterday by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.  The group advises Vilsack on surveys of agriculture and other related...
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Pierre Man Sentenced on Charges of Simple Assault and Obstructing

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was sentenced yesterday for his no contest pleas to Simple Assault and Obstructing Law Enforcement.  19-year-old John Reddest was indicted on several charges after an altercation at a Pierre business last November.  Police were told that a knife had been pulled during the fight, but no...
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Pierre Teen Pleads Not Guilty to Charges from Car Thefts/Second Suspect Expected in Court Next Month

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man has pleaded not guilty to four counts linked to a rash of vehicle thefts in January.  19-year-old James Cowman was arrested January 10 after multiple vehicles were stolen from the Pierre, Fort Pierre and Hughes County areas the day before.  Cowman appeared in a Pierre courtroom...
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Midwest Bankers Survey Suggests Economic Growth

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A survey of rural bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states suggests slow economic growth is ahead. A report released Thursday on the Rural Mainstreet Index says the overall index rose to 58.2 in February, compared with 55.6 in January. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the report, and he...
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South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson’s Son Eyeing Bid

UNDATED (AP) – Although Sen. Tim Johnson has not said whether he intends to seek re-election in 2014, some Democrats would like to keep his seat in the family — and in Democratic hands. Party activists are promoting the idea of Johnson’s son, Brendan, who is U.S. attorney, seeking the nomination if the senator...
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House Panel Endorses Concealed Weapons Permit Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has advanced a bill that would make concealed weapons permits valid for five years, up from the current four years. The Local Government Committee voted unanimously to send the measure to the full House. The measure’s main sponsor, Sen. Larry Rhoden of Union Center, says...
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SD Farmers, Ranchers Dealing with Hay Shortage

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota farmers and ranchers are searching for solutions to deal with the hay shortage. SDSU Extension agronomy crops field specialist Larry Wagner tells the Yankton Press and Dakotan that the issues started last summer when pastures started giving out and some people had to start feeding early in the...
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South Dakota House Approves Longer Abortion Wait

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has approved a bill that could require women seeking abortions to wait longer after first seeing a doctor at an abortion clinic. The House voted 56-13 to pass a measure that says Saturdays, Sundays and holidays could not count in calculating the three-day wait. The bill...
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Tourism Department Plans June Bus Promotion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The four presidents on Mount Rushmore are going on tour. The South Dakota Department of Tourism is taking the four mascots on tour in the central United States in June as part of a promotion to drive more visitors to the state. Tourism Secretary James Hagen tells The Associated...
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SD Senate Endorses Needs-Based Scholarship Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has endorsed a plan to create a new scholarship program that would award money based on students’ financial needs. The Senate voted unanimously to keep the idea alive by sending a bill to the House of Representatives. The bill originally provided that $5 million would be...
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