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Several Hunting Seasons Close in January

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota outdoors enthusiasts will find that several hunting seasons are still open in January-as the calendar turns over to a new year.  The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department says the pheasant hunting season comes to a close on Sunday, January 6.  Hunting seasons for grouse, prairie...
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Former Senator, State Supreme Court Justice Dies

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Two-time state senator and South Dakota Supreme Court justice Frank Henderson has died. He was 84. According to the Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home, Henderson died Friday at the Sheridan, Wyo., Veterans Affairs Medical Center. John Henderson, one the justice’s eight children with wife Norma, tells the Rapid City...
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Thune: Still Hoping For ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Aversion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Sen. John Thune says he’s frustrated that it’s taking lawmakers so long to inch toward a deal before the so-called “fiscal cliff” prompts a variety of tax hikes in the new year, but he’s still hopeful. The South Dakota senator on Sunday night told The Associated Press that...
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Cattle Prices Jump More Than 30 Percent

NORTHERN HILLS, S.D. (AP) – The drought that plagued much of the region this summer has caused a cattle shortage, which in turn has prompted prices to rise between 30 to 40 percent higher than this time last year. The summer’s lack of moisture made ranching difficult and contributed to a severe lack of...
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SD’s Oldest Car Dealership Wraps Up 105th Year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The oldest car dealership in South Dakota is wrapping up its 105th year in business. Wegner Auto Co. in Pierre is owned by the same family as when it opened in 1907. Jim Wegner says the company has lasted so long because it’s diversified and expanded to meet the various...
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SD Ag Secretary Urges Use of Farm Loan Programs

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones says farmers and ranchers should consider taking advantage of state financial programs that lower the cost of borrowing money. The South Dakota Agriculture Department’s financial programs work with commercial lenders to provide farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses with lower interest rates. Programs are available for...
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Report: Nearly Half of SD Pregnancies Unintended

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A new report indicates that nearly half of South Dakota’s pregnancies are unintended, and 13 percent of those result in abortions. The highest rates are among low-income women. The report, by the nonprofit Guttmacher Institute, is meant to encourage states to promote the use of contraceptives. Sarah Stoesz, president...
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Chamberlain Farmer Records Highest Yield in South Dakota

MITCHELL, S.D. –  Despite a drought, several South Dakota farmers who entered the 2012 Corn Yield Contest harvested some of the highest corn yields in history.  Steve Breding, of Chamberlain, recorded the highest yield in the state this year by raising 279.32 bushels per acre in one of his fields. That ranks as the...
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Deaths Dominate South Dakotas Top Stories of 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lost some of its political legends in 2012, beginning with the death of former Gov. Bill Janklow in January and continuing through the fall with the passing of former Sen. and presidential nominee George McGovern.  A survey of Associated Press newspaper and broadcast members determined that these...
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Dakotas Tops for Centenarians

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — U.S. Census Bureau data show people are more likely to live 100 years or longer in North Dakota and South Dakota.  Data released this month show North Dakota ranks No. 1 in the number of centenarians per 10,000 people, at 3.29. South Dakota was second at 2.95.  Sioux Falls...
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