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Federal judge extends order blocking Trump's travel ban from six Muslim countries
$1.9M Aurora County Courthouse project receives positive public response
At least 12 killed after Texas church bus crash
Vehicle destroyed in fire in Howard
Muslims tell Minnesota Capitol gathering they feel more misunderstood now than ever before
Apparel chain Bebe Stores to explore strategic alternatives
McDonald's plans mobile ordering to speed up drive-through service
Snap tops expectations in pricing of long-awaited IPO
Lego replaces long-time CEO with first foreign boss in organizational shake-up
Instagram will soon let you like comments - or even turn them off completely
Cattle market heats up as retail beef price cools
NDSU researchers eyeball new ways to grow better beef
Weather presenting perfect conditions for lambing
Wessington Springs native is inventor of HydroGreen’s patent-pending system
Good genes more important than ever at bull auctions, rancher says
MCM's Koepsell named to Class A all-state first team
Catching up with former area athletes: Bormann named NSIC golfer of the week
UPDATE: UND cuts women's hockey, men's and women's swimming
Eriksson Ek showing signs of improvement for Wild
Rule 5 pick Haley makes Twins roster
'The Cemetery Club' handles the topic of grief with care
Couple plans March wedding
Colome man marks 90th birthday
Mitchell woman celebrated 85 years
Local couple weds in October ceremony
Beverly Ann LeBeau
CLARK: Thanking our local physicians
OUR VIEW: Overcoming the wallop of construction
WOSTER: Smooth talkin' candidates
THUNE: The Department of Agriculture will be in good hands
DAUGAARD: A chance to be South Dakota's Capital for a Day
Wiltz: A fishing trip you might consider passing up
Ducks Unlimited to hold volunteer meeting
Increased license costs to benefit wildlife damage repairs
State seeking more successful deer hunts
Wiltz: Writing a book has its rewards, challenges
Curtis and Linda Mueller
December 1, 2014
MERCER: Thanksgiving comes where we choose it
PIERRE -- The Thanksgiving folk story about Pilgrim colonists and native Americans came full circle for me this year. We ate our feast at Dakota Sioux Casino at Watertown. I heaped full one plate of dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, gravy and turkey meat. That was plenty. I never...
December 1, 2014 - 9:38pm
November 20, 2014
If you're waiting for latest scandal, then wait to vote
PIERRE -- One rite of spring in South Dakota in even-numbered years is early voting in the county and statewide primary elections. Officially known as absentee voting, citizens may go to the courthouse or request a ballot by mail and vote before primary election day. We've asked...
November 20, 2014 - 9:01am
MERCER: Republicans feel safe battering Obamacare
PIERRE — Time for a confession: As a human being, I don't understand why so many people want to repeal Obamacare. The whole point of the Affordable Care Act, I thought, was to require that almost everybody have health coverage, either through insurance or the government. If...
November 20, 2014 - 8:54am
MERCER: Help drive a trend: Turn off the phone while at the wheel
PIERRE -- I often turn off my cell phone for hours at a time. I often don't take it with me around town. Seldom do I text. I have no apps. I once put a friend's phone number in its memory. He now has a different number. But when I travel outside Pierre, I take my cell phone. That's...
November 20, 2014 - 8:53am
November 18, 2014
MERCER: Accidents do happen, even for US Senate
PIERRE -- Former Gov. Mike Rounds was on the ropes. Then a bunch of national Democrats came pounding into South Dakota this past week. They promised to spend $2 million against him in these last four weeks before the Nov. 4 election. Mike, if you're reading this, remember your...
November 18, 2014 - 1:14pm
November 3, 2014
MERCER: For Republicans, Obama is villain of fall campaigns in South Dakota
PIERRE — In a place where voters haven't backed a Democratic candidate for the White House in 50 years, Republican candidates know they...
November 3, 2014 - 7:10am
October 12, 2014
MERCER: Accidents do happen, even for US Senate
PIERRE -- Former Gov. Mike Rounds was on the ropes. Then a bunch of national Democrats came pounding into South Dakota this past week. They...
October 12, 2014 - 12:41pm
September 21, 2014
MERCER: When the mothers and grandmothers could see wrong, and led a change
PIERRE -- South Dakota has traveled a long way since Gina Score. The teenager's death came 15 years ago, during a forced run, at the State...
September 21, 2014 - 10:34pm
September 15, 2014
MERCER: Is a return for Pressler in the cards?
PIERRE -- Democratic candidate Rick Weiland had the perfect chance to prevent Republican Mike Rounds from being elected as South Dakota's next U.S. senator. Weiland needed only to write a letter to the secretary of state and declare he was withdrawing before the Aug. 5 deadline. Instead...
September 15, 2014 - 6:30am
August 24, 2014
MERCER: SD senator led Congress to Labor Day
PIERRE -- Remember James Kyle? He was South Dakota's most improbable U.S. senator. Officially an independent, he served his first term with...
August 24, 2014 - 10:20pm
SD reporter sues to get Benda death reports
'The attorney general appropriated to himself authority to create and enforce special criteria for release of the records,' reporter claims in suit.
August 24, 2014 - 9:44pm
August 17, 2014
MERCER: South Dakota is a bit poorer after my neighbor left
PIERRE -- About a week ago, I paid $50 to Tom Magedanz for his lawnmower. From my perspective, it wasn't enough. He asked what he thought...
August 17, 2014 - 9:15am
August 10, 2014
MERCER: Students carry load at state universities without state's help
PIERRE -- South Dakota students pay some of the highest tuition and fees for public campuses in the region. Yet the financial aid available to...
August 10, 2014 - 10:49pm
August 3, 2014
MERCER: Out of the darkness, sun shining on state tax refunds
PIERRE -- State government awarded $113,985,231.94 in construction tax refunds for projects in South Dakota between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 2014. More than $67 million of those refunds came since early 2009. Those were under a state program that expired at the end of 2012. Projects...
August 3, 2014 - 10:25pm
July 27, 2014
MERCER: Change for cropland could benefit owners of other property types
PIERRE -- Across South Dakota, farmers have been facing large increases in the property taxes on their cropland in recent years. In many counties, they could face even larger increases come 2020. That is the year when a state restriction is scheduled to expire. The restriction,...
July 27, 2014 - 11:24pm