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Speaker: Acknowledge racism exists
Lawyers fight at state permit hearing about whether manure is health threat
Howard school given $1 million to use for student scholarships
Stickney ambulance service 'stellar' in first five months
Wagner community to recognize local National Guard unit
Wells Fargo may take more disciplinary action over sales abuses
Insurance agent earns two honors
New iPhone to ditch headphone jack, come with better camera
Hulu ends free streaming service
BankWest announces new banker in Mitchell
Greenway Pork is doing it right
Winter wheat planting in South Dakota nears halfway point
Feds reviewing court ruling on fertilizer dealers policy
Farm Rescue marks milestone with 400th farm aid case
Court gives fertilizer dealers a reprieve from policy change
Mitchell finding ways to pressure opposing quarterbacks
Pooley striving for ESD title
Catching up with former area athletes: Waddell readies for freshman season
Miller to serve in mentor role for Nuggets
DWU soccer teams fall to Northwestern College
Heartland Quilt Guild holds September meeting
Mitchell Toastmasters hold Sept. 8 meeting
Couple wed in June 8 ceremony
Mitchell woman celebrates 80th birthday
Elton Reinhold Tiede
Ida C. Rowe
Avoiding the temptation to throw mud
Don't wait to make the call
OUR VIEW: Immediacy of layoffs hard to swallow
No room for error in national security strategy
The courts and the (hair) cuts
WILTZ: Mayflies for dinner? The fish become gluttonous!
Fall turkey hunting licenses still available in North Dakota
A couple of shotgun experts find out what they’ve been missing in mourning dove hunting
Plenty of ducks, fewer hunters
WILTZ: Come Saturday's duck opener, what are you going to throw at those quackers?
November 20, 2014
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
July 21, 2014
MERCER: Highway fund deficit is driving nation deeper into debt
PIERRE -- It must be horrible to live in fear, like so many members of Congress, that a tax increase could cost your job. Nothing else explains...
July 21, 2014 - 12:11am
July 14, 2014
MERCER: Geese populations growing faster than hunters can harvest
PIERRE -- There's no way to hunt our way out of the environmental disaster that snow geese have become. And our state's Wildlife Division biologists know it. One of their top men, Tom Kirschenmann, used the word "havoc" a few days ago to describe what's occurring. Tony Leif,...
July 14, 2014 - 8:18am