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Military bands taking fire
Animal feeding ordinance killed in Bon Homme County
South Dakota students save money, get head start on college career
Area educators inducted into Beadle Club
Davison Co. Commission pleased with jail renovation
New iPhone to ditch headphone jack, come with better camera
Hulu ends free streaming service
BankWest announces new banker in Mitchell
A spa in Burger King? A Taco Bell lounge? This is the future of fast food.
Study indicates Yankton can support more retail businesses
Egg-laying chickens and eggs up in South Dakota
Scouts find subpar corn yields, big soy pod counts in South Dakota
AgweekTV: North Dakota sweet corn patch donated to charity every year
South Dakota cattle on feed up 5 percent from last year
South Dakota milk production up 6 percent in July
Area high school volleyball roundup: Hanson advances to championship
DWU golfer records ace
Chamberlain wins Mobridge-Pollock golf Invite
DWU releases men's basketball schedule
DWU wrestling team signs 10
Marion man to celebrate 90th
Mitchell woman to celebrate 96 years
Weisser reunion to be held in Tripp
Strand birth announcement
Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary holds July meeting
Mildred "Millie" Gritzmacher
Lillian (Buchholz) Brandt
OUR VIEW: Education best place to start meth fight
In his 30 years, Dunn did a lot of quiet things for our futures
OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers
LETTER: Radical Islam worse than perceived
LETTER: Why is Tripp-Delmont facing rapid enrollment?
Six fish species of state records set thus far in 2016
WILTZ: Cecil, Bullwinkle and the grizzly bears
North Dakota lowers mountain lion quota for first time
WILTZ: Some things we don't know bother me
Special August hunting season for Canada geese eliminated
June 30, 2014
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...
June 30, 2014 - 5:08pm
June 22, 2014
MERCER: A new era takes hold at SDHSAA
PIERRE -- Holy cow, we lather up over high school sports in South Dakota. And well we should. So let me offer two observations. First, the South Dakota High School Activities Association took giant steps forward in recent months becoming more open to everyone about its activities. It...
June 22, 2014 - 5:27pm
June 15, 2014
MERCER: Why silence isn't golden in elections
PIERRE -- There is only one thing to be said if you voted in South Dakota's primary elections: Thank you.
June 15, 2014 - 8:18pm
June 8, 2014
MERCER: Making the most of what we have, amid flying carp
YANKTON -- Might flying fish become a tourist attraction?
June 8, 2014 - 9:55pm
June 1, 2014
MERCER: Pay attention; delegates matter
PIERRE -- If you care how elections are conducted in South Dakota, or how political money is tracked, or how businesses are registered, or how...
June 1, 2014 - 9:49pm
May 25, 2014
MERCER: A big victory for a hunting resort on a tax dispute
PIERRE — Dick Cheney, our nation's previous vice president, was known to hunt pheasants on occasion at Paul Nelson Farm near Gettysburg. Paul marketed his complex as the highest quality available for pheasant hunting. Current prices range from $4,995 apiece for a party...
May 25, 2014 - 9:00pm
May 19, 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...
May 19, 2014 - 7:40am
May 11, 2014
MERCER: Given the chance to return, ag secretary makes changes
PIERRE -- Unlike many state government departments and agencies, where employees prove themselves through several decades in a series of successively higher assignments, the secretary of agriculture in South Dakota typically came from outside and was a working rancher or farmer. When...
May 11, 2014 - 10:12pm
May 4, 2014
MERCER: A second of goofing goes digital, forever
PIERRE -- South Dakota doesn't have a politician so avid at promoting himself as U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois. But we have now heard...
May 4, 2014 - 8:07pm
April 27, 2014
MERCER: 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...
April 27, 2014 - 9:57am
April 21, 2014
MERCER: Goodbye, AOL
Piece of reporter’s soul lost after longtime email account spammed.
April 21, 2014 - 8:15am
April 14, 2014
MERCER: From Vietnam to war in Iraq, Weiland didn’t change stance
PIERRE — Rick Weiland became involved in politics at age 10. The year was 1968. He didn’t want his older brother Ted to have to go to war as a U.S. soldier in Vietnam. Rick pulled his wagon around Madison collecting pop bottles. Back then, bottling companies reused them and...
April 14, 2014 - 7:19am
April 7, 2014
MERCER: Lawmakers, governor working on 2015 legislation
PIERRE -- The 2014 legislative session ended March 31 in a matter of 10 minutes without any vetoes to consider on veto day. But discussions already were brewing on significant issues that will get attention in the 2015 session that opens Jan. 13. Coming are recommendations from...
April 7, 2014 - 7:12am
March 23, 2014
MERCER: Lawmakers mixed on more gambling
PIERRE -- The Legislature drew the line against video lottery during the 2014 session. Lawmakers didn’t give Deadwood much, either. The only action that made it through was a proposed constitutional amendment. South Dakota voters will decide in November whether craps, roulette...
March 23, 2014 - 10:38pm
March 16, 2014
MERCER: Texting ban is a lawsuit waiting for day in court
PIERRE -- The Legislature's decision to prohibit texting while driving didn't answer what happens for the eight cities and one county that already have bans in place. Assuming the governor approves the ban, most of South Dakota will have a clear law to follow: • Texting while driving...
March 16, 2014 - 9:05pm