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South Dakota trooper shoots man after chase in Yankton
Two dozen dead in California loft fire; death toll expected to rise
Green Party's Stein to pursue Pennsylvania recount petition in federal court
Alec Baldwin Offers to Stop 'SNL' Impersonation if Donald Trump Releases Tax Returns
UPDATE: Fire at California loft party kills at least 9, two dozen missing
Starbucks CEO steps down to focus on high-end coffee, shares dip
Burger King follows McDonald's with sales abroad beating U.S.
No partner in sight, Twitter faces tough solo choices
Apple sends out invites for Oct. 27 event
Davison County receives Gold Level award
Klobuchar on Obama's renewable fuel requirement: 'We couldn't have better Thanksgiving news'
Investors press meat producers to cut water pollution
Heritage Foundation publishes report criticizing sections of 2014 Farm Bill
Soybean yields slightly down in 2016 after record 2015
SD corn yields below record highs forecasted nationwide
Vinatieri's field goal gives South Dakota State playoff win
No. 7 Concordia hands No. 1 DWU women first loss
A diligent Cavalier: Bon Homme's Mesman is Daily Republic's volleyball player of the year
No. 3 Iowa tops SDSU wrestling 29-8
Pierre handles Mitchell in opening dual
Couple unites in July ceremony
White Lake man celebrates nine decades
Parkston woman celebrates 90th birthday
Former Ethan woman celebrates a century
Former Parkston man turns 80
Donald J. Star
Rochelle Nancy Linaman-Riners
Robert G. Hoscheid
LETTER: Columnists and reporters should be kept separate
LETTER: State sales tax needs fixing
Looking for just a little more time
IN OTHER WORDS: South Dakota's DUI carnage continues
Christmas at the Capitol
Letcher duck habitat nearly complete
Wiltz: Buck fever? Can't say I've been afflicted
Wiltz: Thankful in all forms during hunting season
Elk herd to be trimmed, studied for wasting disease
SD deer elusive after EHD outbreak
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
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