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Lawmakers advance two anti-abortion bills, but Dayton says he'll veto them
Tribal members, SD dance family among 15 charged in dealing in eagle, migratory bird trafficking
School board approves new SD-based bus company for district
Take two on Main Street restoration plan
Arkansas puts first killer to death in planned double execution
Could Apple buy Disney? Wall Street revives rumor of potential mega-deal
Caribou Coffee-owner JAB Holdings to buy bakery chain Panera Bread in biggest-ever U.S. restaurant deal
Office supplies retailer Staples explores sale
Apparel chain Bebe Stores to explore strategic alternatives
McDonald's plans mobile ordering to speed up drive-through service
Pro rodeo's rags-to-riches bull proving hard to ride
AgweekTV: Every day is Earth Day for farmers
94th Little 'I' Celebrates Tradition and New Events
Tracking soil temperature an important step before planting, experts say
Dry straw the most important tool for healthy calves
Dozier's three-run double provides Twins with 3-2 win
UPDATE: Twins to appeal Sano's one game for 'aggressive actions'
Defenders sweep DWU baseball
Kernels grind out pair of dual victories
Tiger men's golf in third heading to GPAC final round
Blooming beauty: How to freshen up hair and makeup for spring
'The Cemetery Club' handles the topic of grief with care
Couple plans March wedding
Colome man marks 90th birthday
Mitchell woman celebrated 85 years
Marilyn Jean Small
Hilda Ann Thome
Harold T. Tiede
Mary Freidel Mimmack
OUR VIEW: Community assets needed for small towns
OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers
MERCER: Auditor general is prepared to deliver a GEAR UP report
Swift: Taxes must be particularly taxing
THUNE: A moment worth the wait
Wiltz: How big is too big for a bobcat?
Trespassing or not? State's attorneys weigh in on non-meandered waters
Wiltz: Taking wildlife inventory after another SD winter
Seed day popular again for Pheasant Country chapter
Governor’s office: Study best approach for non-meandered water issue
John and Shirley Kangas
Elwin and Rosalie Hohn
Jeanne (Callies) Lindell
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
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