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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?
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