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Meth still region's drug of choice, and it's gaining popularity
Researchers finding ample elk habitat in areas near Duluth
ALWAYS IN SEASON/ MIKE JACOBS: To ID hawks, eliminate the red-tail
Dick Gregory, cutting-edge satirist and uncompromising activist, dies at 84
Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club loses its ninth big charity event this week
Move over Ticketmaster: Amazon in talks to offer event ticketing in U.S.
Google is said to work on news product competing with Snapchat
Americans keep crushing it with their 401(k)s
Can melted cheese be Chipotle's savior?
Sony inks deal to sell PlayStation Vue internet TV service through small cable operators
Truckers, hay wanted to help aid drought-stricken livestock producers in region
Weather, ag economy play role in lower Dakotafest attendance
Wheat falls to contract lows on fund selling; soy gains
Wisconsin officials act to help Northern Plains drought
2 agriculture groups in Dakotas to vote on merger
Twins hall inductee Michael Cuddyer on umpires, chemistry, Byron Buxton
Berrios, Twins shut out Diamondbacks
Cook moves closer to being starter
South Dakota Prep Media Football Poll: How They Fared
Pressure to win: Prep football coaching tenure decreasing in South Dakota
Award-winning ‘Over the Ocean’ is first-rate read
KIRK: Gratitude for the little country things
Fulton sisters celebrate 10 years of bow rehairing, restoration business
ACT’s ‘Mary Poppins’ wows audiences with vocals, dance scenes
Saddle making: Hobby turned full-time career
Pauline A. Hrdlicka
Trump terrible, but Democrats impotent
Gazpacho refreshes on a summer day
LETTER: A plan for removing the Robert E. Lee Sculpture
LETTER: Wall Street caused a national security crisis
Anniversary trip brings clarity on marriage
Wiltz: Good outdoorsmen have to be on their game
South Dakota researcher study fish density
Wiltz: Chasing the thrill of hunting boars
Wiltz: A legendary bungled archery hunt
Pheasants Forever, biologists looking for businesses to help fund more public hunting land
James and Karen Geppert
May 29, 2014
Mitchell School District could cut opt-out in half for 2015
The Mitchell School District is looking at cutting its current opt-out of $200,000 per year in half for the 2015 calendar year, thanks to an increase in enrollment in the district and state funding increases. Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves has pointed to those two factors as...
May 29, 2014 - 6:55pm
May 22, 2014
Federal highway aid uncertain as legislators begin their study
PIERRE -- The federal government's highway trust fund will run out of highway money this summer, putting road and bridge projects into financial uncertainty, South Dakota Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist said Thursday. He told members of the state Transportation Commission...
May 22, 2014 - 9:31pm
May 13, 2014
Rising costs crunch school food service budget
The Mitchell School District's food service program is struggling to cover its increased costs that came from the new federal guidelines for school lunches. That was the focal point of a discussion by the Mitchell Board of Education when it took its first look at the $16 million...
May 13, 2014 - 6:42am
State gets payment for education trust fund
PIERRE — South Dakota’s Education Enhancement Trust Fund has added over $7.7 million to its principal, thanks to the state’s management of its master settlement agreement with major tobacco companies. Each year, South Dakota receives payments due under the 1998 master settlement...
May 13, 2014 - 6:39am
May 6, 2014
SD has put $56.2 million toward the state's bonds
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state used $56.2 million of one-time funds to make a dent in the state's bonds. The payoff was outlined by Daugaard in his budget address and in a piece of legislation that passed in the 2014 session with nearly unanimous...
May 6, 2014 - 10:15pm
April 11, 2014
SD Lottery expects less income this year than last
PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota Lottery is anticipating a slight decrease in revenue this year. Lottery officials estimate $105.7 million in revenue for the fiscal year ending in June 2014. Last year revenue reached $107.5 million. Lotto game sales are down 4.6 percent, reports...
April 11, 2014 - 5:15pm
April 10, 2014
SD lottery revenue stands flat
PIERRE -- Players spent slightly less money on South Dakota Lottery games through the first nine months of this budget year than for the same period in 2013. That would mean less revenue for state government if the trends continue, officials told South Dakota Lottery Commission...
April 10, 2014 - 10:25pm
March 21, 2014
NELSON: Legislature, gov increased spending, size of SD’s government
By Rep. Stace Nelson My dear fellow South Dakotans: For the third year in a row, the Legislature and the governor increased spending and the size of South Dakota’s government. The general appropriations bill SB 187 for this year increased spending from last session’s HB 1185...
March 21, 2014 - 7:52am
March 17, 2014
January water well collapse costs Madison $22,000
MADISON (AP) — The cost of dealing with an underground water well collapse in Madison is estimated at just under $22,000. The city's 6,500 residents were forced to stop using water for a couple of days in mid-January when a concrete-and-dirt roof collapsed into an underground...
March 17, 2014 - 10:45am
March 15, 2014
Legislators locate $2.2 million to give teachers an extra bump
PIERRE -- The Legislature suspended its rules Friday night to give school districts an additional $2.2 million in state aid to spend on teacher salaries in the coming year. Lawmakers still haven't fully refilled the cut from 2011, however. The 3.3 percent increase for the coming year...
March 15, 2014 - 9:08am
March 14, 2014
SD Legislature passes $4.3 billion state budget
By Chet Brokaw PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature passed a $4.3 billion spending plan Friday that gives extra state money to teachers, the state's four technical institutes and some nursing homes and other health care facilities that serve low-income people. The...
March 14, 2014 - 10:18pm
March 13, 2014
Parties split on changes to Building SD fund
PIERRE (AP) — A special committee in the South Dakota Legislature has passed changes to Building South Dakota's funding formula with Republican support only. The committee included leaders from both chambers. Building South Dakota was established last year to boost the economy...
March 13, 2014 - 3:55pm
Constitution aside, Republicans fund four projects in a single bill
PIERRE -- Republican legislators earmarked some leftover money for a handful of special purposes Wednesday, sparking protests from Democrats who disagreed with the process and wanted more spending on schools and healthcare. The package provides money for four projects: • The Lewis...
March 13, 2014 - 7:21am
$2 million more coming for battling pine beetles
PIERRE -- The Legislature is putting more money into the fight against mountain pine beetles in the Black Hills. The Senate gave final approval Wednesday to earmarking $1,950,000. SB 28 now heads to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The legislation provides the $350,000 sought by the Daugaard...
March 13, 2014 - 7:16am
March 12, 2014
JOHNSON: Putting out the wildfire funding problem
The Black Hills National Forest is a tremendous asset for South Dakota, but it also faces unprecedented challenges from the risk of wildfire and pine beetles.
March 12, 2014 - 9:36pm