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Big Friend-Little Friend mentoring program builds lifelong friendships
Parkston student granted Make-A-Wish one year after life-changing transplant
UPDATE: Suspect still unidentified as friends, colleagues mourn loss of deputy
Sioux Falls police chief blames drugs for increase in crime
At least one Midwest senator unhappy with Trump's ag secretary pick
Lego replaces long-time CEO with first foreign boss in organizational shake-up
Instagram will soon let you like comments - or even turn them off completely
Google looks for 'conservative outreach' manager after Trump election win
McDonald's revamps $4 billion McCafe brand as it lags Starbucks
Amazon opening store that will eliminate checkout lines
At least one Midwest senator unhappy with Trump's ag secretary pick
USDA nominee has support of SD delegation
SDSU-led cattle seminar stirs up consumer impact ideas
Farmland rental rates dropping overall
Winter wheat plantings at long-time lows in South Dakota
Offensive outburst helps Golden Eagles over TDA
Area high school basketball: Poyer leads Blackhawks to 281 Conference tourney title
Nighthawks top Golden Eagle girls
Comeback kid: Havlik competing for Augustana
Kernel wrestlers take down Tigers
Couple plans March wedding
Mitchell man celebrates 85th birthday
Mitchell woman celebrates nine decades
Stickney couple marks 45th wedding anniversary
Colome man marks 90th birthday
Helen Rose Bame
Thomas Ralph Mielke
Marian L. Young
W.P. "Pete" Olson
DAUGAARD: Amazon's Big Step In The Right Direction
WEILAND: 'Hoodwinked'? No, this is undoing the will of the voters
OUR VIEW: MBA has big chance to thrive
NOEM: Nothing less than a miracle
Palace City Profile: Life's path led back home for the Anderson family
No-fee promise comes into canyon debate
GF&P seeking benefits of Lyman County, other waters
Wiltz: Do coyotes affect our South Dakota deer herd?
Wiltz: The weight of heavy hunting
Hunters take last shot at pheasants
October 7, 2014
South Dakota measure on doctor choice stirs debate
By Regina Garcia Cano SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota patients could have more choice of doctors within their health insurance networks if voters approve a ballot measure that is drawing strong opposition from the health insurance industry. The proposal on the ballot, Initiated...
October 7, 2014 - 10:03pm
Armour’s Golden Living Center donates $1,000 to health education center
ARMOUR — Golden Living Center, of Armour, donated $1,000 on Monday to the Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center. AHEC will use the donation to recruit certified nursing assistants in rural health care facilities in South Dakota. The donation was part of Golden Living’s...
October 7, 2014 - 4:08pm
October 3, 2014
LETTER: Rounds wrong about Affordable Care Act
To the Editor: Mike Rounds continues to distort the facts about the Affordable Care Act. He claims President Barack Obama stole $700 billion from Medicare. That is patently untrue. The act has tightened the enforcement of Medicare provisions, resulting in $700 billion in savings,...
October 3, 2014 - 9:01pm
September 25, 2014
State lifts $2M cap on employee health care costs
By Kevin Burbach PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota can no longer limit how much it pays out in health care coverage over the lifetime of state employees, but officials say for now that shouldn't raise costs. Laurie Gill, the commissioner of the state's Bureau of Human Resources,...
September 25, 2014 - 5:28pm
September 24, 2014
GUEBERT: Slouching toward Election Day
There are facts on which the world operates and there are facts on which politics operate. Spoiler alert: the two are not the same. For example,...
September 24, 2014 - 9:31pm
September 23, 2014
Pierre hospital has accreditation fully restored
PIERRE (AP) — Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre has had its accreditation fully restored. The independent Joint Commission accrediting organization found problems in the hospital's pharmacy department during an April survey. The state Health Department then conducted a survey...
September 23, 2014 - 2:21pm
September 11, 2014
Family donates machines to help Avera’s tiniest patients
Thanks to the generosity of Jerry and Karna Adler, of Howard, babies born at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital will have new equipment to help them breathe. The Adlers donated $1,500 to the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation toward the purchase of a new Neo Puff machine. The couple...
September 11, 2014 - 10:02am
August 22, 2014
OPINION: When Congress is OK wasting money
By Trudy Lieberman Rural Health News Service Evidence continues to pile up that Medicare Advantage plans are no advantage for taxpayers. MA plans, as they are called, are one alternative for seniors to receive their Medicare benefits. But in this case, the benefits come from...
August 22, 2014 - 8:37am
August 20, 2014
Sanford looking to build hundreds of Ghana clinics
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sanford Health is looking to open more than 300 clinics in Ghana in the next five years to treat millions of patients. The Dakotas-based health network has opened fi ve clinics in the African nation since 2012 and broke ground last week for a sixth. The clinics...
August 20, 2014 - 7:23am
August 15, 2014
New Avera doctor to work on African Ebola outbreak
By Jon Walker SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A physician joining the Avera McKennan staff will delay his arrival in Sioux Falls to travel first to West Africa to try to help block the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Dr. David Porembka, 60, will see patients starting next week in Sierra...
August 15, 2014 - 8:04pm
August 13, 2014
Health care workers find role in human trafficking fight
SIOUX FALLS — Health care workers who are on the front lines to detect human trafficking met here Tuesday learn how to identify potential victims. Avera Medical Group, with headquarters in Sioux Falls, has adopted a protocol to screen for trafficking victims that hospital officials...
August 13, 2014 - 7:21am
August 12, 2014
Other state health care plans better than SD
PIERRE (AP) — Public employees in South Dakota receive more valuable coverage than their privately- and federally-insured counterparts on average, but a new study says most other states in the nation have richer plans for their civil servants. The report by Pew Charitable Trust...
August 12, 2014 - 5:17pm
August 11, 2014
Vets group to announce alternative to closing Hot Springs VA
HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A group trying to keep the historic VA hospital in Hot Springs from closing says it has developed an alternative plan. Veterans National Recovery Center of Des Moines, Iowa, is to release its proposal Monday at a news conference in the Black Hills town. Group...
August 11, 2014 - 8:38am
Officials question legality of Avera's offer to state employees
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota officials are investigating the legality of an arrangement in which Avera Health is covering out-of-pocket expenses of state employees for some medical services. Avera has offered to help state workers with their medical bills if they seek the...
August 11, 2014 - 8:25am
August 6, 2014
Study: Nurses will be in demand in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A state analysis has concluded that people able to care for patients, children or customers will find a favorable job market in South Dakota in the next decade. The study by the Department of Labor predicts that the most annual job openings in the state through...
August 6, 2014 - 6:24pm