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BNSF says changes made since South Dakota 2015 derailment
Randolph Seiler to retire as US attorney for South Dakota
Freeman man killed in Friday crash near Lesterville
Texas woman tells CNN that Sen. Franken inappropriately touched her at State Fair
Garretson woman ID’d as victim in Montrose fatal crash
Keystone XL pipeline gets Nebraska’s approval, clearing a key hurdle in 9-year effort
Bankers: economy to remain slow in rural parts of 10 states
Community Closet to open in downtown Wagner on Dec. 1
South Dakota corn, soybean, sorghum crops forecast down
5 questions with ... Grady Bakken, farmer, Lignite, N.D.
place a business brief
Meet the Minnesota turkeys raised to meet the President
Climbing cattle prices: Ag officials happy after 'shockingly low' 2016
AgweekTV wins first place awards from National Association of Farm Broadcasting
Commentary: Farmers' most important trait
Canadian ag's view of NAFTA: Strong support north of border, official says
Wild's Jason Zucker is already down $17,600 -- and he's hoping for more
Pistons hang on for 100-97 win over Timberwolves
State volleyball roundup: SFC fends off Dakota Valley for Class A title
'I'm just playing football': A humble Adam Thielen is the Vikings' feel-good story
Truex claims EcoBoost 400, Series title
What you need in your winter survival kit
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
Janet Rae Krause
Wilma M. Pitts
Marcia Maureen (Meis) Mesman
Wilma M. Pitts
Garrison Keillor: It's Thanksgiving. Be Happy.
OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers
MERCER: A historical look at U.S. House seats
LETTER: New ideas for Mitchell's Main Street
LETTER: DC arguments are ridiculous
Wiltz: Chicken hawks could be affecting pheasant population
Wiltz: A rattlesnake eatin' turkey?
Mitchell VFW Post 2750 hosts ALS trapshoot fundraiser
Wiltz: Does Cabela's still book hunting and fishing trips?
Wiltz: Fear is a learned emotion
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November 15, 2014
US court rejects religious objection to Obamacare contraception deal
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON — In a win for the Obama administration on insurance coverage for contraception under Obamacare, a U.S.
November 15, 2014 - 11:16am
November 14, 2014
Another round of health care enrollment begins Saturday
Those who want health insurance coverage next year through the new online marketplace should take note: The sign-up period begins today and ends Feb. 15. But those who want to start new coverage or change insurance plans next year must enroll by Dec. 15 to ensure that coverage begins...
November 14, 2014 - 10:54am
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 28, 2014
OPINION: Should you be able to see any doctor you want?
WASHINGTON — People don't like being told "no," especially when it comes to something as personal as their health care. They also don't...
September 28, 2014 - 10:35pm
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
July 30, 2014
JOHNSON: Health reform is expanding coverage
When Congress began debating health care reform in 2009, I heard from many South Dakotans who were one illness or job loss away from losing health...
July 30, 2014 - 10:22pm
July 24, 2014
Insurers owe $2,600 in refunds in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The federal government says insurers owe South Dakota customers about $2,600 in refunds because of a provision in the nation's health care law. The Health and Human Services Department released figures Thursday showing that 867 Dakotans will be getting refunds,...
July 24, 2014 - 11:27pm
July 8, 2014
Pressler invites Obama to SD to talk health care
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Independent U.S.
July 8, 2014 - 5:58pm
June 30, 2014
Thune applauds ruling on women's contraception
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota Republicans say they're pleased with a Supreme Court decision that says for-profit businesses can hold religious views under federal law. But state Democratic Party Chairwoman Deb Knecht says the decision will make it even more difficult for...
June 30, 2014 - 10:34pm
June 22, 2014
Wellmark says it will not be part of health marketplace
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The largest private health insurer in South Dakota has opted to not sell plans through the federal marketplace during the open enrollment period that begins in November. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield says it will forgo participating in the Health Insurance...
June 22, 2014 - 10:03pm
June 16, 2014
Health insurers file health plans with state for review
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — At least two health insurers have given the state copies of the plans they intend to sell through the federal marketplace during the next open enrollment period. Insurers faced a Sunday deadline to submit their plans to the state's Division of Insurance for...
June 16, 2014 - 2:27pm
June 9, 2014
Sen. Johnson to Gov. Daugaard: Unfair not to expand Medicaid
Refusing to expand Medicaid under Obamacare is much more than a political issue, it's a matter of life and death for thousands of South Dakotans, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., told Gov. Dennis Daugaard in a letter last week. "Denying health care for 48,000 South Dakotans and millions...
June 9, 2014 - 11:34pm
May 24, 2014
Avera lands Medicare long-term care grant
A federal Medicare grant to the Avera system will provide better care to residents in long-term care, officials said Friday. The $8.8 million Health Care Innovation award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center will use telemedicine to provide primary...
May 24, 2014 - 10:09pm
LETTER: Minimum wage just another mandate
To the Editor: I’ve read a few articles advocating for the minimum wage, and heard now it is a ballot measure. Why? Here in South Dakota, Obamacare isn’t particularly popular. Many dislike that it is a mandate. Yet, what else is a minimum wage law? Mandating you pay someone...
May 24, 2014 - 9:13pm
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