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Graham-Cassidy bill would cut funding to 34 states, report shows
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Amazon hit with lawsuit over eclipse glasses
Nearly one-third of South Dakota winter wheat crop planted
Pesticide instructor to farmers:
Area growers sound off on Dicamba drift damage
Hope returns in crop forecast
Report: South Dakota corn, soybean crop to decline this year
Dalvin Cook's no stranger to Tampa Bay Bucs
NCHC enjoying new digs at Xcel Center
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Wild's Chris Stewart, Marcus Foligno a tag-team duo willing to 'answer the bell'
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Award-winning ‘Over the Ocean’ is first-rate read
KIRK: Gratitude for the little country things
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ACT’s ‘Mary Poppins’ wows audiences with vocals, dance scenes
Saddle making: Hobby turned full-time career
Jacob "Jack" Sandness
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WOSTER: Only one sound like Garth
OUR VIEW: The future of journalism
Wiltz: When hunting and fishing, what does weather matter?
A 'carefree weekend' for the Haiars
Gov. Daugaard stands behind pheasant work
Wiltz: An ugly bruiser of a fish
Biologists: Pheasant numbers drop due to prolonged drought
February 26, 2016
OPINION: Implementing juvenile justice reforms
Under the South Dakota Constitution, the governor is "responsible for the faithful execution of the law." This is not something I take lightly. In my second term I have been especially focused on executing new reforms passed by our legislators — and not simply executing but...
February 26, 2016 - 10:43am
February 23, 2016
Most senators support tougher punishment for vehicular homicide in some conditions
PIERRE—The state Senate supported adding a new felony with tougher penalties to South Dakota's criminal code for deadly vehicle crashes. The proposed crime is aggravated vehicular homicide. It could be charged if a death occurred while the driver under the influence of alcohol,...
February 23, 2016 - 10:36am
February 22, 2016
Democrats hold caucuses in all 35 districts on March 12
Every District 20 Democrat, at least 18 years old on or before June 7, is invited to participate in the process to select delegates for the Democratic Presidential Nominating Convention to be held on July 25-29 in Philadelphia. The District 20 Caucus will be at 10 a.m. on March 12...
February 22, 2016 - 5:54pm
OPINION: Transgender enters public's vocabulary
PIERRE—I don't understand gender identity disorder. Psychologists and physicians evidently do. But as a parent, I understand the fear. What if a child was born with imperfect anatomy? What if a child tended toward acting as the opposite sex? And what if the child wanted to compete...
February 22, 2016 - 10:40am
February 19, 2016
Senate votes unanimously to pursue remote sales tax
PIERRE — The Legislature's plan to pursue sales tax collections from companies that sell items and services outside South Dakota and deliver them into the South Dakota moved forward Friday. The state Senate voted 33-0 for the legislation, which lawmakers say is intended to put...
February 19, 2016 - 5:51pm
February 16, 2016
OPINION: Native American education bill sees rare support in SD Senate
I was proud to be the prime sponsor of Senate Bills 81 and 82. This legislation designed to improve Native American education sailed through the Senate with only one dissenting vote. That's 34-1, which is a rare occurrence.
February 16, 2016 - 11:04am
OPINION: Legislature protocol can be confusing
Finally, the education bills have been submitted. If the governor's proposal for a half-cent sales tax increase were to pass as presented, $67 million would go to teachers and $40 million would go to property tax reduction across all three areas: Residential, agriculture and commercial....
February 16, 2016 - 12:24am
OPINION: Accountability matters
My goal as an elected member of Congress is to deliver to you the most efficient, effective, and accountable federal government possible. Accountability is a hallmark of our democracy, and without it, the American people would rightfully lose faith in their elected representatives...
February 16, 2016 - 12:10am
February 13, 2016
LETTER: US being harmed by 'progressives'
To the Editor: The United States is going down the toilet, mainly because of the older generation that did not stand up to the liberal people....
February 13, 2016 - 10:45am
LETTER: New legislation misses the mark
To the Editor: The South Dakota Legislature continues to avoid addressing wind energy as a long-term asset of the state and as a subject for...
February 13, 2016 - 10:41am
Want to pay teachers more? Here are some plans in play
Here's are snapshots of five proposals to generate revenue or redirect existing funding to pay more to public K-12 schools in South Dakota to raise teacher salaries from last place nationally at just over $40,000 average last year. Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard: Wants to raise state...
February 13, 2016 - 9:46am
February 12, 2016
OPINION: Raising standards, saving lives
It's hard to believe that today there are medical facilities in South Dakota where staff are washing surgical instruments by hand because the sterilization machine has been broken for six months — where no infection control measures were taken for a patient with a history of...
February 12, 2016 - 7:49pm
February 8, 2016
OPINION: The failure of multiculturalism
Just as radar warns of approaching storms, so does the flood of migrants entering Europe warn us of a deluge yet to come, not only for Europeans, if they continue to allow unrestricted immigration, but for the United States. Reports that women in Cologne, Germany, have been groped...
February 8, 2016 - 3:52pm
School board to consider formal endorsement of governor's plans to raise teacher pay
The Mitchell School District will consider formally endorsing the Blue Ribbon Task Force's plan to increase teacher pay in South Dakota. Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed the task force to examine the issue of teacher pay in South Dakota, which ranks lowest in the nation. In response...
February 8, 2016 - 10:42am
February 5, 2016
OPINION: The importance of staying connected with you
Representing the state of South Dakota in the U.S. Senate is one of the greatest honors of my life, but it wouldn't mean anything without you: the dedicated and hardworking people who call South Dakota home.
February 5, 2016 - 6:15pm