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PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota turkey industry is up and running again after avian flu led to the deaths of 640,000 turkeys last year. The flu killed about 50 million turkeys and chickens nationwide, many of them on farms in Minnesota and Iowa, the Capital Journal reported. South Dakota state veterinarian, Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, cites a U.S. Department of Agriculture report saying the flu outbreak was "the most expensive and largest animal disease incident in U.S. history."
RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City is working with some groups to fund equipment to remove the sediment buildup in Canyon Lake in order to improve the depth and clarity of water. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will buy a dredge to remove the buildup according to an agreement recently passed by the city's Public Works Committee, the Rapid City Journal reported. The cleanup is funded by the city, as well as West Dakota Water Development District and Black Hills Flyfishers.
FLANDREAU (AP) — A clinic featuring medical, dental, behavioral and vision services will serve hundreds of members of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and students from a federally operated boarding school when it opens its doors in mid-2017 after several years of planning and a $13 million investment from the tribe.
PINE RIDGE (AP) — Tribal officials and residents are forming a committee to combat child abuse after two malnourished toddlers were found last month on the Pine Ridge reservation. Around 50 people participated in a discussion held by businesswoman Patty Pourier on how citizens can create a safer place for Native American children, the Rapid City Journal reported. At the meeting, eight people were appointed to a committee that will meet regularly and advise authorities. "I decided, enough is enough." Pourier said.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota's all-Republican congressional delegation will head to Washington next year eager to repeal the Affordable Care Act, overhaul taxes and cast aside reams of government regulations. After clashing with Democratic President Barack Obama for years while solidifying their own control of South Dakota's congressional seats in 2014, the state's three Republican lawmakers are eyeing 2017 as a year of rapid reversal.
PIERRE (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard is appointing a commissioner to replace the state's former chief financial officer who left the administration shortly after getting placed on leave. Daugaard announced Friday that Liza Clark, of Pierre, will be the new commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management. Her appointment is effective in January.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal court battle over whether the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline can finish the $3.8 billion project will linger at least into the first couple months of the new year. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners last month asked U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to declare it can legally lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota — the last remaining large chunk of construction on the 1,200-mile, four-state pipeline to move North Dakota oil to a shipping point in Illinois.
PHILIP (AP) — The sale of hundreds of wild horses seized from a troubled sanctuary in north-central South Dakota is being moved after Philip Livestock Auction was allegedly harassed and threatened. Dewey County Sheriff Les Mayer made the announcement in a social media post and declined to provide details to the Rapid City Journal.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls-based Army National Guard unit that served in the Middle East is coming home. Thirty-eight soldiers with the Guard's 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade served 10 months in Kuwait. They returned to American soil on Wednesday and are going through demobilization at Fort Hood, Texas. A welcome-home ceremony in Sioux Falls is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. next Wednesday at the Sanford Pentagon. Mayor Mike Huether and state Guard commander Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch are to speak.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A music school in Sioux Falls is closing, citing a ballot measure passed by voters in November that caps interest rates on short-term loans. The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy says it will close Dec. 23. Officials say a "large majority" of the academy's funds have come directly or indirectly from payday lending chain Dollar Loan Center. Chuck Brennan founded both the chain and the payday loan business.