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WASHINGTON — A glut of corn has damped interest by biofuel makers in a U.S. government program to sell surplus sugar for ethanol, potentially decreasing its effectiveness in propping up sugar prices.
PIERRE -- Two utility companies filed their joint application with South Dakota regulators this week for permission to construct a high-voltage line for electricity transmission through Brown, Day and Grant counties. Purposes of the proposed line between Ellendale, N.D., and the Big Stone power plant's south substation are improved reliability, added capacity for renewable sources, and reduced burden on existing lines that face over-use as demand for power increases. The plan calls for construction to start in 2016, with the finished line to be in service in 2016.
Utah's rural development state director has lauded Elsie Meeks, South Dakota's rural development director, for her work with Native American communities and economic development. Wilson "David" Conine, Meeks' Utah U.S. Department of Agriculture counterpart, made the comments at the eighth annual Governor's Native American Summit held last week at Utah Valley University in Salt Lake City, Utah. Meeks has 20 years of experience working with Native American leaders, tribes and individuals in economic development.
Dear Heloise: How do you measure coconut? Tightly packed in the measuring cup, like brown sugar; or loosely measured, like flour and sugar? -- Patrick C., Colville, Wash. Good question, Patrick! Grated or flaked coconut should be lightly added to a measuring cup, then gently patted down. Add more if needed, and level off the top.
Owen Weins, 4, left, and Wyatt Rezac, 4, right, eat popsicles while John Paul II Elementary Principal Robin Cahoy, not pictured, reads to kindergarten through sixth-grade students Wednesday. The school,...
The immense outline of the new Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center reminds us of the great foresight, followed by great efforts, it took to get the building constructed on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University. The new science center is officially open, as declared during dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremonies Thursday at the campus.
PLATTE -- Mark Burket, CEO of Platte Health Center Avera, announced Wednesday that his hospital has been recognized with an Excellence through Insight award by HealthStream Inc., of Nashville, Tenn., for overall emergency department satisfaction for hospitals with fewer than 100 beds. The Platte hospital, which has 17 beds, uses HealthStream's services to track consumer feedback to maintain compliance with government healthcare regulations. Burket said the health center was the only South Dakota hospital honored in its award category.
Children tend to be trusting, to the point they need to be taught to avoid strangers. Adults sometimes go to the opposite extreme, quick to mistrust anyone they don't know. I often think that has been the case in the relationship between American Indian people and non-Indians in South Dakota for far too long. Many of us grow up in separate communities. We seldom interact, and we don't get a chance to know each other as people. We grow up not trusting each other.