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RAPID CITY (AP) — A former leader of South Dakota's state wildfire agency says he plans to run for governor next year. Joe Lowe was director of the state Wildland Fire Suppression Division from its creation in 2001 until his retirement in 2012. He now runs an art gallery in Rapid City and leads an emergency management consulting firm. The 68-year-old Lowe says he'll run for governor as a Democrat. He is the first Democrat to announce a run. Incumbent Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard is expected to seek another term.
Edna Olson, Mitchell, will observe her 95th birthday on Friday, Nov. 22. She will celebrate with family on Sunday, Nov. 24. Greetings may be sent to 2100 N. Wisconsin St., Apt. 233, Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
Thune: 'There’s a lot of skepticism around here that it can happen.'
A local man pleaded guilty recently to fourth-offense drunken driving. Justin Fleury, 30, of Mitchell, entered his plea during court earlier this month at the Davison County Public Safety Center.
South Dakota voters might have a familiar name on the 2014 ballot for U.S. Senate – Larry Pressler. The former senator served from 1979 to 1997 as a Republican but said he would run this time as an independent, if he runs at all. He lost a re-election bid to Democrat Tim Johnson in 1996, and Johnson now plans to retire, which means if Pressler enters the race he'll be running for his own former Senate seat. “It probably won't happen,” he said before explaining that he's exploring a race. “I'm trying to talk to about 100 South Dakotans about this.
The federal law requiring the country of origin to be stated on consumer labels for meat should not be repealed as part of a new farm bill, said Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D. Johnson fought for years to make country-of-origin labeling the law, and on Wednesday he said he is dismayed that the U.S.
By Jean Patrick Republic Book Columnist Bomb’s Breath is nothing to mess with. If you take even one breath of it, you’ll die. Yet Hope’s town of Cook, Neb., is surrounded by this invisible air. It’s leftover from the green bombs of World War III. “Skyjumpers,” by Peggy Eddleman, is about 12-year-old Hope, a girl who takes risks. In fact, she jumps off cliffs — through pockets of Bomb’s Breath — because she loves the feeling of being temporarily held by the pressurized air. Too bad her town doesn’t value her risktaking ability.
Website roll-out ‘disastrous’ and insurance cancellations ‘devastating,’ senator says.
YANKTON (AP) — Officials say inmates in two state prison facilities have grown more than 21 tons of fresh produce that was donated this year to community organizations in southeastern South Dakota. Inmates harvested more than 43,000 pounds of beets, carrots, cucumbers, kohlrabi, okra, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, rutabagas, squash, tomatoes, watermelons and zucchini this year. Inmates in the horticulture program at Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield start growing tomatoes and peppers before the plants are transferred to a garden at the Yankton Minimum Unit at the state Human Service
The tea party’s stand against Obamacare might be in cease-fire mode on Capitol Hill, but in South Dakota a tea party group has launched a TV ad with the message that the president’s health-care reform law will turn America into the Soviet Union. One veteran political observer calls the ad so over-the-top that it’s destined for the satirical political cable-television show “The Colbert Report.”