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While visitor numbers dipped a bit at major South Dakota tourist attractions such as the Corn Palace and Mount Rushmore, other categories such as motel occupancy and sales tax figures show a strong 2014 tourism season for South Dakota. That was certainly the case at the state Game, Fish and Parks' Snake Creek, Platte Creek and Buryanek campgrounds near Platte, especially over Labor Day weekend. "Have we been busy? Oh, yeah," said Justin Thede, district supervisor for those GF&P properties. "Our beaches were packed and we had no campsites.
Engaging a mass of middle schoolers might seem a daunting prospect for many adults, but the new principal at Mitchell Middle School looks forward to it every day. "This is an entertaining age group," said 29-year-old Justin Zajic.
Mike Rounds has been steadfast in his defense of the EB-5 economic development/immigration program he championed during his two terms as governor. If his U.S.
In the middle of the first political debate of South Dakota's 2014 gubernatorial campaign, independent candidate Mike Myers said he doubts a suicide ruling in the publicly debated death of Richard Benda, the state's former economic development director. "I've got an FBI report that concluded the muzzle of that shotgun was more than 18 inches from (Benda's body) when it fired," Myers told a Dakotafest crowd Wednesday in Mitchell. Benda's death Oct. 20, 2013, touched off a still-unfolding political scandal involving an economic development program promoted by Benda and his boss, former Gov.
When it comes to wooing voters in a political campaign, how a candidate dresses and what vehicle they arrive in can sway voters. During his insurgent presidential bid in the 2012 campaign cycle, former Pennsylvania Sen.
Saying she spends much of her time in Congress "fighting a president and a bureaucracy that don't understand life here in rural America," Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., spent her first debate of 2014 reminding voters of fights she's won and fights she's waging. Noem's foes range from USDA in implementing a new farm bill to the EPA pushing new regulations for wetlands and dust to the VA working to shut down its facility in Hot Springs. "I didn't dream of being a congresswoman when I grew up. I wanted to be a farmer," Noem told a crowd at the annual Dakotafest agriculture expo south of Mitchell.
An adviser to Democrat Rick Weiland's U.S. Senate campaign said he almost does not believe that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid predicts a Weiland loss in November. "We are going to lose in South Dakota, more than likely," Reid told The Associated Press Monday from his offices in Nevada. Longtime political operative and Mitchell native Steve Jarding said a poll taken within the past week shows Weiland within 8 points of frontrunner and former Gov. Mike Rounds, a Republican. "I look at that and say, 'That's not really Harry Reid.' A leader wouldn't talk like that," Jarding said.
Former Gov. Mike Rounds leads the polls in South Dakota's 2014 U.S. Senate race, but he is below 50 percent. That is giving his opponents a whole lot of hope. "I am sensing support for Mike Rounds is incredibly soft," said Gordon Howie, a steadfast conservative Republican during his time in the state Legislature, now running as an independent against Rounds. "The ground is shifting. You can just feel it." The candidates, running to replace retiring Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., will meet in a debate at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.
HOT SPRINGS -- A near-capacity crowd in the Hot Springs Mueller Center Auditorium stood and cheered during a congressional field hearing Thursday when a witness called for the resignation of the director of the Black Hills VA Healthcare System. In a press conference shortly after the three-hour hearing ended, Rep.