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Wessington Springs residents affected by the June 18 tornado have until Sept. 13 to submit applications for financial assistance from the Wessington Springs Relief Fund set up after the disaster. To date, $170,000 has been collected in the fund at American Bank & Trust, said Wessington Springs city finance officer Linda Willman.
Mark Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., down as against impeaching President Barack Obama. After taking decidedly vague public positions on the South Dakota Republican Party's vote at its June convention to call for President Obama's impeachment, Noem told reporters Wednesday that she is against the idea. "I've never thought that was the solution we should be pursuing," Noem said during a regular conference call with the press.
When Mike Rounds was a scrappy Cinderella candidate for South Dakota governor in 2002, he had a limited budget, but he had big ideas. When it came to advertising, Rounds departed from the traditional campaign strategy of heavy television advertising and worked with the Pierre Capital Journal staff to send print ads out to newspapers across South Dakota. "I couldn't afford do a lot of advertising. I was making my own ads for newspaper and TV. I thought I was getting a better return with my money going to newspapers," Rounds said. "They helped increase my name ID.
As South Dakota farmers look to harvest their 2014 crops, many in the agriculture industry are still worried about when trains might pick up grain remaining in storage after the 2013 harvest. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said he worries, too, as railroad companies have not been able to keep all of their promises to clear up a backlog. "According to the latest status report, Burlington Northern's backlog in South Dakota is 444 cars and the average car is 7.1 days late," Thune told reporters Wednesday.
The U.S. Senate should pass the Highway Trust Fund spending bill already OK'd by a wide margin in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., said Wednesday. The trust fund has been slowly running out of money for a decade, Noem said, but it's reaching a critical point where a lack of funding could halt construction projects. "I want to make sure South Dakota's construction projects go forward uninterrupted," Noem said. "The president has indicated he's in favor of the House bill.
As Congress wrestles with how to keep money rolling down the nation's highways and over its bridges, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., wants a long ribbon of road and not a short little street. South Dakota's senior senator told reporters Wednesday that he wants Congress to pass a long-term funding mechanism to keep the nation's Highway Trust Fund flush. He does not support a short-term, $11 billion 10-month funding patch that passed the House by a 367-55 margin Tuesday. "A short-term funding fix is like throwing bit of asphalt in pothole.
Pressler ‘horrendously embarrassed’ by June 21 vote.
With his focus on adapting Obamacare for rural America, former Sen. Larry Pressler said he wants President Obama to visit South Dakota -- even if he loses his bid for election back into the U.S.
There is no need for a national law to require labeling of genetically modified food, the two Republicans representing South Dakota in Congress said Wednesday. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said genetically modified crops have been proven safe and are needed to feed a growing global population. "I'm really concerned about this overreaction people are having to genetically modified crops. This is the way we are going to feed the world," Thune said. "Technology has given us some great solutions. Clearly these are safe. There's no question about those issues." Both Thune and Rep.