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Most counties in the Daily Republic's readership region grew from 2012 to 2013, but three grew faster than the rest, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday. Lyman County, on the west side of the Missouri River, grew 2.4 percent to 3,892 residents. Across the river to the east, Brule County grew 1.3 percent to 5,366 to rank as the region's third-fastest growing county. Douglas County ranked No.
Lots of South Dakotans borrow to pay for higher education, but they borrow less per student than their peers around the country. South Dakota has close to the lowest student loan debt load in the nation, according to the Federal Reserve. With between $18,000 and $20,000 owed by those who borrowed in order to pursue college or career training, only Wyoming students have a lower per-borrower debt load, at less than $18,000, reports the Fed. The report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St.
Americans ought to be able to refinance their student loans just as they can refinance their mortgages when interest rates dip, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., said Wednesday. A bill that would have paved the way for this reform was blocked by Senate Republicans, who contended in national reports that the bill was merely election-year posturing by Democrats.
In the era of post-traumatic stress disorder, high suicide rates and brain injuries resulting from combat, military veterans in South Dakota wait the longest in the Great Plains region for a mental health appointment, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Wednesday. "It was disclosed that the average wait time for a mental health appointment is 47 days in Sioux Falls and 41 days in the Black Hills," Thune said.
Refusing to expand Medicaid under Obamacare is much more than a political issue, it's a matter of life and death for thousands of South Dakotans, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., told Gov. Dennis Daugaard in a letter last week. "Denying health care for 48,000 South Dakotans and millions of Americans is simply wrong," Johnson said in a news release.
Ever since Stace Nelson exploded onto South Dakota's political scene in 2010, he has been bold, brash and unwilling to compromise, even with others in his Republican Party. The 47-year-old former U.S. Marine and retired federal law enforcement agent returned to the Mitchell area, where he grew up, in 2008, and almost immediately became politically active.
Lawmaker says former governor won’t pledge to support state’s GOP platform.
Repeating her calls for more education funding and an expansion of Medicaid in South Dakota, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Susan Wismer said she hopes to convince "disgruntled Republicans" to support her against incumbent Gov. Dennis Daugaard in the November election. Wismer held a conference call with reporters Wednesday after defeating her primary opponent, Joe Lowe, 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent in Tuesday's primary election.
Editor's note: This is the second of two profiles on the Republican candidates running in Tuesday's primary election. If Dennis Daugaard earns re-election as South Dakota's governor in November, he will be continuing a 35-year streak of Republican leadership in South Dakota government. As he completes his first term as the state's 32nd governor, Daugaard is running a low-key campaign. "Like most incumbents, I'm running on my record. I hope people see I made promises during the 2010 campaign that we would balance the budget without raising taxes and kept those promises," Daugaard said.
Editor's note: This is the first of two profiles on the Republican candidates running in Tuesday's primary election. If Republican voters don't remember Lora Hubbel's name, she at least hopes they will remember her message. The 56-year-old former state lawmaker is frustrated that her primary challenge to incumbent Gov. Dennis Daugaard for Tuesday's primary election hasn't gotten more attention or generated more debate. "I'd sure like to be acknowledged that I am running," Hubbel said. "There has been a lot of emphasis on the Senate primary but absolutely none for the governor's office.