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02/20/15 01:18 PM
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The US. Department of Agriculture says there were 400 fewer small operation farms and ranches in South Dakota last year.


The Department's annual survey shows the state had about 31,700 farms and ranches in 2014. The state saw a net loss of 300 from 2013.

While there were 100 more farms and ranches that brought in more than $100,000 in
02/18/15 11:50 AM
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's federal prosecutor is joining his North Dakota counterpart in leaving those posts and opening local offices for a large national law firm that's expanding to the Dakotas and looking to tap their expertise in the area.


Brendan Johnson says he'll step down as U.S. attorney
02/18/15 11:33 AM
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal officials say more than 21,000 South Dakotans have chosen health plans through the federal insurance marketplace during the latest enrollment period.


The second enrollment period for President Barack Obama's signature health care law began Nov. 15. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday said that said 21,183 people
02/18/15 11:33 AM
Allen, SD - A meeting between city and county officials with the American Horse School ended early on Wednesday afternoon after the meeting turned tense.
City Attorney Landeen says, “We felt that it was important to reach out to the parents in person so they didn’t have to learn of the charging decision through the media.”
The meeting included presentations by RCPD Chief of
02/18/15 11:23 AM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakotans and out-of-state residents interested in going to the state's four technical institutes for in-demand jobs can now apply for part of $50 million in scholarship money.


The Build Dakota Scholarship Board listed 54 program options within eight, high-need industry areas that will be covered in the first year.

Those include
02/18/15 10:16 AM
SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — Black Hills State University is suspending two academic programs and taking other steps to address a $1.5 million budget deficit.


University officials say the revenue shortfall is due to students taking fewer credit hours, which they attribute to fewer high school graduates in South Dakota and an increase in the number of part-time
02/16/15 12:09 PM
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the Dakotas has continued to rise in the past week, after falling below the $2-per-gallon mark last month.


GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says rebounding crude prices are the reason.

The average price in North Dakota has risen nearly 9 cents per gallon in the past
02/16/15 10:30 AM
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The recent slide in oil prices is leading to fewer jobs in the western North Dakota oil patch, but officials there and in northwestern South Dakota say the regional industry is resilient.


Openings posted at the Job Service North Dakota office in Williston have fallen from about 4,500 before the price slump to about 1,900 now. But
02/10/15 10:38 AM
There is another Civic Center expansion coffee talk scheduled for this morning starting at 8 on the second floor board room of the Civic Center. This is open to the public, with board members present to answer questions.  There has been a lot of disc
02/06/15 10:59 AM
    Rick Kreibel is a Rapid City citizen speaking out against the Civic Center expansion.  He spoke on Friday’s Focus with KOTA Radio vocalizing what many residents have been concerned about, which is the enormity of the debt should t
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