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American News CorrespondentThe life of a man changes when he takes office as governor. In the six-plus months since he recited the oath and moved into the executive suite at the Capitol building, now at age 58, Dennis Daugaard has found that out, in ways big and small. There...
Tags: South Dakota, Health Insurance, Medicaid, Elections, Health
American News CorrespondentPIERRE — Decisions often come down to the places the deciders are from. In South Dakota, that’s why we have representative ward-type systems in some city and county governments. For the same reason, we have 35 geographic districts for the...
email@example.comWhen Judge Scott Myren was in law school, he thought he would never be a judge — until a professor told him he had the right qualities to be one. "I always thought you had to be super brilliant to be a judge," Myren said. "I looked around in...
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The people who run governments for us sometimes need reminders they have to follow the rules, too. That’s one of the reasons South Dakota has a state Department of Legislative Audit. Sometimes the accountants’ findings seem picky....
American News CorrespondentOur dog, Scooter, was born on the Fourth of July nine years ago. He’s a Westie — a West Highland terrier — and I took him to the groomer the other morning for a summer cut and a birthday spruce-up. No, this won’t be 1,000 words...
The reluctance with which the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission extended the operating lease for the Oahe Marina concession Friday was unmistakable. The commission agreed to add 10 years to the current lease. That means Steve Rounds of Pierre can...
American News CorrespondentPIERRE — Roger Novotny spent last weekend touring parts of the Black Hills with his mother, Ida, who is 93. She hadn’t been back there for some 25 years. Spending that kind of time with her is one big reason he’s retiring later this...
American News CorrespondentAs the Legislature enters its final week of the 2011 session, the issue hanging unresolved is state government’s 2012 budget, which begins July 1, and the governor’s recommended 10 percent cuts. The disappointing fact is that no plans were...
firstname.lastname@example.orgBarry Dunn has plenty of financial details to worry about given the proposed cuts to the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service. The dean of the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, who is also overseeing...
Aberdeen, SD, American NewsThe state Board of Education is likely to miss a deadline to establish minimum professional performance standards for certified teachers in South Dakota public schools. The 2010 Legislature set a July 1, 2011, deadline to establish the standards. The...
Gov. Dennis Daugaard often is described by those who meet him as a mild-mannered ''nice guy'' - perhaps too nice to slam an iron fist on the table at budget time. But that's exactly what he's doing, and he shouldn't back down. Daugaard recently unveiled...
PIERRE - A complex set of facts and assumptions about Medicaid, tax revenues and South Dakota's economy drove the decision by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to seek $127 million of reductions in general-fund spending for state government's 2012 budget. First,...
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