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Month: June, 2014

CAFO training scheduled

Monday, June 30, 2014

HURON, S.D. (AP) — Several ag specialists from across the state will offer an environmental training session for operators of concentrated animal feeding operations on July 10.
This training at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron fulfills the environmental and manure-management training requirement to obtain a livestock permit for CAFOs from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Attendees can also earn Certified Crop Advisor credits.
The all-day training session is offered by specialists from SDSU Extension, South Dakota State University, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The cost is $50 and includes lunch, breaks and training materials. Call (605) 688-5141 for more information.

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Rainy Dakotas

Monday, June 30, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Weekend rainfall in the Dakotas set records in both states and led to flash flooding in some areas.
The National Weather Service reports that Minot in northern North Dakota got more than 2.6 inches of rain on Saturday, breaking a 62-year-old record for the date. Pierre got more than 1.4 inches, also a record — and nearly all of it fell in just one hour.
Water flowed over U.S Highway 83 in central North Dakota — a major north-south artery. The rain also washed out games at the McQuade charity softball tournament in Bismarck, which drew more than 450 teams from around the country.
Showers are in the forecast for both states this week. A severe thunderstorm watch was posted for southeastern South Dakota early today.

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Energy leader named

Monday, June 30, 2014

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — The new leader of the South Dakota Oil and Gas Association says he thinks there could be more energy exploration in the state.
The association announced the hiring of Adam Martin as executive director on Monday. Martin is on the board of directors for Northern Hills Federal Credit Union and the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce, serves as president of the Downtown Sturgis Foundation and is an advisory board member for the Sturgis Business Improvement District.
Martin says South Dakota is well-positioned to serve the oil and gas industry because it's near the Bakken, Niobrara and Power River energy basins. He also thinks South Dakota is "under-explored" when it comes to oil and gas.


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Historic gold nugget on display

Monday, June 30, 2014

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — One of the largest gold nuggets ever found in western South Dakota's Black Hills is now on permanent display in Deadwood.
The Potato Creek Johnny gold nugget is housed in a $4,000 bulletproof display case at the Adams Museum. The case was paid for with money from the sale last fall of a replica of the nugget.
John Perrett found the real nugget on his claim on Potato Creek on May 27, 1929. It weighs nearly 7.4 troy ounces. Adams Museum founder W.E. Adams bought the nugget for $250 in 1934.
Exhibit Curator Darrel Nelson says that historically, the value of the nugget is priceless.

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Bosworth enters plea to election law violations

Monday, June 30, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth has been arraigned on 12 charges that she violated election laws.
She pleaded not guilty Monday in Pierre at her initial appearance.
A Hughes County grand jury indicted the Sioux Falls physician earlier this month on multiple counts of perjury and filing false documents that carry a maximum punishment of 24 years in prison.
Authorities say she fraudulently attested to gathering voter signatures when she was really on a Christian mission trip to the Philippines.
Bosworth lost the June 3 Republican primary with 6 percent of the vote.
She and her attorney made no statement after the hearing. They're scheduled to return July 15 for a status hearing.

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Thune names new communications director

Monday, June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Thune has promoted a Chamberlain native as his new communications director for his Senate and Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee offices in Washington.
Rachel Millard replaces Andi Fouberg, who's the new president and CEO of the South Dakota State University Alumni Association.
Millard previously was Thune's news secretary after serving as an internal communications adviser and deputy news secretary at the Senate Republican Conference and a legislative aide in Thune's personal office.

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Daugaard and Michels to tour disaster areas

Thursday, June 26, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's top leaders are touring two towns hit by natural disasters.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will visit Wessington Springs this morning to see the recovery progress from a tornado that hit the town last week and hold a briefing with reporters.
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will tour flooded areas of Canton this morning, meet with local officials and brief the media. Flooding began early last week when the town received more than 8 inches of rain in one day.


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Stained glass returns to Capitol

Thursday, June 26, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Crews are preparing to reinstall the first of four sets of stained glass windows in a $3 million restoration project at the South Dakota state Capitol.
The panels will be returned Thursday to the barrel vault above the main marble staircase. Thirty of the 90 panels in the skylight were cleaned in place because they aged better than others.
The crews from Conrad Schmitt Studios have travelled back and forth several times between New Berlin, Wisconsin and Pierre.
Glass panels are being cleaned and re-leaded in Wisconsin. Time and gravity has strained the 100-year-old glass.
Stained glass in the House and Senate chambers and the domed rotunda are still being cleaned. They will return to the Capitol in September.
The entire project will be completed before the state's 125th anniversary.

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Dakotas getting younger

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Dakota and South Dakota are among five states that saw the median age of their population drop thanks to the country's oil and gas boom.
Data released Thursday by the Census Bureau shows the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming and Oklahoma are attracting young men looking for work in the oil fields. Alaska and Hawaii also saw their population's age slide.
Meanwhile, the Census Bureau says the median age in the U.S. went up a little bit last year from 37.5 years to 37.6 years.
The age changes for the mainland states were mostly minuscule. In North Dakota the median age went from 35.881 to 35.270, a difference of .611. And in South Dakota the change was from 36.841 to 36.818, a difference of .023.

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Water resources meeting

Thursday, June 26, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources is meeting to discuss the state's water project priorities and funding.
The seven-member panel meets today. It oversees state and federal funds from a variety of funding pools.
Staff from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will request authorization to seek investment banking services. This process only comes about every few years says Jim Feeney. He's the director of the division of financial and technical assistance.
He says they seek bonds in this way when the need arises.
Feeney says the state offers funding for all water projects requested, which range from drinking water facilities to solid waste management. Officials determine how much funding to provide as grants or loans to each applicant.

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