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WASHINGTON — Improvements to the Conservation Reserve Program could be on the horizon. U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, said on Friday that he hopes to increase the usefulness of the popular program. The proposal would authorize the secretary of agriculture to designate areas of economic sensitivity as priority areas for CRP allocations, allow the prioritizing of CRP in areas where there's actual and significant declining habitat and expands limited grazing on CRP acres, among other items.
MITCHELL, S.D.—South Dakota will have a lot of support in its fight for "tax fairness" next month. State Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Wednesday, March 7, that the majority of states and the executive branch back South Dakota's case against retailers Wayfair Inc., Overstock.com Inc., and Newegg Inc.
MITCHELL, S.D.—After millions of dollars' worth of investment, the stars have aligned for an excellent tourism season at the World's Only Corn Palace. A visit to the Corn Palace is always a unique experience — it is the only attraction of its kind, after all. But the corn-adorned building has accumulated more features in the last few years, from an education center and art gallery on the second floor to new domes and turrets along the structure's roof.
PIERRE, S.D. — A bill to raise the minimum age of legal access to tobacco in South Dakota will soon face the Legislature. A bill sponsored by state Rep. Leslie Heinemann, R-Flandreau, is on the horizon, one which would raise the age to purchase tobacco products in South Dakota from 18 to 21. And Heinemann, a dentist for 36 years with practices in Flandreau and Dell Rapids, said he was happy to sign on as prime sponsor.
MITCHELL, S.D. — History isn't on his side, but that hasn't dampened state Sen. Billie Sutton's resolve in his campaign for governor. It's been a decade since the last Democratic Party victory in a statewide election in South Dakota, and it's been 39 years since the last Democrat served as governor, but the Burke, S.D., Democrat has no fear. In fact, his confidence continues to grow as he meets more and more South Dakotans.
MITCHELL, S.D.—South Dakota's senior U.S. Sen. John Thune sees a major windfall for average American families under the Senate Republican tax reform plan. As the bill works its way through the Senate, Thune said remaining concerns about the tax relief bill are being addressed and amendments are being considered. And within the plan that slashes most individual tax brackets and the corporate tax, but also is expected to raise the deficit by $1 trillion according to a Thursday Congressional estimate, Thune acknowledged the child tax credit isn't getting a ton of attention.
FULTON, S.D. — In the wake of tragedy, residents in the small southeast South Dakota town of Fulton just outside of Mitchell showed the true spirit of their farming community. Between the Bender family's soybean and corn harvests, the family patriarch was killed in an automobile crash in late October. The death of Robert Bender, 57, shook the small town to its core, marking the loss of a man beloved in the area and involved in several Hanson County organizations.
MITCHELL, S.D. — As two widely known Republicans vie for their party's nomination for governor, two other South Dakotans are waiting in the wings for their moment in the spotlight. While U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Marty Jackley rake in the campaign cash, former state legislator Lora Hubbel and lawyer Terry LaFleur are working to get their name recognition up before next summer's GOP primary.
PIERRE, S.D.-- The reform race is on, and South Dakota's longest tenured congressional leader is feeling optimistic. Amid the nonstop year of health care reform debate, U.S. Sen. John Thune took some time Thursday to visit with the Rotary Club of Mitchell. After meeting with approximately two dozen Rotarians, Thune in an interview talked about the two major reform efforts facing Congress. And he said Senate Republicans are hoping for a win.
SIOUX FALLS — Breaking barriers isn't anything new for Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. At 46, the former congresswoman and current Augustana University president is the youngest of 10 inductees to the South Dakota Hall of Fame this year. And Herseth Sandlin, who was the first woman to represent her state in the U.S. House of Representatives, said her ability to break through that glass ceiling, coupled with a strong family tradition of public service, was likely what spearheaded her nomination to the state Hall of Fame at a young age.