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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.
MITCHELL, S.D.—The clock is ticking on the current iteration of the farm bill, and South Dakota's three congressional delegates were on hand at state's biggest farm show of the year to talk shop with area farmers. Below the roof of the Reaves Building at Dakotafest in Mitchell, U.S. Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem sat shielded from the much-needed rain to answer questions about the ag industry amid a drought-stricken summer in their home state.
MITCHELL, S.D.—A summer scare for Mitchell's top tourist destination was narrowly avoided. Despite an excessively dry summer, Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt said the city will have enough corn to decorate the nine corn murals surrounding the World's Only Corn Palace.
WASHINGTON — South Dakota's U.S. senators are keeping the health care reform rhetoric optimistic, but both acknowledged President Donald Trump's social media outbursts aren't doing the American public any favors. During separate media calls Thursday, Republicans Mike Rounds and John Thune expressed disappointment in Trump's early morning attack of MSNBC personality Mika Brzezinski, noting Trump's continued social media assaults distract from the more important issues at hand. "It most certainly is not helpful," Rounds said.
BURKE, S.D. — South Dakota Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton has his sights set on the Governor's Mansion. The 33-year-old Burke resident announced his intention to run for governor Wednesday morning, May 31, at the Sutton Ranch in his hometown, aiming to end a streak of six consecutive Republicans governors in South Dakota. And backed by a belief that he can unite West River and East River South Dakotans, Sutton thinks he can rise above the other candidates in the race.
COLOME, S.D. — If TransCanada tries to build the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline through South Dakota, the company will first have to go through John Harter. Four miles of Harter's land near Colome is included in the planned route of the Keystone XL pipeline, 315 miles of which runs through South Dakota on its way from Canada to Nebraska, and Harter said he's yet to hear from TransCanada regarding a construction timeline.
MITCHELL, S.D. — 'Tis the season for spring weight limits on South Dakota roads, but the fines collected from overweight trucks is minimal compared to the cost of repairs.