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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Senate bill for health care reform is still a long way from approval, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds said. While Rounds said the ouster of former FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump has stolen the spotlight in Washington, D.C., the Republican senator told reporters on a conference call Thursday that there's plenty of work to be done to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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. — A 4 million-acre reduction in corn projected in 2017 could prove beneficial for farmers. With corn prices falling from the $3.60 range to the around $3 from 2015-2016 to today, the commodity price could be in line for a bounceback if the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2017 projections are correct.
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.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds said a 21 percent cut in the U.S. Department of Agriculture budget is "not necessarily" fair. During a call with reporters Thursday, March 16, the South Dakota Republican said what's included in President Donald Trump's first proposed budget — which includes a $4.7 billion cut to the USDA — will be less likely to impact South Dakotans whan what's included in the next farm bill.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is hoping to see the next iteration of the Farm Bill get kicked over to the Senate well in advance of its expiration. The Agriculture Act of 2014, commonly known as the Farm Bill, is set to expire after the 2018 fiscal year, but Noem said Wednesday that discussion to renew the act is about to heat up.
PIERRE, S.D. — Former U.S. Rep. and Presho native Clint Roberts, affectionately known as the "Marlboro Man," died Sunday night, Feb. 12, leaving behind a long list of political accomplishments and interesting stories.
PIERRE, S.D.—As governor of one of the nation's most prominent crop producing states, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard's stance on ag issues carries weight. And with two years left in office, Daugaard is hoping one particular federal program is expanded to improve his state's ag economy that's floundering through a tough stretch of low commodity prices. During a stop through Mitchell last week, Daugaard said he'd like to see an expansion of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
MITCHELL, S.D.—No big ticket legislation, no problem. That's how South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard feels following a handful of legislative sessions in which major discussions ate up much of the three-month period in Pierre. Daugaard took to Mitchell on Thursday, two days after delivering his State of the State address, to offer an abbreviated version of the governor's annual speech. The second-term governor was met by a crowd of locals at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell, and much of his speech focused on improving existing actions and balancing the budget.
LAKE ANDES, S.D. — A South Dakotan as president? Maybe not. But one South Dakotan earned a vote from the Electoral College on Monday. Lake Andes resident Faith Spotted Eagle, 68, entered Monday as a nationally recognized opponent of major oil pipeline projects, a longtime grief counselor for the nation's veterans and a lifelong political activist. She capped off the day as a proud winner of one of the nation's 538 electoral votes to become president of the United States.