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Changing rules for bagging waterfowl

Hunters could get bigger limits for ducks and geese.

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Landowner wants to withdraw 60 acres at game-bird refuge in Brown Co.

A public hearing will be held Aug. 1 in Watertown at the commission’s next meeting.

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Sprucing up South Dakota’s parks

Companies selected for high-profile projects.

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Antelope hunting again limited to SD hunters

State wildlife officials recommended fewer licenses overall so that antelope populations can rebuild.

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Watertown publisher named to state panel

Newspaper publisher to fill spot on judge oversight commission.

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ALEC dues might not be issue in SD

So far, no legislators have asked for fee reimbursement related to controversial group.

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SD rolls back proposed raw milk rules

Requirements will apply to sales; giveaways, consumption in producer’s household not affected.

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Price of SD government workers’ benefits rises

Salary, insurance increases will cost $47 million for state.

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SD open meetings panel splits on allegations of violations

HURON — The state Open Meeting Commission found unanimously Friday that public-notice violations were committed by the Matthews Township board in Kingsbury County last year.

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SD water and natural resources panel to look at project funding

Mitchell, Letcher, Winner, Lake Andes entities among those seeking grants.

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MERCER: New regent Sutton has long record of good work

Sutton is only 44 but it seems like he’s been around forever getting things done. His latest role is the newest, and the youngest, member on the state Board of Regents.

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MERCER: Rounds’ early start appears quite smart

Mike now has a head start of six months on any other candidate -- if there ever is another candidate.

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MERCER: SD’s path on schools, taxes firmly set by GOP

PIERRE — South Dakota voters made four key decisions in the 18 months after the death of Gov. George S. Mickelson in the 1993 plane crash. Those decisions set the course for the next 20 years and brought us to where the state government is today.

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MERCER: Mickelson laid cornerstone for economic development

It wasn’t just farmers and ranchers in trouble. Main Streets were in desperate times, too. Mickelson understood that. His message didn’t just empathize with agriculture. He talked in a way different than any of the other Republicans or Democrats about how to build jobs.

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MERCER: The real tragedy of the 1993 crash was people knew and didn’t warn

FAA failed to order inspections on type of plane that crashed and killed SD gov after similar incident two years prior.

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MERCER: If you’re feeling pinched, look who’s pinching you

PIERRE -- Doesn’t it seem that property taxes and government fees and utility rates and tuition prices are going up left and right? Well, they are.

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MERCER: Problems on the prairie

2013 Legislative session illustrated deepening issues of rural South Dakota.

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MERCER: Sun shines brighter as business tax breaks to be open in SD

As recently as the winter of 2008-2009, the Rounds administration resisted revealing the names of the business projects that received permits under South Dakota’s construction-tax refund system.

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MERCER: 2013 session as logical as always

Want the really bad news from the 2013 session of the Legislature? Robo-calls remain legal for political purposes.

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MERCER: Might a tax holiday cure slow economy?

PIERRE — As taxpayer relief and job incentives go, the best idea of the 2013 legislative session never stood a chance.

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