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Petition Drive To Increase Minimum Wage

The details are still being worked out on a potential ballot initiative that would let voters in South Dakota decide on raising the minimum wage.

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Railroad Sale Still Possible

The former D.M. & E. rail line through South Dakota may be sold, or it might not.

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Iowa Named Top Party School

The Princeton Review’s annual listing of the top colleges in the country has moved Iowa up from number two to number one in the category or party schools — though a university spokesman says the ranking doesn’t make sense.

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King Blasts Embassy Closings

Iowa Congressman Steve King opposes the Obama Administration’s decision to close 19 U.S. embassies in Northern Africa and the Middle East all week due to terror threats.

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Dentist Shortage In Nebraska

Out of the 93 counties in Nebraska, 48 are designated as a dentistry shortage area and 20 counties don’t have a dentist at all.

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Economist says Minimum Wage Increase Is A Bad Idea

im Vokal is the Executive Director of the Platte Institute and says they conducted a study on how minimum wage increases impact workers and the economy. He doesn’t recommend it.

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Work On Property Tax Continues

The change to taxing farmland based on what it produces is still a work in progress in South Dakota.

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Program Promotes Sharing

An Iowa Department of Education official says the organization is taking a cautious approach in instituting updates to a program that provides school districts with extra state financial help if they share positions to cut costs.

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Opportunities Missed On Farm Bill

Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith says the House missed a real opportunity to approve reforms to the Farm Bill, which was barely approved after stripping the food stamp portion from it.

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“Dreamer” Defends Status

A so-called “DREAMer” from northwest Iowa who was brought into the U.S. illegally by his parents when he was one isn’t sure what he’d do if a proposal Congressman Steve King shepherded through the House becomes law.

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Feeding South Dakota Seeks Grant

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Wal-Mart is offering $3 million in grants to Feeding America food banks across the country.

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Younger Workers Leaving Area

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With the expected addition of five to seven hundred jobs over the next few years, workers and housing will be critical issues.

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Kindle: No Opt Out Needed

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Yankton School Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kindle says the district should not have to ask for a property tax opt out, at least for the next few years.

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New School District Completes First Month

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It has been just over a month since school started in the newly merged Hartington-Newcastle district in north east Nebraska.

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Task Force Meets

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The Ag Land Assessment Oversight Advisory Task Force of the South Dakota Legislature met earlier this week in Pierre.