MoneyThe Trustees of the Social Security system have determined that people getting benefits will get a two tenths of one percent raise next year. That would be two dollars on a one-thousand-dollar monthly check.  South Dakota AARP State Director Erik Gaikowski says Social Security is a big deal for a lot of people in the state…

Gaikowski says the trustees use the CPI, or rate of inflation to decide on increases. He says that often doesn’t reflect real life costs…

Medicare premiums will rise an average of fifteen to twenty percent for most retirees.  Gaikowski says they are starting a campaign to push for changes to how Social Security and Medicare are funded…

Gaikowski says for many seniors in the state, Social Security is the bulk of their income.

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Huron PDThe Fourth of July holiday is here and that means fireworks among the various other activities people take part in to celebrate our nation’s Independence. And while fireworks are fun, the Huron Police Department has a reminder for residents….

Officer Sam Freng with the Huron Police Department says according to ordinance nine dot-16-dot oh-two-oh, caps for toy pistols are the only fireworks-type item permitted. Sparklers, while not specifically listed in the ordinance, have been deemed OK for use in Huron. If your fireworks are removed from their original package, it is also a violation of city ordinance. Basically if it flies or goes boom, it could get you a ticket…

Freng says fireworks are not the only danger of the holiday….

Two large displays of fireworks will take place this weekend. The first is Saturday night following racing at Dakota State Fair Speedway. The second is Monday night over Ravine Lake with accompanying patriotic music being aired on Tiger 95-point-three F-M and 1340-AM KIJV

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Yard WasteThe Fourth of July holiday means some changes in the collection of garbage, recycling and yard waste in Huron next week.

City Commissioner Mark Robish says anyone with questions about the holiday garbage collection schedule should contact the City of Huron Solid Waste Department at 353-8542. City of Huron offices will be closed Monday, however the Huron Police Department dispatch window will be accessible.

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153rdHURON, S.D. (AP) – More than 160 soldiers with the South Dakota Army National Guard will begin a nine-month deployment to Kuwait in November.   The Guard on Thursday announced the deployment of the soldiers with the 153rd Engineer Battalion and its Forward Support Company.
The Huron-based 153rd Engineer Battalion is expected to “provide command and control for assigned or attached engineer units.” The mission of the Huron- and Parkston-based Forward Support Company will be to provide logistics and maintenance support.   After training in Fort Bliss, Texas, for several weeks, it will be the second mobilization for the 153rd Engineer Battalion, which deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005. This is the first deployment for the Forward Support Company.

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High School 1New federal education rules under the “Every Student Succeeds Act” could move states away from mandated testing.  Mary McCorkle, president of the South Dakota Education Association, says there will still be a need to measure how students are doing…


McCorkle is taking part in the National Education Associations delegate assembly in Washington this week.  She says the testing will not be the only measure for students and their schools….


McCorkle says it will help move back toward more local control…

McCorkle says standards can now be developed with input from parents, teachers and the state Department of Education.

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Nordby 4H June 30The countdown is on to the opening of the 2016 South Dakota State Fair in Huron, and the opening of a multi-million dollar 4-H building.  Fair spokeswoman Candi Briley says construction is progressing nicely

A grand opening is expected during this year’s fair…

And Briley says they’re still selling commemorative bricks as part of the final fundraising piece to the $4.7 million project.

This year’s fair runs from September 1st through the 5th. Tickets to the fair’s grandstand entertainment shows are now on sale.

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SD CapitalThe fiscal year will wrap up this week for the State of South Dakota, and as Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels says, tax revenues are coming in slower than expected…


Michels says the legislature passed a fairly tight budget last year…


Michels says impacts of low ag prices are starting to be felt in the tax revenues…


The general fund budget for 2017 is projected at just over one point five billion dollars.

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court genericDuring a sentencing in Beadle County Circuit Court Tuesday, Beadle County Deputy States Attorney Dan Nelson said that a message needed to be sent. Circuit Judge Jon Erickson took the words to heart with stiff sentences for two drug offenders and others Tuesday. Thirty-two year old Chad Erickson pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. He received a four year prison term and credit for 82 days served in the Beadle County Jail. Also getting a four year sentencing at the State Penitentiary is 25 year-old Dylan Faulks. Faulks also pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. He was given credit for two days previously served in jail. Twenty year-old Zachary Stahl was sentenced to five years in prison for a fourth degree rape charge. Stahl was given credit for the 42 days he has spent already behind bars. It wasn’t just sentencings. Tracy Herren failed to appear for his sentencing hearing. Erickson issued a 10-thousand dollar bench warrant for his arrest. All told five people were sentenced to a total of 19 years in prison out of Beadle County Tuesday.

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DemocratSouth Dakota democrats nominated Henry Red Cloud of Pine Ridge as their candidate for the Public Utilities Commission at their convention this past weekend.  Red Cloud says he sees a need for change…


Red Cloud is the founder and owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises, based on the Pine Ridge reservation. He says the commission needs a new approach…


Red Cloud says he has a lot of experience in solar and other types of renewable energy…


Red Cloud will face incumbent republican Chris Nelson who was nominated at their convention this past weekend.

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AB&TRapid growth in the last two years is leading American Bank and Trust to move administrative activities to a new location in downtown Huron…

Bank President and C-E-O Lynn Schneider says American Bank and Trust has grown outward from the Huron area….

The recent acquisition of a piece of property along 21st Street Southwest in Huron will play into American Bank and Trust’s future plans…

Normal customer transactions and insurance operations will continue the 18th and Dakota location in Huron. In addition to the newest locations in Sioux Falls and Pierre, American Bank and Trust has branches in Alpena, Wolsey, Wessington Springs, Mellette, Miller and De Smet. Currently, they employ 140 people with assets of over 640-million dollars.

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