SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A measure to raise the state minimum wage will be on the 2014 general election ballot as Initiated Measure 18. Secretary of State Jason Gant says that based on a validation of a sample of signatures, the group sponsoring the measure submitted nearly 21,000 valid signatures. That's well over the 15,855 needed to get on the ballot.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Governor Dennis Daugaard (DOO'-gahrd) is asking that all flags in South Dakota be flown at half-staff in memory of Nelson Mandela this weekend. Daugaard's request is in accordance with a proclamation by President Barack Obama that flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset Monday.
HURON, S.D. (AP) - Governor Dennis Daugaard (DOO'-gahrd) has announced the formation of a task force to find a balance between modern agricultural practices and wildlife-oriented land conservation. The Daily Republic reports that Daugaard made the announcement on Friday at his first-ever Pheasant Habitat Summit.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Some cattle ranchers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation say they'll fight plans for a large bison reserve being pursued by the Oglala (OHG'-lah-luh) Sioux Tribe. The tribe and National Park Service officials are working on making the South Unit of Badlands National Park the nation's first tribal national park. The Rapid City Journal reports that the plan includes the return of bison to the park and the end of cattle grazing on leased land and some private land, which could be condemned.
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