THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES

COMING EVENTS
PARKSTON
Weekly
Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon will meet Friday at 8 p.m. at the Avera St. Benedict Health Center Meeting Room. For more information, call 928-3182.

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AREA
Weekly
Alcoholics Anonymous will meet Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Ethan Methodist Church basement. For more information, contact Jean at 928-7266 or Joe at 227-4303.

Tuesday, January 22
The Hutchinson County Commissioners will meet in the Courthouse in Olivet at 9 a.m.

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Noem offers policy initiatives on meth, pheasants, internet access

Governor Kristi Noem proposed an aggressive line-up of policy proposals during her State of the State speech. She promised to tackle improved internet access in rural areas, increased pheasant habitat and a crackdown on methamphetamine use.

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Chief justice updates Legislature on rural lawyers, drug courts

When David Gilbertson delivered his State of the Judiciary address he updated lawmakers on programs that got their start under his direction as chief justice.

CDA hears reports at meeting
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Sacred Heart 280 held its regular meeting January 3.

MMC announces fall Dean's List
Mount Marty College in Yankton has announced the fall 2018 Dean's List honorees.

Kaylor 4-H Club makes plans for 2019
The Kaylor 4-H club met December 16 at the Tripp Fire Hall, with host families the Mogcks, Maruskas and Wernings.

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Parkston girls, boys split with Wagner

The Wagner Raiders came to Parkston, January 10, and the Parkston boy's and girl's team split the games, the boys running away from the visitors and the girls losing in a close overtime game.

PEH second at Wagner quad, Madison invite
The Parkston-Ethan-Hanson gymnastics team placed second in two meets this past week.

OPINION
Battling the meth epidemic

Earlier this month, I placed my hand on my dad's worn Bible and made a promise to South Dakota to govern in a way that respects and benefits every person in our state.

GOVERNMENT
Senator: It may be time for tighter restrictions on young drivers

One state senator is asking for data on motor vehicle fatalities involving young drivers and asking if the time is right for tighter restrictions on young drivers.

Legislative leaders split on longer terms
Lawmakers in Pierre are looking forward to seeing legislation that would seek to lengthen their terms from two years to four years.

Social Services help fight meth
The Department of Social Services is part of a statewide, interagency effort to combat methamphetamine addiction.

DOT works to ensure good pavement, bridges
Sometimes roads are rough for a reason.
Darin Bergquist, secretary of the Department of Transportation, explained to the Senate Transportation Committee that DOT's goal is to keep 80percent of the pavement on state roads in excellent to good condition.

Wall debate reaches Legislature
The debate over the nation’s need for a wall along its southern border reached the South Dakota Legislature last Thursday.

Legislative leaders satisfied with District 27 lawmakers’ eligibility
Questions raised about the eligibility of two Democratic legislators elected to serve District 27 have been settled to the satisfaction of legislative leaders.

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Projects

The Tripp-Delmont sixth grade class finished up learning about ancient China. Teacher Ruth Reiser had the students choose between three different projects they could do for the end of the chapter.

Coverage of 2019 legislative session to be provided by Community New Service
Community News Service reporter Dana Hess will once again provide coverage of the South Dakota State Legislature this year.

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Noem offers policy initiatives on meth, pheasants, internet access

Governor Kristi Noem proposed an aggressive line-up of policy proposals during her State of the State speech. She promised to tackle improved internet access in rural areas, increased pheasant habitat and a crackdown on methamphetamine use.

Illegally dumped snow causing problems
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public and commercial snow removal operators it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.



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