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The number of South Dakota farms dropped by 300 in 2014, down to 31,700, reports the Tri-State Neighbor. According to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Services, the number of operations making more than $100,000 in sales increased by 100 while the number of those with sales less than $100,000 dropped by 400. …
South Dakota ranks 12th in the country in funding programs that prevent children from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released Thursday by a coalition of public health organizations, reported Northern Plains News Service. Sister state North Dakota ranks first in the same report, with Wyoming sixth,…
South Dakota is part of the national trend of "bottom up" demographic change according to the latest book published by the Brookings Institution Press. As stated in William Frey's newest book Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America, today's young people are more racially diverse than previous generations. This study…
South Dakotans collectively feel the third highest sense of well-being in the nation, according to Gallup's 2014 State Well-Being Rankings.  Behind No. 1 Alaska and No. 2, Hawaii, the Rushmore State scored well in five essential elements of well-being: Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals…
With 20 percent of its bridges deemed structurally deficient, South Dakota is near the top nationally on that score, reports the Washington Post. The Rushmore State is within a few percentage points of the No. 1 spot, and well ahead of some states that have rates in the low single…
The manufacturing sector is on a tear in South Dakota, accounting for more than half of the 3,500 jobs created statewide between November 2013 and November 2014, according to recently updated federal data.  The wholesale trade sector runs a close second, with 1,400 new jobs over the 12-month period compared to…
Influenza cases are spiking across South Dakota, with a concentration of cases in Pennington County and around Rapid City, according to the South Dakota Department of Health and a KELO TV report.  As of Jan. 9, 12 South Dakotans had died from the flu this season, and 245 had been hospitalized. Data released…
Deuel County ranks No. 1 statewide for homeownership with a rate of 85 percent, according to recently updated data from the U.S. Census.  Statewide, the homeownership rate was 67.2 percent in 2013 compared to 63.5 percent nationally, both below prerecession rates of 69.2% and 66.6% respectively in 2008. Over the…
Disability rates continue to creep up in South Dakota's three metropolitan areas and statewide. South Dakota's disability rate has gone from more than a full percentage point below the national rate in 2008 to a half-percentage point above the national rate in 2013, according to recently updated data from the U.S.…
By Northern Plains News   The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer.   The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 — the time before significant groundwater irrigation development — to…
By Northern Plains News South Dakota’s Indian reservation counties remain among the highest poverty rates for school-age children, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates released this month. Nine South Dakota counties were in the top tier of counties nationally with poverty rates between 34.2 and 63.2 percent of the…
South Dakota is the most entrepreneur friendly state in the nation, reports Northern Plains News. This month, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council released its 19th annual "Small Business Policy Index 2014: Ranking the States on Policy Measures and Costs Impacting Small Business and Entrepreneurship." Find the full report online…

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