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Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - SD: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

The USDA is no longer enforcing its grass-fed livestock labels and some farmers say that could cause confusion for the marketplace. (MorgueFile.com/mensatic)

PIERRE, S.D. - This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will stop using labels for grass fed and naturally-raised livestock. The Department's Agricultural Marketing Service, or AMS, says it is no longer using those labels because it never had the authority to enforce them in the

Healthy eating begins at home, and doesn't have to disrupt your life. Credit: Jerry Oster

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The American Heart Association wants parents and children to feel they can make healthy choices in their home and in their busy schedules, without major disruptions and costs - so they developed the "Life is Why Family Health Challenge." Abby Vostad, a wife and mom in Sioux Fall

Photo: People can help those that are hungry by adding a row to their garden this spring. Photo by GDNS.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - To celebrate its 40th anniversary and help feed hungry people, Feeding South Dakota is starting its "Plant A Row" campaign with a goal of receiving 40,000 pounds of fresh produce. The organizations Development Director Kerri DeGraff says while the organization normally asks for

Photo: The Backpack Program can help feed hungry children in South Dakota. Photo by GDNS

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Instead of buying your loved one chocolates and a bouquet of roses this Valentine's Day, Feeding South Dakota is asking you instead to give a gift in its honor that will help feed a hungry child. Kerri DeGraff, development director for Feeding South Dakota, said "Share Your Lov

PHOTO: Changes to USDA loan programs have increased their flexibility, and could help more beginning farmers make a profit. Photo credit: Jerry Oster.

YANKTON, S.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is improving farm loans by expanding eligibility and lending limits to more beginning farmers. Traci Bruckner, senior associate for agriculture and conservation policy at the Center for Rural Affairs, says the changes are part of the micro-loan pro

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - An early October blizzard, which brought up to four feet of snow and 70-miles-per-hour winds, killed thousands of head of livestock, causing millions of dollars in damage in western South Dakota. Fundraising has been under way to help the families who lost livestock in the storm.

PHOTO: Fallow season in South Dakota could turn into growing season. New reports from the National Wildlife Federation encourage producers to think about cover crops for in-between seasons. Photo courtesy NWF.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Fallow season in South Dakota could turn into growing season. A pair of new reports from the National Wildlife Federation encourage producers to think about cover crops for in-between seasons. Report author Lara Bryant, agriculture program coordinator for the NWF, makes the case

PHOTO: Poor eating habits can place you at risk for heart disease and stroke, so a South Dakota organization is trying to tackle that problem with cooking demonstrations. Image by Franco Giovanella.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - National Eating Healthy Day is Nov. 7, and to help celebrate, the American Heart Association of South Dakota is holding two cooking demonstrations. Chrissy Meyers, a spokeswoman for the association, says many Americans don't eat as well as they should. "We know that poor eating

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