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News Minute: Here is the latest South Dakota news from The Associated Press

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Senator John Thune from South Dakota could play a pivotal role in shaping the future of internet access in America should he become the head of the powerful U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The Argus Leader reports whether Thune takes charge of the committee or remains the second in command depends on Republicans winning control of the U.S. Senate.

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Agricultural equipment manufacturers and farmers say machinery sales have fallen recently because of lower commodity prices and changes to a federal tax break. Shawn Berry said at a sales event in South Dakota that the Ohio-based company he represents could end this fiscal year up to 30 percent short in sales in some areas of the country compared to last year.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Brandon Beshears is the new director of the Agricultural Services Division for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch says Beshears technical and regulatory policy experience will be an asset to the agency.

HURON, S.D. (AP) - Officials with the South Dakota State Fairgrounds hope to raise donations during the ongoing fair in Huron toward the goal of building a new 4-H exhibit hall. The state's Department of Agriculture hopes to entice fairgoers to donate more than $1,000 by giving them the opportunity to have their name etch into one of the bricks near the new exhibit hall.

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