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Todd Epp

Todd Epp is a writer and lawyer from Harrisburg, S.D. He is also the editor and publisher of Northern Plains News, a digital news service covering South Dakota and the Upper Midwest. Besides practicing law, Todd has been a broadcast journalist in South Dakota at S.D. Public TV, KSFY-TV and KDLT-TV and in Kansas at KTWU-TV. In the summer of 2013, Todd returned from an 18 month stint as a consultant at the Erbil International Airport in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq. He is married to Donna Osment-Epp, Ph.D. and has two adult children, Sarah and Matt.
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STUDY: South Dakota Spends Smaller Percentages on Education, Welfare Than National Averages

(NPN) -- South Dakota and most Northern Plains states spend less on welfare than the national average but are above, below and at national averages for education spending, according to a recent government study

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STUDY: ‘Badlands’ Most Popular Movie ‘Set’ in South Dakota; ‘Fargo’ Tops North Dakota, Minnesota

 

(NPN) -- With America in the midst of “Awards Season”—Golden Globes, People’s Choice, Grammys and Academy Awards—you might wonder what is the most popular movie shot in South Dakota and the Northern Plains.

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Hy-Vee at 57th and Cliff Ave., 1:40 p.m. Jan. 16, 2014. Photo by Todd Epp/Northern Plains News, used with permission.
Hy-Vee at 57th and Cliff Ave., 1:40 p.m. Jan. 16, 2014. Photo by Todd Epp/Northern Plains News, used with permission.

PHOTO: Whiteout in Sioux Falls South to Harrisburg

(NPN) -- It was a bright but white midafternoon in south Sioux Falls today. Here, the Hy-Vee store marquee at 57th and Cliff Ave. is barely visible from about 30 feet away. Travel three miles south to Harrisburg was mostly a whiteout as well, with a few cars in the ditch

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Partisan membership of the 2014 South Dakota State Senate. Blue M&Ms are the 7 Democrats; Red M&Ms are the 28 Republicans and the single Green M&M is Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, the President of the Senate. Photo illustration by Todd Epp/NPN.
Partisan membership of the 2014 South Dakota State Senate. Blue M&Ms are the 7 Democrats; Red M&Ms are the 28 Republicans and the single Green M&M is Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, the President of the Senate. Photo illustration by Todd Epp/NPN.

The 2014 South Dakota Legislature in M&Ms

Partisan membership of the 2014 South Dakota State House. Blue M&Ms are the 17 Democrats; Red M&Ms are the 53 Republicans. Photo illustration by Todd Epp/Northern Plains News.

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ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1, 2013: Chris Conley #31 of the Georgia Bulldogs scores on an 87 yard reception against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

States’ Highest Paid State Employees are Coaches–Except in Dakotas

(NPN) -- Call it having your priorities straight. Or call it not having great Division I football and basketball teams. But the Dakotas are among the few states in the nation where the highest paid state employee is not a football or basketball coach

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