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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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Wither Twitter and South Dakota Politicians’ First Tweets?

(NPN) -- In celebration of the eighth birthday of the microblog/messenger service Twitter, they’ve made it easy for users to discover their own—or others’ first tweets.

While still a relatively new campaign and officeholder communication tool, many of the state’s major—and minor—politicians have jumped on the social media platform

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SUNSHINE WEEK: Most Sioux Falls Metro Area Schools Quickly – and Happily – Comply with Request for Budget

(NPN) -- School districts in the Sioux Falls metro area were almost unanimous in their quick responses and transparency in either sending or providing a link to their 2013-14 budgets.

Northern Plains News contacted the Sioux Falls, Harrisburg, Canton, Tea Area, Lennox, Brandon Valley, West Central, Tri-Valley, Dell Rapids, Parker and Garretson districts

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Lists Of Smoking Related Diseases Continues To Grow

STUDY: South Dakotans Smoking More Smuggled Smokes

(NPN) -- Over 25 percent of all cigarettes smoked in South Dakota in 2012 were smuggled into the state and are untaxed by South Dakota, according to a study released by the Tax Foundation Wednesday.

Citing results from a Michigan think tank study, the Tax Foundation noted that 26 percent of all cigarettes smoked in South Dakota were smuggled

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Senator Thune Joins Letter to President Obama on Negotiating with Iran

(NPN) – South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune joined 82 of his U.S. Senate colleagues in a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday outlining what they believe should define any final agreement with Iran on its nuclear weapons program

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NPN graphic by Todd Epp, used with permission.
NPN graphic by Todd Epp, used with permission.

A Look at South Dakota Senate Candidates’ Social Media Efforts

(NPN) -- Just a decade ago in South Dakota, a candidate website was still a fairly new phenomenon. A few campaigns had sites on Myspace, a rather clunky attempt at social media that started in 2003

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Today Is World Kidney Day

(NPN) — Today is World Kidney Day, a day to promote kidney health and its importance to overall health.

In South Dakota, approximately 713 people are on kidney dialysis because their kidneys don't function properly, according to the Dialysis Patient Citizens organization

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Is South Dakota Budget Dependent on Uncle Sam?

(NPN) -- South Dakota politicians might want to think twice before calling for reduced federal spending and transfers to states.

According to a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, South Dakota is one of the states most reliant on federal moneys, with Uncle Sam providing nearly 45 percent of the state budget in fiscal year 2011

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