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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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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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REPORT: S.D. State and Local Employees Increased in 2012, N.D.’s Decreased

(NPN) -- Despite state cuts to education in 2011 and cries from the governor and legislature for austerity during difficult economic times, South Dakota’s state and local government employment grew by over 4 percent

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Conclusions About the Ukrainian Crisis While Beached in Front of My TV This Weekend

Spending some time beached in front of my TV this weekend absorbed in the Ukrainian crisis, I came to some conclusions:

 
1.    That Russian President Vladimir Putin could give a rip about what the United States, the European Union, the “international community” (whatever that is) and generally civilized people think. Oooh, we’ll ban Russia fr

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STUDY: Sequester Cuts Cost 239 S.D. Families Their Housing Benefits

(NPN) -- Federal budget sequestration in 2013 cost 239 South Dakota families their subsidized housing vouchers, according to a new study.

According to Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, some 70,000 fewer low-income families used housing vouchers to rent private housing in December than a year earlier

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STUDY: Dakotas, Region Rank Well in Household Financial Security

(NPN) -- South and North Dakota and other Northern Plains states rank well in a new study examining household financial security across the United States.

The study by Washington-based Corporation for Enterprise Development ranked North Dakota second and South Dakota 12th in household financial security

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