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Todd D. Epp, LL.M.

Writer, lawyer and consultant with over thirty years of writing and photography experience.

While my areas of writing expertise include history, travel, politics, foreign affairs, aviation, the environment and law, I believe a good writer should, with enough research, be able to write about anything.

Good writing is good writing.


Hail, snow, flooding, a tornado and a tropical storm for Mother's Day

/SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Hail, snow, flooding, a tornado and a tropical storm made it a "severe weather" Mother's Day in much of the center of the United States and on the Carolina coast on Sunday. Rescue helicopters in Denton County, Texas pulled six people out of homes after thunderstorms dumped heavy rain in the area.
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Pre-Trial Robo-Call Latest Twist in the Annette Bosworth Saga

Annette Bosworth saga continues, with a robo-call from a former Michele Bachmann campaign aide hitting phones across South Dakota Tuesday evening. Peter Waldron, calling on behalf of a group called No Compromise in Sioux Falls, said in the call that South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley was trying to take away Bosworth’s medical license.
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Seven Puppies Dumped at Rosebud Dialysis Clinic Amid Wild Dog Crackdown

A dialysis unit on the Rosebud Indian Reservation became the temporary home of seven unwanted puppies Tuesday amid a roundup of wild canines following a deadly dog attack this weekend. When staff opened the Davita dialysis clinic north of Rosebud early Tuesday morning, they found seven scared, mix-breed puppies behind a large spool and a corner of the building.
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South Dakota reservation rounds up feral dogs after fatal attack

(Reuters) - The Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota began rounding up and destroying wild dogs on Tuesday under an emergency order issued after a woman was fatally attacked on the reservation over the weekend. Julia Charging Whirlwind, 49, was attacked by a pack of wild dogs on Saturday morning in the Lower Swift Bear community on the reservation in south-central South Dakota, officials said.
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Todd County High School Locked Down Tuesday Morning

Todd County High School in Mission was under lockdown from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. Police and the school have different versions of the cause of the lockdown. Superintendent Roger Bordeaux said “there was something that happened last night. I can’t reveal that yet. It didn’t happen at school but in another community.”.
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POLITICAL WHISPERS: Wadhams Says Rounds Has Rebounded–Really

South Dakota Republican strategist Dick Wadhams says the recent poll numbers showing former Gov. Mike Rounds at 48 percent, Democrat Rick Weiland at 24 percent and independent Larry Pressler are real numbers. I asked Wadhams if there was any push polling (chumming the waters with negative information about opponents) before asking the “who will you vote for” question and he said “no.”.
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BREAKING: Rounds, Daugaard, et al File Response to Barth's EB-5 Petition; Rounds Says He Doesn't Have Personal Files on Matter

Former governor and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds says in an affidavit that he does not have any personal files related to the EB-5 scandal. However, in the same affidavit filed in U.S. District Court Monday, he did state under oath that he has “several CDs from the State that contain copies of official documents, records, and correspondence while I was in office.”.
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BREAKING: Rounds Still Leads in U.S. Senate Race But Pressler Gaining

New polling conducted this week shows increasing support for independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Presser at the expense of Republican Mike Rounds and Democrat Rick Weiland. The poll was conducted by Nielson Brothers Polling and sponsored in part by Northern Plains News. Also, polling numbers suggest a growing number of South Dakotans are paying attention to the EB-5 scandal that has embroiled former Gov.
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BREAKING: Internal Memo Says Rounds Up By 18 Points in U.S.Senate Race

Internal polling provided by the Rounds for Senate campaign says former Republican Gov. Mike Rounds maintains an 18-point lead over his closest challenger. The Rounds campaign did not provide Northern Plains News with actual poll numbers or cross tabulations but a summary of the results 39 days out from the election from Rounds’ longtime pollster.
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BREAKING: Democrat Commissioner Jeff Barth Sues Mike Rounds, Others Over EB-5 Matter

Democratic Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth filed a petition in U.S. District Court on Monday requesting that former governor and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds and others preserve or turn over files from the South Dakota Regional Corporation. The lawsuit is another page in the ongoing EB-5/Northern Beef Packers’ scandal that has dogged Rounds for nearly year since the death of Richard Benda, his former secretary of tourism and economic development.
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Candidate sues Secretary of State to get on ballot

A Constitution Party candidate who unsuccessfully tried to get on the November South Dakota ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives is suing Secretary of State Jason Gant to be placed on the ballot. On Wednesday, Charles "Chuck" Haan, of Watertown, filed a writ of mandamus pro se with the U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls. On March 25, 2014, Haan says in his petition that he sent a "declaration of candidate" to the Secretary of State.
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PHOTOS: Flooding Near Lake Alvin, S.D.

Photos by Todd Epp/NPNLincoln County Hwy 110 at Lake Alvin east of Harrisburg, S.D. was still closed to traffic around noon Tuesday. _____ Copyright 2013-14 Northern Plains News, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Columnists and other content providers syndicated on NPN retain all rights to their works. Views expressed in opinion pieces and columns are those of their authors or content providers and may not represent the views of Northern Plains News, LLC, its contributors or its subscribers.
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