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Smith Tabbed as Director of SD Ag Department Division

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Agriculture Department says William Smith has been named director of the agency’s resource conservation and forestry division. Smith has worked for the agency since 2009 as a conservation program manager. The agency says agriculture is South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity...
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Former SD Prosecutor Charged With 3 Counts of Rape

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Attorney General’s office says the former Walworth County state’s attorney has been arrested and charged with three counts of rape. The Aberdeen American News reports that 34-year-old Christopher Robert Jansen of Selby has recently done court-appointed defense work in Brown County. A spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s...
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Effort Aims for No Fatalities on I-90, I-94

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Law enforcement agencies in the Dakotas are joining counterparts in 13 other states in a four-day interstate enforcement campaign on Interstates 90 and 94. The “I-90/94 Challenge” has a goal of zero fatalities on the two interstates between Washington state and New York state through Monday, and a 50 percent...
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Prison Reform Working According to SD’s General Counsel

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s General Counsel says legislation passed last year in an effort to reduce the prison population and save money is working. Jim Seward says the Public Safety Improvement Act has tripled the number of nonviolent offenders in the state’s DUI and drug courts, increased the number of criminals on...
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