South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty in Old Grudge Death

MADISON, S.D. (AP) – A 73-year-old South Dakota man accused of fatally shooting his long-ago classmate has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a second-degree murder charge. Carl Ericsson was charged in the Jan. 31 killing of retired Madison High School teacher and track coach Norman Johnson. Johnson was shot twice in the face...
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Governor Daugaard and General McMahon November 2011

Meeting Planned in Bismarck Next Week Between River Governors and Corps

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governors from states along the Missouri River and officials with the Corps of Engineers are expected to meet in Bismarck, North Dakota next week for what will be the third gathering between the groups on the flooding of 2011. Several river-state governors met with Corps officials in August and...
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Oahe Downstream Entry

Construction Work Underway at Oahe Downstream to Repair Flood Damage

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Construction is underway to repair shoreline at Campground Number 3 at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area that was damaged during last year’s Missouri River flooding. District Park Supervisor Pat Buscher says construction crews are hauling out truckloads of uprooted trees and excavated soils to stabilize the shoreline near the...
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SDNG Museum to Host Anniversary Party Next Month

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota National Guard is celebrating 150 years of service and to commemorate the anniversary, the SDNG Museum in Pierre is hosting an event next month. Sonja Johnson, museum director, says everyone is invited to the museum Saturday, June 9 from 10-4 to learn about the rich history...
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SD Board Proposes Smaller Rise in Livestock Fee

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Brand Board has cut back on its plans to raise livestock inspection fees in western South Dakota. The board wants to increase the fee by 10 cents a head. In March, the board pushed a 20-cent increase. It withdrew the proposal at the request of Gov. Dennis Daugaard....
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Another Traffic Pattern Change Announced as Part of Causeway Reconstruction Work

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre and Corps of Engineers have worked together to make some adjustments to traffic patterns to accommodate trucks hauling materials to the Causeway reconstruction project. Officials have closed a left turning lane that is usually used for motorists heading north on Poplar Avenue to turn to...
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Two Men Plead Guilty to Charges in November Shooting Near Onida

ONIDA, S.D. – (DRG News) Two South African foreign nationals charged in a November shooting south of Onida entered a change of plea Monday after reaching an agreement in the case with prosecutors. 20-year-old Zane Van Der Merwe and 31-year-old Stephan Van Der Berg both pled guilty to attempted aggravated assault yesterday at the...
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5 Juveniles arrested after crime spree in Walworth County

Mobridge, S.D. –  (DRGNews) 5 Juveniles have been apprehended after an armed crime spree in Walworth County. Walworth County Sheriff Duane Mohr said that he received a call just before 4am that Shorty’s One Stop in Selby had been held up by gun point. With the help of the Potter County Sheriffs office, a...
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Chamberlain Planning $1.7 Million Community Center

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – The city of Chamberlain plans to demolish its vacant City Hall and build a $1.7 million community center to replace it. The Daily Republic reports that the city will apply for $500,000 in state grant money to complete the funding and begin construction. The old three-story City Hall dates to...
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Seeding of SD Corn, Soybeans Ahead of Average Pace

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The seeding of corn and soybeans in South Dakota remains well ahead of the average pace after another week of good planting conditions. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that 28 percent of the soybean crop is in the ground, compared with 7 percent...
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