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SD Lawmakers Consider Livestock Inspection Fees

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative panel is reviewing the state Brand Board’s decision to increase the fee for livestock inspections designed to prevent the theft of cattle, horses and mules in western South Dakota. The board decided last month to boost the inspection fee from 90 cents a head to $1. The increase...
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USDA: Below Normal Temps Provide Few Days for Fieldwork in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Below normal temperatures have limited the ability for snow to melt and kept soil temperatures at or below freezing across South Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that farmers and ranchers had 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities included applying fertilizer to wheat,...
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Error Causes Confusion with Inmate from Hughes County

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say an inmate who they believed went missing briefly Monday morning was actually never missing and was where he was supposed to be. State prison officials had said 35-year-old Aaron Olson left the prison Monday morning to go to his work-release job but didn’t show up there and...
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Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Conversion of Mortgaged Property

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A former Glenham area resident has entered a guilty plea to a federal charge of Conversion of Farm Service Agency Mortgaged Property.  25-year-old Wroper Kosel of Bismarck, North Dakota appeared in court before U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange last Tuesday, March 26 to plead guilty to the charge.  Kosel...
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Inmate from Hughes County Located After Reported as Missing from Rapid City Facility

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Authorities say a state prison inmate who was reported as missing earlier today has been located.  The South Dakota Department of Corrections says inmate Aaron Olson was accounted for in Rapid City this morning after officials initially enacted escape procedures.  The 35-year-old man is currently serving a two-year sentence...
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Finalists Named in South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award Program

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The finalists have been announced for the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award.  The Sand County Foundation, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition named the four finalists last week.  The Leopold Conservation Award honors the achievement of South Dakota landowners in voluntary stewardship and management of natural...
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Fatal Crash Reported in Jones County Late Sunday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Mitchell woman was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred south of Murdo late last night.  The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says the wreck occurred on U.S. Highway 83 south of Murdo about 10:30 p.m. Sunday night.  Reports indicate that 54-year-old Terri Ann Kowall was...
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Pierre Man Arrested Following Saturday Assault Report

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was jailed over the weekend after police were told that a domestic assault was occurring in a vehicle outside an apartment complex in northeast Pierre.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were summoned late Saturday afternoon about 5:45 p.m. to the 1900 block of Kennedy...
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Search Underway for Inmate Serving Hughes County Sentence on Possession of a Controlled Substance

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Authorities are searching for a missing state prison inmate.  The South Dakota Department of Corrections says 35-year-old Aaron Olson left the Rapid City Minimum Security Unit to go to his work release job this morning, but did not show up at the work site.  Olson is serving a two...
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Faulkton Pilot Recounts Emergency Landing in ND

FAULKTON, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota pilot who made an emergency landing in southeastern North Dakota says he didn’t panic when his engine started to sputter at 5,000 feet. Keith Melius, of Faulkton, says he managed to stay calm because he had done many emergency landing drills with his flight instructor before earning...
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