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Fort Pierre Man Sentenced Tuesday for Aggravated Assault-Domestic Violence

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Fort Pierre man was sentenced yesterday for his guilty plea to Aggravated Assault-Domestic Violence. 39-year-old Ronald Lee Berens, Jr. initially faced six charges after authorities said he shot a rifle at his girlfriend on April 29. In a Fort Pierre courtroom yesterday, Berens was given a sentence...
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Hot Weather Sets Records in the Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Hot weather that blanketed North Dakota and South Dakota led to some weather records. The National Weather Service says several cities in the western Dakotas set high temperature records on Tuesday, from Dickinson in North Dakota to East Rapid City in South Dakota. Temperatures were in the 90s and...
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Teens Attending Youth Trooper Academy in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Sixteen South Dakota teens are attending a Youth Trooper Academy this week put on by the Highway Patrol and American Legion of South Dakota. The one-week academy geared to kids aged 16 and 17 runs through Friday afternoon at the South Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pierre. Maj. Dana...
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Tougher Fire Rules for Nebraska National Forests

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service says tougher fire restrictions are planned for the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands because of extremely dry and hot conditions and the threat of wildfires. The Forest Service says the entire area is moving into a stage two fire restriction order. That includes no campfires, no...
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SDBIC Directors to Meet Thursday in Fort Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Beef Industry Council directors will meet this week in Fort Pierre. During the Thursday afternoon meeting, council directors will get the final results of the Producer Input Survey; along with reports from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, the Operating Committee and an update on the recent New...
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Wakpala Man Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault

Mobridge, S.D.  (DRG News) United States Attorney Brandan Johnson announced that 53 year old Wakpala resident Lyle Baker appeared before a US District Judge on June 20th, 2012 and plead guilty to an indictment that charged him with Sexual Abuse. The conviction came from an incident in May 2011 in which Baker assaulted a young woman in Wakpala....
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State Climatologist Talks About Dry Conditions in Parts of SD

UNDATED – (DRG News) The National Weather Service says hot and dry conditions are expected this week across much of the upper Midwest. Today brings a heat advisory in west and central parts of the state with highs as warm as 108 in portions of South Dakota. The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor update...
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Road Work Underway on Section of Highway in Lyman County Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Department of Transportation is starting work today to place a microsurfacing seal coat on U.S. Highway 183 in Lyman County. The work will be done on a 15-mile section of the highway from Presho south to the White River. The seal coat being applied on the...
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New Law Allows Veteran Designation on SD Driver License

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A new law that will take effect July 1 will allow military veterans to have a veteran designation on their state-issued driver license. Steve Harding, Deputy Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety and Veterans Affairs says in a press release that starting the new “veteran” identification...
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ND, SD Add Law Enforcement Positions Through Grant

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Officials say a new federal grant that aims to hire veterans for law enforcement should fund eight officers in North Dakota and South Dakota. The U.S. Department of Justice says the $111-million grant should create more than 600 new law enforcement positions around the country and save about 200 jobs...
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