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Funeral for Former Senator Abdnor Saturday in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The funeral for former U.S. Sen. Jim Abdnor will be Saturday in Pierre. Abdnor, the South Dakota Republican who ousted George McGovern from the Senate, died Wednesday at the age of 89. He had been in hospice care recently. Sen. John Thune, who describes Abdnor as a mentor, will give...
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Wheat Harvest

SD Winter Wheat Production Forecast Down

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s winter wheat production is forecast to be down 14 percent from last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its May Crop Report that the forecast for 2012 is 57.2 million bushels, down from 66.8 million bushels in 2011. The 2012 winter wheat yield is forecast...
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Health Insurance Papers

SD Awarded Grant But Will Wait on Exchange

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has been awarded a $5.9 million federal grant to continue research into the possibility of a state-run health insurance exchange. But Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state will continue to wait for the outcome of the lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul before deciding whether to...
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Jim Abdnor, Ex-US Senator from South Dakota, Dies

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former U.S. Sen. Jim Abdnor, the South Dakota Republican who ousted George McGovern from the Senate, has died. His family said in a statement that Abdnor died Wednesday at the age of 89. He had been in hospice care recently. Despite three decades in public service, Abdnor never mastered the...
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SD Gets About $72,000 in Skechers USA Settlement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the state’s share of a multistate settlement with the Skechers USA Inc. footwear company is nearly $72,000. Skechers will pay $40 million in customer refunds to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission that it made unfounded claims about the benefits of its...
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Wolf Found Dead in SD Came From Yellowstone

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – A federal wolf specialist says a gray wolf found dead on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation came from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Mike Jimenez with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says information from a tracking collar identifies the wolf as a 3- to 4-year-old male that was...
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Hard Hat

More Intersection Closures Expected Today on Truck Bypass Reconstruction Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Another series of intersection closures are expected today as part of the South Dakota Department of Transportation’s truck bypass reconstruction project that started in Pierre earlier this month. Closures of Garfield Avenue–where it intersects with Harrison Avenue and Flag Mountain Drive–can be expected at various times today and the...
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Hughes County Jail

Fort Pierre Man Enters Guilty Plea in Stanley County Case Yesterday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Fort Pierre man who was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder–for a case in which a gun was discharged toward another person after a fight–entered a guilty plea in a Pierre courtroom yesterday. 39-year-old Ronald Lee Berens, Jr. faced six charges after authorities say he shot a rifle...
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Prisoner in Custody

Teen Sentenced for Burglary and Grand Theft in Sully and Hughes Counties

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre area teen has been sentenced for his guilty pleas to Grand Theft in Hughes County and Third Degree Burglary in Sully County. A charge of Petty Theft against 18-year-old Jacob Nolte was dismissed. Nolte was charged after break-ins and thefts were reported in both counties in November...
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SD Reservation Grocery Store Might Reopen Thursday

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – An attorney for the sole grocery store on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota says it might reopen Thursday after the Oglala Sioux Tribe dismissed an order to close. The Sioux Nation Shopping Center closed Friday after the tribe sought a temporary restraining order alleging that the...
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