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Johnson Praises Renewal of Export-Import Charter

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sen. Tim Johnson is praising the Senate’s passage of legislation to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank. The bill reauthorizes the bank for three years and raises its lending cap from the current $100 billion to $140 billion. Johnson, who chairs the Senate Banking Committee, says the higher...
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Five Runaway Teens Accused in SD Armed Robbery

SELBY, S.D. (AP) – Five teenagers are in custody after allegedly running away from a treatment center, stealing guns and a vehicle and holding up a gas station in the north central South Dakota town of Selby. Authorities say the teens ran away from a Corson County treatment center on Monday, rummaged through cars...
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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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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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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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