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SD Teacher of the Year to be Announced Thursday

OACOMA, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced during a ceremony Thursday in Oacoma. Five teachers are finalists for the award: Katie Anderson from the Rapid City School District; Connie Gretschmann from the Avon School District; Milbank School District teacher Shelly Loehrer; West Central School District teacher Carolyn...
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Clash Over SD Voter Pamphlets Goes to the Courts

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A state senator from Rapid City is suing South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant over a voter guide. Sen. Stan Adelstein says Gant broke the law by not including opposition statements on four proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot. Gant says he sought people to present opposing...
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Ceremony Planned for Army Guard Unit Relocating

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Army National Guard is hosting a ceremony Sunday to honor a unit that is being relocated. The ceremony is set to honor the unit from Miller. Soldiers from Miller’s Detachment 2, Company A, 139th Brigade Support Battalion, will conduct their drill training in Redfield for several...
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Daugaard’s Urge Flu Vaccination

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Governor and First Lady rolled up their sleeves yesterday to receive their flu vaccinations–and are urging other South Dakotans to follow their lead. Governor Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard are new grandparents and said in a press release that they have learned that babies under...
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Stanley County Efforts Noted During SDACO Conference

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Stanley County Highway Department was given a safety award at last month’s annual South Dakota Association of County Officials Conference. Highway Superintendent Leo Sullivan and department employees were honored for their efforts to make their workplace safe-and in general-for protecting county assets. To be eligible for the...
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FEMA Filers in Hughes and Stanley County Urged to Report Additional Flood Damage

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakotans who registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency last year for damage caused by the 2011 flood may be able to get additional assistance if they noted more damage since then. Residents of five counties-Hughes, Stanley, Charles Mix, Yankton and Union, were eligible to register last year...
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Pierre School Board Discusses Head Lice Policy

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board discussed changes yesterday that were made earlier this summer to the district’s Pediculossis or Head Lice policy. In August, the board modified the policy to mirror new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies–which say that it is rare for lice to...
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SD Panel Discusses Open Government Proposals

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A task force seeking ways to make South Dakota government more open is ready to make its recommendations. The panel meets in Pierre today to discuss a number of specific proposals that might be recommended to Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Attorney General Marty Jackley. Daugaard and Jackley appointed the task...
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Noem Returns Donation From Convicted Tax Evader

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem has returned $4,000 in campaign contributions from a man convicted of felony tax evasion. A federal jury convicted Rapid City surgeon Edward Picardi after a three-week trial on 13 charges that he filtered millions of dollars of income through offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes....
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Former Tribal Council Member Sentenced for Assault

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A former Standing Rock Sioux tribal council member has been sentenced to two years in prison for domestic assault by an habitual offender. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 44-year-old Kerby St. John was convicted in June for an incident that took place in July 2011 in Kenel, a community...
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