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Central/NW SD Business Leaders Chosen for Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Fellowships

RENNER, S.D. – (DRG News) Eight finalists have been chosen for the Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Fellowships. The Dakota Rising program is administered by Dakota Resources: Economic and Leadership Development and cultivates rural entrepreneurs who are working to grow themselves, their businesses and their community. Beth Davis, president of Dakota Resources, says the eight finalists...
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Lower Brule Man Pleads Guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Diazepam/Valium

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Lower Brule man pled guilty in federal court to an indictment that charges him with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule IV Controlled Substance. 38-year-old Russell Thigh appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange on Thursday and entered his plea to the charge. Authorities say Thigh mistakenly...
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“Purple Up for Military Kids” Day Noted Today-April is Month of the Military Child

UNDATED – (DRG News) Today has been named nationally as “Purple Up for Military Kids Day” and organizers are encouraging people to wear purple as a sign of appreciation for the nation’s military children. In South Dakota, Governor Dennis Daugaard proclaimed April as “Month of the Military Child” to honor military youth who have...
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IRS Offers Tips for Taxpayers Needing More Time to File-22,300 Extensions Expected in SD

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA – (DRG News) There are just a few days until the April 17 tax deadline and the Internal Revenue Service reminds anyone who has yet to file that they can get an automatic six month tax filing extension. In South Dakota, the IRS says about 22,300 taxpayers are expected to request...
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Fort Thompson Brothers Plead Guilty to Slaying

LOWER BRULE, S.D. (AP) – Two Fort Thompson men have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with the beating death of another man. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 22-year-old Alphonso Drapeau, III, and 20-year-old Gavin Drapeau pleaded guilty before a U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday. Alphonso Drapeau pleaded guilty to...
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SD State Penitentiary Building Named for Slain Guard

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota prison officials have renamed the training academy for a corrections officer killed a year ago during a botched prison escape. Thursday marks the one year anniversary of the death of Ronald Johnson. Johnson was working alone on his 63rd birthday when two inmates attacked him with a...
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Fort Pierre and Highmore Election Winners Talk About the Job Ahead

UNDATED – (DRG News) Tuesday’s election in Fort Pierre saw a good turnout, as city officials indicate that at least a third of registered voters cast their ballots. City Finance Officer Roxanne Heezen says there were 529 people who voted, out of 1,523 registered voters in the city. In the last Mayor’s race, 444...
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Bring it Home Committee Continues Working Toward Goal of Returning Fort Pierre Depot

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A group of area citizens working to bring Fort Pierre’s former train depot back to town from a ranch near Mud Butte are getting closer to making the plans a reality. The depot that served the railroad from Fort Pierre was purchased by a rancher and moved to...
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Sports Theme Planned for History Conference Starting Tomorrow in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota State Historical Society will hold its 2012 History Conference tomorrow and Saturday at the Ramkota in Pierre. The theme for the event is Playing on the Plains: Sports and Recreation in South Dakota. Rodger Hartley, of the society’s Research and Publishing Program-which is coordinating the conference...
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Pierre/Fort Pierre Area Boat Ramps Seeing Flood Clean Up and Improvements

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The 2011 flood impacted area waterways and boat ramps; and as a result the state Game, Fish and Parks Department will be making some changes this year along the river. Doug Hofer, Director of the G F & P’s Parks and Recreation Division says the rushing water being let...
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