Bill Aims to Reduce Trafficking of Minors With Less Proof

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has unanimously approved a bill to make it easier to prosecute those who traffic minors between the age of 16 and 18. The bill that advanced Monday would eliminate the need to prove force, fraud or coercion when prosecuting someone for trafficking minors. Supporters say...
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Percentage of South Dakota’s Kids Overweight, Obese Unchanged

PIERRE, S.D. – Almost one-third of South Dakota’s kids and teens are overweight or obese, according to a new state health report. The 2015-2016 School Height and Weight Report found 16.1 percent of South Dakota’s 5-19 year olds were obese and another 16 percent were overweight. That compares to 16.0 percent obese and 16.2...
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SD National Guard hosts 33rd annual Dining-Out Feb 2nd in Pierre SD

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota National Guard hosted its 2017 Dining-Out at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Pierre, Feb. 2. The annual event brings together Guardsmen from across the state for a formal evening to honor the organization’s history and to recognize individual and unit achievements from the past year. A...
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Top Republicans Offer Assurances After Ethics Measure Repeal

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Top Republicans are offering assurances that South Dakota voters will see bills passed this legislative session to replace provisions of a government ethics overhaul that lawmakers repealed this week. The Legislature is considering a raft of bills that would replace pieces of the voter-approved ethics initiative. The now-defunct measure instituted...
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Attorney General Jackley Announces Statewide Winner of Anti-Meth Campaign Contest

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Haley Westphal is the first statewide winner of the “NO.METH.EVER.” campaign contest. “Haley has created a fresh and innovative message to educate the public and our youth about the dangers of Meth,” said Jackley. “In the upcoming months South Dakota will experience her powerful...
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300 Wild Horses in South Dakota Need Homes as Deadline Looms

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Hundreds of wild horses at a troubled South Dakota sanctuary are enduring bitter weather while a group of volunteers works to feed and care for them. Others are sorting through adoption applications and networking on social media in search of homes for the horses. More than 800 horses were impounded in...
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Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday to be celebrated at Cultural Heritage Center Tues. Feb 7th at 7pm

PIERRE, S.D. – A special program will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of author Laura Ingalls Wilder. The free program will begin at 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The program will take place at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre and will be broadcast to the De Smet Middle School...
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Sophia New Accepted into the SD Middle School All State Band

PIERRE SD – Congratulations to Sophia New, 8th grade clarinetist from Georgia Morse Middle School, for her acceptance into South Dakota Middle School All State Band! The Middle School All State Band is comprised of two auditioned groups, the Honor Band and Festival Band from middle schools all over the state. Sophia has been...
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Brittani Snow Accepted into SD High School All State Band

PIERRE SD – Congratulations to Brittani Snow, a Senior Euphonium player at T.F. Riggs High School, for being accepted into South Dakota High School All State Band! The members of the 2017 South Dakota All-State Band have been selected through statewide competitive auditions. The auditions were held at six audition centers throughout the state...
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Stolen Pickup from Stanley County Located in Pierre and 2 Pierre Residents Arrested

PIERRE SD – Statement released by Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster: On 2-3-17 at 2:34 AM Pierre police received a report of a stolen Dodge Ram 2007 pickup truck from Stanley Co.  A short time later a Pierre Police patrol officer saw the vehicle traveling north on Euclid Ave.  There was a short pursuit...
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