183-Pound Marijuana Bust Near Bismarck North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – Yesterday afternoon, a highway patrol trooper stopped a vehicle for minor traffic violations and discovered 183 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle, one of the North Dakota Highway Patrol’s largest drug busts. A Dodge minivan was eastbound on I-94 between Mandan and Bismarck in a construction zone. The driver, Harold Miller,...
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Conservation Milestone to be Celebrated at Sioux Empire Fair August 9 2017

SOUTH DAKOTA– When Lyman County producer Reed Petersek signs a contract  with USDA to enroll his farm in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this  Wednesday morning August 9th, it will mark a conservation milestone for South Dakota farmers and ranchers. Petersek’s signing will mark the 7 millionth acre of land in South Dakota to...
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Attorney General Jackley Receives National Leadership Award

PIERRE, S.D.- Today, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility ( announced the recipients of its 2017 Leadership Awards. Attorney General Marty Jackley was one of eight Attorneys General to be recognized for strong leadership to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking and promote teen driver safety. Jackley was joined by Colorado Attorney General Cynthia...
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South Dakota Ranks 2nd in Nation in Percentage of Electricity Derived from Wind

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Energy Department today released three wind market reports demonstrating continued growth in wind energy nationwide. America’s wind industry added more than 8,200 megawatts (MW) of capacity last year, representing 27 percent of all energy capacity additions in 2016. In 2016, wind supplied about 6 percent of U.S. electricity, and 14...
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Circle the Wagons for “Family Fun Saturday” at Cultural Heritage Center Aug. 12

PIERRE, S.D. – The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society is hosting another Family Fun Saturday Aug. 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The activity in on Saturday will be making a covered wagon.  All supplies are provided and children should be accompanied by an adult. Admission to...
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Feds to Give More Flexibility in Protecting Wild Bird in South Dakota and Ten Other States

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Interior Department has unveiled a plan to protect the threatened sage grouse that gives Western states greater flexibility to allow mining, logging and other economic development where it now is prohibited. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke  announced the strategy Monday for the ground-dwelling bird that has suffered a dramatic population decline...
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2017 Draper Winter Wheat Meeting to be Held Aug. 24, 2017

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The Jones County Crop Improvement Association and SDSU Extension will host the 29th Annual Winter Wheat meeting at Draper, August 24, 2017. The event will be held in the Draper City Auditorium and will begin at 6 p.m. (CDT). Registration is not required. A meal is served prior to the program...
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Man Pleads Guilty in Beating Death of Girl on Reservation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A second person has pleaded guilty in the beating death last fall of a 5-year-old girl on the South Dakota side of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Thirty-one-year-old Matthew St. Pierre of McLaughlin pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Friday. South Dakota U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says St. Pierre could...
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Tactical Remote Robot Assists in Felony Arrest

PIERRE, S.D. – Law Enforcement confirm that Chaz VanOrman, 35, Sioux Falls, was arrested August 3, 2017, in Lake County following an extensive search in both Lyon County, Iowa, and Minnehaha County, and ending in Lake County. VanOrman has been charged in Lake County on one count of burglary and one count of possession...
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Semi Unable to Stop, Causes Damage to Building, Driver is Ticketed

PIERRE SD – Statement from Pierre Police Captain Jason Jones: On Sunday August 6 at 12:35 pm Officers responded to a vehicle collision involving a 1999 Freightliner Semi pulling a loaded trailer and the Travel Leaders building located at 122 E Sioux Ave. While responding to the scene, local law enforcement was notified that the...
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