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Advocate Hopes to Alter Reservation Heating Method

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – American Indian advocate Chase Iron Eyes is launching a program to try to find an alternative to propane-heated homes on the Standing Rock Reservation, where the nationwide propane shortage is hitting particularly hard. A fundraising program dubbed “Heating the Rez” is being coordinated through http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/heating-the-rez.   Iron Eyes says the...
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Propane Lack Fuels Crisis at Dakotas Reservation

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – A nationwide propane shortage has created what tribal officials say is a life-and-death emergency on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Dakotas. The crisis can be summed up in the death of 61-year-old Debbie Dogskin, whose body was found in a mobile home with an empty propane tank....
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SD Panel Approves Bill to Stabilize State Bank Tax

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has unanimously approved Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to stabilize state income from its tax on bank income. The state’s bank franchise tax is based on the portion of a bank’s property, payroll and receipts attributable to South Dakota. State Revenue Secretary Andy Gerlach says the...
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Lake Oahe Walleye Continue Post-2011 Flood Rebound

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Wildlife officials say walleye are rebounding in Lake Oahe after millions of rainbow smelt baitfish were flushed through the Oahe Dam during 2011 Missouri River flooding. Rainbow smelt is the primary baitfish in the Dakotas lake, especially for big walleyes. Biologists began seeing Oahe’s bigger walleyes die off in...
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McLaughlin Man Sentenced For Assault

PIERRE, S.D. — (DRG News) United  States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault by Striking, Beating and Wounding and Simple Assault was sentenced on February 4, 2014, by U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes. Conrad Little Bear, age 54, was sentenced to 60 days of custody...
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Pressler Taps Support from Friends in Both Parties

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A lifelong Democrat who lost to former Republican U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler nearly a quarter century ago is working to help Pressler get his old job back. USD Foundation president emeritus Ted Muenster has been circulating petitions in Vermillion this week to get Pressler on the 2014 ballot. Muenster...
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SD House: Districts Still Set School Start Date

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has rejected a bill that would have prevented public school districts from starting classes before the last Monday in August. The measure on Thursday failed on a vote of 29-40. Opponents say school districts should decide when classes start in the fall. They say districts might...
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SD Lawmakers Consider Plan to Change Bank Tax

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee is considering Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposed changes in the state bank franchise tax. Daugaard has said the tax must be revised to account for changes in how banks have spread their operations among many states. He says changes in the banking industry have made it...
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SD Senate Votes to Ease Student Drug Suspensions

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has passed a measure that would reduce the time some students caught with drugs are suspended from sports and other school activities. Senators voted 32-1 to send the bill to the House. Current law requires that students convicted for a first drug offense be suspended from...
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G F & P to Hold Meeting Tonight on Lake Oahe Fisheries

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A meeting will be held in Pierre tonight to discuss the status of Lake Oahe’s fisheries. At this evening’s gathering, Game, Fish and Parks staff will present 2013 Missouri River fisheries data and talk about regulation changes for 2014. Geno Adams, Fisheries Program Administrator for G F & P...
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