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Red Cross to Close Temporary Shelter Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The American Red Cross will be closing its shelter tomorrow for residents displaced in Tuesday’s fire at the Capitol Inn and Suites. Red Cross Executive Director Richard Smith says the shelter at First United Methodist Church in Pierre will close at 11:00 a.m. Saturday.   Fire victims who have yet...
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Ipswich Man Indicted for First-Degree Manslaughter

IPSWICH, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley says an Ipswich man has been indicted by an Edmunds County grand jury on one count of first-degree manslaughter for the death of a Minnesota teen. Jackley said Friday that 18-year-old Janos Stahl faces life in prison for the car crash that killed 15-year-old Vannah Decker....
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Dakotas Members Strongly Back Keystone House Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) – Members of the North Dakota and South Dakota congressional delegations are cheering the passage of a House bill that allows construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to move forward. The Senate is set to take a similar vote next week. Republican Reps. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota and Kristi Noem...
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Eagle Butte Receives CDBG Funds

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Eagle Butte is one of three communities to receive Community Development Block Grant funds.  Governor Dennis Daugaard today announced that nearly $1.5 million dollars is being awarded to Eagle Butte, Wagner and Yankton.  The funding will assist with projects totaling more than $8.8 million dollars.  A $515,000 grant for...
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SD Transportation Commission to Hold Public Meeting on Ditch Mowing Regulations

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Next week, South Dakota’s Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing in Pierre to take comments on the current ditch mowing regulations. The commission will meet next Thursday. The hearing is being held in response to one of eight key recommendations from the Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Work Group. After...
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Regents: Bollen Went Afoul of Ethics Policies

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The top executive of the South Dakota Board of Regents says the former administrator of the federal EB-5 investment-for-green-card program didn’t follow system-wide ethics policies before moving the program under a privately run company he created. Jack Warner is the executive and CEO of the board. He told the Government...
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Wilder Autobiography to be Released Monday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiography that will give fans a more realistic view of frontier living will be released Monday. “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” is being released nationwide by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press. Wilder wrote the autobiography before the “Little House on the Prairie” series but couldn’t...
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Authorities Release Cause for Fire at Capitol Inn and Suites

(Statement from the Pierre Police Department) On November 13, 2014 the investigation was completed as to the cause of the fire at The Capitol Inn and Suites.  The fire investigation team comprised of local, state, and federal officials determined that the fire was accidental due to electrical failure in an interior wall. The scene...
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Disaster Aid for June Storms in SD Tops $10M

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The disaster aid for the mid-June storms in South Dakota including the Wessington Springs tornado has topped $10 million. Officials on Thursday said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $9.08 million and the state of South Dakota has approved an additional $1.21 million as part of the state’s...
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Johnson Says Process Should Play Out on Keystone

WASHINGTON (AP) – Retiring Sen. Tim Johnson says he currently believes the review process should play out before construction begins on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Senate is expected to vote next week on legislation that would allow construction on the Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline to move forward. But Johnson, a Democrat leaving office...
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