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SD Fire Marshal: Watch Out for Cooking Fires

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents across the state to be wary of cooking fires as they whip up holiday meals. The safety office says cooking accidents are the most frequent causes of home fires. Keeping sleeves under control and monitoring simmering food can go a long...
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Recent Snow in Black Hills Creates Optimal Conditions for Snowmobilers

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Many snowmobile enthusiasts have been granted wishes for a white Christmas, as more than a foot of snow fell in parts of the Black Hills over the past few days. Shannon Percy, Black Hills Trails district supervisor says snow lovers have had to be patient this year, but this...
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Fruit/Produce Distribution Considered a Success

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre Area Referral Service and Feeding South Dakota held a free produce and fruit giveaway yesterday at the First Baptist Church parking lot in Pierre. Laura White, Executive Director of PARS says the event brought an overwhelming response, with about 220 units of produce and 220 units of fruit...
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Inmates & DOC Staff Come Up with Ways to Brighten Holidays for Others

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) State prison inmates and Department of Corrections staff members have both worked to make the holiday season brighter for others. Close to 2,000 wooden toys like cars, trucks, planes and castles were made from scrap lumber at prison shops in Sioux Falls and Springfield. The wooden toys are to...
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Pierre Woman Arrested for Identity Theft

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Police arrested a man and woman from Pierre yesterday in a case that started with a report of possible identity theft. Police Captain Elton Blemaster says authorities were told around 5:20 p.m. yesterday by a Pierre resident in the 400 block of North Tyler that her credit card company...
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Resentencing on Hold for Man Convicted of Killing Pierre Taxi Driver

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The date for a resentencing hearing for a man given life without the possibility of parole in the 1996 killing of a Pierre cab driver has been delayed. In December of last year, Judge John Brown granted a new sentencing hearing for Paul Dean Jensen Jr. who was...
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Court Reverses Protection Order Against Man

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A man barred from his sister’s property by a protection order issued when he wasn’t present in court was successful in arguing to the South Dakota Supreme Court that his lawyer should have been able to represent him the proceedings. The high court on Tuesday reversed a lower court’s decision...
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Antlerless Deer Season Scheduled to Reopen in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The hunting season is set to reopen for antlerless deer tags in the East River and West River areas of South Dakota. The state Game, Fish and Parks Department says the season will not reopen in many deer hunting units where no antlerless tags were issued. The season resumes Dec....
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State Capitol Christmas Tree Display Ends Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office says the Christmas trees that decorate the South Dakota state Capitol will only be available for public viewing through Saturday. Organizations that decorated the trees will begin taking them down on Sunday. The governor’s office invites groups who are celebrating an anniversary in 2015, or simply...
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South Dakota to Receive Nearly $200,000 From T-Mobile

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the state will receive more than $194,000 as part of a settlement between T-Mobile USA and federal regulators. The Federal Trade Commission last week announced that T-Mobile will pay at least $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers throughout the country for...
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