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House Commemoration and Possible Upcoming Events Mark 25 Years Since Filming of Dances With Wolves

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) One House Commemoration brought before state lawmakers during the main run of this year’s Legislative Session was the first recognition this year for what is the 25th anniversary of the filming of Dances With Wolves in South Dakota. The Academy award winning movie was directed, produced by and featured...
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SD Capitol Glass Repairs on Track, ‘Fascinating’

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Crews are back in the state Capitol to dismantle and repair its century-old stained glass windows. A state official says the project is moving as expected and has been “fascinating.” A crew from Wisconsin is now removing 60 out of 90 panels from the barrel vaulted skylight over the main...
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SD Judges Ignore Order in Native Children Lawsuit

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge has given four current circuit judges in South Dakota two weeks to either abide by his orders or explain why they refuse to issue transcripts of custody hearings involving Native American children. The Rapid City Journal reports Chief U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken issued the order...
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Faulkton Voters Approve Tax Freeze Opt Out

FAULKTON, S.D. (AP) – Voters in the town of Faulkton have approved an opt out of the state property tax freeze. School officials say 60 percent of voters approved the move in Tuesday’s election. The opt out will generate an estimated $450,000 annually for five years for the school district. The election drew 401...
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Miller Superintendent Resigns After Paternity Suit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The superintendent of the Miller School District has resigned his post and a seat on the state high school activities board less than a month after a paternity suit was filed by a former student. Circuit Judge Jon Erickson ordered Michael Ruth to take a paternity test. Jacqueline Maria...
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Minnesota Man Arrested in Child Exploitation Ring Involving Two SD Victims

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Authorities say one of 14 men charged with operating an online child exploitation network was arrested in Minnesota. Details of the operation were announced Tuesday. The investigation led by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Postal Inspection Service saved 250 victims across 39 states and five other countries. Minnesota...
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Band Boston Joins SD State Fair Lineup

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota State Fair will bring the band Boston to Huron on Aug. 31. Boston is known for hits “More than a Feeling” and “Peace of Mind.” The hard-rock band debuted with a popular self-titled album in 1976. Last year it released a new album called, “Life, Love &...
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SD Woman Admits Embezzling From Grain Elevator

GREGORY, S.D. (AP) – The former business manager of the Gregory Farmers Elevator has pleaded guilty to stealing from the company. The Daily Republic reports that 30-year-old Melissa Vosika pleaded guilty to attempted embezzlement, altering corporate records and forgery. Prosecutors dropped 11 other counts as part of a plea agreement. Authorities allege that Vosika...
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SD Lawmakers to Study Sex Abuse, Tribal Economics

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers have passed bills creating three task forces this year instead of relying on the legislative executive board to set up summer studies. The Legislature’s executive board typically picks topics to study over the summer after the session ends. But legislators this year established a few studies in...
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Mobridge City Council Met March 17

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News) The Mobridge City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting at city hall on March 17. Council approved the minutes for the March 3rd meeting. Brad Milliken, Fire Chief/Water Superintendent, sought and received approval to take the new fire truck to Aberdeen for fire school April 3 through 6. Council...
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