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Three Years After it Started, the Trail of Governors Project Continues to Grow

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A project which started in 2011 with the idea to create statues of former South Dakota Governors for placement throughout central Pierre is going strong. The Trail of Governors project began as an informal idea according to Trail of Governors Foundation president Rick Jensen, and since, has gone on...
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Two Trail of Governors Statue Sculptors Talk About Their Roles in the Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two of the sculptors behind the three statues of South Dakota Governors shown to the public for the first time Saturday both say the Trail of Governors project is a special one. Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby created the statue of South Dakota’s 7th Governor Robert Vessey and James...
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Rededication Held Saturday for Newly Updated First Ladies Inaugural Gown Exhibit

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Three former First Ladies and South Dakota’s current First Lady Linda Daugaard were present Saturday morning for the re-dedication of the newly refurbished First Ladies Inaugural Gown exhibit on the first floor of the State Capitol. The display was originally called the First Lady Doll Collection and was initially...
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Alabama Man Found Guilty of Impersonating FBI Agent

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A federal jury in South Dakota has found an Alabama man guilty of various charges stemming from an incident in which he impersonated an FBI agent. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 38-year-old Michael Thetford, of Alabaster, Alabama, has been found guilty of felon in possession of a firearm, impersonating a...
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Secretary of State Predicts Under 60 Percent Turnout

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s U.S. Senate race has drawn national attention and a lot of advertising, but the secretary of state says that may not convert to heavy turnout on Tuesday. Jason Gant tells WNAX-AM he’s predicting just under 60 percent of South Dakotans will cast ballots in Tuesday’s general election. He...
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Democrats Rally Base in Indian Country

MISSION, S.D. (AP) – A last push for Democratic candidates in South Dakota before Election Day includes at least two stops in a party stronghold: Indian Country. Rick Weiland and Susan Wismer, candidates for U.S. Senate and governor, campaigned Saturday at stops on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Indian reservations. Indian voters have been...
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St. Francis Men Sentenced for Murders on Rosebud

ST. FRANCIS, S.D. (AP) – Two St. Francis men who police say were responsible for a double homicide on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation last year have been sentenced. South Dakota’s U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 23-year-old BillyRay McCloskey has been sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment. He pleaded guilty to two counts of...
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Fire Along I-90 Sparked by Trailer Burns 235 Acres Near Reliance

KENNEBEC, S.D. – (DRG News) Firefighters worked much of Friday afternoon and evening to put out a fire that started along Interstate 90 near Reliance when a trailer came uncoupled from the vehicle that was pulling it and the enclosed trailer went into the ditch.  Lyman County Sheriff Steve Manger says the fire was...
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Pierre Educational Foundation Announces Fall 2014 Mini-Grant Program Recipients

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Educational Foundation has announced the Foundation’s Fall 2014 Mini-Grant Program recipients.  The program is set up to encourage teachers to focus beyond standard curriculum, raise the performance of students of all ages and offer solutions for educational challenges.  Recently, seven requested projects received a total of $3,558.58...
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City of Pierre Expresses Views on River Issues to Corps at Tuesday Meeting

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Corps of Engineers held a meeting in Pierre earlier this week on its draft Annual Operating Plan for managing the Missouri River’s reservoirs in 2015.  The meeting included a presentation on 2014 operations of the river and a public comment period.  Local citizens and groups offered input and...
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