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Selby Man to Appear in Federal Court Tuesday on Child Sex Offense Charges

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An initial appearance has been set for tomorrow afternoon for a former Walworth County prosecutor charged in federal court with sex offenses.  34-year-old Christopher Robert Jansen was indicted in U.S. District Court last week for one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Child and one count of Distribution of...
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US Senate Candidate Weiland Enlists New Adviser

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland has enlisted a new campaign adviser. The Democrat on Monday announced that veteran political strategist Steve Jarding will serve as his senior adviser and spokesman for the remainder of the race. Jarding has worked on statewide races in South Dakota, Nebraska and Virginia. He...
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SD Driver Licensing Program Director Leaving

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The longtime director of South Dakota’s Driver Licensing Program is leaving for a federal job. Cindy Gerber has spent the past 17 years as head of the state’s driver’s licensing services. Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones says Gerber is leaving to take a position with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety...
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Fed Comments Accepted in Indian Child Welfare Case

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge is allowing the U.S. Justice Department to weigh in on a lawsuit over South Dakota’s handling of foster care for American Indian children. The Rapid City Journal reports U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken granted the Justice Department’s motion to comment on the lawsuit and acknowledged the...
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Rain Doesn’t Stop ND’s Statehood Celebration

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A downpour didn’t keep North Dakotans from celebrating their state’s 125th anniversary. The Bismarck Tribune reports North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Saturday unveiled the pen that President Benjamin Harrison used to sign the Dakotas into statehood in 1889. The pen was on display...
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Wilder Memoir to Give Gritty View of Prairie Life

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children’s series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted “Little House on the Prairie” fans a more realistic view of frontier living. “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” is slated to be released by the South Dakota State...
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New Science Standards Proposed for Public Schools

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A committee drafting new education standards wants to make sure students get more hands-on experience in the sciences. The Argus Leader reports state education officials released a draft of new science curriculum standards last week. The 31-person committee that drafts the standards wants students to master scientific investigations, problem-solving methods,...
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Projects Underway in Pierre Leading to More Inquiries from Other Developers

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) New developments underway in Pierre are coming together as scheduled and Pierre’s Mayor says the new building projects are sparking more interest in the community. Northeast Pierre is the focus of construction to rework North Garfield Avenue; a new Menards store is being built, as is a new elementary...
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SD’s Governor & First Lady to Attend Tomorrow’s 125th Celebration Party in ND

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard will take part in a celebration Saturday at North Dakota’s Capitol Building for that state’s 125th anniversary. A daylong event is planned tomorrow on the grounds of the state capitol in Bismarck. A schedule indicates there will be entertainment, food, fine arts and games. Governor Daugaard...
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PFD Puts Out Early Morning Hay Bale Fire in East Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department spent about 2 1/2 hours at a hay bale fire this morning which burned in an open field near the Pierre Indian Learning Center. Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says firefighters were told of the fire before 5:00 a.m. this morning. The bales were located...
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