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Summer Hours Start this Week at Mount Rushmore

 KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) – Mount Rushmore National Memorial starts its expanded summer hours this week.  The Black Hills tourist site draws nearly 3 million visitors every year.  Starting Friday, the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center and Information Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The evening program and lighting ceremony will...
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Plague Spreading Among Prairie Dogs in South Dakota

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Sylvatic plague that has devastated prairie dog colonies across western South Dakota since 2007 has spread north and east and is now affecting colonies in the Fort Pierre National Grassland.  Wildlife biologist Ruben Mares says that prairie dog towns are becoming fewer and farther between. He says last year, one...
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Crashes Involving Airplanes and Wind Turbines Rare

     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Federal data indicate that wind turbines are not a major cause of airplane crashes.  A National Transportation Safety Board database lists only two crashes in which a plane struck a wind turbine – one in Palm Springs, California, in 2001, and one near the South Dakota town of Highmore in...
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Bullhead Woman Sentenced For Assaulting, Resisting And Impeding A Federal Officer

PIERRE, S.D. — (DRG News) United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Bullhead, South Dakota, woman convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on May 12, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. Darla Yellow Earrings, age 49, was sentenced to 16 months of custody, 3 years...
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South Dakota Joins Challenge to Federal Health Care Law

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has joined 20 states in a challenge to the federal health care law.  Attorney General Marty Jackley says the challenge filed in the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals asserts that the Affordable Care Act violates the U.S. Constitution’s Origination Clause, which requires that all tax bills...
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Grand Jury Indicts Man in Fairgrounds Horse Case

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A grand jury in Stanley County has indicted a man accused of releasing 37 horses at the County Fairgrounds.  24-year-old James Pourier, of Lower Brule, now faces charges of aggravated assault, burglary, criminal trespass, vandalism and injury to animals. Defense attorney Robert Konrad did not immediately respond to an Associated...
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Mobridge Cub Scouts Earn Awards

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News) Wolf and Bear Rank awards and Webelos activity badges were presented to Cub Scouts of Trinity Lutheran Church Cub Pack 65 Tuesday May 13th. The eight year old Cub Scouts completed 12 Wolf rank requirements called “achievements” involving as example; physical and mental skills, knowledge of the U.S. flag,...
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South Dakota Proposes Deer License, Tag Cuts

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed steep cuts to the number of licenses and tags available for many of the state’s deer hunting seasons.  The commission says a decrease in deer population prompted the proposed cuts. The 2014 seasons could see a substantial decrease in antlerless...
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State Board of Geographic Names Charts New Territory

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names is beginning a new chapter after completing its initial mission of removing the word “squaw” from the names of features in the state.  The board was established in 2009 to correct offensive nomenclature including “squaw” and “negro.” African-American leaders have advocated keeping “negro”...
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Mission Man Sentenced on Involuntary Manslaughter

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Mission man has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for involuntary manslaughter.  Twenty-one-year-old Colin Whirlwind Soldier was accused of driving drunk and speeding on Sept. 18, 2013, when he crashed the vehicle and killed a passenger. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Soldier’s blood-alcohol level was...
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