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Some SD Native Americans Wary About Health Reform

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Denise Mesteth says she’s hopeful but skeptical her new health insurance through the Affordable Care Act can help her and other Native Americans who otherwise rely on free government health care. She hadn’t used the insurance coverage yet but paid the premium, even though she and other members of...
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SD Inmates Could See Early Release Next Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. District Attorney Brendan Johnson says a federal ruling Friday that will make tens of thousands of inmates serving time for drug crimes eligible for early release could have significant impact on South Dakota. Johnson tells the Argus Leader that he estimates between 300 and 400 inmates could see...
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Oglala Lakota Pushing to Rename Shannon County

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A group of Oglala Lakota tribal members say they’ve gathered enough signatures to put a measure on the November ballot to rename Shannon County. The Rapid City Journal reports that tribal organizers hope to rename the county that makes up the majority of the land on the Pine Ridge...
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Governor Asking for Presidential Disaster Declaration

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a presidential disaster declaration to help South Dakota repair infrastructure that was damaged by flooding and tornadoes in June. The governor says the request is for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. His request for individual assistance at the beginning of the month...
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Milk Production for June Up 5 Percent Over 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Dakota increased its milk production in June. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says milk production in the state totaled 177 million pounds, a 5 percent increase over June 2013. The average number of milk cows in June was 97,000. Milk production...
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Authorities Say Body of Rape Victim Found One Month After Report

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Investigators say the body of a woman who was raped and murdered on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation was not discovered until a month after a drunk and agitated witness told police she was lying in tall grass west of Fort Yates. Twenty-nine-year-old Lance Summers, of Fort Yates, has pleaded...
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Pressler: Memorial at Wounded Knee Needed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler says if he’s elected he’ll push for a American Indian “holocaust memorial” museum at Wounded Knee. Pressler says he got the idea from journalist and Oglala Lakota Tribe member Tim Giago. Pressler says the museum would need funding from the federal and state...
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More South Dakota Statehood Celebrations Planned

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – More activities are planned across South Dakota to mark its 125th year of statehood. Madison will host an All-School Reunion and Prairie Music Festival July 26 for everyone who has attended or currently attends an area school. The annual Carthage Straw Bale Festival on Aug. 2-3 will feature a parade...
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Capitol Commission Approves Enhancements at Civil War Memorial Site in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission Wednesday approved a motion to go forward on a project to enhance the Civil War Memorial Site near Capitol Lake. The war monument was dedicated in 1920 and was put in place to commemorate the veterans of the Civil War. Mike Mueller...
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Deputy U.S. Marshals Talk About Former South Dakotan on Most Wanted Fugitive List

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The U.S. Marshals Service is hopeful that a national TV show highlighting one of it’s 15 most wanted fugitives will aid in the man’s capture. Convicted sex offender and escapee; 41-year-old Kevin Patrick Stoeser, who is from the Pierre/Fort Pierre area, will be the focus of a half hour...
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