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Pierre Woman Named to Head Driver Licensing Program

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre woman has been selected to lead the South Dakota Driver Licensing Program.  Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones announced last week that Jane Schrank was named to replace Cindy Gerber, who resigned as director of the program in August to take a position with the federal government.  Schrank...
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Group Files Suit Claiming Voting Rights Violations

WANBLEE, S.D. (AP) – Four Lakota residents of a community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have filed a federal lawsuit claiming voting rights violations. The Rapid City Journal reports the Wanblee residents claim in their lawsuit that Jackson County is discriminating against Native Americans by not opening a satellite office in their community...
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SD Hearing to Address Changes to Gaming Compact

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – An upcoming public hearing will address proposed changes to the gaming compact between the state of South Dakota and the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The hearing scheduled for Thursday at the Prairie Wind Casino will focus on the proposed compact that would allow the tribe to expand its gaming operations....
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Deadline for SD Voter Registration One Week Away

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota voters have one week to register for the upcoming general election.        Secretary of State Jason Gant says nearly 518,000 people have registered to vote on Nov. 4. The deadline for registration is Oct. 20.        Gant says it’s a noteworthy election with U.S. Senate and...
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Weiland Says He’ll Ask PACs to Leave Race

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland says he plans to ask two national political action committees that have spent nearly $2 million in South Dakota to stop promoting his candidacy. The Democratic candidate tells the Rapid City Journal that he will ask MayDay PAC and Every Voice Action to “get...
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FEMA Approves Disaster Funding for South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $3.6 million in disaster aid to help communities recover from several June storms, including the tornado in Wessington Spring and flooding in other areas. Funds will be made available to Butte, Clay, Corson, Dewey,...
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SD Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service to be Held Sunday Afternoon

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This weekend brings the annual South Dakota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service to Pierre. The service will take place Sunday afternoon at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial near the capitol building. It will be moved inside the capitol if weather is inclement. Charlie Kludt, President of the South Dakota Firefighters Association,...
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Firefighters Put Out Fire in Semi and Grain Trailer Thursday Afternoon

HAYES, S.D. – (DRG News) Firefighters with the Four Corners Fire Department put out a fire in a semi and grain trailer yesterday afternoon. The fire was reported about noon on Highway 63-about three miles north of Highway 34. Four Corners Fire Chief Clint Alleman says the rig was hauling wheat and its believed...
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Rawlins Municipal Library Director Named Librarian of the Year

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Library Director has been named South Dakota’s Librarian of the Year. The South Dakota Library Association recognized Robin Schrupp of the Rawlins Municipal Library at last week’s annual conference. Schrupp became Library Director in September 2013. Since that time, the library has undergone significant upgrades, including the streamlining...
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Rounds’ Struggles Increase Attention on SD Race

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Mike Rounds is supposed to be coasting into the Senate. Instead, the former governor is taking flak for a program that allowed foreigners to get visas in exchange for promising investment in rural South Dakota. And national Democrats are investing at least $1 million into the four-way Senate race that...
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