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Native American Groups Ask DOJ for Child Welfare Probe

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Native American organizations are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the treatment of American Indian and Alaska Native children in the private adoption and public child welfare systems. Tribal leaders delivered a letter Monday to DOJ Attorney General for Civil Rights Jocelyn Samuels demanding the investigation. The request...
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Groups: Meat Labeling Rules Could Start Trade War

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Meat and livestock groups upset that Congress opted in the new farm bill not to back off from mandatory country of origin labeling requirements are worried that the issue could start a trade war with Canada and Mexico. Previous labeling rules required only the country of origin to be...
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SD Lawmakers Seek to Ease Student Drug Suspensions

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are considering reducing the amount of time some students caught with drugs are kicked out of sports and other school activities. Current law requires that students caught with drugs a first time are suspended from school activities for one year, but the suspension can be cut to...
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Farm Rescue Accepting Applications for Planting

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) – A nonprofit organization that helps farm families in need is accepting planting applications from farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana. Farm Rescue assisted 50 farm families in 2013 and hopes to help a similar number of families as available funding and volunteer staffing allows. Farm...
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PFD to Conduct Training Tonight at Old Hughes County Jail

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department will utilize the old Hughes County Jail this evening for member training. Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says training will get underway after six this evening and will last about four hours at the empty facility along North Euclid Avenue. Paul says the structure will...
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Appointed Legislators Make Vacated Seats Their Own

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed an unusually high number of legislators in the last year to fill vacated seats in the House and Senate. Four of the five appointees are freshmen lawmakers, serving in their first session. All are Republicans. Sen. Alan Solano, R-Rapid City, had only a day...
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Mayor Gill Announces Kickoff Meeting for 5th Annual “Go Green” Campaign

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A kickoff meeting for the City of Pierre’s “Go Green and Clean” campaign will be held Wednesday morning at City Hall.  Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says the campaign was first organized as a “call to citizens to volunteer” and give back to the community.  The “Go Green” campaign is...
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Pierre Man Arrested After Friday Night Incident at Pierre Apartment

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was arrested late Friday night in Pierre for two offenses-including Burglary. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says 30-year-old Cole Dillon was taken into custody Friday about 11:45 p.m. on allegations that he kicked in an apartment door at a location on Flag Mountain Drive-causing about $300...
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Pierre School Board Gives Final Okay for Purchase of Washington School

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s School Board on Friday officially accepted a bid for the purchase of one of the district’s elementary schools-and changed the closing date for land for a new school building. The board met on Friday morning and Business Manager Darla Mayer said they decided to back up the closing...
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Hughes County Sheriff Talks About NSA Winter Meeting and Service as Group’s President

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A South Dakota Sheriff who leads the National Sheriffs’ Association was part of the group’s recent Winter Meeting held in Washington, D.C. late last month. Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt is the current president of the NSA and attended the meeting, which was held January 20-25. Leidholt says the...
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