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Group Needs Toys to Help 1,500 Children on SD Reservation

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. (AP) – A nonprofit is looking for individuals willing to fulfill ‘Dear Santa’ letters from children living on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The group Cheyenne River Youth Project says it has letters from 1,500 children and still needs more than 400 Santa Clauses to step up. The...
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SD One of 21 States Pushing to Overturn Md. Gun-Control Law

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) – Twenty-one states are asking a federal appeals court to overturn provisions of Maryland’s gun-control law that ban 45 assault weapons and limit gun magazines to 10 rounds. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led the coalition in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...
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Onida Red Cross Volunteer to Serve in Buffalo, NY Following Storm

UNDATED – (DRG News) A local volunteer with the American Red Cross in South Dakota is deploying to Buffalo, New York to assist with Red Cross relief efforts in that part of the United States.  Almost seven feet of snow fell in parts of western New York last week and now, a flood warning...
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Medical Marijuana Supporters Lay Out Strategy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The leader of an effort to make marijuana a legal medical drug in South Dakota says the best avenue likely is an initiated measure to get the question on the 2016 general election ballot. Emmett Reistroffer says the fact that 2016 is a presidential election year will mean a...
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Historians Form Group Focused on Midwest History

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A group of historians has formed an organization whose goal is to increase the study of the Midwest. The Midwestern History Association was launched recently at a conference in Sioux Falls with the stated mission of giving the region a stronger voice in the historical profession. The group’s first...
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US Senator Johnson Raises Awareness About Adoption

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson is raising awareness about the importance of foster care adoption. Johnson says every child deserves to be raised in an “environment that allows them to flourish.” Johnson this month participated in the 10th annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project, which highlights the experiences and needs of...
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DOT Awards $1.1M in Grants

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state’s Department of Transportation has awarded $1.1 million to six small South Dakota cities and one county for road improvements. The funds were given through the Community Access grant program to improve roads leading to schools, main business areas, hospitals, grain elevators and other economic areas in the communities....
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South Dakota Workers ‘Hi-Rail’ for Safety

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – Record crop yields and the North Dakota oil boom have led to a resurgence of rail transit in South Dakota, and it’s Lynn Kennison’s job to make sure the tracks are safe. He’s a transportation specialist at the state Department of Transportation and inspects the rail lines using a road-rail,...
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Gettysburg Man Hurt in One Vehicle Crash

GETTYSBURG, S.D. – (DRG News) A Gettysburg man was hurt in a one vehicle crash that occurred on the south side of Gettysburg.  Potter County Sheriff Curt Hamburger says the accident was reported about 9:50 a.m. this morning, but apparently happened sometime earlier.  The motorist was southbound on a dead end gravel road about...
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Official: SD Man Kills 4, Including Self, Wounds 1

SISSETON, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a 22-year-old man apparently shot and killed three people and wounded a fourth at a home on a South Dakota Indiana reservation before he killed himself. The state attorney general’s office said in a news release that the attack happened early Saturday at a home in the town...
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