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Recap of the Top News in South Dakota in 2013

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Much of the year in state news hovered around a shuttered beef plant, which returned to the headlines with a bankruptcy filing before exploding into a saga involving the death of a former economic development official, investigations into corruption and a court auction sale.  But there were plenty...
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South Dakota Ranks Fourth for Inbound Moves in Migration Study

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new study by the nation’s largest household moving company indicates that migration out of Michigan has finally slowed to a virtual halt. Suburban St. Louis-based United Van Lines released its 37th annual migration study to The Associated Press. The company tracks the states its customers move to and from...
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Chief Iron Nation Monument

LOWER BRULE, S.D. (AP) -South Dakota State Historical Society trustees have approved a request that would better protect a monument that honors Chief Iron Nation of the Brule Sioux by adding it to the National Register of Historic Places. Iron Nation died in November 1894 after a tide of homesteaders had turned the prairie...
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Broken Water Main at Tibbs Rodeo Center

 FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The frigid weather apparently froze a water line that burst and flooded part of the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre. A spokeswoman says both floors of the building were flooded, but it doesn’t appear to have caused major damage to any of the exhibits.
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Man faces State Charges in Pierre Standoff Case

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An Eagle Butte man facing federal charges stemming from a shootout and standoff that occurred in late October has been indicted in Hughes County on two counts of attempted first-degree murder. 27-year-old Jason Todd Garreau made his initial court appearance Monday.  Authorities say Garreau held officers at bay for nine...
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Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt

PIERRE, S.D. – (SD State News) The 24th annual Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt will be held in Pierre Jan. 3-5. The hunt, which is free to youth hunters ages 12-15, will begin at the Pierre Ramkota at 7 p.m. on Friday night with a mandatory information meeting. Hunters will be assigned their...
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Pierre Teen Accused in Killing Can Get Out of Jail

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Pierre teen accused of killing a classmate will be released from jail.  Judge John Brown granted a defense request Monday to release 17-year-old Braiden McCahren on bond.  Authorities say 10 percent of the $250,000 bond already has been posted, so he could get out of jail Monday.  McCahren pleaded...
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Last-Minute Insurance Shoppers Given Grace Period

 CHICAGO (AP) – Monday’s deadline for signing up for insurance under the new health care law has effectively been extended through Tuesday in case of heavy demand on the government website.  Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the federal agency overseeing the Obama administration’s health overhaul, says the grace period is being offered to accommodate...
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Wildlife Photographer Talks About Trip to Mongolia

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota wildlife photographer says his latest assignment for National Geographic took him to southern Mongolia to capture images of an elusive bear.  The magazine will publish Joe Riis’ first full feature next year. Riis photographed the Gobi bear, as well as the researchers trying to follow the movement...
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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced For Assault With A Dangerous Weapon And Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — (USDOJ) United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on December 19, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.Martin Garreau, age 19, was sentenced to 48 months...
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