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Former SD Official’s Death Ruled Suicide by AG’s Office

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The state attorney general says former South Dakota economic development director Richard Benda died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen. Benda was found Oct. 22 in a grove of trees near Lake Andes, in southeast South Dakota. Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the autopsy results Thursday. He...
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South Dakota’s Unemployment Rate Holds at 3.7%

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s labor department says the state’s unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent from September to October during the partial federal government shutdown. The number of South Dakotans in the labor force also remained unchanged at 449,400 over the month but was 6,100 more than last October. The agency says...
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US Forest Service Launches Apps for Apple, Android

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trekking through the nation’s national forests and grasslands just got easier. U.S. Forest Service visitor maps are now available on mobile apps for Android and iOS devices. The digital maps are part of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s work toward reaching President Obama’s initiative to create a paperless government that also provides...
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State Legislator Wants Audit of EB-5 Program in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Democratic state legislator is calling for an independent fiscal audit of South Dakota’s participation through a private corporation in a federal investment-for-green-cards immigration program. Rep. Kathy Tyler, of Big Stone City, says she tried to put the issue on this week’s legislative Executive Board meeting agenda, but her...
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Congress Honors Code Talkers, Including SD Tribes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is honoring the service of American Indians who used their native language to outwit the enemy and protect American battlefield secrets during World Wars I and II, including several South Dakota tribes. Members of Congress and hundreds of others gathered in the U.S. Capitol’s Emancipation Hall on Wednesday for a...
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A Crow Creek Tribal School Counselor Wins 2013 Excellence in Education Award from CACS

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Crow Creek Sioux Tribal School Counselor has been named the winner of the Capital Area Counseling Service’s 2013 Excellence in Education Award.  Dr. Jodi Owen, Clinical Director at CACS announced Tuesday that Mary Normile is this year’s award recipient.  Owen says Normile is very in tune with the...
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Murdo Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Murdo man was sentenced earlier this month in federal court for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.  42-year-old Shaun Sporrer was given 30 months in prison, 18 months of supervised release and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Sporrer was indicted for...
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Two Pierre Men Indicted on Charges Linked to October 31 Convenience Store Burglary

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two men are scheduled to appear in court early next month for charges of Burglary and Intentional Damage to Property.  24-year-old Dustin McGhee and 36-year-old Adam Keaton, both of Pierre, were indicted for Third Degree Burglary-a Class 4 Felony and Intentional Damage to Private Property-a Class 1 Misdemeanor-earlier this...
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Kindergarten Teacher Named 2013 Investor in Education

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A kindergarten teacher at St. Joseph Elementary in Pierre was recognized this morning as the 2013 BankWest Investor in Education.  Erin Oxford was given a crystal award, certificate and will get a $1,000 professional development grant from BankWest.  The award was presented at a special school assembly today by...
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Large Pole Barn Heavily Damaged in Early Morning Fire

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Rural Fire Department responded early this morning to the report that a large structure was on fire on property east of Pierre.  Department members were summoned to put out the fire in the large pole barn about 3:45 a.m. this morning-two miles south of Highway 14 near...
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