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Grant Funding To Aid Youth Conservation Education

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Grants will be awarded next year to South Dakota youth through the Tony and Dar Dean Outdoor Education Fund.  The fund was set up to honor the memory of outdoor broadcaster and writer Tony Dean, who died in 2008.  It also honors his wife Dar Dean, an outdoor enthusiast...
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A.G. Jackley Talks About Pie Day Tradition

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Saturday brought the 16th annual Pie Day to South Dakota’s Capitol Building.  The event was started by former Attorney General Mark Barnett, who told workers at an election polling place in Wasta that they were prevented by state law from offering snacks or goodies to voters.  He later invited...
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GLSDTA Changes Name to SD Missouri River Tourism

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre-area based “Great Lakes of South Dakota Tourism Association is changing its name.  The regional tourism organization was formed in the 1960’s-in part by Governor Nils Boe-to help outdoor enthusiasts in gaining access to the Missouri River.  GLSDTA has now changed its name to South Dakota Missouri River...
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Watertown Man Remembers Laughlin of “Billy Jack”

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) – The college roommate of actor Tom Laughlin remembers him as more gentle than his on-screen character in the “Billy Jack” film. Laughlin played football at the University of South Dakota and went on to produce the movie released in 1971 after a long struggle to gain control of the low-budget,...
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Count Finds 1,155 Homeless People in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Officials have counted 1,155 homeless people in South Dakota, about the same as last year. The homeless count was conducted in September by the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium in collaboration with community agencies and homeless service providers. Fifty-two of 66 counties participated. The statewide, one-day count...
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Yankton Attorney Making Run for US Senate

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – A Yankton attorney and soldier has announced a run for the U.S. Senate in South Dakota. Thirty-seven-year-old Jason Ravnsborg says he’ll seek the Republican nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson. Johnson isn’t seeking re-election. Ravnsborg is a major in the U.S. Army Reserves and has...
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SD Agriculture Department Awards Grants to Youth Groups

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Agriculture Department has awarded 23 grants totaling $12,250 to rural youth organizations across the state. The grants are available each year to 4-H clubs, FFA chapters and Family Career and Community Leaders of America chapters. The grants help the youth organizations beautify and improve their communities. The...
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SD Man Sentenced for Sex Abuse of Minor

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Lower Brule man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for abusive sexual contact with a minor. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 39-year-old Robert Stricker was sentenced on Thursday in federal court. Stricker pleaded guilty to the charge in September. Johnson says the incident occurred in...
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Students, Officials Praise Plan to Freeze Tuition

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Students and officials say a plan to freeze tuition and fees for South Dakota residents attending state-run universities is good news for students struggling financially. Student Federation president DJ Smith says the proposal indicates students’ voices are being heard. Gov. Dennis Daugaard included the tuition freeze in his state budget...
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SD Lawmakers Start Process to Hire Staff Director

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative panel is beginning the process of hiring a new director for the South Dakota Legislature’s staff. Jim Fry, former director of the Legislative Research Council, resigned in September after a report prepared by an outside organization criticized his office. He said he was preparing to retire anyway, and...
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