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Rounds Says Complacency His Worst Obstacle in Race

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds is the front-runner in the race for South Dakota’s open seat, but his main concern ahead of Election Day is that his supporters will be complacent. He took that message to supporters in western South Dakota on Sunday, urging them to vote on Tuesday....
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Lt. Governor Credits Many for Successful 125th Anniversary Celebration

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Quasquicentennial Statehood Celebration brought music, a lighting ceremony, laughs and gifts to South Dakota’s Capitol Saturday. The evening event drew a great crowd to hear performances by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and comments by the Governor and other state officials. It was the first time a...
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Lighting Ceremony Marks the Official End of Capitol Stained Glass Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) After almost a year and a half of work, the project to clean, repair and restore the stained glass in the Capitol Building came to an official end with the lighting of the glass during a celebration of South Dakota’s Quasquicentennial Saturday in Pierre. Work started to remove the...
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Family Members of Former Governors on Hand for Saturday’s Statue Unveiling

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Saturday’s unveiling ceremony for three new statues with the Trail of Governors project was well attended, and the crowd included former Governors including Frank Farrar and Walter Dale Miller; along with former First Ladies and current officials. Family members of the former Governors in the spotlight for this year’s...
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Three Years After it Started, the Trail of Governors Project Continues to Grow

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A project which started in 2011 with the idea to create statues of former South Dakota Governors for placement throughout central Pierre is going strong. The Trail of Governors project began as an informal idea according to Trail of Governors Foundation president Rick Jensen, and since, has gone on...
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Two Trail of Governors Statue Sculptors Talk About Their Roles in the Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two of the sculptors behind the three statues of South Dakota Governors shown to the public for the first time Saturday both say the Trail of Governors project is a special one. Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby created the statue of South Dakota’s 7th Governor Robert Vessey and James...
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Rededication Held Saturday for Newly Updated First Ladies Inaugural Gown Exhibit

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Three former First Ladies and South Dakota’s current First Lady Linda Daugaard were present Saturday morning for the re-dedication of the newly refurbished First Ladies Inaugural Gown exhibit on the first floor of the State Capitol. The display was originally called the First Lady Doll Collection and was initially...
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Alabama Man Found Guilty of Impersonating FBI Agent

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A federal jury in South Dakota has found an Alabama man guilty of various charges stemming from an incident in which he impersonated an FBI agent. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 38-year-old Michael Thetford, of Alabaster, Alabama, has been found guilty of felon in possession of a firearm, impersonating a...
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Secretary of State Predicts Under 60 Percent Turnout

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s U.S. Senate race has drawn national attention and a lot of advertising, but the secretary of state says that may not convert to heavy turnout on Tuesday. Jason Gant tells WNAX-AM he’s predicting just under 60 percent of South Dakotans will cast ballots in Tuesday’s general election. He...
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Democrats Rally Base in Indian Country

MISSION, S.D. (AP) – A last push for Democratic candidates in South Dakota before Election Day includes at least two stops in a party stronghold: Indian Country. Rick Weiland and Susan Wismer, candidates for U.S. Senate and governor, campaigned Saturday at stops on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Indian reservations. Indian voters have been...
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