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US Senate Hopefuls Want to Reform Education Policy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The four candidates for an open U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota all want to reshape the country’s education policy, but in different ways. Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland, and independents Gordon Howie and Larry Pressler are vying for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Tim...
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Fire Crews Put Out Cornfield Fire at DeGrey Hill

HARROLD, S.D. – (DRG News) A corn field fire was put out Sunday afternoon by fire units from Harrold, DeGrey, Raber and Blunt.  The fire was noted about 3:15 p.m. Sunday at DeGrey Hill in a cornfield being harvested.  Harrold Fire Chief Treg Cowan says fire crews were assisted in putting out the fire...
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Grass Fire East of Emergency Spillway Burns About 150 Acres Saturday

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Firefighters from two local departments worked to put out a grass fire Saturday afternoon in the vicinity of the Emergency Spillway.  Fort Pierre Fire Chief Rick Cronin says a grass fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. Saturday near Billy Goat Jump-east of the Spillway.  Cronin says the fire...
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SD Man Who Set Tribal Building on Fire Sentenced

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A central South Dakota man has been sentenced to prison for setting a tribal building on fire. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 38-year-old Thomas Loudner has been ordered to spend two months in prison and one year on supervised release. Loudner pleaded guilty to malicious mischief before being sentenced....
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SDGFP: Hunters Hit Fields Across SD for Pheasant Opener

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Hunters began hitting fields across South Dakota for this year’s pheasant opener. Saturday was the first day of the season. The Game, Fish and Parks Department reports that hunters in most areas of central South Dakota averaged 1.5 birds each. While hunters averaged up to 2.5 birds each in Hughes, Sully, Potter...
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Ticket Sales for New Lottery Game Began Sunday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Ticket sales for a new lottery game based on the board Monopoly started Sunday. Tickets for the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club are $5 each. Participants will need to match five numbers and a Monopoly property. South Dakota legislative committee last month approved the multi-state lotto draw game, which offers multiple million-dollars prizes,...
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Baseball Exhibit Opens at Cultural Heritage Center

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new exhibit that traces the history of baseball in South Dakota is set to open at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The exhibit is scheduled to open Saturday and will run through January 2016. “Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota” explores the sport from South Dakota’s...
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US Senate Hopefuls Disagree on Congress Reforms

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The four candidates in South Dakota hoping to win a U.S. Senate seat have been heavily critical of the way Congress operates. But the ways they’d like to change it vary widely. Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland, and independents Gordon Howie and Larry Pressler are vying for the...
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Judge Hears Argument on SD Gay Marriage Lawsuit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge heard arguments on South Dakota’s request to throw out a lawsuit challenging its ban on gay marriage but will file her decision later. The state argues Judge Karen Schreier should dismiss the lawsuit because the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier affirmed Nebraska’s ban on...
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Jackson County to Open Satellite Voting Office

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Jackson County officials have agreed to open a satellite office for voter registration and early voting in Wanblee. Four Pine Ridge Indian Reservation residents have filed a federal lawsuit claiming Jackson County doesn’t give equal voting access to American Indians. They say it’s a hardship to drive to Kadoka...
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