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Mission Man Sentenced on Involuntary Manslaughter

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Mission man has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for involuntary manslaughter.  Twenty-one-year-old Colin Whirlwind Soldier was accused of driving drunk and speeding on Sept. 18, 2013, when he crashed the vehicle and killed a passenger. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Soldier’s blood-alcohol level was...
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Recent Rains Ease Drought Monitor in State

 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Recent rainfall has eased dry conditions in southeastern South Dakota, though about one-tenth of the state remains in moderate drought.  The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows about 10 percent of South Dakota in moderate drought – no change from last week – but only about 17...
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Mobridge Area Chamber Holds Second Lunch and Learn

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News) The Mobridge Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting their second Lunch & Learn meeting on Wednesday, May 21 from 12-1 at the Grand Oasis Restaurant in Mobridge. The speaker is going to be Deb Heyd from the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation on “Hiring and Retaining the...
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Murdo Hosts First KGFX Hometown Tour for 2014

MURDO, S.D. – (DRG News) Thanks to everyone in Murdo for the warm welcome as KGFX kicked off the first Hometown Tour broadcast for 2014. New host-KGFX morning guy Scott Lane-visited with a number of Murdo residents to learn more about Murdo in May-coming up May 23-25. There will be several activities taking place...
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Muth, Woster Among SD Hall of Fame Inductees

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – A businessman from Mitchell and a newspaper columnist are among the 2014 South Dakota Hall of Fame inductees. Businessman Richard Muth and Daily Republic columnist Terry Woster are part of the group to be inducted during a ceremony in September. The Daily Republic reports Muth launched Muth Electric in 1970....
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SD Businesses in China Finalize First Trade Deal

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Delegates on South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s trade mission to China have closed one deal and others are in the works. Officials haven’t yet released details of the closed deal they say is worth half a million dollars. But another contract is in the works involving a Chinese company and...
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Weiland Takes Issue With Rounds’ Medicare Ad

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland is taking issue with former Gov. Mike Rounds’ wording in a television advertisement about the nation’s new health care law. Rounds is seeking the GOP nomination for the seat. He says in the ad that President Barack Obama “is taking over $700 billion...
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Ridgeview Man Sentenced For Possession Of A Firearm By A Prohibited Person

PIERRE S.D. — (DRG News) United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Ridgeview, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on May 12, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Gary Big Eagle, age 50, was sentenced to 10 months in custody, 2...
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Syphilis, HIV, Chlamydia Rates Up in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Figures through April 2014 indicate that rates of some sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in South Dakota. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says syphilis rates haven’t been this high since the 1970s. He adds that HIV rates are reaching levels not seen since the 1980s. There are 43 cases...
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Water Bill to Include Missouri River Provision

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers representing states along the Missouri River appear to have fought off an effort by the Army Corps of Engineers to charge residents and businesses for access to reservoir water. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said Tuesday that a provision forbidding the Corps from charging residents for access to Missouri River...
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