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Ranchers Relief Fund Announces Final Distribution

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A relief fund for western South Dakota ranchers who lost tens of thousands of cattle in an early October blizzard is set to disburse the last of $5.4 million in donations. South Dakota Stockgrowers Association President Bob Fortune says the outpouring of support to the Ranchers Relief Fund for those...
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SD Uses Tobacco Settlement Dollars for Education

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has directed annual funds from a 1998 tobacco settlement toward a state trust fund for education. Top cigarette makers have made about $6 billion in annual payments to 46 states to cover smoking-related health care costs. States are not required to use that money on tobacco-related programs. South...
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ACLU Protests Distribution of Bibles at SD School

MILLER, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is protesting the distribution of Bibles to fifth-graders in the Miller School District. The organization on Monday announced it sent a letter to the district’s board of education president asking to reconsider its decision to approve the Bible distribution. David...
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New “Buddy Bench” Added to Buchanan School Friday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A new feature was added to one of Pierre’s elementary schools on Friday. What is being called a “Buddy Bench” was placed at the playground of Buchanan Elementary School. The idea for the bench came from one of the school’s students, 7-year-old Kailey Wallman. She had seen that another...
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VEVA Conducts Cleanup at Memorial Statues and Markers Near Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The weekend brought a cleanup of memorial statues and markers near the Capitol building. Members of the organization Vietnam Era Veterans Association (VEVA) gathered Saturday morning to spruce up the war memorials. This year, they also cleaned the EMT, Law Enforcement and Firefighters memorials and they worked across from...
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McCahren Motion Hearing and Trial Postponed

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today was supposed to be the date for a motion hearing in the case of Braiden McCahren, a 17-year-old Pierre teen charged in the December 2012 shooting death of another teen. McCahren has pleaded not guilty to First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault. Earlier this...
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Two Men Arrested After Saturday Fight in Pierre Neighborhood

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two men were arrested Saturday after Pierre officers responded to a call that two people were fighting at Lakeview Court.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says when police arrived, they found that one man had knocked another to the ground and kicked him in the face and head several...
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Office Upholds AG’s Withholding of Death Records

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley says the Office of Hearing Examiners has upheld his withholding of the public release of investigative records into the death of a former state economic development director. Richard Benda was found dead in October in a grove of trees near Lake Andes with a fatal shotgun...
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Groups Call for Ban on Use of Live Mammals as Bait

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota game officials and representatives from trapping and fur-harvesting organizations are calling for a ban on the use of live mammals as bait. Reports of live animals such as domestic cats being used to bait coyote and bobcat traps prompted the state’s Game, Fish and Parks Commission to...
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Conservative Group Trying to Reshape SD’s GOP

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A conservative grassroots group in Rapid City has pledged to push South Dakota’s Republican Party further right. The Rapid City Journal reports that 22 people associated with the group are challenging Republican incumbents this election that they perceive as too centrist. Bill Napoli is a former Republican state lawmaker...
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