South Dakota Army National Guard Soldier Maj. Murray Thompson, of Pierre, S.D., arrives at Rapid City Regional Airport Dec. 12, 2013 (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Beck)(RELEASED)

Pierre Soldier Arrives in SD Thursday Following Three Month Deployment to Afghanistan

RAPID CITY, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre soldier arrived back in South Dakota Thursday after serving a three-month deployment in Afghanistan with a South Carolina National Guard unit.  The South Dakota National Guard’s Public Affairs Office says that SD Guard Soldier Major Murray Thompson arrived at the Rapid City airport yesterday.  He had...
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Fort Pierre Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Bank Fraud

UNDATED – (DRG News) A Fort Pierre man was sentenced yesterday in federal court for Bank Fraud.  40-year-old Wyatt Rasmussen received a sentence of 33 months in custody to be followed by three years of supervised release.  In addition, Rasmussen was ordered to pay restitution of $238,969.59.  Rasmussen was indicted in federal court for...
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Welcome Home Ceremony Scheduled for 152nd Soldiers

(From the South Dakota National Guard’s Public Affairs Office) A welcome home ceremony will be held for 68 Soldiers of the 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, South Dakota Army National Guard, on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 3:30 p.m. (CT) at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre, after completing a five-month deployment to Afghanistan in...
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Ceremony Honors Standing Rock Sioux Code Talkers

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – Forty-five members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who served as code talkers during World Wars I and II have been honored posthumously for their service. Family members of the former soldiers were presented Congressional Gold Medals during a ceremony in Fort Yates on Thursday. The medals were first...
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Lack of Farm Bill Prolongs Angst for Ranchers

WASHINGTON (AP) – South Dakota rancher Alan Rislov says he grew up wanting to be a rancher and has scraped and saved for nearly 20 years to build his own herd of cattle and calves. October’s devastating blizzard killed about 30 percent of his cows and 20 percent of his calves – a loss...
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Filmmaker to Appear at Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre Tomorrow for Showings of The Buffalo King and to Talk About New Film Project on Casey Tibbs

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A former South Dakotan-who is now a Colorado based filmmaker-will be showing off one of his film works tomorrow and talking about his current work on a new historical documentary.  Justin Koehler is starting to put together a documentary film on Stanley County native Casey Tibbs.  The film...
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Judge Grants Resentencing Request for Man Convicted of Killing Pierre Cab Driver 17-Years Ago

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A judge has granted a re-sentencing hearing for a man who was given life without possibility of parole for the 1996 killing of cab driver Michael Hare near Fort Pierre.  Paul Dean Jensen, Jr. of Pierre was 14 at the time that Hare was killed. Jensen argued that his...
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Filing Deadline Near for SD Disaster Jobless Aid

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – People who lost jobs or became unable to do business because of the early October blizzard that hit western South Dakota have until next Wednesday to file for disaster unemployment insurance. The state Department of Labor and Regulation says that to be eligible for benefits, workers must be unemployed or...
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Trial Delayed for 17-Year-Old SD Murder Suspect

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Officials have postponed a January trial in adult court for a 17-year-old Pierre boy accused of murder. The South Dakota Supreme Court earlier this month ordered a circuit court judge to reconsider whether Braiden McCahren should be tried in adult court. His two-week trial that was to begin Jan. 21...
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Philanthropist Pledges $10M to Crazy Horse Carving

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has pledged a $10 million matching grant to speed work on the mammoth Crazy Horse Memorial mountain carving. The gift announced Thursday follows a $10 million matching pledge he made in 2007 that helped raise another $10 million for the ongoing project in...
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