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Fort Yates Man Facing 2 Federal Assault Charges

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A man is accused of a brutal beating on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation that left a woman hospitalized and on a ventilator. Ryan Thunderhawk, of Fort Yates, is charged in federal court with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Witnesses say the victim...
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State Seeking Donors for Laura Ingalls Wilder Book

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota State Historical Society is looking for donors toward the upcoming release of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiography. The society says the work was hidden away since 1930 and reveals true stories of her pioneering life. The book, “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography,” shows how Wilder transformed her girlhood...
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Great Plains Shale Tested by SDSMT for Possible Energy Uses

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Researchers are studying a rock formation found across much of the Great Plains that could someday be used for energy production or underground liquid or gas storage. The South Dakota Legislature approved $464,000 for the School of Mines & Technology to drill into and study what’s known as Pierre...
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Gann Valley Woman Files Motion for New Trial

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – Attorneys for a Gann Valley woman convicted of beating to death a 4-year-old boy because he wet his pants have filed motions for a new trial and a reduced sentence. Donika Gonzales was sentenced July 1 to 130 years for first-degree manslaughter and 15 years for aggravated assault for the...
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Some SD Native Americans Wary About Health Reform

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Denise Mesteth says she’s hopeful but skeptical her new health insurance through the Affordable Care Act can help her and other Native Americans who otherwise rely on free government health care. She hadn’t used the insurance coverage yet but paid the premium, even though she and other members of...
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SD Inmates Could See Early Release Next Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. District Attorney Brendan Johnson says a federal ruling Friday that will make tens of thousands of inmates serving time for drug crimes eligible for early release could have significant impact on South Dakota. Johnson tells the Argus Leader that he estimates between 300 and 400 inmates could see...
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Oglala Lakota Pushing to Rename Shannon County

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A group of Oglala Lakota tribal members say they’ve gathered enough signatures to put a measure on the November ballot to rename Shannon County. The Rapid City Journal reports that tribal organizers hope to rename the county that makes up the majority of the land on the Pine Ridge...
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Governor Asking for Presidential Disaster Declaration

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a presidential disaster declaration to help South Dakota repair infrastructure that was damaged by flooding and tornadoes in June. The governor says the request is for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. His request for individual assistance at the beginning of the month...
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Milk Production for June Up 5 Percent Over 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Dakota increased its milk production in June. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says milk production in the state totaled 177 million pounds, a 5 percent increase over June 2013. The average number of milk cows in June was 97,000. Milk production...
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Authorities Say Body of Rape Victim Found One Month After Report

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Investigators say the body of a woman who was raped and murdered on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation was not discovered until a month after a drunk and agitated witness told police she was lying in tall grass west of Fort Yates. Twenty-nine-year-old Lance Summers, of Fort Yates, has pleaded...
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