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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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