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Suspect in Pedestrian Deaths of Pierre Man and NY Woman Pleads Not Guilty

LAKE ANDES, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man accused of driving drunk and killing two federal wildlife researchers has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges. Twenty-nine-year-old Ronald Fischer Jr., of Lake Andes, was allegedly driving drunk on July 8 in the Pickstown area when he failed to stop at a stop sign....
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Trustee Wants Chapter 7 Bankruptcy for Beef Plant

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal trustee is asking a judge to convert a troubled South Dakota beef processing plant’s bankruptcy to a Chapter 7 liquidation. Assistant U.S. Trustee James Snyder says in a petition filed Tuesday that he believes that Northern Beef Packers is “administratively insolvent” based upon reports and statements from...
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Utah Man Gets 151 Months in Wind Farm Fraud Case Linked to SD

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – A federal judge has ordered a Utah man to serve more than 12 years in prison for masterminding a scheme that defrauded investors across the country of $4.4 million by promoting non-existent wind farm projects in Wyoming and South Dakota. Fifty-three-year-old Robert Arthur Reed, of Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty...
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SD Officials Pleased With Mineral Royalty Decision

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Attorney General Marty Jackley say they are pleased federal officials have decided to stop withholding the state’s share of royalties from oil and gas production on federal land. Those payments had been stopped as part of automatic spending cuts. Federal officials say a review...
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