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State Capitol Complex Christmas Light Recycling Program to Benefit Foster Children’s Fund

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two South Dakota departments have joined together to raise money for the Pierre Area Foster Children’s Fund-which is administered by the Department of Social Services. Now through the end of January, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is collecting old or non-working strands of Christmas lights for recycling....
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SDDOT Makes Donation to Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Department of Transportation held its second annual Make a Change with your Change fundraiser earlier this month and as a result; made a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area. The fundraiser was linked to the Celebrate Success event held November 19...
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Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was sentenced in federal court yesterday for pleading guilty to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Nathan First in Trouble was given a sentence of 12 months and one day in prison; five years supervised release and a $100 special assessment. Authorities say that First...
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Christmas at the Capitol Officially Opened with Grand Lighting Ceremony Tuesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Yesterday brought the Grand Lighting Ceremony for the 2013 Christmas at the Capitol display. The evening featured entertainment by Surprise Package, the Pierre Youth Orchestra, Capital City Children’s Chorus, soloists Kathy Cruse and Michael Pangburn and the Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School Concert Choir. Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill welcomed...
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Jackley Discusses Possible Run for Re-Election

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Attorney General says he is leaning toward announcing a run for another term in the AG’s office next year.  Marty Jackley was appointed to the position in 2009 to fill a vacancy left by previous Attorney General Larry Long.  He was elected to the position for a...
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Pierre Woman Finds $800 in State’s Lost and Found

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Megan Deal is a bit more thankful this holiday. The second-grade teacher from Pierre recently logged onto the South Dakota Treasurer’s website and found out she had more than $800 coming in unclaimed property. It was from an uncashed paycheck and Internet service refund from when she was in...
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Ethanol’s Rise Can Mean Loss of Hunting Lands

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Since the government began requiring ethanol be added to gasoline, the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska have lost 2.8 million acres of land set aside in the U.S. Conservation Reserve Program. Hunters, who are big business in that part of the country, say...
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High Court Affirms Jerauld County State’s Attorney Win

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Supreme Court says the man who won the state’s attorney’s race in Jerauld County last November is the rightful holder of the office, even though he simultaneously ran for the position in a neighboring county. Dedrich Koch beat Casey Bridgman in the Republican primary in June...
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Tribal Honor Song Issue Arises Again in SD School

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – School officials in the South Dakota city of Chamberlain are set to decide next month whether to include an American Indian honor song at future graduation ceremonies. The controversy arose last spring, when the school board rejected a request for a Lakota honor song. Board members said a feathering ceremony...
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SD Defers to Insurance Companies on Health Care Law

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The state of South Dakota will allow insurance companies to decide whether to let customers keep health plans that otherwise would be canceled under the federal health care law. The Division of Insurance made the announcement Tuesday in response to President Barack Obama’s decision to give companies the option...
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