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SD Governor Asks Board to Look Into DM&E Obligations

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking the federal Surface Transportation Board whether Canadian Pacific Railway has lived up to its obligations with its purchase of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad. Daugaard says rail infrastructure is critical to agriculture in South Dakota, and Canadian Pacific indicated recently that it...
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Pierre Woman Starting Drive to Help Watertown Residents Displaced by Fire

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre woman is working to put together an assortment of items that could help the victims of an apartment fire that occurred in Watertown.  The SunChase senior living apartments were destroyed in this week’s fire.  Sherry Shepley of Pierre says she has started a local drive to help...
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Attorney General Marty Jackley

SD AG Seeks Release of Mineral Leasing Funds

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined his counterparts in other western states in asking federal officials to release the states’ share of mineral leasing revenue from federal lands. Jackley says federal officials have stopped royalty payments to the states under the automatic budget cuts that started last spring....
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City of Pierre Re-Hires Finance Officer

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre announced this week that the former Pierre Finance Officer has been re-hired for the position.  Twila Hight left the municipal job for a time to work in the private sector.  A press release from the city says that Hight indicated her interest in returning to...
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Men Charged in January Thefts of Vehicles from Hughes and Stanley Counties Sentenced Tuesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two men were sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to separate counts of Grand Theft in Hughes and Stanley counties. 20-year-old James Ross Cowman of Pierre was charged along with Robert Daniel Larson of Pierre earlier this year for a string of motor vehicle thefts in January in Pierre, Fort...
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SDHP Says Hamill Man Killed in Two Vehicle Crash North of Martin

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Hamill man died in a two vehicle crash near Martin yesterday afternoon.  The South Dakota Highway Patrol says that 66-year-old Douglas Martin Ekberg was driving a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup westbound on 289th Street in Bennett County with two passengers in the vehicle.  Ekberg’s pickup struck the rear...
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Federal Judge Dismisses ND Housing Kickbacks Case

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed the case of a man accused of accepting kickbacks for housing contracts on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. A jury in North Dakota last month found Michael Addington not guilty of accepting a bribe by an agent of an organization receiving federal funds. The panel...
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Beef Plant Looking for Buyer, Not Reorganization

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A state-of-the-art South Dakota beef packing plant that has lacked the money to ramp up to full production is set on finding a buyer rather than reorganizing. Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month. Plant executives have been working with investment banking firm...
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Grand Jury Indicts Suspect in Fatal SD Crash That Killed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Researchers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man accused of driving under the influence and killing two federal wildlife researchers has been indicted on manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and alcohol- and drug-related charges. State Attorney General Marty Jackley and Charles Mix County State’s Attorney Thomas Deadrick announced the grand jury indictment against 29-year-old Ronald Fischer...
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Winning Tickets for $448M August 7, 2013 Powerball in NJ, Minn.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – At least three people in two states will split the $448 million Powerball jackpot. Lottery officials say two winning tickets were sold in New Jersey and one was sold in Minnesota. Minnesota lottery officials say that state’s winning Powerball jackpot ticket was sold in Anoka County. New Jersey lottery...
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