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Former DM&E President to Join Regents Board

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is appointing former Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad president Kevin Schieffer to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Schieffer left DM&E in 2008 after Canadian Pacific Railway bought the company following 12 years at its helm. He also served as U.S. Attorney for South Dakota from 1991...
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State Opposes Man’s Bid to Change Life Sentence

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State prosecutors are opposing a man’s request to be resentenced for a slaying committed when he was 14 years old. Paul Dean Jensen Jr., of Pierre, was sentenced to life without possibility of parole after he was convicted of murder, kidnapping and other charges for the 1996 killing of...
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Mitchell to Chamberlain Rail Project Wins Award

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota railroad rehabilitation project has captured regional acclaim from a national organization. The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Mitchell to Chamberlain project was recognized in the America’s Transportation Awards for its best use of innovation. Crews working the $28 million project replaced 61.6 miles of rail...
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Prosecutors Say Case Should be Dismissed – For Now

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Federal prosecutors who accused a man of accepting kickbacks for housing contracts on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation say they want to drop the case but still have the right to refile it if they find more evidence. A jury in North Dakota last month found Michael Addington not guilty...
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South Dakota Cited in Federal Election Complaint

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – An organization that asked state officials in South Dakota to approve satellite absentee voting offices on three American Indian reservations has now filed a complaint with the federal Justice Department’s civil rights division. The Argus Leader reports that Four Directions filed the complaint after Secretary of State Jason Gant...
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Former USD Law Professor Myers to Run for Governor

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A former University of South Dakota law professor has announced plans to run for governor as an independent candidate. The Argus Leader reports that 77-year-old Mike Myers announced his bid on Friday. Myers taught health care law and elder law at USD for 23 years. He also served as...
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South Dakota Ranks High for Kindergarten Shots

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota parents are apparently doing a good job of getting kindergartners in for their shots. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the state has some of the highest immunization rates in the nation for kindergarten students. The CDC surveyed records for more than 12,000 students from...
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229 State Prison Inmates Earned GED Last Year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials say 229 state prison inmates earned GED credentials in the past state fiscal year, up from 167 the previous year. Inmates entering the state prison system who have no high school diploma are required to work toward a GED credential while incarcerated. The state Labor Department provides...
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Federal Judge Dismisses Early Voting Lawsuit

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to make sure Shannon County residents have the same access to early voting that residents of other South Dakota counties get. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier dismissed the lawsuit after finding that state and local officials have promised to provide an...
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FPFD Called to Hay Bale Fire Early Today-Fire Likely Caused by Lightning Strike

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Fort Pierre Fire Department was called to a rural location this morning where a hay bale was burning.  Fire Chief Rick Cronin says the department was told of a round bale on fire about 15 miles north of Fort Pierre on Highway 1806.  The fire was reported...
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