The Great Backyard Bird Count Returns Feb. 17-20

PIERRE, S.D. – Millions of novice and accomplished bird watchers can make their love of nature count for science during the 20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. On Feb. 17-20, anyone can count birds wherever they are and enter their results online. These reports create a real-time picture of where birds are across the...
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Tree Stands Must be Removed from Public Lands by Feb. 15

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds hunters that all tree stands and climbing devices must be removed from lands owned, leased or controlled by GFP by Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.
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Riggs Longtime Teacher Hyrma Zakahi Will be Forever Remembered

Note story corrected and includes funeral details PIERRE, S.D. – Riggs High faculty, friends and former students continue to mourn the passing of veteran teacher Hyrma Zakahi, who passed away early Tuesday morning from advanced and untreatable cancer. Zakahi will forever be remembered as a fixture in the Riggs High drama department, directing countless...
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Law Enforcement Seeks Information on Missing Man

PIERRE, S.D. – Roberts County Sheriff’s Office, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Police Department and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation are seeking information regarding the disappearance of Markus David Evans, 50, Waubay. He was last seen on December 2, 2016 in the late evening hours leaving a residence in Ortley, South Dakota. It...
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SD Lawmakers Kill Bill on Home-School Access to Activities

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee has voted 10-5 to kill a bill that would have allowed home-schooled children to participate in public school activities without school board approval. Current law allows districts to decide whether to allow home-schoolers to participate. Opponents of the bill argued at Monday’s meeting that that’s...
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South Dakota Patrol Says Security Worked Right

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Highway Patrol superintendent says authorities were properly notified seconds after a lawmaker whose committee was considering a bill to allow concealed guns in the Capitol hit a panic button to test the response time. Superintendent Col. Craig Price said Monday that after the notification, a supervisor looked...
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Bill Aims to Reduce Trafficking of Minors With Less Proof

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has unanimously approved a bill to make it easier to prosecute those who traffic minors between the age of 16 and 18. The bill that advanced Monday would eliminate the need to prove force, fraud or coercion when prosecuting someone for trafficking minors. Supporters say...
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Percentage of South Dakota’s Kids Overweight, Obese Unchanged

PIERRE, S.D. – Almost one-third of South Dakota’s kids and teens are overweight or obese, according to a new state health report. The 2015-2016 School Height and Weight Report found 16.1 percent of South Dakota’s 5-19 year olds were obese and another 16 percent were overweight. That compares to 16.0 percent obese and 16.2...
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SD National Guard hosts 33rd annual Dining-Out Feb 2nd in Pierre SD

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota National Guard hosted its 2017 Dining-Out at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Pierre, Feb. 2. The annual event brings together Guardsmen from across the state for a formal evening to honor the organization’s history and to recognize individual and unit achievements from the past year. A...
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Top Republicans Offer Assurances After Ethics Measure Repeal

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Top Republicans are offering assurances that South Dakota voters will see bills passed this legislative session to replace provisions of a government ethics overhaul that lawmakers repealed this week. The Legislature is considering a raft of bills that would replace pieces of the voter-approved ethics initiative. The now-defunct measure instituted...
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