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Jett Was Replaced by Two Vegetarians on SD Float

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota apparently swapped out a vegan for two outspoken vegetarians as the featured entertainment on the state float in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Rocker Joan Jett was originally scheduled to ride on it but was removed after backlash from ranchers because she’s a vegan and supports the group...
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Attorney General Urges Safe Holiday Shopping

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley’s encouraging consumers to shop with care as the holiday season kicks off. Jackley suggests that shoppers check refund and return policies for restrictions and exceptions, double check delivery dates, review warranties, compare prices and check shipping and handling fees. Those buying gift cards should also check...
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Deal Made With ND Company to Protect SD Cemetery

MEERS, S.D. (AP) – A North Dakota agriculture company has agreed to a land swap that will preserve a pioneer cemetery in central South Dakota. The unmarked Meers town site cemetery is in the middle of property owned by Fargo, N.D.-based RDO Equipment Co., which manages farmland in the area under the name of...
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SD Ranchers Embrace Needed Livestock Donations

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Officials say more than 450 bred cattle and 150 heifer calves have been donated to South Dakota ranchers who lost livestock in an October blizzard. The Rapid City Journal reports that the cows have come from at least 10 states and 300 donors. The Heifers for South Dakota project...
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November Winter Wheat Price Down Slightly

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Agriculture Department says that the preliminary winter wheat price is down slightly in South Dakota. The South Dakota office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service says preliminary prices received by farmers for winter wheat in November averaged $6.45 per bushel, down 28 cents from last month. The...
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Death Certificate Available in Benda Death

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The death certificate for former state economic development director Richard Benda says he shot himself by pushing the trigger with a stick. The Argus Leader obtained the document Wednesday. The certificate says Benda secured the shotgun against a tree and used a stick to press the trigger and shoot...
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Colorado Man Wanted for Parole Violations Arrested in Pierre Yesterday

PIERRE, S.D. (DRG News) A Colorado man wanted for parole violations was arrested in Pierre yesterday by law enforcement after officials received a tip that he was traveling to the area.   Colorado authorities informed local law agencies that 36-year-old Jonathan Woodstock of Fort Collins, Colorado might be on the way to South Dakota.  He...
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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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