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Chief Justice Reappoints SD Presiding Judges

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson has reappointed the presiding judges in the state’s seven judicial circuits. The presiding judges are administrative heads of their respective circuits. Gilbertson reappointed the presiding judges after he was recently elected by the other Supreme Court justices to a new four-year term...
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Pierre’s Dakota Radio Group Office Sees Staff Changes

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Dakota Radio Group is welcoming a few new employees and having to say farewell to one. The new morning voice on KGFX that you’ve been hearing is Scott Lane.  Scott is a Carrington, North Dakota native.  He learned about the broadcasting business from the Meyer School of Broadcasting...
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SD’s 125th Anniversary May Not Feature Big Bash

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s celebration of its 125th anniversary of statehood may not feature a big bash, at least not on the scale of the closing events held for the state’s centennial in 1989. A commission appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard held its first meeting Wednesday to discuss the statehood anniversary. Members...
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Farmland Value Up in Upper Midwest Despite Drought

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Drought that devastated crops and pastures in much of the Upper Midwest last year didn’t stop the price of farmland from shooting higher, especially in North Dakota. The Agriculture Department says the average price of an acre of North Dakota cropland has risen nearly 42 percent over the year....
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Leaders of Reservation Drug Ring Sentenced

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Two leaders of a violent group that distributed methamphetamine and cocaine on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation have been sentenced. Authorities say 26-year-old Marco Uribe stuck the barrel of a handgun into the mouth of a kidnapping victim, and 26-year-old Jose Garcia gave partygoers free cocaine in an attempt to...
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Judge Stepping Down in 5th Judicial Circuit in SD

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The presiding judge in South Dakota’s 5th Judicial Circuit is stepping down early next year. Jack Von Wald has been the head judge in the circuit for 10 years. He tells the American News that his last day on the bench will be Jan. 8. The Groton native has been...
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SD Leading 3-State Trade Mission to Russia

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Agriculture Department is leading a three-state trade mission to Russia to tout beef cow genetics in the Northern Plains. Officials with the state agriculture departments in Kansas and Montana also will be involved in the trip planned for late October, along with beef producers and industry representatives. Russia...
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Larger Starting Jackpots for Mega Millions Game

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Lottery Commission has approved larger starting jackpots for the Mega Millions lotto game. If the changes are approved by a rules committee, the starting jackpot would increase from $12 million to $15 million and jackpots would grow by at least $5 million after each drawing without a...
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Gill Named as State’s Human Resources Commissioner

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he is naming Laurie Gill as commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources. Gill already serves in Daugaard’s cabinet as Human Services secretary, a position she has held since 2011. She’s also the part-time mayor of Pierre. Daugaard says Gill is an experienced manager, and the...
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Company With Location in Pierre Breaks Ground on IT Center in Vermillion

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – A Minnesota-based software services company which has a location in Pierre, has broken ground on an information technology support center that will bring 200 jobs to southeast South Dakota. Eagle Creek Software Services is building the center in Vermillion, and it’s also partnering with the University of South Dakota to...
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