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Co-op Agreement Finalized for Buyback Program

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of the Interior says it has finalized the first cooperative agreement in a $1.9 billion Native American land buyback program stemming from the settlement of a nearly 17-year lawsuit over more than a century’s worth of mismanaged trust royalties. The agreement reached with the Oglala Sioux...
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Chamberlain School Board Votes Against Honor Song

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – The Chamberlain School Board has again rejected a request to include a traditional Lakota honor song in the high school graduation ceremony. The Daily Republic reports the board voted 4-2 against the song Monday night. One board member abstained. The controversy first arose last spring, when the school board rejected...
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SD Attorney General’s Annual Pie Day is Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is hosting the 16th annual Pie Day in the state Capitol in Pierre on Saturday. The annual event includes free pie, cookies, coffee and ice cream. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST and features free entertainment. Pie Day began when...
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2013 Outstanding Farmer Award Given Out Saturday by Pierre Chamber Agri-Interest Committee

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Blunt producer, Jim Finley, was named the winner of the 2013 Outstanding Farmer award over the weekend.  Finley was given the award Saturday during the Pierre Chamber’s annual Ag Banquet.  The Kansas native has been farming in South Dakota for forty years and mostly produces wheat, corn and...
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How to Find Help Paying for Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) If you are looking for assistance to help you pay for your prescriptions, there are several agencies you may want to contact: Start by contacting your local State Social Services Agency. Social Services can provide direct assistance to individuals in distress and referrals to other local organizations that may be...
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ND Tops in Nation in Funding Tobacco Programs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A coalition of public health organizations says North Dakota is tops in the nation in funding programs to prevent children from smoking and to help smokers quit. South Dakota isn’t far from the top. The report says North Dakota spends $9.5 million each year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs,...
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Appeals Court Reverses Sexual Abuse Conviction

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of an Eagle Butte man sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison for sexual abuse because jury instructions were incomplete. Jerry Matthew Chasing Hawk was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2011 and found guilty for the August 2009...
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Chamber Ag Banquet Speaker Talks About Response to October Blizzard-Announces 2015 Retirement

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A long-time rancher-themed radio broadcaster addressed attendees Saturday at the annual Chamber Ag Banquet in Pierre.  Jim Thompson was the guest speaker and entertained those at the weekend gathering at the Ramkota.  Thompson, who broadcasts a weekday program from studios in Spearfish, is a long-time rodeo announcer and is...
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Water Main Break Impacting City of McIntosh

McINTOSH, S.D. – (DRG News) Residents in the City of McIntosh have been impacted by a water main break that occurred on Sunday.  The issue has resulted in the closure of school for McIntosh and the Corson County Courthouse is closed today too.  Some businesses have remained open while crews have been working to...
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PFD Responds to Call of Leaking Gas Meter at Pierre School Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department spent about 45 minutes Saturday at the scene of a gas leak outside McKinley Elementary School.  Deputy Fire Chief Ian Paul says firefighters were called after 5:00 p.m. Saturday to the report of gas leaking at the school.  When firefighters arrived at the scene, Paul...
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