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Some Tourists Upset By Closure of Mount Rushmore

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Some tourists are upset that Mount Rushmore National Memorial in western South Dakota has been closed by the partial shutdown of the federal government. Wolfgang Ludmann tells KOTA TV he is angry because he came all the way from Germany to see Mount Rushmore, but could only see it...
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Arkansas AG Sues Online Payday Lenders Including SD Based Company

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is suing companies that he says colluded to offer illegal payday loans online while claiming to be affiliated with a Native American tribe to avoid legal action. McDaniel on Tuesday announced that he filed suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Western Sky Financial,...
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Permits Needed to Remove Hay Bales from Ditches

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Department of Transportation is reminding land owners that they now need permits to remove hay bales from highway ditches. Tuesday was the deadline for removing the bales. Any person wishing to claim ownership of illegal bales must now obtain a permit from the department. The permits are issued...
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SD Secretary of State Updating Voter Registration

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says he is updating the state’s voter registration list. Gant says people who have not voted or visited a county auditor to update their registration information in the past four years will get postcards seeking to verify their voter registration. He says voters...
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Pierre Man Arrested for Possessing a Stolen Vehicle and Other Charges

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was arrested early this morning for at least three different charges.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says the man was stopped near the intersection of Dakota and Tyler Avenues about 12:40 a.m.  Officers found that the 1995 Nissan Maxima that 21-year-old Robert Parkinson was driving had...
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Takini Students Make Trip to Pierre for Radio Station Visit

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A group of Takini School students stopped by KGFX Monday to record drug and alcohol prevention announcements for use on the radio.  The four students are all officers of their respective classes and were chosen to come to Pierre for the radio field trip based on paragraphs they wrote...
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Trail Signs Dedicated Along River in Pierre Monday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Four signs that were made possible through the Healthy South Dakota initiative were dedicated by City of Pierre officials, the South Dakota Health Department and others during a short ceremony Monday.  13 communities across the state, including Pierre, were named as recipients for the signs in 2010.  The markers...
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Coronation and Burning of the Letters to be Tonight for Stanley County Homecoming

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Homecoming week is underway at Stanley County.  The theme for this week’s celebration is Stanley County Buffs Make Big Moves.   Coronation will be held tonight starting at 7:00 p.m. at the MS/HS Gymnasium, followed by the burning of the letters.   Thursday will bring the Powder Puff game-hosted...
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Some Insurance Visitors See Site Down Message

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Some South Dakotans trying to get an early jump on health insurance marketplace signups were greeted with a site down message. South Dakota is one of 36 states letting the feds run the health exchanges under President Barack Obama’s health insurance overhaul. Residents are directed to the federal healthcare.gov...
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SD Guard Sends 549 Employees Home in Shutdown

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – About 549 full-time employees of the South Dakota National Guard have been furloughed because of the federal government shutdown. Guard spokesman Maj. Anthony Deiss says the South Dakota Guard has about 974 full-time employees, and 372 will remain on duty during the shutdown. Deiss says the temporary layoffs will hurt...
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