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No Hazardous Material in Letters to SD Lawmakers

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Tests conducted by the State Health Department’s laboratory showed there were no hazardous materials in envelopes sent to the Aberdeen offices of South Dakota’s congressional delegation. The Aberdeen American News reports that the state laboratory stayed open late Friday to test envelopes mailed to the offices of Sen. John Thune,...
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Tribal Nonprofit Names New Program Director

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. (AP) – A nonprofit organization for children on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation has named a new director for youth programs. The Cheyenne River Youth Project has announced that Tammy Eagle Hunter will serve as youth programs director. She replaces Megan Guiliano. In her role, Eagle Hunter will be responsible for...
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Former Lands Commissioner Hired by Contractors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Former state School and Public Lands Commissioner Bryce Healy is becoming the executive director of an organization that represents South Dakota building contractors. The Associated General Contractors of South Dakota Building Chapter represents more than 200 general contractors, suppliers and service firms in the state. It works on legislation,...
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Gas Prices on Pace for All-Time Highs in ND, SD

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Gas prices in the Dakotas are poised to reach all-time highs. AAA North Dakota spokesman Gene LaDoucer says he expects the state to break the statewide average of $4.08 a gallon. The average price in the state Friday was $3.98, with some stations charging as much as $4.29. An AAA...
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SD Officials Say Not Enough Notice Given on Summit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The head of South Dakota’s Department of Social Services says the state wasn’t given enough notice about a conference on Indian child foster care in Rapid City. The summit that wrapped up Friday brought together representatives from the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Justice, tribal...
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Prosecutors Won’t Seek Death Penalty in SD Killing

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – Prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty if a man accused of killing a Mitchell woman is convicted. Thirty-six-year-old Kent Davidson is accused of fatally shooting 26-year-old Crystal Schulz in the head with a shotgun on March 11. Her body was found three days later in a shed...
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Former Texas Congressman to Speak at SD Ag Summit

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Stenholm of Texas will be the keynote speaker next month at South Dakota’s annual Governor’s Ag Development Summit. Stenholm was a member of the Agriculture Committee during his 26 years in the U.S. House.  South Dakota Agriculture Department officials say Stenholm earned a reputation for building...
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Judge Sentences Eagle Butte Man to Prison on Assault Charge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man has been sentenced to six years in prison on an assault charge. Twenty-three-year-old Isiah Mesteth, of Eagle Butte, pleaded guilty in February on a federal charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Authorities say the assault happened in October 2011. Mesteth allegedly hit and...
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No Bond Requirement Reinstated for Man Charged with Grand Theft; Bond Remains at $20,000 for His Wife

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A judge has changed bond for a man charged with Grand Theft by Deception and Conspiracy to Commit an Unlawful Act and left bond unchanged for his wife-who faces the same charges.  45-year-old George Nelson III and 44-year-old Karla Nelson were indicted for the crimes by a Hughes County...
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US Seasonal Drought Outlook May 16 - August 31, 2013

SDSU Extension Officials Offer Drought Outlook

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The drought outlook brings a mixed bag for the state.  SDSU Extension Climatologist Dennis Todey says eastern locations have seen some improvement throughout the spring while western parts of the state are still experiencing serious drought issues.  Todey says in a press release that western South Dakota and some...
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