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Audubon Society’s Bird Count Begins Saturday

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The National Audubon Society’s 114th annual Christmas Bird Count begins Saturday. Counts around the country will run through Sunday, Jan. 5. The western South Dakota and Black Hills of Wyoming region will host at least 12 bird counts, 10 of which are official counts that contribute data to the...
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Politics Color Governors’ Decisions on Medicaid

WASHINGTON (AP) – Partisan politics are coloring governors’ decisions on whether to expand Medicaid in their states. The question of whether more low-income people receive Medicaid coverage may have less to do with their need than with how their states vote in governors’ races. Medicaid is the government health insurance program for the poor....
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Attorney General Response on $550,000 Diversion of Funds to the Federal EB-5 Program

PIERRE, S.D  –  As Attorney General, I am disappointed to have read certain Editorials relating to the state’s investigation into the $550,000 diversion of funds to the federal EB-5 program.  Because it is uncharacteristic of reputable news sources to present inaccurate information to the public, I hope they take this opportunity to present accurate...
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Jury Finds Man Guilty of Simple Assault of a Law Officer and Theft in Onida Case

ONIDA, S.D. – (DRG News) A former Onida resident was found guilty of Simple Assault of a Law Officer and Theft during a jury trial yesterday.  41-year-old Jimmy Wipf was originally charged with Aggravated Assault on a Law Officer and Petty Theft for an incident that took place June 1 in Onida.  Authorities were...
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Pierre Soldier Arrives in SD Thursday Following Three Month Deployment to Afghanistan

RAPID CITY, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre soldier arrived back in South Dakota Thursday after serving a three-month deployment in Afghanistan with a South Carolina National Guard unit.  The South Dakota National Guard’s Public Affairs Office says that SD Guard Soldier Major Murray Thompson arrived at the Rapid City airport yesterday.  He had...
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Fort Pierre Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Bank Fraud

UNDATED – (DRG News) A Fort Pierre man was sentenced yesterday in federal court for Bank Fraud.  40-year-old Wyatt Rasmussen received a sentence of 33 months in custody to be followed by three years of supervised release.  In addition, Rasmussen was ordered to pay restitution of $238,969.59.  Rasmussen was indicted in federal court for...
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Welcome Home Ceremony Scheduled for 152nd Soldiers

(From the South Dakota National Guard’s Public Affairs Office) A welcome home ceremony will be held for 68 Soldiers of the 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, South Dakota Army National Guard, on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 3:30 p.m. (CT) at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre, after completing a five-month deployment to Afghanistan in...
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Ceremony Honors Standing Rock Sioux Code Talkers

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – Forty-five members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who served as code talkers during World Wars I and II have been honored posthumously for their service. Family members of the former soldiers were presented Congressional Gold Medals during a ceremony in Fort Yates on Thursday. The medals were first...
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Lack of Farm Bill Prolongs Angst for Ranchers

WASHINGTON (AP) – South Dakota rancher Alan Rislov says he grew up wanting to be a rancher and has scraped and saved for nearly 20 years to build his own herd of cattle and calves. October’s devastating blizzard killed about 30 percent of his cows and 20 percent of his calves – a loss...
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Filmmaker to Appear at Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre Tomorrow for Showings of The Buffalo King and to Talk About New Film Project on Casey Tibbs

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A former South Dakotan-who is now a Colorado based filmmaker-will be showing off one of his film works tomorrow and talking about his current work on a new historical documentary.  Justin Koehler is starting to put together a documentary film on Stanley County native Casey Tibbs.  The film...
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