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SD Woman Accused in Child’s Death Appears in Brule County Courtroom

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota woman accused of beating a 4-year-old child to death is facing five charges, including second degree murder. The state attorney general’s office says 22-year-old Donika Gonzales, of Gann Valley, appeared Friday at a preliminary hearing in Brule County. Gonzales is also charged with two counts of first...
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2013 Oahe Farm and Ranch Show Extending Exhibitor Deadline to June 1

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Organizers of the 2013 Oahe Farm and Ranch Show, which is coming to the Oahe Speedway in June, say they have increased exhibit areas and extended the exhibitor deadline to June 1.  The event will be June 25-26 and will be free to all attendees.  In addition to exhibits;...
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Murdo Man Indicted in Federal Court for Firearm Offenses

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Murdo man has been indicted in federal court for two counts of “Firearm Offenses”.    41-year-old Shaun Sporrer is charged for an incident that occurred in March in Murdo.  Federal court papers say the charges are the result of Sporrer unlawfully possessing a stolen firearm; namely a Smith and...
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Clinic Fundraiser Coming Up Later This Month in Kennebec

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A fundraiser is planned in just over a week that will help to improve health care in Kennebec.  A Kennebec bank is organizing the event, which will be April 13.   About $30,000 is needed to reach the community’s goal of $100,000.  Money that is raised will be used to...
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Forest Service Sets Meeting to Talk About Fire

LEMMON, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled a public meeting to talk about a grassland fire in the western Dakotas that spread during a prescribed burn. The meeting is set for 4 p.m. Saturday at the North Dakota State University research center in Hettinger, N.D. Forest Service officials say they will...
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Man Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Take More Than $1,000 in Items from Pierre Store

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A man was arrested yesterday after authorities say he tried to take more than $1,000 in merchandise from Pierre’s Walmart store.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were called Thursday evening about 6:00 p.m. to the report that someone was trying to leave with a shopping cart that...
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Onida Fire Department Called to Hay Bale Fire Northwest of Onida This Week

ONIDA, S.D. – (DRG News) A fire that originated Monday and flared up on Wednesday burned more than 300 round bales, northwest of Onida.  Onida Fire Chief Brian Ring says the fire was first reported Monday afternoon about 18 miles west and six miles north of Onida.  He says firefighters were called to the...
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Commissioner of School and Public Lands Resigns

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota governor’s office says the state’s commissioner of School and Public Lands is resigning his position this summer for family reasons Jarrod Johnson was elected to the post in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. The position is a constitutionally-created office that administers state lands set aside to support...
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Boys and Girls Club to Reopen Today After Water Main Break Causes It to Close Thursday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area will be open again today after it was closed for the day Thursday.  Club Director Becky Bowers says the facility had to be closed Thursday after a maintenance man found a water main break yesterday morning.  The break was located...
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SD Panel: Offensive Names of Creeks and Other Features on Reservation Should Go

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota panel responsible for getting rid of offensive place names has proposed renaming two creeks and three other geographical features on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to reflect the area’s traditional use for deer hunting. The locations all feature a variation of the phrase “Squaw Humper,” and each...
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