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Report Outlines South Dakota Indian Country Prosecutions

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says the number of prosecutors on South Dakota’s two largest Indian reservations is up while the number of cases that have been declined for prosecution is down.  Johnson says that over the past four years, prosecutions are up 131 percent on the Rosebud Indian...
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Battleship Memorial gets Facelift before Reunion

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls man is leading an effort to spruce up the USS South Dakota battleship memorial in time for a reunion of Navy veterans at the end of June.  Robert Ruf is recruiting several businesses to help him sandblast, power wash and repaint the concrete and steel...
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Plea Deadline Moved in South Dakota Shooting Case

  MARTY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say the deadline for a plea agreement has been extended for a man accused of fatally shooting his uncle and wounding another relative on South Dakota’s Yankton Indian Reservation. Twenty-four-year-old Dancing Bull Fischer has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, assault with intent to commit murder and discharging...
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Riverwalk Landing Project to go Public Vote

  FT. PIERRE, S.D. -  Ft. Pierre’s Riverwalk Landing project will go before the voters. One hundred signatures on a petition filed by Fort Pierre business owner Diane London Thursday will refer the controversial, $16 million Riverwalk Landing development on the Missouri River to a public vote in July. The Fort Pierre City Council...
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Trail of Governor Statues to be Dedicated June 14

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The bronze statues of former South Dakota governors Frank Farrar, Harvey Wollman and Bill Janklow will be unveiled during a July 14 event in the state Capitol Rotunda.  Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be among the speakers celebrating the latest additions to the Trail of Governors.  Foundation board member Rick...
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South Dakota State Human Resources Commissioner Retiring

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Sandy Zinter, the head of South Dakota state government’s personnel agency, is retiring.  Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he hates to see Zinter retire from her job as commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources, but he understands her desire to spend more time with her family.  Zinter has led...
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South Dakota Court says Plea Bargain was Unconstitutional

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court says plea bargains that defer prosecution for crimes cannot force defendants to plead guilty later if they violate the terms of probation.  The high court’s ruling overturns a South Dakota man’s conviction of grand theft for allegedly stealing a car in August 2010.  Travis...
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Bank Robbery Suspects Sentenced, will be Deported

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Mexican couple who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2,000 from a Pierre bank last November has been sentenced to time behind bars and will face deportation.   37-year-old Ismael Espinoza Ortiz was sentenced to seven years each for bank larceny and illegal re-entry after deportation, with the sentences...
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April Weather puts Damper on Special South Dakota Goose Hunt

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota wildlife officials say a cold April with snow and ice storms put a damper on an experimental monthlong program to reduce Canada geese depredation in six problem counties.  Keith Fisk with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks says that only 820 geese were killed. Officials were hoping that...
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South Dakota Demos Seek Information on Labor Recruiting Plan

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Democratic state lawmakers have asked South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard for information on the state’s $5 million contract with a national recruiting firm that is seeking to find new workers to fill jobs in the state.  Representative Susan Wismer of Britton and Senator Billie Sutton of Burke say they...
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