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Federal Judge Dismisses ND Housing Kickbacks Case

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed the case of a man accused of accepting kickbacks for housing contracts on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. A jury in North Dakota last month found Michael Addington not guilty of accepting a bribe by an agent of an organization receiving federal funds. The panel...
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Beef Plant Looking for Buyer, Not Reorganization

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A state-of-the-art South Dakota beef packing plant that has lacked the money to ramp up to full production is set on finding a buyer rather than reorganizing. Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month. Plant executives have been working with investment banking firm...
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Grand Jury Indicts Suspect in Fatal SD Crash That Killed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Researchers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man accused of driving under the influence and killing two federal wildlife researchers has been indicted on manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and alcohol- and drug-related charges. State Attorney General Marty Jackley and Charles Mix County State’s Attorney Thomas Deadrick announced the grand jury indictment against 29-year-old Ronald Fischer...
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Winning Tickets for $448M August 7, 2013 Powerball in NJ, Minn.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – At least three people in two states will split the $448 million Powerball jackpot. Lottery officials say two winning tickets were sold in New Jersey and one was sold in Minnesota. Minnesota lottery officials say that state’s winning Powerball jackpot ticket was sold in Anoka County. New Jersey lottery...
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Investment Company: Quick Beef Plant Sale Needed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – An investment company that loaned a troubled South Dakota beef plant $35 million last September says Northern Beef Packers has no cash and a quick sale is needed to preserve the value of the state-of-the-art facility. The plant filed for protection under Chapter 11 last month. The bankruptcy court...
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Former DM&E President to Join Regents Board

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is appointing former Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad president Kevin Schieffer to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Schieffer left DM&E in 2008 after Canadian Pacific Railway bought the company following 12 years at its helm. He also served as U.S. Attorney for South Dakota from 1991...
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State Opposes Man’s Bid to Change Life Sentence

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State prosecutors are opposing a man’s request to be resentenced for a slaying committed when he was 14 years old. Paul Dean Jensen Jr., of Pierre, was sentenced to life without possibility of parole after he was convicted of murder, kidnapping and other charges for the 1996 killing of...
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Mitchell to Chamberlain Rail Project Wins Award

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota railroad rehabilitation project has captured regional acclaim from a national organization. The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Mitchell to Chamberlain project was recognized in the America’s Transportation Awards for its best use of innovation. Crews working the $28 million project replaced 61.6 miles of rail...
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Prosecutors Say Case Should be Dismissed – For Now

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Federal prosecutors who accused a man of accepting kickbacks for housing contracts on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation say they want to drop the case but still have the right to refile it if they find more evidence. A jury in North Dakota last month found Michael Addington not guilty...
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South Dakota Cited in Federal Election Complaint

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – An organization that asked state officials in South Dakota to approve satellite absentee voting offices on three American Indian reservations has now filed a complaint with the federal Justice Department’s civil rights division. The Argus Leader reports that Four Directions filed the complaint after Secretary of State Jason Gant...
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