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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced to Prison for Assault Charges

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An Eagle Butte man was sentenced Monday in federal court on his conviction for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.  40-year-old Leon Farlee will spend five years in prison and was ordered to pay over $127,000 in restitution.  Farlee was indicted by a...
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Group from Sioux Falls Wins $1M Powerball Prize

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Twenty-eight workers from Beal Distributing in Sioux Falls have claimed a $1 million Powerball prize. South Dakota lottery officials say the group’s ticket matched all five white ball numbers but missed the Powerball to win the game’s second prize in Wednesday night’s drawing. The odds of winning it are one...
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Judges to Speak at Summit About South Dakota Foster Care

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Tribal and state judges will be among the speakers Thursday at a summit focusing on Indian child foster care in South Dakota. The three-day summit is in response to a 2011 National Public Radio series that said South Dakota routinely broke the Indian Child Welfare Act. Under federal law,...
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SD Schools Getting Increased Internet Bandwidth

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications and the South Dakota Department of Education says it will increase Internet bandwidth this summer to 159 school sites across the state. Telecommunications manager Pat Snow says the work is part of an effort to double K-12 bandwidth every two to three...
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Public May Feel Left Out of SD Big Game Management

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The half dozen people at a meeting in Pierre say many South Dakota hunters and landowners feel their views are not taken into consideration in the management of big game in the state. The meeting was held by a consulting firm hired by the state to make recommendations on how...
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Native Americans Trade Tales of Displaced Children

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – More than a dozen Native American families described through tears children being taken from them by South Dakota social workers. The stories were delivered Wednesday during the first day of the Great Plains Indian Child Welfare Act Summit in Rapid City. Parents detailed the difficulty in regaining custody of...
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SDSU Adding American Indian Studies Major

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Board of Regents says South Dakota State University will begin offering an undergraduate degree in American Indian studies starting this fall. The school in Brookings has offered a minor in American Indian studies since 1994. The regents say the bachelor of arts degree will equip graduates to work...
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Forecasters: US Midsection Could See Bad Weather

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Forecasters say portions of the central United States could see severe weather this weekend and Monday. The Storm Prediction Center at Norman, Okla., said Wednesday a bout of “fairly substantial” bad weather is possible in Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas on Saturday, from Oklahoma to Iowa on Sunday and from...
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Mellette County State’s Attorney Honored at Recent Meeting for State’s Attorneys from South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) One of central South Dakota’s state’s attorneys has received an award during the recent meeting of the South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association.  Mellette County’s State’s Attorney Mick Strain was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Also given an award was Lawrence County State’s Attorney John Fitzgerald-who received the South...
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DOT Says Repair Work to Start on Certain Road Segments in Hughes County Next Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Department of Transportation will start work to repair concrete pavement and resurface asphalt on Highway 14 in Hughes County next week.  The DOT says crews will repair the pavement and reshape shoulders on parts of Sioux Avenue in Pierre and on Highway 14 from seven miles...
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