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Budget Cuts Hamper Opening of Tribal Jail in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A $25 million jail on the Rosebud Indian Reservation meant to provide cultural and spiritual wellness programs for tribal members charged with crimes was supposed to open earlier this year. Instead, it sits empty, with inmates being transported to another jail on a reservation nearly three hours away. Officials...
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Tribes Plan for Worst with Looming Budget Cuts

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – When it comes to the automatic spending cuts that began taking effect this month, federal lawmakers spared from hard hits those programs that help the nation’s most vulnerable, such as food stamps, Social Security and veterans’ assistance. But that wasn’t the case with programs serving American Indian reservations, where unemployment...
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St. Patrick’s Day Parade Coming Sunday to Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Sunday brings the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade to Pierre.  The parade lineup will start at 3:00 p.m. at Griffin Park and the parade begins at 4:00 p.m.  Don Shields of Pierre, who helped start the parade close to twenty years ago, says it is being organized by the...
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Fort Pierre Train Depot on the Way Home!!

UNDATED – (DRG News) A building that spent many years serving travelers and shippers in Fort Pierre will be returning to the town after being used as a storage building on a Mud Butte area ranch since the 1960’s.  Fort Pierre’s former train depot, which was built in 1906 as part of the Chicago...
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Pierre Man Arrested by Police on Charges Following Investigation Into Burglary

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Police Department arrested a Pierre man after an investigation into a burglary that was reported Thursday morning.  Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Lakeview Court where a resident said a burglary had taken place. There were...
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Concealed Carry Permits to be Good for Five Years

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill making concealed weapons permits valid for five years, up from the current four years. The measure passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. The bill’s main sponsor, Sen. Larry Rhoden, of Union Center, has said that he eventually wants to...
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Sioux Falls Standoff With Man Wanted for Questioning in Brule County Homicide Ends Peacefully

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sioux Falls police say a man wanted for questioning in a Brule County homicide has surrendered after a two-hour standoff. Thirty-six-year-old Kent Davidson was arrested about 10:15 p.m. Thursday after he left the apartment he was in and surrendered. Police said Davidson was considered armed and dangerous but they...
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Kiwanis Club Bringing Back Popular Concert “East of Westreville” and Kenny Putnam

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre-Fort Pierre Kiwanis Club is once again bringing “East of Westreville” to the Riggs High School Theater for a concert in about a week.  “East of Westreville” will be March 23 and is a combination of bluegrass, blues, gospel, folk and country music.  Proceeds from the concert will...
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Advisor for Country Real Estate Training to be Held at Pierre March 18 & 19

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) SDSU Extension will soon be providing training for real estate agents who sell rural properties.  The Advisor for Country Real Estate (ACRE-SD) training will be held March 18-19 at the SDSU Extension Regional Center at 412 West Missouri Avenue in Pierre.  To be eligible for the ACRE-SD designation, real...
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Hughes County Producer Wins $5,000 for the Harrold Rural Fire Department and Blunt Fire

UNDATED – (DRG News) A Harrold woman has been chosen as a winner in a program that is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.  Deb Hyde was selected as the winner in “America’s Farmers Grow Communities”, which gives farmers the chance to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local non-profit organizations.  Additional...
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