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Bond Kept at $200K for Suspect in Fatal SD Crash That Killed Wildlife Researchers

LAKE ANDES, S.D. (AP) – A judge is keeping bond at $200,000 for a man charged with vehicular homicide in a crash in southeastern South Dakota that killed two people. Twenty-eight-year-old Ronald Fischer, of Lake Andes, made his first court appearance Wednesday after turning himself in Tuesday. Judge Bruce Anderson said he would appoint...
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Laid Off SD Beef Plant Workers Not Surprised

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Laid-off workers at the Northern Beef Packers plant in the northern South Dakota city of Aberdeen say they haven’t been paid for more than two weeks and the plant hasn’t slaughtered any cattle for more than three weeks. More than 250 workers were laid off Wednesday, following the layoffs of...
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Gant Named Treasurer of National Association

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant has been named treasurer to The National Association of Secretaries of State. As treasurer of NASS, Gant will be a member of the executive committee and serve as President of the organization in 2015. The organization is the oldest nonpartisan organization of public...
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South Dakota Beef Plant Lays Off Workers

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – About two dozen workers at the Northern Beef Packers plant in Aberdeen have been laid off. The American News reports that the workers were laid off during a meeting Wednesday morning. Beef plant officials have not commented on the layoffs. Jeffery LaCroix, a meat cutter, says employees from the killing...
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SD Organizations Gear Up to Push Health Exchange

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Health organizations and other groups are gearing up to tell South Dakotans they can get health insurance through a new online marketplace starting Oct. 1. The marketplace is being set up as part of the national Affordable Care Act. About 13 percent of the state’s population is uninsured, and the...
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Avera Health Donates $5,000 to Gettysburg City Pool

GETTYSBURG, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Gettysburg received a gift of $5,000 from Avera Health and Avera Gettysburg Hospital to be used to fund a slide for the children’s portion of the Gettysburg City Pool.  The donation was recently presented by Mark Schmidt, Executive Director for Avera Gettysburg Hospital-to Bill Wuttke, Mayor...
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Presho Man Indicted on Eight Counts of Possession, Manufacture or Distribution of Child Pornography

KENNEBEC, S.D. – (DRG News) A Lyman County Grand Jury indicted a man last week for eight counts of Possession, Manufacture or Distribution of Child Pornography.  Lyman County State’s Attorney Anita Fouss says 21-year-old Larry Maranville IV was arraigned in Kennebec Monday and pleaded not guilty to all charges.  Maranville had previously requested an...
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Pierre School Board Rejects Bids on McKinley; Tables Decision on Washington Bids

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board decided yesterday to reject bids on one of the district’s elementary school buildings and put a decision on accepting or rejecting bids for another elementary on hold for now.   The board declared three of its properties as surplus in recent months and last week, District...
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Remember…Today’s Activities at Riggs May Look Alarming, But It’s Only a Drill

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre area residents will note emergency responders around Riggs High School today, but the activity is for drill purposes only.  Several different law enforcement agencies, Avera St. Mary’s Healthcare Center, American Medical Response ambulance and the Pierre School District are coordinating to put on a full-scale exercise, which is...
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Daugaard Seeks Disaster Declaration

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is requesting federal assistance to help seven South Dakota counties recover from severe weather last month. Daugaard submitted the letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday asking for a Presidential Disaster Declaration. Preliminary assessments show that the series of storms from June 19 through 29 caused damage...
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