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US Agency Pays $5.6 Million to SD Local Governments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Tim Johnson says the U.S. Department of Interior has designated more than $5.6 million that will go to 31 South Dakota counties as payment in lieu of property taxes. Johnson says the Black Hills National Forest, national grasslands and national parks are tremendous assets to South Dakota, but they pay...
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State-Issued Irrigation Permits Soaring in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The number of irrigation permits is soaring in South Dakota, due to last year’s drought and to lucrative market prices for corn, wheat and soybeans. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources approved 173 irrigation permits last year. So far this year it has issued 279, and 121...
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SD Communities Help OK Tornado Victims

FAULKTON, S.D. (AP) – Several small communities in parts of South Dakota are teaming up with a hairdresser from Faulkton to help tornado victims in Oklahoma. KELO-TV reports that Sarah Davidson contacted an Oklahoma church and started collected items for people in Moore, Okla., devastated by a deadly tornado that hit last month. The...
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SD, MN Troopers Make 188 Arrests in I-90 Operation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Officials say Highway Patrol troopers from South Dakota and Minnesota have made 188 arrests and issued 522 warnings during a joint enforcement operation on a stretch of Interstate 90. The daylong enforcement effort took place Thursday on I-90 between Chamberlain, S.D., and Fairmont, Minn. South Dakota Patrol Capt. Kevin...
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Highway Patrol to Get Vehicle for Investigations

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Highway Patrol is set to get a new SWAT vehicle to help with drug investigations. Attorney General Marty Jackley recently announced that the Highway Patrol will receive nearly $241,000 for the vehicle from the drug control fund. The vehicle will be used by multiple agencies for deployment...
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Presho Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Felon and Drug User in Possession of a Firearm

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Presho man was sentenced in federal court to 51 months in prison for his guilty plea to Felon and Drug User in Possession of a Firearm.  36-year-old Clint Brown was convicted in 2004 of three felony offenses that occurred in Lyman County and Pennington County.  Last August, he...
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Delta Dental of South Dakota Contributes Nearly $90,000 to Nonprofits Across SD

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Delta Dental celebrated its 50th anniversary by providing $1,000 to its employees and board members and in return; each one gave their funds to the nonprofit organization of their choice.  Nearly $90,000 was handed out through the project called “We Give” to 68 nonprofit organizations, including 23 in the...
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Flags Posted Across Missouri River Bridge for Flag Day by Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club is displaying flags across the Missouri River Bridge today in honor of Flag Day.  The Exchange Club started the project in 2006 as part of that year’s Vietnam War Memorial event.  Since then, club members post alternating U.S. and South Dakota flags on the...
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Statue Unveiling Ceremony to be Held Today for Trail of Governor’s Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Statues that honor South Dakota Governors Frank Farrar, Harvey Wollman and Bill Janklow will be unveiled at the Capitol Rotunda this afternoon as part of the Trail of Governor’s project.  Today’s ceremony will give the public a first look at the life sized bronze statues of the state’s 24th,...
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Former SD Clerk of Court Sentenced for Theft from Lyman County

KENNEBEC, S.D. (AP) – A former clerk of court for Lyman County has been sentenced for stealing nearly $1,200 in fines paid by traffic violators. The Daily Republic newspaper reports that 58-year-old Denise Anderson was ordered to serve eight days in jail and pay restitution. Authorities say Anderson took the money between September 2008...
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