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Late-Winter Storm Affecting Travel in Dakotas

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A late-winter storm is causing travel problems throughout much of North Dakota and eastern South Dakota. Motorists in many areas are being advised not to travel or to use extreme caution when venturing out because of snow and blowing snow. Ice also is a problem in eastern South Dakota. Many...
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SD Holds 25th Annual Environmental Conference

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s 25th annual conference on the environment and ground water quality will be held Wednesday in Fort Pierre. The conference will include exhibits and technical presentations covering ground water, geology, mining and mineral resources. The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is hosting the conference. State Environment...
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SD Agency Hosts Wildfire Training Academy

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Wildland Fire agency is hosting a training academy for wildland firefighters. The state agency reports that 266 firefighters have registered to attend the academy, which is being held in Fort Pierre on March 21st through 24th. Officials say firefighters from volunteer fire departments and state and federal...
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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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