Oahe Dam September 2013

Baitfish Population Rebounds in Lake Oahe in 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks biologist says baitfish rebounded in Lake Oahe this year. Mark Fincel tells the Capital Journal that a good hatch of lake herring combined with a decent crop of rainbow smelt. That’s led to an estimated baitfish population of about 41.6 million in the...
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GOP Increases Hold on Legislature, Shrinks Dems

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Republicans are continuing to increase their hold on the state Legislature, netting at least four seats this Election and further diminishing the Democratic Party’s role in the state. Democrats grabbed one Senate seat Tuesday, bringing their total to eight in the 35-seat chamber. Republicans meanwhile picked up...
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SD Man Gets 11 Years in Years-Old Sex Abuse Case

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison in a nearly two-decade old child sexual abuse case. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 42-year-old Frank Baker Jr. pleaded guilty in July to one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Johnson says the Eagle Butte man...
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Dakotas Shown on North American Map

Dakotas Republicans Relish New Senate Influence

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans in the Dakotas savored a strong election for the GOP. That includes delivering a Senate seat for former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds and giving incumbents in both North and South Dakota a chance to push their policies in a majority for the first time since 2006. The Republican senators,...
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