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Former State Legislator Frank Homan Dies

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota legislator Ralph Homan has died.  Gov. Dennis Daugaard says Homan died on Wednesday in Mitchell. He was 84.  Homan was a Mount Vernon resident when he served two terms in the South Dakota House of Representatives, from 1983-86.  Daugaard has ordered flags lowered to half-staff at...
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Farmers Getting Spring Planting Break from the Governor

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota farmers are being allowed to move over-wide fertilizer application vehicles on roads during nighttime hours through the rest of the month.  Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an executive order extending the hours of travel in response to the delayed spring planting season due to cold and snowy...
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Sanford Health to Expand Helicopter Service

  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dakotas-based Sanford Health is expanding its air ambulance helicopter service to the Bismarck region.  Sanford AirMed operates a fleet of four helicopters and four airplanes from bases in Bismarck and Fargo in North Dakota, Sioux Falls in South Dakota and Bemidji in Minn.  The Bismarck helicopter service is scheduled...
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Drug and Gun Ring Bust made in Northeast South Dakota

  WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — Federal authorities say they have busted a drug and gun ring in South Dakota.  U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 10 people were arrested as a part of an investigation dubbed “Operation Black Widow” by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Eight of the suspects are from Watertown,...
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Pierre Man Arrested for First Degree Manslaughter

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was arrested earlier today for First Degree Manslaughter following the death of a baby this morning.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were called to a home in the 1000 block of North Poplar Avenue about 9:38 a.m. this morning where it was said an...
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Vietnam Vets Group Planning Saturday Cleanup for Capitol Lake War Memorials

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Capitol Lake War Memorial cleanup will take place this weekend, to help prepare the site for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.  The local Vietnam and Vietnam Era Veterans Association (VEVA) will have a cleanup event on Saturday.  VEVA member John Moisan says the plans call for cleaning and...
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Hot Lotto Game Changing

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Starting next week, South Dakotans who play Hot Lotto and win the game’s jackpot will receive their prize in a single cash payment with the initial holding taxes already paid.  Grand prize winners currently have the option of choosing a lump sum payment or 25 annual payments. Jackpots for...
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Missouri River Basin Remains Dry

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Despite wet weather in April, the amount of water flowing into the Missouri River remains below normal because of slow runoff and the ongoing drought.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday that the cold weather reduced the amount of runoff from snowmelt in the past month.  The corps...
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South Dakota Broker Facing Federal Wire Fraud Charges

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls broker who already has been sued by former investors and the Securities and Exchange Commission now faces felony wire fraud charges in federal court.  65-year-old Randal Kent Hansen was indicted Wednesday in the U.S. District Court of South Dakota on separate counts of wire fraud,...
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Eagle Butte Couple Die in Crash on Highway 212 near Eagle Butte

  LA PLANT, S.D. (AP) — A husband and wife from Eagle Butte are dead in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 212 in Dewey County.  The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 74-year-old Robert Ironwing and his 67-year-old wife, Francine, died at the scene about three miles west of La Plant late Wednesday afternoon. ...
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