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G F & P Releases 2013 Hunting Season Dates

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) No changes have been made for most big game hunting seasons for this year, compared to last year’s schedule.  The Game, Fish and Parks Commission has finalized most of the dates.  Seasons are decided in the spring of each year to give hunters a chance to plan their fall...
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New York Fugitive Arrested in Murdo Saturday After Foot Chase Through Town

MURDO, S.D. – (DRG News) A fugitive wanted in New York was captured over the weekend in Murdo.  Jones County Sheriff John Weber says officials had been advised to be on the lookout for 30-year-old Shane Jacobs.  The man’s last known address was Hector, New York.  Weber says that Jacobs was seen traveling westbound...
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Woman Taken to Hospital After Home Explosion in Eagle Butte Wednesday

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. – (DRG News) A woman was taken to the hospital yesterday after a house explosion that occurred in Eagle Butte.  The afternoon explosion was reported about 1:20 p.m. Mountain Time in a northeast Eagle Butte housing area on Jefferson Street.  Tony Kennedy, who is the Fire Management Officer for the BIA...
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SD Tribes File Lawsuit Against Social Services on ICWA

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Two Native American tribes in South Dakota have filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the state’s Department of Social Services has violated the Indian Child Welfare Act. The lawsuit alleges that improper hearings are held when determining whether a child needs to be removed from a home. The Indian...
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Bankers Say Farm Income Helping Rural Economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states expect the rural economy to continue growing in the months ahead because of the strength of farm income. The overall economic index on the March Rural Mainstreet survey remained at a healthy level of 56.9 even though it was down from February’s 58.2....
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SD Board Approves Oil Drilling Permit in New Area

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state board has approved permits allowing a new company to drill two oil and gas wells in a part of western South Dakota far from existing wells. The Board of Minerals and Environment voted unanimously to let Quartz Operations drill the wells about 9,700 feet deep about two miles...
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Warm Spring, Continued Drought Predicted for US

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government forecasters say much of the United States can expect a warm spring and persistent drought. The National Weather Service said Thursday above-normal temperatures are predicted across most of the Lower 48 states and northern Alaska. The forecast also calls for little relief for the drought-stricken Midwest and Southwest. Currently, half...
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SD Gov OKs Bill Boosting Lawmaker Expense Payments

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure that increases the daily allowance South Dakota lawmakers get to cover the cost of lodging, meals and other expenses during the annual legislative sessions. The bill increases the current expense payment of $110 a day to $123 a day, with changes...
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Woman Found Slain Near Chamberlain Laid to Rest

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota woman who was found slain in a shed on a farmstead near Chamberlain a week ago has been laid to rest. The Daily Republic newspaper reports that about 150 people turned out Wednesday for the funeral of 26-year-old Crystal Schulz in Mitchell. The Rev. John Hansen said Schulz...
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No Venue Change in Federal Court for SD Kidnapping Suspect

PRESHO, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge is refusing to move the trial of a South Dakota man accused of kidnapping his daughter. Thirty-six-year-old Clinton Brown, of Presho, is charged in federal court with being a felon and drug user in possession of a firearm. He asked U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange to move...
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