Oil Pipeline: Authorities arrest 76 protesters

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Authorities say they arrested 76 Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters after they refused to leave a camp set up on private land. Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Rob Keller says they repeatedly warned the protesters to leave the camp. On Wednesday afternoon, officers moved in and evicted the protesters. They...
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Joop Bollen gets probation, fine in South Dakota EB-5 case

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The man who once ran South Dakota’s scandal-ridden investment-for-visa program has avoided prison time after reaching an agreement with prosecutors in a high-profile financial misconduct case. Attorney General Marty Jackley said Wednesday that 53-year-old Joop (yope) Bollen was sentenced to two years of probation and a $2,000 fine. Bollen, of...
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Senate Sends Ethics Law Repeal to Governor

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill that would sweep away new ethics regulations that voters imposed in November is on its way to the governor’s desk. The state Senate voted 27-8 Wednesday to approve the bill. It would repeal the ballot initiative that created an ethics commission, public campaign funding and limitations on lobbyist...
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Trump Approves South Dakota Disaster Declaration

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for South Dakota because of a severe winter storm over Christmas. Trump on Wednesday ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts. The storm led to downed electrical lines, broken power poles and stranded drivers. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says...
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BREAKING-IM22 Protests takes to the skies over Capitol City

PIERRE SD (Oahe TV)  -  A small single engine aircraft is circling the State Capitol with a message for state lawmakers:  “Shame on you!  Respect our vote!” The plane is the first sign of a planned protest scheduled for this afternoon as lawmakers consider the repeal of IM22, South Dakota’s controversial anti-corruption and campaign...
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$2.66 Billion Economic Impact from Higher Education in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – The six public universities in South Dakota generate $2.66 billion a year in annual economic impact within the state, from a state investment of $197 million. That is a key finding from a research report released today that measures public higher education’s impact on the state economy. “This study, updated from...
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February Sobriety Checkpoints Announced

PIERRE, S.D. –  Sobriety checkpoints in 21 counties are scheduled to be held during the month of February by the South Dakota Highway Patrol. A total of 24 checkpoints are planned at various times. The Highway Patrol conducts the checkpoints as a way  to discourage people from drinking and then driving. February checkpoints are...
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Enjoy Eagles and Bagels at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area

PIERRE, S.D. – Visitors of the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre have the opportunity to learn about the park’s winter residents and enjoy a snack on the 15th Annual “Eagles and Bagels” Walk in the Park on Saturday, Feb. 4. Program attendees will learn about eagles from a program presentation and then...
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Pierre/ Fort Pierre Workforce Development Council Presents Final Report

The Pierre / Fort Pierre Workforce Development Council presented its findings to the Pierre City Commission Tuesday night. Kim Olson, who facilitated the Council’s work and presented on behalf of the full council, outlined 18 different recommendations developed by the group.  The recommendations fell into three specific categories –education, housing, and recruitment and retention....
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South Dakota’s transgender locker room bill withdrawn

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill that would have restricted the locker rooms that transgender students in South Dakota could use has been withdrawn. Senate Education Committee Chairman Jim Bolin said Tuesday at the bill’s first hearing that its author wanted it withdrawn. The sponsor, Sen. Lance Russell, didn’t immediately respond to a telephone...
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