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Red Meat Production Down 20 Percent From January

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – February commercial red meat production in South Dakota was down 20 percent from January. The South Dakota office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says the total of 80.3 million pounds for the month is down 1 percent from a year ago. February pork production was down in February,...
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Tribal President: Children Suffer From Removal

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The president of a South Dakota tribe suing the state’s Department of Social Services says Native American children suffer trauma and depression when they are wrongly removed from their homes. Oglala Sioux President Bryan Brewer says the state has for years removed Indian and non-Indian children from their family...
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SD Elderly and Disabled Face Tax Relief Deadline

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials say low-income elderly and disabled homeowners have until April 1 to apply for a property tax break. Under the program, a home’s assessed value for property tax purposes is prevented from increasing. If the actual value of the home increases, the homeowner still pays property taxes based...
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Pierre Teen Receives Ten Years for Second Degree Burglary

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre teen was sentenced Tuesday for his guilty plea to Second Degree Burglary.  18-year-old Lee Provancial was arrested last June after the Pierre Police officers were summoned to a Flag Mountain Drive residence where an intruder had been found.   Provancial pleaded guilty to the burglary charge in January...
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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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