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Johnson Announces Support for Same-Sex Marriage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson says he now supports legalizing gay marriage. The Democrat released a statement Monday saying that after lengthy consideration, his views on the issue have evolved. He notes that such a law would apply only to governments and wouldn’t require “any religious denomination to alter...
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Man Indicted in Death of Woman in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Brule County grand jury has indicted a Mitchell man in the death of a woman whose body was found in a farmstead shed near Chamberlain. Thirty-six-year-old Kent Davidson faces murder and other charges. He could face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted. Davidson is accused of...
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Pennsylvania Man Charged with Kidnapping Teen Friend-Both Found in Martin, S.D.

CLARION, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man is jailed in South Dakota until he can return to face charges that he kidnapped a 13-year-old girl who authorities are describing as a family friend. Police say Alexandria Sewell disappeared in the middle of the night March 28 from her home in Clarion County, and...
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Parts of the Dakotas in For Early Spring Snowstorm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – An early spring snowstorm is in store for parts of the Dakotas early this week. The National Weather Service has posted various advisories and warnings in the two states. Forecasters expect the heaviest snow in South Dakota, with a foot or more falling in some areas by Wednesday morning,...
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Forest Service Officials Say Dakotas Fire 100 Percent Contained

LEMMON, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Forest Service officials say a fire that blackened more than 16 square miles of Dakotas grassland has been fully contained. The fire on the Grand River Ranger District of the Dakota Prairie Grassland spread Wednesday after a 130-acre prescribed burn by the Forest Service escaped containment southeast of Hettinger,...
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Conservative SD Republicans Cool on Rounds

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Some conservative South Dakota Republicans are reluctant to support former Gov. Mike Rounds’ bid for the U.S. Senate because he refuses to pledge never to raise taxes. State Rep. Manny Steele of Sioux Falls says a lot of people are also discouraged by Rounds’ record as governor. Mike Mueller,...
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Forest Service Apologizes for Dakotas Fire

HETTINGER, N.D. (AP) – A U.S. Forest Service official has apologized for a fire that burned more than 16 square miles of Dakotas grassland. At meeting in Hettinger, N.D., on Saturday, Grand River District Ranger Paul Hancock told nearly 100 farmers and ranchers that the Forest Service regrets that the planned 130-acre prescribed burn...
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Longtime Native American Journalist Stepping Back

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A longtime Native American journalist is stepping back from day-to-day management at Native Sun News. The Rapid City Journal reports that Tim Giago will remain owner but is taking a step back. Giago says he’s been writing a weekly column for 33 years to teach, provoke and otherwise encourage Native...
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De Smet to be Capital for a Day in May

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has announced that De Smet has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on May 10. Daugaard and other state officials will have roundtable meetings with De Smet business and community leaders on that day. There will also be a coffee and...
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SD Official Warns That New GED Test is Coming

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota official says people working to pass the General Educational Development test need to be aware that a new version of the test will be released next January. State Labor Secretary Pam Roberts says the current version of the test expires Dec. 31. She says all scores will...
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