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SD Lawmakers Look at Teen Driving Safety Measures

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee is looking at a package of bills aimed at reducing teen traffic fatalities and injuries. One of the measures would ban beginning drivers from using cellphones behind the wheel until they can get an unrestricted license at age 16. Another bill would require those with...
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Onida Man Killed After Struck by Tree Being Cut Down in Vacant Lot

ONIDA, S.D. – (DRG News) An Onida man died after he was struck by a tree that was being cut down on the east side of Onida this morning.  Sully County Sheriff Bill Stahl says 78-year-old Wayne Rawstern was helping neighbors as they worked to cut down a large tree in a vacant lot...
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SD House Panel Endorses Fight Regulation Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has endorsed a bill that would create a state athletic commission to regulate professional boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. The panel voted unanimously to send the bill to the full House despite Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s continued opposition. Daugaard has said he opposes the bill...
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Dakota Western Heritage Festival Scheduled for September 14 & 15 in Fort Pierre

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Organizers have been working to prepare for a fall event that once again will celebrate the skills and talents of cowboys and cowgirls.  The second annual Dakota Western Heritage Festival will be held September 14 & 15 at the Expo Center in Fort Pierre.  Gary Heintz, who co-chairs...
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SDHP: One Vehicle Accident Near Presho Yesterday Results in Death of Pierre Woman

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre woman died in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 90 near Presho last night around 11:20 p.m.  The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 31-year-old Casey Lynn Crane was driving her car westbound near mile marker 225 when the vehicle left the roadway and continued into the median.  The...
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Eagle Butte Man Convicted of Assault in Federal Court

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An Eagle Butte man was convicted during a federal jury trial last week of one count of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and one count of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.  31-year-old Leon Donald Farlee was found guilty of the charges as part of a four day federal...
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Services Set for Dallas Heninger-SCHS Students Dismissed for a Time Tuesday to Allow Them to Attend Funeral

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Funeral services have been set for a local teen that lost his battle to cancer over the weekend.  17-year-old Dallas Heninger died on Saturday at Avera St. Mary’s HealthcareCenter.  Heninger, who would have graduated this spring with the Stanley County High School Class of 2013, began his battle with...
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Mayor Gill: Funding from CNCS to be Used to Support Senior Volunteer Activities

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre announced last week that more than $62,000 in new funding has been given to a group of Pierre area senior volunteers.  Mayor Laurie Gill said Friday that Avera St. Mary’s Foundation received the $62,137 grant that will support senior volunteer activities through Retired and Senior...
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SD Students Display Research Work in State Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A dozen undergraduate students from South Dakota colleges and universities will display their research work in the state Capitol in Pierre this week. The students will present their projects to state lawmakers and the public Wednesday in the Capitol rotunda. Jack Warner, the state Board of Regents executive director, says...
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U.S. Attorney to Speak at Workshop About Sex Trafficking in SD Next Month

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson is one of several speakers scheduled to discuss sex trafficking in South Dakota during a workshop next month in Rapid City. The Rapid City Journal reports the South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence and Native Women of the Great Plains Society are sponsoring...
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