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SD Pilot Dies in Crash of Crop-Spraying Plane

LUDLOW, S.D. (AP) – The crash of a crop-spraying plane in western South Dakota has killed the pilot. The Harding County Sheriff’s Office tells KELO-TV that the plane went down just east of Ludlow shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday. The Dewey County Sheriff’s Office identified the pilot as Doug Kraft, of Timber Lake. He died...
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Lawsuit Filed by Woman Who Lost Home Dismissed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a January lawsuit filed by a Wessington Springs woman who lost her home to fire when her neighbor’s home exploded. District Judge Roberto Lange said the lawsuit against propane supplier CHS Inc. was not filed within the three-year statute of limitations. Marguerite Cashman’s home...
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DOI Official: Governments Must Work Together on ICWA

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The chief general counsel for the Department of Interior says the future of the Indian Child Welfare Act depends on the federal government’s ability to work with state governments and ensuring that tribal courts have enough resources. Solicitor Hilary Tompkins spoke at a panel discussion in Washington D.C. examining...
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SD Panel Proposes No Sage Grouse Hunting Season

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission is proposing that the state hold no hunting season for sage grouse this fall. State wildlife officials say the bird’s population has fallen in recent years in South Dakota and other western states.  In South Dakota, sage grouse are found mainly in...
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Governor Ends Ban on SD Purchase of Wildlife Land

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ended a moratorium on the purchase of land by the state Game, Fish and Parks Department. Daugaard imposed the ban when he took office in January 2011. But he says the department now will be able to acquire land for use by all South...
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SD Panel Cuts Deer Hunting Licenses Due to Disease

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has set hunting seasons that will reduce the number of deer that can be shot this fall because of losses caused by a disease. Officials have said more than 3,000 deer died in some areas last year because of epizootic hemorrhagic disease,...
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Flags to be Half Staff at Capitol for Former State Lawmaker

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State officials say former state legislator John B. Heilman Jr. of Miller has died. The South Dakota governor’s office says Heilman died Tuesday at the age of 92. He served from 1953-1954 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. Governor Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags lowered to half-staff at the...
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Fort Pierre Council Sets Vote on One Part of Riverfront Development-Turns Down Second Referral Effort

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Fort Pierre City Council Wednesday set the date for a special election to be held next month that is linked to a portion of the proposed Riverwalk Landing project.  The council rejected a second set of petitions on zoning changes and a deferred development fee.  Mark and...
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Stanley County’s War Creek Road Reopens/Highway Segment in Corson County Remains Closed

UNDATED – (DRG News) War Creek Road in southern Stanley County is now open to traffic.  The roadway was closed recently after it washed out.  Stanley County Highway Superintendent Leo Sullivan says a detour has been created around the wash out and the detour will remain in place for the next few months.  The...
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Pierre Awarded Medals by National League of Cities for Reaching Health and Wellness Goals

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre and Mayor Laurie Gill have been recognized by the National League of Cities for efforts to complete goals for “Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties” (LMCTC).  Two medals, a gold and silver, were given to Pierre for work done to improve access to healthy affordable...
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