Tractor and Tree Row

Two SD Tree Farms Agree to Pay $170K in Fraud Case

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The owners of two tree farms linked to a Federal Crop Insurance Program fraud case have agreed to pay the federal government $170,000 to settle the case. The payment settled allegations Black Hills Tree Farm and Western Hills Tree Farm, both of Philip, cheated the government by falsifying the...
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SD Department of Transportation

Travel Remains Difficult on I-90 in Western South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation say travel conditions on stretches of I-90 and other highways in western South Dakota remains very difficult and no travel is advised. As this winter storm continues to track through South Dakota, motorists can expect hazardous driving conditions including snow-packed and...
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Verendrye Museum (KGFX Photo)

Verendrye Museum to Hold Annual Meeting Saturday

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Verendrye Museum of Fort Pierre will hold its annual meeting tomorrow.  Verendrye Museum President Darby Nutter says the meeting will take place Saturday at the Fort Pierre Senior Center.  Nutter says there will be a meal, annual officer elections, a program and more. Dinner is to be...
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Smithsonian Affiliate Flag at Cultural Heritage Center (KGFX Photo)

Museum of SDSHS Announces New Smithsonian Institution Affiliation

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A new affiliation was announced yesterday between the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society said the new endeavor brings various elements of the Smithsonian to South Dakota and offers opportunities for...
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Hughes County Jail

Second Person Arrested in Pierre/Fort Pierre Area Car Theft Cases

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) One Pierre teen appeared in court yesterday for an initial appearance linked to recent vehicle thefts-while another was arrested Thursday as part of the same crime spree.  18-year-old Robert Larson made his first court appearance via an interactive TV link to the Pierre courthouse from the Hughes County Jail...
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State Capitol

SD Lawmakers Work on Business Recruitment Plans

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota legislative leaders say they are working to find a new way to provide financial incentives that would help recruit new businesses to the state. Voters in the November election rejected Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to use tax money to give incentive grants to companies that otherwise would...
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Scales, Gavel and Flag

Convicted SD Tribal Chairman’s Appeal Denied

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A former Crow Creek Sioux tribal chairman convicted in a bribery and kickback scheme has lost an appeal. Duane Big Eagle is serving three years in federal prison for August 2011 convictions on bribery-related charges. He was convicted in a scheme in which tribal officials were rewarded for giving contracts...
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8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Prosecutors Laud Appeals Ruling on Sex Trafficking

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A recent appeals court decision clears the way for prosecutors to seek lengthy prison terms for people who try to pay for sex with minors. The Argus Leader reports that the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision reinstates the commercial sex trafficking convictions of two men whose convictions were...
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Snow and Wintry Road Conditions

Strong Winter Storm Bears Down on the Dakotas

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Many western South Dakota schools are canceling classes as a winter storm starts moving into the Dakotas. The National Weather Service has posted a variety of advisories and warnings, including a blizzard warning in eastern North Dakota through Saturday morning. Forecasters say freezing rain will turn into snow, and strong...
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Sick Woman with Flu or Cold

SD Health Official: 9 Flu Deaths This Season

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota health official says nine people have died as a result of the flu so far this season. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says this year’s flu activity is occurring earlier and at higher levels than in the past. All of the people who died from the flu were...
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