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SD Lawmakers Approve Livestock Inspection Fees

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative panel has approved the state Brand Board’s decision to increase the fee for livestock inspections designed to prevent the theft of cattle, horses and mules in western South Dakota. The unanimous vote Tuesday by the Rules Review Committee allows the Brand Board to go ahead with its plan...
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Report of Hay Fire on Semi Trailer Turns Out to be Unfounded

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre firefighters were called this morning to the report that a load of hay being carried on a semi-truck was on fire.  Fire crews were notified that a truck had been spotted in east Pierre near the intersection of Garfield and Wells Avenues about 7:05 a.m. this morning and...
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Governor Names Lentsch Ag Secretary as Bones Retires

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is getting a new leader. Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones has announced that he’s retiring from his position effective April 29. The Parker native says he’s returning to his farm. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he’s appointing Lucas Lentsch of Pierre to replace Bones. Daugaard says...
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Presho Man Changes Plea for Weapons Charge in Federal Court

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News)  A Presho man has changed his plea on a federal weapons charge.  36-year-old Clint Brown appeared in federal court in Pierre Monday and entered a guilty plea to a charge of “Felon and Drug User in Possession of a Firearm”.  The firearm charge is linked to an incident last...
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SD Popcorn Manufacturer Making a Name for Itself

LOWER BRULE, S.D. (AP) – A tribally owned popcorn manufacturer in South Dakota is gaining accolades for its products and job opportunities. Situated on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation, Lakota Foods is the first and only Native American-owned company that packages and distributes popcorn. The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe started the business about seven...
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SD Lawmakers Consider Livestock Inspection Fees

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative panel is reviewing the state Brand Board’s decision to increase the fee for livestock inspections designed to prevent the theft of cattle, horses and mules in western South Dakota. The board decided last month to boost the inspection fee from 90 cents a head to $1. The increase...
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USDA: Below Normal Temps Provide Few Days for Fieldwork in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Below normal temperatures have limited the ability for snow to melt and kept soil temperatures at or below freezing across South Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that farmers and ranchers had 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities included applying fertilizer to wheat,...
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Error Causes Confusion with Inmate from Hughes County

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say an inmate who they believed went missing briefly Monday morning was actually never missing and was where he was supposed to be. State prison officials had said 35-year-old Aaron Olson left the prison Monday morning to go to his work-release job but didn’t show up there and...
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Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Conversion of Mortgaged Property

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A former Glenham area resident has entered a guilty plea to a federal charge of Conversion of Farm Service Agency Mortgaged Property.  25-year-old Wroper Kosel of Bismarck, North Dakota appeared in court before U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange last Tuesday, March 26 to plead guilty to the charge.  Kosel...
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Inmate from Hughes County Located After Reported as Missing from Rapid City Facility

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Authorities say a state prison inmate who was reported as missing earlier today has been located.  The South Dakota Department of Corrections says inmate Aaron Olson was accounted for in Rapid City this morning after officials initially enacted escape procedures.  The 35-year-old man is currently serving a two-year sentence...
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