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SD Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charges

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – A man accused of killing a Mitchell woman last month has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges. Thirty-six-year old Kent Gene Davidson is accused of killing 26-year-old Crystal Schulz. Her body was found March 14 in a shed at her mother’s residence in rural Chamberlain. The Mitchell Daily...
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USDA Says Snow and Freezing Rain Affect SD Ranchers, Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Snow and freezing rain have brought badly needed moisture to parts of South Dakota, but last week’s storm delayed field work and made calving conditions difficult. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that there was hardly any time suitable for fieldwork in the past...
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Bridge Work South of McIntosh to be Delayed by Weather

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Work to rehabilitate two bridges on Highway 65 south of McIntosh will be delayed a week because of the wintry weather that is impacting the region.  The South Dakota Department of Transportation says last week’s weather and the forecast for the next few days means that the start of...
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Rawlins Library Noting National Library Week

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) National Library Week is being noted this week and Pierre’s Rawlins Library is marking the occasion.  Throughout the week, there will be various events that will take place.  Adults will be challenged to guess how many titles were in the library’s collections on April 1.  Everyone who enters will...
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South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Creekside Singers to Kick Off Spring Tour Thursday in Pierre for Lakota Music Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Thursday brings the kickoff of the second tour for the Lakota Music Project in Pierre.  The Lakota Music Project was created over a period of about three years; as the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra worked with leaders of the Lakota community to create a way to build bridges between...
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Future of Johnson Campaign War Chest Unknown

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Outgoing U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson hasn’t made any decisions on what to do with his campaign war chest. The 66-year-old South Dakota Democrat announced last month that he’ll retire at the end of this third Senate term next year. The Argus Leader newspaper reports that he has more than...
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Snow Storm in Dakotas Sets Several Records

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Everyone from students to lawmakers are getting the day off after a record-breaking snow storm in North Dakota over the weekend. National Weather Service reports show as much as a foot and a half of snow fell in western and central North Dakota and northern South Dakota on Sunday. The...
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Redfield School District Voters to Decide Opt-Out

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Residents of the Redfield School District will decide Tuesday whether to opt out of the state property tax limits. The opt-out would allow the district to collect an extra $350,000 a year above the state limits for five years. Redfield Superintendent Randy Joyce tells the Aberdeen American News that the new...
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Dakotas Tribe Holding Hearings About Foster Care

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is hosting two hearings about Native Americans in the foster care system ahead of a planned summit next month. The tribe is hosting a pre-summit hearing April 20 at the Grand River Casino in Mobridge, S.D., and another one on April 26 at Prairie...
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Bill Would Drop Corps’ Missouri River Wildlife Focus

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Four members of Missouri’s congressional delegation have filed legislation aimed at dropping the wildlife focus on the Missouri River. The bill would remove “fish and wildlife” from the list of authorized river management endeavors the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can undertake on the river. It’s backed by Republican...
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