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Forest Service Apologizes for Dakotas Fire

HETTINGER, N.D. (AP) – A U.S. Forest Service official has apologized for a fire that burned more than 16 square miles of Dakotas grassland. At meeting in Hettinger, N.D., on Saturday, Grand River District Ranger Paul Hancock told nearly 100 farmers and ranchers that the Forest Service regrets that the planned 130-acre prescribed burn...
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Longtime Native American Journalist Stepping Back

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A longtime Native American journalist is stepping back from day-to-day management at Native Sun News. The Rapid City Journal reports that Tim Giago will remain owner but is taking a step back. Giago says he’s been writing a weekly column for 33 years to teach, provoke and otherwise encourage Native...
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De Smet to be Capital for a Day in May

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has announced that De Smet has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on May 10. Daugaard and other state officials will have roundtable meetings with De Smet business and community leaders on that day. There will also be a coffee and...
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SD Official Warns That New GED Test is Coming

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota official says people working to pass the General Educational Development test need to be aware that a new version of the test will be released next January. State Labor Secretary Pam Roberts says the current version of the test expires Dec. 31. She says all scores will...
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Tribal President Set for Hip Replacement Surgery

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe will have hip replacement surgery. Tribal officials say Bryan Brewer is scheduled for the operation Wednesday afternoon at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Brewer was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Dec. 29, at which time he broke his hip and pelvis. He...
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SD Woman Accused in Child’s Death Appears in Brule County Courtroom

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota woman accused of beating a 4-year-old child to death is facing five charges, including second degree murder. The state attorney general’s office says 22-year-old Donika Gonzales, of Gann Valley, appeared Friday at a preliminary hearing in Brule County. Gonzales is also charged with two counts of first...
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2013 Oahe Farm and Ranch Show Extending Exhibitor Deadline to June 1

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Organizers of the 2013 Oahe Farm and Ranch Show, which is coming to the Oahe Speedway in June, say they have increased exhibit areas and extended the exhibitor deadline to June 1.  The event will be June 25-26 and will be free to all attendees.  In addition to exhibits;...
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Murdo Man Indicted in Federal Court for Firearm Offenses

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Murdo man has been indicted in federal court for two counts of “Firearm Offenses”.    41-year-old Shaun Sporrer is charged for an incident that occurred in March in Murdo.  Federal court papers say the charges are the result of Sporrer unlawfully possessing a stolen firearm; namely a Smith and...
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Clinic Fundraiser Coming Up Later This Month in Kennebec

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A fundraiser is planned in just over a week that will help to improve health care in Kennebec.  A Kennebec bank is organizing the event, which will be April 13.   About $30,000 is needed to reach the community’s goal of $100,000.  Money that is raised will be used to...
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Forest Service Sets Meeting to Talk About Fire

LEMMON, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled a public meeting to talk about a grassland fire in the western Dakotas that spread during a prescribed burn. The meeting is set for 4 p.m. Saturday at the North Dakota State University research center in Hettinger, N.D. Forest Service officials say they will...
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