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Lawsuit Says 2 Fuel Dealers Sold Substandard Gas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Democratic state legislator is among a group of people accusing two fuel companies of overcharging for their gasoline and lying about its quality. Flandreau Rep. Mitch Fargen and five other people filed the lawsuit in Jerauld County court in South Dakota. They say Harms Oil Co....
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BLM Oil, Gas Leases in Dakotas Hit $3.3 Million

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Bureau of Land Management says its most recent sale of oil and gas leases in the Dakotas totaled more than $3.3 million. BLM says Serka Services LLC of Vienna, Virginia had the highest bid in Tuesday’s sale: $880,000 for an 80-acre U.S. Forest Service parcel located in North Dakota’s...
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Noem, Democratic Colleague, Urge Farm Bill

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and a Democratic colleague have gathered more than 50 signatures from both parties urging House leaders to bring the farm bill to the floor. Noem and Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont in their letter are urging their parties’ House leaders to bring the farm bill...
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DOT Wants Farmers to Avoid Irrigation Overspray

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Transportation is asking farmers to try to keep their field irrigation systems from spraying water onto state highways. The DOT says the overspray can endanger motorists by creating a slippery road surface and limiting visibility for drivers. Such conditions can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists...
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State Leaders Announce Corrections Study

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – State leaders from all three branches of government announced the creation of a work group to study possible ways to reform the criminal justice system as the prison population in South Dakota continues to increase. Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced the work group during a news conference Wednesday with Supreme...
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SD Stations Aren’t Warning About Low-Octane Fuel

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Some South Dakota gas stations are selling lower-octane fuel without telling customers about it. Selling 85-octane gasoline became legal in South Dakota earlier this month. But the law change says gas stations have to post a warning to customers if they’re doing it. Lower-octane fuel can cause knocking and...
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New Criminal Justice Reform Effort to be Announced

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State leaders are expected to make a major announcement about criminal justice reform at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson, Senate Majority Leader Russell Olson and House Speaker Pro Tempore Brian Gosch will announce the new effort in conjunction with the Pew...
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Jackley: No Violations by SOS Gant, Powers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says his office finds no evidence of criminal violation by the Secretary of State’s office from an employee operating an online business that sells campaign materials. Sen. Stan Adelstein of Rapid City asked Jackley to look into Dakota Campaign Store, which was run...
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Top Federal Prosecutors Warn of Human Trafficking

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Top federal prosecutors from North and South Dakota have added human trafficking to their list of violent crimes that are affecting American Indian tribes in the two states. U.S. attorneys Brendan Johnson of South Dakota and Timothy Purdon of North Dakota told attendees of a conference on family violence Tuesday...
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Fort Thompson Man Arrested on Various Charges Monday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Fort Thompson man was arrested Monday on allegations that include Rape and Simple Assault. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were told on Sunday evening that a 41-year-old Pierre woman said she had been the victim of an attempted rape and other crimes. Blemaster indicates that the...
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