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June Brought Warm and Dry Conditions to Parts of Central and NE SD

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service says that last month brought warmer and drier than normal conditions in parts of the state. Highs for the month in central and northeast South Dakota were in the 90’s to around 100 degrees. The weather service says average monthly temperatures were from around two...
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Embattled Secretary of State Employee Resigns

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state employee who is the subject of an investigation into the South Dakota secretary of state’s office has resigned. Secretary of State Jason Gant announced Friday that Pat Powers has resigned to spend more time with his children and pursue business opportunities in the private sector. Republican State Sen....
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Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect 3 SD Inmates

PIERRE, S.D. (AP/Attorney General’s Office) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says officials have identified three inmates in the state prison system who are serving mandatory life sentences for murders they committed when they were younger than 18. A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision says mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juvenile homicide offenders violates...
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SD Man Sentenced Federally for Hunting Violations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man accused of hunting violations has been ordered in federal court to pay more than $13,000 in restitution and fines. Ronald Mittleider (MIHT’-ly-dur), of Herreid, pleaded guilty to allowing hunters at his lodge to shoot more pheasants than legally allowed. He also admitted shooting and killing...
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New Website Lists Health Inspection Scores

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new state website allows residents to find health inspection scores for thousands of restaurants, lodging and campground establishments. Inspection reports are public record already, but the new website makes it easier for people living in South Dakota or visiting the state to see how a particular establishment is doing....
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Leola Man Charged in January Stabbing Has Bond Modified

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A judge has modified bond for a Leola man who was indicted earlier this year on alternate counts of Aggravated Assault; along with Possession of Marijuana (Less Than Two Ounces), DUI-1st and Ingesting. 22-year-old Eric Grabowska pled not guilty to the charges and has been in jail since he...
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Pierre Teen Indicted on Three Charges from Crime Reported June 13

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre teen will return to court next month after hearing charges contained in an indictment that relates to a crime that occurred at a Pierre home in June. 18-year-old Lee Provancial was arrested after officers were dispatched June 13 to the report that an intruder was in a...
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July 4 Grass Fire in Pierre

Pierre Grass Fire Started by Fireworks-Other Such Fires Reported Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A grass fire along a busy Pierre street was caused by fireworks and burned a small patch of grass. Patrick Snyder, First Assistant Chief of the Pierre Fire Department says firefighters were called about 4:30 p.m. to a spot along Garfield Avenue, also known as a the Truck Bypass....
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Pierre Woman Sentenced on Grand Theft

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre woman was sentenced this week for her May guilty plea to a charge of Grand Theft. At a Tuesday court appearance, 28-year-old Samantha Dewell was given three years in prison; but the time is suspended as long as she successfully serves a term of probation. Dewell’s attorney...
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Highway Patrol Stepped Up Efforts Ahead of Holiday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Highway Patrol says it issued 260 citations to drivers across the state on Tuesday as part of a campaign targeting motorists ahead of the July 4 holiday. Nearly 780 warnings also were given out to drivers during the “Operation Safe” campaign. Troopers also responded to two injury...
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