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Pennington County, S.D. -There is a lot of down time in jail, particularly when you’ve spent many months behind bars thinking about how to change your life. 
 
Meet our latest artist, 46 year old inmate Gilbert BlueBird.  BlueBIrd was given the opportunity to use his prodigious painting skills, and jumped at the chance to paint our latest wall mural.   Even if it
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota regulatory board says a Minnesota woman will be able to keep wolf cubs and fox kits at a wildlife education center she's opening in Deadwood, but visitors won't be able to play with the animals.


The state Animal Industry Board granted a permit Wednesday allowing Terri Petter to house the animals at the roughly 17-acre Deadwood
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls is losing its state Emergency Management office in a move that state public safety officials say will better position them to respond to crises and disasters, especially in smaller communities.


But the Argus Leader reports that Minnehaha County officials aren't sold that reorganization efforts are the right move
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — City officials in Mitchell want assurance that new domes for the Corn Palace tourist attraction can withstand South Dakota's weather. The domes are part of a $7.2 million makeover of the building that's billed as
BOWDLE, S.D. – A Colton, S.D. man, identified as David Hoffman, was killed and five others seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday on U.S. Highway 12, eight miles west of Bowdle.
 
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says Hoffman, 57, was driving a 2004 Buick Century east on U.S. Highway 12. The second driver, Gwen Faehnrich, 45, Mobridge, S.D. was driving a 2013
DELMONT, S.D. (AP) — Members of the tornado-destroyed Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont have removed the cornerstone of the century-old building and hope to incorporate it into a new church.


The church was among 84 structures in and around Delmont damaged or destroyed by the May 10 tornado that also injured nine people. Parishioners scheduled a short Monday morning service to officially
DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Opponents of a planned wildlife education operation in the westernSouth Dakota tourist town of Deadwood say they think it's a front for a Minnesota fur farm and shouldn't be allowed.


Fur-Ever Wild owner Terri Petter says the attraction would educate visitors about wolves, foxes, bobcats and other wild animals, and that accusations by opponents
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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a controversial measure to exempt South Dakota'syoungest workers from the $8.50 minimum wage voters approved in November.


Daugaard weighed his decision before signing the measure Friday to carve out a $7.50 youth minimum wage.

The governor said previously he wouldn't support a "direct attack" on
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota Division of Motor Vehicles directive on when county treasurers should impose an increase in vehicle license fees has upset some county officials.


A new state law increases most motor vehicle license fees by 20 percent, effective April 1.

The Division of Motor Vehicles on Monday directed county treasurers to immediately start
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed Senate Bill 1, a comprehensive state and local road and bridge funding package.
 
 
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MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A Mitchell man who died when he fled from police and crashed into a parked car had a history of running from law officers.


Court documents show that 33-year-old Ryan McManus had been involved in at least three other incidents since 2004 in which police said he fled from officers, either in a vehicle or on foot.

Police say McManus fled from a Davison County
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls police say a woman was robbed and assaulted by two men after leaving her home to check her mail. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says the incident happened Friday morning. The victim told police there were two sus
Pennington County, S.D- The suspect, identified as T.J. Looking Horse, 26 years old, from Rapid City, was arrested at approximately 1230 p.m., March 13, 2015, on a warrant for aggravated assault on law enforcement.  Mr. Looking Horse was involved in an incident on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at approximately 7:54 p.m. Deputies from the Pennington County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to
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WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — Police in northeastern South Dakota say a man accidentally shot himself during a gun show. The Watertown Public Opinion reports that the Arlington resident mistakenly thought his 9 mm Ruger pistol was unloaded
FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Denver filmmaker who produces training and documentary films for the military is making a documentary about rodeo legend Casey Tibbs.


Justin Koehler grew up in the South Dakota town of Midland, not far from Tibbs' hometown of Fort Pierre. He finished up just about all of the interviews he needs during a trip to Pierre-Fort Pierre earlier
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Ducks Unlimited has opened an office in Brookings in its effort to expand the waterfowl habitat in South Dakota's Prairie Pothole Region.


The group is located in the same research park building at South Dakota State University as Pheasants Forever, which opened a Brookings office last year.

Ducks Unlimited hired SDSU graduate
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