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A different route to keeping the community safe

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017
HURON, When was the last time spectators in a courtroom applauded when the judge's first question to a defendant was answered?
It happens once a week in Huron.
Obviously, these are not typical court appearances.
Since August 2015, men and women convicted of felony drug offenses, most of which are a direct result of their addiction to methamphetamine or opioids,
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Big & Rich first concert announced for 2017 State Fair

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017
HURON -- The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Big & Rich Cow-boy Troy will perform at the state fair grandstand on Friday, Sept. 1. 
Big & Rich, along with Cowboy Troy, are known for their high energy shows, thrilling crowds across the country with hits like "8th of November,"
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125 years and counting - American Bank and Trust marks anniversary

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017
HURON, During the wake of the first Dakota land boom, in the young and thriving, dirt-road town of Alpena, on Jan. 8, 1892 the Bank of Alpena was chartered by the state of South Dakota.
Over the last 125 years, this community bank, now known as American Bank & Trust, has grown into nine locations and more than 130 employees.
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Huron man earns PGA award

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Huron golf pro Dale Balvin will be nine other golf professionals to receive awards at the Southwest PGA Special Awards ceremony Friday evening at the Paradise Valley County Club.
Balvin will receive the Southwest PGA Youth Player Development Award, which recognizes the professional who is a leader in junior golf and who reflects the ideals of those
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Daugaard: Amazon to begin collecting taxes in state

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
PIERRE -- The effort to quell lagging state sales tax receipts received a boost on Tuesday with Gov. Dennis Daugaard's announcement that Amazon would voluntarily start collecting sales tax on its online sales in South Dakota.
Daugaard made the announcement to a joint session of the Legislature during his annual State of the State message.
Sales tax collections are estimated
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S.D. State Fair Foundation inches closer to Nordby Hall goal

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
HURON, With about $200,000 yet to go to finish paying for the $4.7 million Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community, the South Dakota State Fair Foundation board is looking at hosting special fundraising events in the coming months.
Legislators approved up to $4.7 million in spending authority for the building, the new home of 4-H in the state.
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James River Royal Family KIDS Camp changes lives: Assistant director speaks at Beadle County Republican Women luncheon

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
HURON -- In just the first few days of a weeklong camp last summer, 19 foster kids came to realize that they can make changes in their lives.
It was obvious in their smiles, their attitudes and even in their prayers.
"It was amazing," said Kathy Van Heukelom, assistant director of the James River Royal Family KIDS Camp.
"It really
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City covers light agenda Monday

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
HURON -- City commissioners had a light agenda to consider on Monday.
They announced that they won't be meeting next Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
The Monday garbage and recycling containers will be collected on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Containers should be out the night before as the trucks will not be rerouted.
In formal action,
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State’s first and only rescue dog makes a difference

Posted: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017
RAPID CITY (AP) -- He makes it look so effortless, bounding over a makeshift rubble pile of wooden crates, plywood and tires, searching feverishly, tail wagging like crazy. He's trained to do something very serious, but he doesn't know that.
To him, it's the ultimate game.
When he's found what he's looking for, he barks to alert others he's found
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Engine drops from B-52 bomber in rural N.D.

Posted: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017
MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- The military believes an engine that dropped from a B-52 bomber during a training mission this week in rural North Dakota suffered a "catastrophic failure," disintegrated and fell into a river, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.
An in-flight emergency was declared Wednesday and the crew landed the plane safely, according to Minot Air Force
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Krueger, Vega back in court for motions hearings

Posted: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017
HURON, Prosecution and defense motions were heard by a judge Friday in the first-degree murder cases against Kevin Krueger and Jose Vega.
Lawyers for Vega also asked for a continuance in his case as his jury trial had been set for Jan. 17.
Circuit Judge Jon Erickson granted that request and set the new date for April 3.
Vega,
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City receives CDBG funding for wastewater improvements

Posted: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017
HURON, The city of Huron is one of eight South Dakota cities to be awarded a total of $2.9 million in Community Development Block Grants to assist with infrastructure, fire hall and other projects.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard said grants were also awarded to Bowdle, Bristol, Parkston, South Shore, Watertown, Webster and Winner.
Huron was awarded $352,930 to assist in making
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Healthcare, cabinet nominees and more

Posted: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017
HURON, Bringing back consumer-friendly features such as health savings accounts would be one way to give individuals and families more health care choices as Congress looks to repeal and replace the controversial Affordable Care Act, Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said Thursday.
Under the ACA, nicknamed Obamacare since its passage in the early days of President Obama's presidency, consumers have had
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Cruelty case may have been ... roadkill?

Posted: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017
HURON, A case that began has possible animal cruelty, perhaps involving a dog, has been resolved with an investigation indicating that the unknown canine was a coyote and that no laws have apparently been broken.
On Sunday, Huron police responded to a call of something burning inside of a garage in a southeast neighborhood.
When they arrived, officers discovered two
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City; JRWDD receive state water board grants

Posted: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017
HURON, Grants and low-interest loan funds, exceeding $5.3 million, have been awarded for solid waste and water projects, including one for the city of Huron and one for the James River Water Development District.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard said the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $21,000 grant for Huron to purchase equipment to assist in loading
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Local domestic violence shelter benefits from ‘Spirit of Giving’ Challenge

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
HURON -- American Trust Insurance of Huron recently took part in the "Spirit of Giving" Challenge, issued by Concorde General Agency.
There were two parts to this year's Challenge. First, the insurance agency invited employees to participate in a reverse advent calendar. Each day in December, team members were encouraged to bring donations of everyday essentials like
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Jackley’s priorities include anti-corruption, mug shot bills

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Top priorities for Attorney General Marty Jackley during the upcoming legislative session will be bills on topics ranging from expanding South Dakota's 24/7 sobriety program to targeting potential public corruption, he said Wednesday.
Jackley will propose new criminal conflict-of-interest penalties for public officials, changing it to theft, which is a felony when the value exceeds $1,000,
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Possible animal cruelty case investigated

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
HURON, Law enforcement authorities are investigating a possible case of cruelty to an animal.
Beadle County State's Attorney Mike Moore said law enforcement officers received a call from an individual who reported something burning in a house next door in southeast Huron.
When officers arrived, they found a deceased animal with its hair burned off.
Testing will be conducted to
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Hansen to head county commission

Posted: Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017
HURON, Beadle County commissioners elected Tom Hansen to serve as board chairman for the coming year, succeeding Rick Benson who had served two consecutive years in the position.
Denis Drake was elected vice chairman as the commission reorganized for 2017 on Tuesday.
Doug Ramsell took the oath of office to become the county's newest commissioner. Ramsell succeeds Linda Marcus, who
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Sanborn County man pleads guilty

Posted: Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017
WOONSOCKET, Attorney General Marty Jackley and Sanborn County States Attorney Jeffrey Larson announced Tuesday that Matthew Walter Novak, 33, of Woonsocket, pled guilty to manslaughter in the first degree, a class C felony, punishable by up to life imprisonment in the state penitentiary and/or a $50,000 fine.
On August 31, 2016, Novak stabbed and killed Jennifer Ann Gibson at
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First baby in 2017

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 4th, 2017
Victor James Rogers, who was born at 10:14 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at Huron Regional Medical Center, is the hospital's first baby born in 2017. He weighed 5 pounds 12 ounces and is 19 inches long. His due date was Jan. 29, but he came into the world early as a New Year surprise for parents Danielle and
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Mitchell teacher inspires students after near-death experience

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 4th, 2017
MITCHELL (AP) -- A stray crayon on the floor could be a nightmare for art teacher Cassondra Grogan.
Carefulness is key, as a potential step, slip and fall could aggravate injuries she sustained in a near-death car crash seven months ago.
On May 13, the 24-year-old elementary art and special education teacher at Mitchell School District was driving to Hartford
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Justice, retirement systems among Daugaard’s top priorities

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 3rd, 2017
PIERRE (AP) -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard enters his final two years in office aiming to tackle issues ranging from rising methamphetamine use to the solvency of the state retirement system.
During the legislative session that starts Jan. 10, the Republican governor will likely be the final word on reshaping a voter-approved government ethics overhaul and deciding whether to restrict the
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A tragedy that can be simply avoided

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 3rd, 2017
Last weekend was a tough one for anyone living in north central South Dakota. The area was severely hit with ice, snow, and wind that virtually brought everything to a stand still, leaving individuals finding themselves stranded at home. The blizzard, like many we get, knocked out the electricity, phone lines and even the cell phone towers. People found themselves
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