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South Dakota Governor: Legislation to Simplify City Zoning Regulations
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South Dakota Governor: Legislation to Simplify City Zoning Regulations

PIERRE, South Dakota (STL.News) Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will introduce a bill to simplify city zoning regulations and ease the permitting process for homebuilders and homeowners in South Dakota. “South Dakota’s housing market is booming, and that’s tremendous news, but we don’t want home prices to skyrocket as a result,” said Governor Kristi Noem.  “We’re streamlining zoning regulations at the city level, building off last year’s success, to ensure that the cost of living remains affordable for residents of our great state.  Restrictive zoning laws make it harder for South Dakotans – especially our young people – to find affordable housing.  It is essential that we make changes like these to help young adults and young families achieve the American Dream of owning...
South Dakota Governor: Legislation to Codify Healthcare Flexibilities
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South Dakota Governor: Legislation to Codify Healthcare Flexibilities

PIERRE, South Dakota (STL.News) Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will introduce two pieces of legislation to codify executive orders that originally provided flexibility to healthcare providers in response to COVID-19.  The two pieces of legislation cover telehealth and recognition of out-of-state healthcare licenses. “COVID-19 challenged us in new, unforeseen ways, and those challenges provided us an opportunity to adapt and find innovative ways to deliver healthcare in South Dakota,” said Governor Kristi Noem.  “The flexibilities that we put in place in response to the pandemic have worked, with no concerns regarding their implementation.  We will continue to strengthen South Dakota healthcare by welcoming these successes, building on them, and leaving flexibility for ev...
South Dakota Governor Thanks President Trump for Pardons
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South Dakota Governor Thanks President Trump for Pardons

PIERRE, South Dakota (STL.News) Today, Governor Kristi Noem thanked President Donald J. Trump for three pardons issued to South Dakotans.  President Trump issued pardons to John Nystrom; Gregory, Deborah, and Martin Jorgensen (posthumously);  and Jessica “Jessi” Frease. “I am tremendously thankful to President Trump for his support of these three pardons,” said Governor Kristi Noem.  “The Trump administration has done an excellent job balancing justice with forgiveness, and tonight’s pardons will provide these individuals with a second chance to continue as productive members of our South Dakota community.” Governor Noem advocated for these presidential pardons with letters to President Trump.  You can read her letter regarding the Nystrom pardon here, the Jorgensen pardon here, and ...
South Dakota Governor: Executive Order on DANR Merge
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South Dakota Governor: Executive Order on DANR Merge

PIERRE, South Dakota (STL.News) Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-03 to merge the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, forming a new Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR). “With this merger, we are fostering sustainable agriculture and conservation that we can pass on to our kids and grandkids,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “This merger will simplify life for South Dakota’s agriculture producers by creating a one-stop shop in state government. It will also save taxpayers money by streamlining the state’s regulatory bodies, eliminating redundancies, and creating a better customer service experience for all.” Hunter Roberts, current Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources and acting-Secretary of Agricult...
South Dakota AG Joins Second Multistate Lawsuit Against Google
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South Dakota AG Joins Second Multistate Lawsuit Against Google

PIERRE, South Dakota (STL.News) Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today joined with 37 other attorneys general in a bipartisan coalition suing Google LLC for anticompetitive conduct in violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act. The states allege that Google illegally maintains its monopoly power over general search engines and related advertising markets through a series of anticompetitive exclusionary contracts and conduct.  As a result, Google has deprived consumers of competition that could lead to greater choice, innovation, and better privacy protections.  Furthermore, Google has exploited its market position to accumulate and leverage data to the detriment of consumers. “After more than a year of investigation, and distinct from yesterday’s announcement, this suit takes direct a...
Francis Scott Sentenced for Transfer of Obscene Material
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Francis Scott Sentenced for Transfer of Obscene Material

Enemy Swim Man, Francis Scott Cadotte Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Transfer of Obscene Material to a Minor (STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Enemy Swim, South Dakota, man was sentenced in federal court on December 14, 2020, for transferring obscene material to a minor.  The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Francis Scott Cadotte, age 40, was sentenced to 30 months of imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Cadotte was also ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. According to court documents, between May 2018 and March 2019, Cadotte knowingly used a social media platform on a computer connected to the internet and a mobile phone to transfer and attempt to transfer...
Parmelee: Aaron Brian James Neck Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer
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Parmelee: Aaron Brian James Neck Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer

Parmelee Man, Aaron Brian James Neck Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer (STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on November 30, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court. Aaron Brian James Neck, age 44, was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100. Neck was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 16, 2019.  He pled guilty on September 14, 2020. The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on August 29, 2019, near Norris, South Dakota, when Neck did forcibly assault and interfere with a la...
Gabriel Orlando Ramirez Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth
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Gabriel Orlando Ramirez Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

Sioux Falls, SD (STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 9, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Gabriel Orlando Ramirez, a/k/a “Cheech,” age 43, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100. Ramirez was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2019.  A federal jury found him guilty on July 23, 2020. The conviction was the result of coordinated efforts of the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force. “Cheech” Ramirez had been suspected of selling large quantities of methamphetamine in Sioux Falls as early as 2017.  Throu...
South Dakota Governor Announces Secretary Hepler to Retire
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South Dakota Governor Announces Secretary Hepler to Retire

PIERRE, South Dakota (STL.News) Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Kelly Hepler, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), will retire, effective December 15, 2020. “Kelly is an accomplished leader and has been a fierce advocate in the fish and wildlife resource management field for over 40 years,” said Governor Noem.  “He has been a dedicated public servant to the State of South Dakota since 2015, navigating countless challenges to protect our state’s natural resources.  As he retires, I know he will enjoy even more time in our great outdoors, hunting with his dog, Marty.  I wish him all the best in his next chapter.” Hepler was appointed Secretary of the Game, Fish and Parks by Governor Dennis Daugaard in 2015 and has continued to serve under Gover...
South Dakota: Mitchell Man John Willard Arcoren, III Sentenced for Assault
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South Dakota: Mitchell Man John Willard Arcoren, III Sentenced for Assault

(STL.News) – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mitchell, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on November 5, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court. John Willard Arcoren, III, age 40, was sentenced to eight months in federal prison, followed by eight months of home confinement, two years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100. Arcoren was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 16, 2020.  He pled guilty on August 31, 2020. The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on May 14, 2020, when Arcoren did forcibly assault, oppose, impede, intimidate, and interfere with a law enforcement officer who was employed by the R...
South Dakota: Anthony Story Indicted on Meth Trafficking Charge
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South Dakota: Anthony Story Indicted on Meth Trafficking Charge

(STL.News) – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance. Anthony Story, age 42, was indicted on August 11, 2020.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 9, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine, at least three years up to a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered. The Indictment alleges that on or about August 14, 2019, Story did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectible amount of metha...
South Dakota Governor Noem Accepting Applications for Spring Interns
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South Dakota Governor Noem Accepting Applications for Spring Interns

Noem Accepting Applications for Spring Interns During the 2021 Legislative Session PIERRE, South Dakota (STL.News) Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office spring internship program. Student interns will work with staff on various projects depending on interests and strengths.  This internship will be heavily involved in the 2021 legislative session.  They will be given the opportunity to observe the lawmaking process in action.  Additional duties include aiding the governor’s general counsel, constituent services, and communications team;  conducting policy research;  preparing policy briefings;  and staffing events.  Internships provide students with first-hand knowledge of the state government and the functions of a governor’s office. College studen...
Antonio Marshall Sentenced for Cocaine Trafficking, Firearm Charges
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Antonio Marshall Sentenced for Cocaine Trafficking, Firearm Charges

(STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Spring Creek, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on November 5, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court. Antonio Marshall, age 22, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on each count to run concurrently, three years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200, and forfeiture of three firearms and ammunition. Marshall was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 9, 2020.  He pled guilty on August 17, 2020. The conviction stemmed from a conspiracy that began in January 2017, continuing until March 2018, wherein Marshall con...
SD: Justin Westby Sentenced for Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography
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SD: Justin Westby Sentenced for Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography

(STL.News) –United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Wall, South Dakota, man convicted of Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography was sentenced on October 30, 2020, by Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court Judge. Justin Westby, age 46, was sentenced to five years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. The conviction stemmed from an undercover sex trafficking operation conducted during the 2019 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, targeting internet predators.  Westby was arrested and federally indicted following multiple text messages he exchanged with a person Westby believed to be a 15-year-old girl, but who was in fact an undercover agent.  Westby requested sexually explicit im...
South Dakota: Respecting and Recruiting Law Enforcement
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South Dakota: Respecting and Recruiting Law Enforcement

South Dakota (STL.News) It has been a tough year for the rule of law and law enforcement in certain parts of our country.  Violent crime has surged in big cities nationwide, and some politicians have gutted officers’ ability to respond to tough situations.  Rioting and looting have devastated many communities.  And calls to “defund the police” have turned into actual budget cuts for the officers who do so much to keep us safe. So far this year in New York City, more than 2,000 NYPD officers have resigned because more than $1 billion dollars was cut from the  NYPD budget. To date, resignations are up 87% from last year, and those resignations include the Chief of Patrol. As Seattle looks at cutting $49 million dollars from its police department (on top of cuts already made), they too are ...
South Dakota: Rex Leon Burtis Sentenced for Meth Trafficking Conspiracy
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South Dakota: Rex Leon Burtis Sentenced for Meth Trafficking Conspiracy

(STL.News) – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on October 26, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Rex Leon Burtis, age 57, was sentenced to 144 months in federal custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100. Burtis was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2019.  He was found guilty as a result of a federal trial in Sioux Falls on July 30, 2020. The conviction stemmed from incidents beginning at an unknown date and continuing until about January 7, 2020, when Burtis and other co-conspirators intentionally conspired and obtained 500 grams or more of methamphetami...
US Supreme Court Defends State Rules Requiring Electors to Honor State Laws Regarding Presidential Electors
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US Supreme Court Defends State Rules Requiring Electors to Honor State Laws Regarding Presidential Electors

PIERRE, SD (STL.News) In a unanimous decision July 6, 2020 the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that presidential electors can only cast their ballot for the candidate who won the popular vote in their state.  South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg helped assemble a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general from 44 states and the District of Columbia in filing an amicus curiae brief to join the cases of Colorado v Baca and Chiafalo v Washington. The Baca case began in 2016 when a Democratic elector in Colorado attempted to cast his ballot for John Kasich, despite the fact that Hillary Clinton had won the popular vote in that state.  Baca was removed by state officials and replaced with an alternate elector who supported the popular vote.  He then sued the state of Colorad...
South Dakota: Former Office Manager for the Rapid City Rush Hockey Team Jennifer Durham Sentenced
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South Dakota: Former Office Manager for the Rapid City Rush Hockey Team Jennifer Durham Sentenced

South Dakota: Former Office Manager for the Rapid City Rush Hockey Team Jennifer Durham Sentenced for Wire Fraud and Tax Evasion | USAO-SD (STL.News) – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, woman convicted of two counts of Wire Fraud and one count of Tax Evasion was sentenced by Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Judge. Jennifer Durham, age 42, was sentenced on October 19, 2020, to 37 months in federal prison, and was ordered to pay $700,000 in restitution to The Rapid City Rush, $186,277.00 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, and a $300 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and. Between February 2010 and June 2019, Durham, while employed as the office manager for Rapid City Professional Hockey, LLC (RCPH), stole $700,000.00...