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State embraces new approach to crime, punishment

April 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

HURON — When sweeping reforms to South Dakota’s criminal justice system were passed last year, Denny Kaemingk knew the task ahead was a daunting one.

Kaemingk, secretary of the state Department of Corrections, has helped oversee the implementatio…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Boy under state’s care in Custer died from virus

February 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE (AP) — A death certificate says a virus killed a 17-year-old boy at the state-run juvenile corrections program in Custer.

The document says Brady Folkens died Dec. 21 from lymphocytic myocarditis associated with Parvovirus B19.

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YEAR IN REVIEW: January: Gov. Daugaard gets ‘smart on crime’

December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Gov. Dennis Daugaard decided to get “smart on crime” in 2013, unveiling plans for sweeping changes to the state’s criminal justice system during his State of the State address Jan. 8 in Pierre.

At the start of the 2013 legislative session, D…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

STAR Academy juvenile dies, illness cited

December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

CUSTER — A 17-year old male resident of the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy in Custer has died from an apparent medical condition.

Brady Folkens developed symptoms and was seen by on-site medical staff before being taken to the…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

STAR Academy juvenile dies, illness cited

December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

CUSTER — A 17-year old male resident of the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy in Custer has died from an apparent medical condition.

Brady Folkens developed symptoms and was seen by on-site medical staff before being taken to the…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Correction: June 28

June 27, 2013 in Lake County News-Chronicle

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Retiring warden recalls uncertain days after slaying of guard in 2011

June 7, 2013 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS After the April 2011 murder of a guard at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls, Chief Warden Doug Weber said he had no idea what to expect from his staff in the following days.
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SD juvenile corrections gets high national rating

June 5, 2013 in The Daily Republic

CUSTER (AP) South Dakota officials say all the state’s juvenile corrections programs have again reached the highest status possible under a national project that measures conditions and treatment services provided to incarcerated youth.
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Traffic stop yields 405 grams of marijuana

April 19, 2013 in Pine Journal

Two North St. Paul residents were found to have 405 grams of marijuana in their possession following a traffic stop last Tuesday in Carlton County. Continue Reading

Cloquet woman pleads in Watson murder case

April 13, 2013 in Pine Journal

A Cloquet woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to “aiding an offender after the fact” in the murder of Cristyna Leah Watson, whose body was discovered Oct. 4 outside a home on Reservation Road in Cloquet.
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