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08 05, 2022

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES DRAFT EXPLANATION FOR PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE SOUTH DAKOTA CONSTITUTION

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has released the following Attorney General’s ballot draft explanation for the November 2024 general election.

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07 29, 2022

Attorney General, DCI Release Rapid City Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Summary

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation Friday released the summary of the officer involved shooting of Shania Watkins, 32, of Rapid City by a Rapid City Police Department (RCPD) officer on May 31, 2022 in Rapid City. 

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07 28, 2022

New South Dakota’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse Website Released

An updated South Dakota Missing Persons Clearinghouse website is now operational according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.

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07 25, 2022

DCI, State’s Attorney Charge Two Suspects In Pursuit, Officer Involved Shooting

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and Lake County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner say the two suspects arrested July 14 in connection with a high-speed pursuit and officer involved shooting have now been indicted on four different counts, including two counts each of attempted first-degree murder.

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07 19, 2022

Chad Mosteller Named Division of Criminal Investigation’s Interim Director

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has named Chad Mosteller as the interim Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) effective immediately.

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07 15, 2022

DCI, State’s Attorney Charge Two Suspects In Pursuit, Officer Involved Shooting

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and Lake County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner say two men have been charged today (Friday) in connection with the high-speed pursuit and officer involved shooting that took place Thursday in Lake, Minnehaha and Moody Counties.

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06 29, 2022

New Attorney General Praises Staff In First Meeting

On his first day in office, South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo encouraged his new staff Wednesday to keep doing what they are doing for the people of South Dakota.

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06 16, 2022

SOUTH DAKOTA AND MALLINCKRODT SETTLE LAWSUIT ALLEGING UNDERPAYMENT OF MEDICAID DRUG REBATES

The Office of the South Dakota Attorney General announced today that South Dakota has joined with 49 other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the federal government to settle allegations of fraud against Mallinckrodt ARD, LLC

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06 15, 2022

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL RECOGNIZES WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY

The Office of the Attorney General is recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and asks all citizens to take a moment to learn about the resources available to combat this growing problem.

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06 14, 2022

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DISPUTES FEDERAL DIRECTIVE TO WITHHOLD NUTRITION ASSISTANCE FOR SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS NOT ADHERING TO NEW “GENDER IDENTITY”/“SEXUAL ORIENTATION” POLICY

The Office of the Attorney General, along with 20 Attorneys General, is calling on President Joe Biden to withdraw the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new guidance on sex discrimination for schools and programs that receive federal nutritional assistance.

 

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05 20, 2022

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION RELEASE SIOUX FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING SUMMARY

The Office of the Attorney General and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the officer involved shooting involving Cody Wade Kelly, 41, Sioux Falls, SD, on March 31, 2022, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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05 20, 2022

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE WARN OF NEW CAR SELLING SCAM

The Office of the South Dakota Chief Attorney General, the Consumer Protection Division, and South Dakota Department of Revenue Secretary Michael Houdyshell are warning consumers to be aware of fraudulent websites that have been established to mimic active South Dakota Dealerships.

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05 19, 2022

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST FORMER RAPID CITY POLICE OFFICER

The office of the South Dakota Attorney General announced today that a Complaint and Information charging Aggregated Second Degree Petty Theft, has been filed against former Rapid City police officer Matthew R. Hower, 41 of Rapid City.

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05 16, 2022

SOUTH DAKOTA CONSUMER PROTECTION URGES CAUTION IN AFTERMATH OF SEVERE STORMS

The Office of the South Dakota Attorney General through its Consumer Protection Division is urging residents to be vigilant of transient contractor scams following the severe weather the state has encountered.

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05 04, 2022

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION RELEASE RAPID CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING SUMMARY

The Office of the Attorney General and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Barney Leroy Peoples, Jr., 51, Rapid City, SD, on March 26, 2022, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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05 03, 2022

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION RELEASE SOUTH DAKOTA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING SUMMARY

The Office of the Attorney General and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Ryan John Waldner, 41, Spencer, SD, on March 19, 2022, in rural Hanson County, South Dakota. 

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02 25, 2022

DRUG DISTRIBUTORS AND JOHNSON & JOHNSON COMMIT TO $26 BILLION OPIOID SETTLEMENT

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today the final approval of the $26 billion opioid agreement with the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors – Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen – and Johnson & Johnson.

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02 22, 2022

APPLY NOW FOR THE HEROES WELLNESS GRANT

The office of the South Dakota Attorney General is currently accepting applications for the Heroes Wellness Grant. 

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02 16, 2022

ATTORNEY GENERAL, NATIVE HOPE, AND ST. JOSEPH’S INDIAN SCHOOL ANNOUNCE MAJOR MMIP FUNDING

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that in cooperation with St. Joseph’s Indian School and Native Hope, Inc., a grant has been made to aid in the funding of the Office of Liaison for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons.

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01 19, 2022

SHERIFF KURT HALL RECOMMENDED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL TO BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today the recommendation of Sheriff Kurt Hall of Faulkton, S.D. to the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

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01 13, 2022

ATTORNEY GENERAL COMMENTS ON TODAY’S RULING FROM THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that the United States Supreme Court has sustained the application for stays in the case of National Federation of Independent Business, et al v. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, et al, a case South Dakota brought as part of an 11 state coalition in early November of 2021.

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12 23, 2021

SOUTH DAKOTA AND MEDTRONIC USA, INC. SETTLE MEDICAID CASE

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that South Dakota has reached a settlement agreement with Medtronic USA, Inc.

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12 21, 2021

US DISTRICT COURT HALTS BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S FEDERAL CONTRACTORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS VACCINE MANDATE

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri has sustained the motion for a preliminary injunction on the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors in the plaintiff-states of South Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, Wyoming, Alaska, North Dakota, and New Hampshire.

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12 21, 2021

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG JOINS 24-STATE LAWSUIT TO BLOCK BIDEN’S HEAD START MANDATES

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has joined a multi-state lawsuit against President Joe Biden’s overreaching COVID mandates. The suit led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, takes aim at the President’s unlawful requirements of masks on toddlers and COVID-19 shots for staff and volunteers in Head Start Programs.

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12 07, 2021

ATTORNEY GENERAL STATEMENT ON NATIONWIDE SUSPENSION OF FEDERAL CONTRACTOR MANDATE

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced that earlier today, federal district court Judge R. Stan Baker in Georgia issued a nationwide preliminary injunction suspending the federal contractor vaccine mandate.

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12 03, 2021

SOUTH DAKOTA AG AND MINNEHAHA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING SUMMARYDCI RELEASE SIOUX FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT AND

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Elwood Joseph Dwyer, Jr., 52, Sioux Falls, SD, on October 28, 2021, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  

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11 29, 2021

COURT HALTS BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S HEALTHCARE WORKER VACCINE MANDATE FOLLOWING LAWSUIT FROM 10 STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL COALITION

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that a Missouri federal court granted South Dakota’s request for an injunction on the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.

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11 10, 2021

ATTORNEY GENERAL JOINS 10 STATE COALITION CHALLENGING CMS VACCINE MANDATE

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today joined a ten-state coalition, led by Missouri and Nebraska, in challenging the vaccine mandate that the Biden Administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks to impose on healthcare workers throughout the nation.

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11 05, 2021

ATTORNEY GENERAL JOINS 11 STATE COALITION IN FILING SUIT TO HALT FEDERAL VACCINE MANDATE

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today joined an eleven-state coalition in filing a lawsuit against Joe Biden and the Biden Administration to halt their vaccine mandate on private employers with more than 100 employees.

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11 02, 2021

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES DRAFT EXPLANATION FOR PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE SOUTH DAKOTA CONSTITUTION

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has released the following Attorney General’s ballot draft explanation for the November 2022 general election.

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10 29, 2021

SOUTH DAKOTA ATTORNEY GENERAL JOINS 10 STATE COALITION IN FILING SUIT TO HALT VACCINE MANDATE FOR FEDERAL CONTRACTORS

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today joined a ten-state coalition led by Missouri in filing a lawsuit against the Biden Administration for imposing a vaccine mandate on federal contractors and federally contracted employees.

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10 28, 2021

STATEMENT REGARDING IN RE IMPLICATED INDIVIDUAL

The South Dakota State Supreme Court today announced their decision in In Re Implicated Individual.

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10 05, 2021

BIPARTISAN COALITION OF ATTORNEYS GENERAL EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS ADDRESSING YOUTH SOCIAL MEDIA USE

Yesterday, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg joined a bipartisan coalition of 52 attorneys general expressing strong support for the hearings being conducted by the U.S. Senate Committee addressing protection and safety of kids and teens using social media. 

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09 20, 2021

THREE SENTENCED IN H&I GRAIN CASE

The Office of the South Dakota Attorney General announced today that 69-year old JoAnn Steffenson, 40-year old Jared Steffensen, and 36-year old Tami Steffensen were all sentenced and remanded to the custody of the Beadle County Sheriff on Friday, September 17, 2021.

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09 16, 2021

A.G. RAVNSBORG JOINS 24 STATE COALITION DEMANDING PRESIDENT BIDEN DROP VACCINE MANDATE OR RISK LEGAL ACTION

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has joined with 23 other state attorneys general to send a letter to President Joe Biden today, warning that litigation will follow the implementation of the proposed mandate on private sector employees to either get a COVID-19 shot, submit to weekly testing, or be fired.

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09 15, 2021

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF JAY SEKULOW AND STAFF AS CO-COUNSEL IN PRO-LIFE APPEAL

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has prepared the following statement regarding the appointment of co-counsel in the appeal to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in the matter of Planned Parenthood v. Noem.

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09 15, 2021

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG JOINS WITH 22 OTHER STATES ON LETTER TO COMBAT FEDERAL TAKEOVER OF STATES’ ELECTIONS

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has joined with 22 other state attorneys general opposing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, or H.R. 4

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09 14, 2021

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that South Dakota and other states have reached an agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to settle allegations that Bristol-Myers Squibb overcharged the state Medicaid programs for drugs.

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09 09, 2021

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES EXPLANATION FOR INITIATED MEASURE TO MAKE POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE A CLASS 1 MISDEMEANOR

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has released the following Attorney General’s ballot explanation for the November 2022 general election.

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09 09, 2021

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES EXPLANATION FOR INITIATED MEASURE TO MAKE INGESTION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE A PETTY OFFENSE

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has released the following Attorney General’s ballot explanation for the November 2022 general election.

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