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News Minute: Here is the latest South Dakota news from The Associated Press

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A native of Lemmon, South Dakota has been honored for saving the lives of four soldiers in Afghanistan. The Bismarck Tribune reports that military contractor Dave Jensen received the Secretary of Defense Medal of Valor during a recent ceremony at the Pentagon.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Governor Dave Heineman has signed a bill that will have Nebraska join forces with Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas in fighting wildfires. Heineman announced yesterday that he has designated Al Berndt, assistant director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, to represent Nebraska in the Great Plains Interstate Fire Compact. Heineman approved the bill earlier this week.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A man whose South Dakota family farm was searched as part of the investigation into the 1971 disappearance of two girls says the state should apologize for the physical and emotional devastation law enforcement agents left behind. Kerwyn Lykken (LIHK'-uhn) pulled Attorney General Marty Jackley aside after an Elk Point news conference in which Jackley confirmed that Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson were killed when their Studebaker drove off a gravel road and landed in a creek.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Pierre/Fort Pierre Historic Preservation Commission plans to fix up the site of a stone turtle figure north of Pierre. The Capital Journal reports that the chain-link fence around the Snake Butte Turtle Effigy is in poor condition and portions are starting to fall over.

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