Skip to main content
The Daily Republic
Top peddlers crowned at national competition at Corn Palace
Platte's new pool beginning to take shape
MHS marching band places second in Iowa, finals canceled due to weather
Live stream: Jacob Wetterling funeral service at 10 a.m. today
Police search for gunman who killed five at Washington state mall
Wells Fargo may take more disciplinary action over sales abuses
Insurance agent earns two honors
New iPhone to ditch headphone jack, come with better camera
Hulu ends free streaming service
BankWest announces new banker in Mitchell
AgweekTV: Riding for cancer
Near-perfect harvest conditions predicted for fall
Dry summer, poor crop prices affect corn silage yields
Lemmon couple offer $2,000 reward for info on stolen cattle
South Dakota corn production forecast to be down 6 percent
Kernels go 1-2 against West River foes
Record-setting wrestlers go into MHS hall of fame
Carpenter, Mock earn all-ESD honors
Arnold Palmer, 'King' of the PGA tour, dies at 87
Kernels earn road win at Pierre
Couple wed in June 8 ceremony
Mitchell woman celebrates 80th birthday
Couple plans Oct. 1 wedding
Area couple plans October wedding
Plankinton man marks 80th birthday
Raymond Russell Stevens
Vicki Jo Jensen
Corlena Mary Koranda
Harvey V. Terveen
Why bother now writing a new mission statement?
OUR VIEW: Hisses and Cheers
LETTER: Impaired, polluted waters can be fixed
LETTER: Are there conflicts of interest with lake committee?
LETTER: Support changes to improve SD water quality
Plenty of ducks, fewer hunters
WILTZ: Come Saturday's duck opener, what are you going to throw at those quackers?
Grouse numbers rise ahead of opener
WILTZ: Old bait-casting reels can be pretty darn handy
Prairie, ruffed, sage grouse seasons open Saturday
February 10, 2016
Senate committee rejects measure to repeal death penalty
PIERRE (AP) — A Senate committee has defeated a measure that would repeal the death penalty in South Dakota. The Senate State Affairs committee voted 7-2 on Wednesday against the plan. Republican Sen. Arthur Rusch, a former judge, is the measure's Senate sponsor. He says the practice...
February 10, 2016 - 1:03pm
February 6, 2016
LETTER: Say no to the death penalty
To the Editor: We members of Pax Christi South Dakota and Pax Christi USA represent chapters from Brookings, Aberdeen, Yankton, Watertown and...
February 6, 2016 - 10:04am
January 28, 2016
Mississippi's top lawyer seeks firing squad as execution option
(Reuters) - Lawmakers in Mississippi should allow state executions by firing squad, electrocution, hanging and nitrogen gas when drugs for lethal injections are not available, the state's attorney general said. Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, said he will ask state legislators...
January 28, 2016 - 4:45pm
Legislators attempt to repeal death penalty
Two dozen state legislators have sponsored a bill to repeal South Dakota's death penalty. Sen. Arthur Rusch, R-Vermillion, a retired circuit court judge, and Rep. Timothy Johns, R-Lead, serve as the prime sponsors on Senate Bill 94 to strike the death penalty from state law. The bipartisan...
January 28, 2016 - 8:09am
September 14, 2015
Prosecutor mulling death penalty in Lead stabbing death
DEADWOOD (AP) — The Lawrence County State's Attorney is still deciding whether to seek the death penalty against a Lead man charged in the August stabbing death of a 27-year-old woman. Prosecutors charged James Lewis Rogers Jr. with first-degree murder in the death of Caitlin...
September 14, 2015 - 1:48pm
February 12, 2015
Proposal allowing objection to death penalty defeated
PIERRE (AP) — A legislative Committee has scuttled a proposal that would have allowed South Dakota residents getting a driver's license to register an objection to the death penalty if they are killed in a violent crime. The House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted...
February 12, 2015 - 3:41pm
February 11, 2015
South Dakota lawmakers weigh repeal of death penalty
PIERRE (AP) — Two former state attorneys general and an ex-judge are among those who plan to encourage South Dakota lawmakers to repeal the state's death penalty. The Senate State Affairs Committee in Pierre will take testimony Wednesday morning on legislation that would replace...
February 11, 2015 - 1:19pm
November 18, 2014
35 years after his father's murder, Mount Vernon man waiting for justice
A Mount Vernon man is still waiting for the person who murdered his father to be executed 35 years after the incident happened. Kenny Helgeland,...
November 18, 2014 - 3:10pm
October 21, 2014
Jackley seeks May execution for Rodney Berget
By Blake Nicholson Attorney General Marty Jackley has asked South Dakota court officials to set a spring execution date for a man ordered to die for his role in killing a state prison guard during an escape attempt 3½ years ago. Jackley has requested that Rodney Berget, 52,...
October 21, 2014 - 4:26pm
May 27, 2014
SD Supreme Court rehears death sentence appeal
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Supreme Court justices hear arguments again Tuesday on a second appeal in the case of a man who helped kill a guard at the state penitentiary. Rodney Berget was sentenced to death for the 2011 killing of Ron Johnson during a failed escape attempt....
May 27, 2014 - 6:50am
May 13, 2014
Judge sentences McVay to death for murder
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A judge in Sioux Falls has formally sentenced a man to death for killing a woman as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama. Judge Peter Lieberman on Tuesday sentenced 44-year-old James McVay. A 12-member jury earlier had voted unanimously for...
May 13, 2014 - 5:20pm
May 7, 2014
PARKER: Death penalty not logical, just
WASHINGTON — When Lady Justice takes a count of bleeding hearts outside the execution chamber, she won’t find mine among them. I am no passionate opponent of the death penalty. I am rather a dispassionate objector to the premise that taking another’s life, no matter how undeserving...
May 7, 2014 - 7:28am
April 15, 2014
McVay death sentence will get automatic review
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The death sentence for a man accused of killing a Sioux Falls hospice nurse as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama will get an automatic review by the state Supreme Court, South Dakota's attorney general said Tuesday. Jurors on Monday sentenced...
April 15, 2014 - 7:42pm
Man who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in killing gets death
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A man with a history of mental illness was sentenced to death by a jury on Monday for killing a South Dakota hospice nurse as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama. James McVay had pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a murder charge in 2012...
April 15, 2014 - 6:46am
April 14, 2014
Jury deliberating in McVay death sentencing trial
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls jury is deliberating to decide whether a mentally ill man should be sentenced to death for killing a woman as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama. The panel of seven men and five women on Monday began deliberations in the case...
April 14, 2014 - 6:38pm