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Appeals court upholds decision on Mickelson Trail rights

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- Attorney General Marty Jackley says the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a federal court decision confirming the right of South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks Department to possess and manage all of the Mickelson T...

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Attorney General Marty Jackley says the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a federal court decision confirming the right of South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks Department to possess and manage all of the Mickelson Trail.

A district judge about a year ago dismissed a lawsuit from landowners who wanted to declare that parts of the Mickelson Trail in Fall River County are privately owned.

The 109-mile trail in the Black Hills is on a former railroad line and stretches between Deadwood and Edgemont.

Local landowners filed a lawsuit two years ago arguing some parts of the trail had passed into private ownership.

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