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Reporter won't be called to testify at South Dakota trial
The Associated Press - May 16, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A prosecutor has abandoned a plan to call a Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter as a witness in a trial related to a marijuana operation that the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe attempted to start.

Argus Leader Media reported Monday that a subpoena issued to reporter Dana Ferguson has been withdrawn.

Ferguson had joined lawmakers on a tour of the facility in October 2015, when the tribe was planning to open a recreational marijuana resort. The tribe ended the project under fire from state officials.

The state attorney general's office charged Eric Hagen and Jonathan Hunt, two officials with Monarch America, a Colorado-based company in the marijuana industry, for assisting the tribe. Hunt last year pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy. Hagen pleaded not guilty. His trial is May 22.



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