South Dakota polygamist ranch quiet

Associated Press/November 29, 2008

Sioux Falls, South Dakota - New charges have been filed against members of a polygamist sect in Texas, but the group's South Dakota presence remains unchanged.

The Texas compound was the focus of a raid last spring involving the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which is a breakaway band of the Mormon church.

Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler said no charges have been filed against church members in South Dakota who live on a 140-acre ranch near Pringle.

He and ranch neighbor Cookie Hickstein said there's been less construction work at the ranch this fall.

But a company with reported ties to the group did try to buy land near Edgemont.

Fall River County Sheriff Jeff Tarrell said the deal on the 400 acres fell through when one of the heirs blocked its sale.

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