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SDSU Extension Hosting Series of Meetings for Drought Stricken Farmers and Ranchers

From SDSU iGrow: BROOKINGS, S.D. – SDSU Extension will host livestock and agronomy meetings in Lemmon, Faith, Pierre and Chamberlain July 24 and 25, 2017. “Drought now affects more than 72 percent of the state, and is forecast to continue to get worse over the next couple of weeks,” said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist. “In our role as…

Rapid City Woman Sentenced for Stealing from Veterans

41-year-old Cassandra Koscak worked as a representative of veterans

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City woman who pleaded guilty to stealing money from military veterans has been sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to repay at least $45,000. 41-year-old Cassandra Koscak worked as a representative of veterans who receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Koscak pleaded guilty in federal court to misappropriation by…

Some Missouri River Sandbars Closed to Protect Endangered Birds’ Nests

http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Media/Images/igphoto/2000796933/OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reminding the public that some sandbars in the Missouri River between Nebraska and South Dakota are closed to recreational use to keep endangered bird species’ nests safe. The Corps says endangered interior least terns and threatened piping plovers are currently nesting on sandbars around the Fort Randall Dam in…

Facebook Marketplace Changes Affecting South Dakota Farmers

BERESFORD, S.D.- Facebook’s online marketplace exploded onto the e-commerce scene as a new way for people to exchange specialty products, goods and services. It’s also become a vital tool for farmers and ranchers to buy and sell their livestock. But a newly-enforced policy on the social media site is having a drastic, negative impact on those in the ag-industry. “We’re…

Annette Bosworth Weighs in on Partial Exoneration

“The record now shows this was an honest error"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The highest court in the state has overturned half of the convictions against former U.S. Senate Candidate Annette Bosworth. The South Dakota Supreme Court cleared Bosworth of six felony perjury convictions that stemmed from her 2014 campaign. “I think the Supreme Court did a great job of speaking for me. I’ve said, ‘I didn’t do this on…

Meeting Billie Sutton: Gubernatorial Candidate Hosts Meet-and-Greet

Sutton hosted a "Meet and Greet" at Falls Park, to meet face-to-face with the people he hopes will help him reach the governor's office

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- South Dakota’s only declared Democratic candidate for governor is working to reach out to voters outside of the party. Wednesday night, State Senator Billie Sutton hosted a “Meet and Greet” at Falls Park, to meet face-to-face with the people he hopes will help him reach the governor’s office. “I’m not sure if you guys have heard or…

City of Brookings to Take Over as “Capital for a Day”

Activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, community social, business tours and a roundtable meeting.

https://www.facebook.com/cityofbrookingsPIERRE, S.D. – On Tuesday, July 18, Brookings will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, community social, business tours and a roundtable meeting. Citizens are encouraged to attend the community social at 10 a.m. at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota (521 Fourth St.) where community members will have…

South Dakota Drought Conditions Will Likely Affect Pheasant Numbers

The north-central portion of South Dakota may be in rough shape in October

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota drought conditions will be affecting more than just farmers and ranchers this fall: Hunters will also likely be affected. The north-central portion of South Dakota may be in rough shape in October. Travis Runia, senior upland game biologist for the Game, Fish and Parks Department, says the Mobridge area, which dealt with heavy winter…

Lake Oahe to Host National Bass Fishing Tournaments in 2018

Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society Elite Series is an invitation-only series of tournaments

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Smallmouth bass from a lake in central South Dakota will take center stage next summer when an organization’s series of national bass fishing tournaments hosts a competition in the state. The tournament in Pierre will be held from June 29 to July 2 in 2018 and puts bass from Lake Oahe in the spotlight. The Bass…

14 Train Cars Hauling Grain Derail Near Kimball, No Injuries Reported

Dakota Southern Railway is in the process of arranging cleanup operations

BRULE COUNTY, S.D.- The Brule County Sheriff’s Office reports a Dakota Southern Railway Train derailed Saturday afternoon nearly 6 miles east of Kimball in Brule County. The train was hauling grain from Kennebec to Mitchell, SD. There were no injuries and the train was not hauling hazardous materials. A total of 14 rail cars came off the tracks in the…

Replacing A Stolen Purse, Restoring Faith in Humanity

Non-Profit President hopes to replace purse stolen from 92-year-old Canton woman

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 92-year-old Canton woman says she was the victim of a purse snatching last weekend. Eileen Iverson says she was at the canton post office on Saturday when she watched a man steal her purse out of her car. The suspect was later caught on camera using her credit cards at a Rock Valley, Iowa gas…

Bjorkman Enters Race for South Dakota’s Lone U.S. House Seat

Bjorkman revealed he would be running on the Democratic ticket

CANISTOTA, S.D.- Tim Bjorkman says his ten years as a Circuit Court judge prepared him for the responsibility of serving the public. But it was during the decade he served, that he realized he could be doing more. “So I concluded I had to be a part of solutions outside of the judicial system because I am convinced nothing less…

JazzFest 2017: What to Expect, Who to See

The festival officially kicks off at Yankton Trail Park on Thursday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society is once again bringing large acts to the JazzFest stage this weekend. The festival officially kicks off at Yankton Trail Park on Thursday. “March Fourth,” “The Robert Cray Band,” and “Jonny Lang” will hit each the Main Stage, along with a handful of other musicians. Organizers spend the better…

Iowa Communities Consider Restrictions on Recently-Approved Fireworks Law

After giving the new state law a trial run, Davenport is looking to reinstate a ban on their use within city limits

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Some Iowa communities are considering new restrictions on fireworks after the state started allowing them for the first time in decades. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill in May that allows the sale of fireworks in the state from June 1-July 8 and Dec. 10-Jan. 3. The law prevents the ban of fireworks sales, but…

UPDATE: Work Release Inmate Back In Custody

RAPID CITY, S.D- A state prison inmate placed on escape status Saturday evening is back in custody. Randy Cowherd turned himself into the Rapid City Community Work Center late Saturday evening. He had been placed on escape status after failing to return to the work center at the assigned time following a shift at his work release job. Previous: A state prison…

Death Investigation Launched After Body is Found in Platte Home

Law enforcement is conducting a death investigation in Charles Mix County

CHARLES MIX COUNTY, S.D.- Local law enforcement is conducting a death investigation in Charles Mix County. A body was discovered at residence in Platte in the morning hours of July 7, 2017. The public is not at risk. Agencies assisting in this investigation are the Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office, Platte Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation.

Historic WWII Era Hangar in Yankton Slated for 2018 Demolition

www.cityofyankton.orgYANKTON, S.D. (AP) – One of the oldest structures on the grounds of an airport in the southeastern part of South Dakota is slated to be demolished in the next year to help make way for tarmac improvements. The Chan Gurney Municipal Airport’s oldest hangar is beyond repair. Yankton Regional Aviation Association Secretary Steve Hamilton says the maintenance hangar was…