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1 Teen Killed, 4 Hurt In SUV Crash In Northeast South Dakota

MILBANK, S.D. (AP) – One teenager is dead and four others hurt after a sport utility vehicle rolled over in northeastern South Dakota. The South Dakota State Patrol says the crash happened Tuesday afternoon a mile north of Milbank. Authorities say a 14-year-old boy who was driving a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer lost control on a gravel road. A 15-year-old female…

Closure Of Grocery Stores Sparks Worry In South Dakota City

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The closure of almost a quarter of Rapid City’s grocery stores is sparking concerns about food availability among some residents and organizations in the South Dakota city. SpartanNash announced last month that three of its stores – Prairie Market, Family Thrift Center and Family Thrift Express – will close in October in a consolidation effort….

Pope Francis Inspires Iowa Church To Use Solar Energy

NORWALK, Iowa (AP) – Church leaders in central Iowa are turning to solar power for their buildings in an effort to aid the environment and save money. The St. John Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk has more than 200 solar panels which the Rev. John Ludwig says saves them about $2,000 a year. Church member Terry Dvorak founded Red Lion…

Montana Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Murder In South Dakota

SUMMERSET, S.D. (AP) – A Montana woman accused of killing her roommate in the South Dakota town of Summerset has pleaded not guilty. Thirty-eight-year-old Stormy Marsh, of Miles City, Montana, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old Phyllis Mastin, who was found dead in her mobile home Aug. 2. Marsh entered her plea Monday. Authorities say Mastin…

Attorney General Explains Prescription Drug Price Initiative

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has released an explanation for a proposed ballot measure that would cap the prices state agencies could pay for prescription drugs. Jackley’s office said Wednesday that the explanation has been filed with the secretary of state’s office. The measure would impose a price limit on state drug purchases at the…

Mitchell Man Charged With Manslaughter In Stabbing Death

Courtesy: Davison County Sheriff’s OfficeMITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A Mitchell man accused of stabbing another man to death outside of an apartment complex has been charged with first-degree manslaughter. Forty-nine-year-old Anthony Lewis allegedly stabbed the 30-year-old man four times after a confrontation early Tuesday. The victim’s name hasn’t been released. Police say the two men knew one another and had…

Pierre Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Human Trafficking

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Pierre woman accused of human trafficking, promoting prostitution and pimping has pleaded not guilty. Authorities allege 40-year-old Sheilata Gordon prostituted an 18-year-old woman in July. The Capital Journal reports that Gordon has a previous felony drug conviction in Iowa, meaning that if she’s convicted of all charges in the South Dakota sex crime case she…

Yankton Man Pleads Guilty To Robbing Downtown Bank

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – A Yankton man accused of robbing a downtown bank in the city a year ago has pleaded guilty. Authorities say David Giese donned a Halloween mask on July 26, 2016, walked into the Wells Fargo branch and demanded money. He left behind a package that turned out to be harmless. No one was hurt. Giese emerged…

Company Behind Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Sues Greenpeace

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The company that built the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is suing Greenpeace and other groups, alleging they disseminated false information about the project and interfered with construction. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners alleges that the groups’ actions opposing the pipeline to move North Dakota oil to Illinois interfered with its business, facilitated crimes and acts of…

No One Hurt When Pickup Crashes Into Bank In Chamberlain

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – No one was injured when a man drove his pickup truck through the front of a bank in Chamberlain. Police tell The Daily Republic that half of the man’s vehicle ended up parked inside Great Western Bank on Monday afternoon, but no one inside was hurt. Authorities are treating the incident as an accident, and no…

3 More Sentenced In Sisseton-Wahpeton Embezzlement Case

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Three more people charged in a Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate embezzlement case have been sentenced in federal court. Colette White on Monday was given three years of probation and fined $3,000, Gerald German Jr. three months in custody and a $5,000 fine, and Gerald Heminger Jr. three months in custody and a $2,000 fine. They also must pay…

Iowa State Fair’s 1.13M Visitors Sets Attendance Mark

Courtesy: Iowa State FairDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – This year’s Iowa State Fair set an attendance record, with more than 1.13 million people visiting the 11-day event in Des Moines. The fair announced Monday the fair that wrapped up Sunday had an unofficial attendance of 1,130,071. That topped the previous record of 1,117,398 set in 2015. The busiest day was…

Officials Announce New Iowa License Plate Design

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Officials have announced the winner of online balloting for new license plates that will grace Iowa vehicles in the years to come. The Iowa Transportation Department said Monday that the design dubbed “City and County Reboot” received more than 113,000 votes. The design’s top blue border contains city and country images and the bottom green border…

South Dakota Man Dies In Weekend Crash In North Dakota

FLASHER, N.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man is dead after a crash in southwestern North Dakota. The Highway Patrol says 24-year-old Blake Huber, of McIntosh, South Dakota, was driving a car that collided with a bull on state Highway 31 and then crashed into a bridge rail. The crash happened shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Huber died at the…

South Dakota Ballot Measure Would Let People Vote At Home

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Supporters of a proposed ballot measure that would allow South Dakota counties to switch to elections conducted entirely by mail ballot aim to put the initiative before voters next year. Sponsor Drey Samuelson said Friday that the vote-at-home plan would help people cast an informed vote, increase election turnout and save taxpayer money. Backers are waiting…