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South Dakota county offers refunds to overtaxed landowners

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A northern South Dakota county is offering refunds to landowners who have been overtaxed on their properties in recent years. The Aberdeen American News reports that Brown County commissioners approved more than $510,000 on Tuesday for agriculture property owners who have overpaid in 15 townships. The offer comes after hundreds of landowners paid property taxes in…

SD man sentenced for drug, illegal sexual activity charges

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Federal authorities say a 49-year-old Rapid City man has been sentenced to five years in prison for methamphetamine distribution and transporting people with the intention of hiring them to be prostitutes. Officials say Darryl Graham has been sentenced to five years in custody and then six years of supervised release for the drug distribution charge….

Iowa Supreme Court declines to hear appeal in turbine case

FAIRBANK, Iowa (AP) – Northeast Iowa residents have won a fight to remove three large wind energy turbines as the Iowa Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a wind energy company. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Tuesday’s decision leaves in place an order that Mason Wind and Optimum Renewables must take down the 445-foot (136-meter) turbines built…

House GOP proposes $825M in public construction

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota House Republicans are proposing to spend $825 million on public works projects with a heavy focus on water infrastructure, roads and state building repairs. The House’s so-called bonding bill is roughly half the size of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s $1.5 billion proposal. Republican legislative leaders had dismissed that plan as too large and promised…

Retired priest’s invasion of privacy conviction reversed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Appeals Court has overturned the conviction of a retired Catholic priest who’d been accused of invading the privacy of several students in a high school restroom. The students had complained that the Rev. Paul Monahan repeatedly entered the public restroom during a high school track meet in 2016 and looked at their genitals….

4 detained in death of girl who took her own life

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Police say four people have been detained in the death of a 17-year-old girl who took her own life in Yankton. Authorities say the girl died early Wednesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen says another 17-year-old girl and four males, ages 18…

Idled grocery store in Tripp to reopen under new ownership

TRIPP, S.D. (AP) – Residents of Tripp are getting their grocery store back. Mayor Vic Olson tells the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan that the owners of Ron’s Market stores in Plankinton, Stickney and White Lake are buying the Tripp store that’s been vacant for three months. The former owner closed the store on Jan. 31 due to declining sales….

1st death reported in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) – The first death has been reported in a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. Federal health officials say California reported the death, but they did not provide other details. The government now has reports of 121 people who got sick in 25 states. At least 52 people have been hospitalized, including 14 with kidney…

Report: Firm at center of Facebook privacy scandal to close

NEW YORK (AP) – A published report says the data firm at the center of Facebook’s privacy debacle is closing its doors. Cambridge Analytica has been linked to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The British firm suspended its CEO Alexander Tayler in April amid investigations. The Wall Street Journal says Wednesday’s shutdown comes as the firm is losing clients and…

Clinton impeachment lawyer to represent Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – Veteran Washington, D.C., lawyer Emmet Flood, who represented President Bill Clinton during his impeachment process, is joining the White House to represent President Donald Trump in the special counsel’s Russia investigation. White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Wednesday that Flood would be joining the White House staff to “represent the president and the…

Judge rules North Dakota cannot ban security firm from state

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A judge has ruled that North Dakota cannot ban North Carolina-based private security firm TigerSwan from the state because it isn’t licensed. The Private Investigative and Security Board sued TigerSwan last June, alleging the company operated illegally in the state during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. TigerSwan had been hired by Texas-based pipeline developer…

Republican House members seek Nobel Peace Prize for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – A group of House Republicans is seeking the Nobel Peace Prize for President Donald Trump because of his work to ease nuclear tensions with North Korea. A historic meeting between Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un over denuclearization could be announced by week’s end. Indiana Rep. Luke Messer unveiled a letter Wednesday to members of the…

Ford adds 26,000 vans to recall for fire risk

DETROIT (AP) – Ford is expanding a full-size van recall to fix wiring problems that could cause fires, and it’s warning drivers to park the vans outside until they’re repaired. The company on Wednesday added 26,000 Transit vans from 2015 through 2017 to an October recall, bringing the total to almost 100,000 in North America. The recall covers vans with…

Democratic governor candidate releases transparency plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Democratic governor candidate Billie Sutton has released a proposal aiming to improve government transparency and fight corruption. The plan released Wednesday includes proposals to impose tighter lobbying and campaign finance laws, create a new government ethics commission and open access to records such as public officials’ emails and correspondence. Sutton, the state Senate minority leader, says…

Ellsworth under consideration to get first B-21 bombers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds says Ellsworth Air Force Base in western South Dakota is a candidate to be the first base to receive the next-generation B-21 bomber. Rounds, a Senate Armed Services Committee member, said Wednesday the decision reaffirms the “vital role Ellsworth plays in our national defense.” Rounds’ office says Ellsworth is one of three…

Iowa voters approve $13.5M bond for law enforcement center

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) – Voters in a northern Iowa county have approved a $13.5 million bond to pay for a new law enforcement center and improvements to a 77-year-old courthouse. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Floyd County voters approved the bond issue Tuesday. The new law enforcement center will include a 32-bed jail, sheriff’s offices, communications center and…

Attorney general: Box Elder police fatally shoot man

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s attorney general says his office will lead the investigation into a fatal police shooting in Box Elder. Marty Jackley’s office says Box Elder police responded to a call for service Wednesday about 1:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Officers went to a mobile home in Valley Village. Authorities say the situation escalated resulting in an…

Iowa man gets 10 years for woman’s death after collision

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 60-year-old man has been imprisoned for the death of a woman after a collision in northern Iowa. Court records say Paul Wood, of Manly, was given 10 years in prison Monday at his sentencing in Mason City. He’d pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and two counts of drug possession. Prosecutors say he had methamphetamine…