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Bootlegging Operation Found On Pine Ridge Reservation

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Oglala Sioux tribal police say they’ve uncovered a liquor bootlegging operation on the reservation. Police recently conducted warrant sweeps with the U.S. Marshal Service Black Hills Fugitive Task Force and discovered the operation. Tribal officials say operators were mixing vodka with rubbing alcohol and selling the mixture in water bottles for $10 each. Authorities say…

Bodies Of Missing Couple Recovered From Minnesota Lake

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) – Authorities in northern Minnesota say the bodies of a missing couple have been recovered from Upper Red Lake. Thirty-year-old Melissa Siedenstricker, of Princeton, and 29-year-old Zeth Knyphausen, of Stacy, were on the lake ice fishing when they failed to return to Rogers Resort on the lake’s south shore Sunday. The resort is about 60 miles north…

TransCanada To Resume Operation Of Keystone Pipeline

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) – TransCanada Corp. plans to resume operation of its Keystone pipeline nearly two weeks after crews shut it down in response to an estimated 210,000-gallon oil spill in South Dakota. The company said in a statement that it will operate the pipeline at reduced pressure beginning Tuesday. TransCanada says the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration…

At Capitol, Franken Apologizes And Sees Long Fight For Trust

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Al Franken is apologizing to voters, aides and “everyone who has counted on me to be a champion for women.” The Minnesota Democrat is fighting to bolster his support and made the comments in his first Capitol public appearance since being drawn into a wave of sexual harassment accusations buffeting Congress. Lawmakers are starting to return…

Trump Hits Warren With ‘Pocahontas’ Jab At Event For Navajos

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has used an event honoring Native American veterans to take a shot at Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whom he has long derided as “Pocahontas.” Trump welcomed Navajo code talkers from World War II to the Oval Office on Monday. During remarks praising their service, Trump said: “We have a representative in Congress who they…

Lawsuit: Iowa School For Juvenile Offenders Misusing Drugs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Advocacy groups have filed a federal lawsuit alleging officials representing an Iowa school for juvenile offenders are failing to provide adequate mental health care. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Des Moines by Disability Rights Iowa and the national watchdog organization Children’s Rights. The groups allege the Boys State Training School administers “dangerous” psychotropic medications…

2 Suspicious Fires In Rapid City Under Investigation

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Officials say the causes of two large grass fires over the weekend that sent smoke over Rapid City are under investigation. Fire Lt. Jim Bussell says the fires are believed to have started by humans, but whether it was accidental or intentional remains under investigation. Firefighters on Sunday evening responded to a fire in the…

Lawyer Says ‘Bachelor’ Didn’t Break Iowa’s Hit-And-Run Law

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – Lawyers for former “Bachelor” star Chris Soules’ have asked a judge to dismiss the charge against him stemming from his rear-end crash that killed a farmer driving a tractor. Defense attorney Robert Montgomery argued Monday that the charge of failing to remain at the scene of a fatal collision should be dismissed because he says Soules…

Authorities Investigate Suspicious Death Of Hunter

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) – State and local authorities are investigating what a deputy says is the suspicious death of a hunter in south-central Iowa. The Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office says the body of 31-year-old Curtis Ross, of Cedar Falls, was found in a remote area of the county on Saturday. He’d been reported missing earlier in the day. Chief Deputy…

Meredith Buying Time Inc. For About $1.8 Billion

NEW YORK (AP) – Shares of Meredith and Time are climbing Monday morning after news that Meredith, a magazine and broadcasting company, will buy the New York publisher. Meredith Corp. announced Sunday night that it is buying Time Inc. for about $1.8 billion. Iowa-based Meredith owns TV stations that reach 12 million U.S. households. Its women- and lifestyle-focused magazines and…

Minnesota Man Accused Of Repeatedly Punching Newborn

LITTLE CANADA, Minn. (AP) – A Little Canada man is accused of severely injuring his newborn son by repeatedly punching the crying 4-week-old child in the face. 23-year-old Johnny Taylor is charged with first-degree assault for assaulting his child. The baby was taken to a hospital emergency room after the Sunday incident and eventually admitted to intensive care. Doctors said…

Pierre Man Who Died In Hughes County Crash Identified

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Highway Patrol has identified a Pierre man who died in a one-vehicle crash in Hughes County. Authorities say 22-year-old Joseph Swartz lost control of his car on a rural road late Sunday and the vehicle rolled. He was pronounced dead at the scene about 8 miles north of Pierre. Swartz was alone in the vehicle.

Authorities ID Freeman Man Killed In Semitrailer Crash

MARION, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have identified a Freeman man who died in a semitrailer crash in Turner County. The Highway Patrol says 56-year-old Ronald Heiter failed to negotiate a curve on a road Monday morning, and his rig rolled before starting on fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene about 5 miles north of Marion.

Colorado Man Facing Marijuana Charges In Iowa

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Northwest Iowa authorities say they arrested a Colorado man with 77 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle. Court records say 34-year-old Darrel Wait, of Thornton, Colorado, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled drug and with other crimes. Wait’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press. Authorities say…

TransCanada: Over 24K Gallons Of Oil Recovered From Spill

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) – TransCanada Corp. says that the company has recovered more than 24,000 gallons of oil from the site of a pipeline leak discovered last week in South Dakota. The company said 24,450 gallons of oil had been recovered as of Wednesday. TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil on agricultural land in Marshall County,…