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Study: Mayo Clinic Had $28B Impact On U.S Economy In 2015

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – A study commissioned by Mayo Clinic calculates the health care giant’s national economic footprint as well as other related benefits. The Post Bulletin reports that Ohio-based TEConomy Partners released a report Thursday that found that Mayo Clinic contributed almost 170,000 jobs and $28 billion to the U.S. economy in 2015. The company did a similar study…

9th Drunken Driving Arrest, This One Involves Lawnmower

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota man is accused of his ninth drunken driving charge after police say they found him driving his riding lawnmower erratically on the streets of Madison Lake. Authorities say the 60-year-old man tested 0.28 and 0.27 on Breathalyzer tests after he was pulled over July 20. He was charged this week with gross misdemeanor driving…

2 Victims Of Blast At Minneapolis School Well-Known Employees

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The two people killed in an explosion at a Minneapolis school were both longtime and well-known employees. Ruth Berg was a receptionist at Minnehaha Academy, and had worked at the private Christian school for 17 years. Her fiance says they were planning to get married in September, and had received their wedding invitations a day before Wednesday’s…

Woman Gets 15 Months’ Jail In Suicide Text Case

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts woman who sent her boyfriend dozens of text messages urging him to kill himself has been sentenced to 15 months in jail on a manslaughter charge. Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in June by a judge who said she caused the death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III when she told him to…

Authorities ID Third Victim Of Rapid City Mobile Home Fire

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office has identified the last of three people who died in a mobile home fire in Rapid City. Authorities say 52-year-old Thomas Milner was identified through DNA testing. Nine-year-old Landon Gayton and 37-year-old Kelli Archer were identified earlier this week through fingerprints and dental records. Preliminary autopsy results indicate all three…

Official Accused Of Stealing From Tribe Reaches Plea Deal

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – An official accused of stealing from the Oglala Sioux tribe is scheduled to plead guilty to a reduced charge in a deal with prosecutors. Fifty-seven-year-old Charles Cummings, of Martin, is accused of stealing from the tribe while serving as a district vice chairman. Cummings pleaded not guilty in federal court earlier this month to theft…

Authorities Identify Homicide Victim In Summerset

SUMMERSET, S.D. (AP) – Meade County authorities have identified a woman they say was the victim of a homicide in Summerset. The body of 49-year-old Phyllis Mastin was found in her home in a mobile home park about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Another woman considered a person of interest in the case was detained but not immediately arrested.

Update: Second Body Found After Minneapolis School Explosion

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Officials say a second body has been recovered after an explosion and partial building collapse at a Minneapolis school. Officials say a second body has been recovered after an explosion and partial building collapse at a Minneapolis school. Fire Chief John Fruetel says the body was found around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Fruetel says the medical examiner’s office…

3 Unaccounted For After Minneapolis Building Collapse

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Fire officials say three people are unaccounted for after an explosion and partial building collapse at a Minneapolis school. The Minneapolis Fire Department initially tweeted that one fatality was reported in Wednesday’s collapse at Minnehaha Academy. But fire officials haven’t been able to confirm that report, and Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner says they are backing off…

Daugaard: Buffer Strip Property Tax Incentives Available

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office says South Dakota residents have until October to apply for tax incentives meant to encourage people to install buffer strips between agricultural land and waterways. The new law offers property tax breaks for land turned into buffer strips of vegetation to help trap fertilizer, pesticides and sediment before they reach water. Supporters…

Court Complicates Trump’s Threat To Cut ‘Obamacare’ Funds

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s bold threat to push “Obamacare” into collapse may get harder to carry out after a new court ruling. The procedural decision late Tuesday by a federal appeals panel in Washington has implications for millions of consumers. The judges said that a group of states can defend the legality of government “cost-sharing” subsidies for copays…

Trump Signs Bill Imposing Sanctions On Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) – White House officials say President Donald Trump has signed a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia. Two White House officials said that the president signed the bill Wednesday morning. The package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia passed Congress with overwhelming support. Moscow responded to the sanctions by ordering a reduction in the number of U.S….

Pierre Plumber Accused Of Child Rape Sentenced To Prison

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Pierre man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a home where he had done plumbing work has been sentenced to serve 4 ½ years in prison. Thirty-two-year-old David Timmons in June pleaded no contest to an attempted rape charge stemming from the December 2015 incident, and prosecutors dropped other charges. The Capital Journal…

Mayor’s Pick For New Minneapolis Chief To Get Public Hearing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The public will get a chance to weigh in on the Minneapolis mayor’s nominee for the next police chief. On Tuesday, the City Council’s executive committee unanimously approved Mayor Betsy Hodges’ nomination of Medaria Arradondo as chief. A public hearing is expected to be held Aug. 9. The City Council will then consider Arradondo’s nomination at its…

Attorney General Explains Technical Institute Initiatives

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has released explanations for two proposed ballot measures that would raise tobacco taxes to make South Dakota’s four technical institutes more affordable. Jackley’s office said Tuesday that the explanations have been filed with the secretary of state’s office, a step required before signature gatherers can spread out across the state….