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Lawyers: Former ‘Bachelor’ Performed CPR On Dying Driver

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – Attorneys for former “Bachelor” contestant Chris Soules say he performed CPR on an Iowa farmer who died after Soules rear-ended his tractor in April. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the attorneys filed a motion Monday seeking the dismissal of the charge against Soules – leaving the scene of a fatal accident. They say Soules performed…

North Dakota Regulators Blame Pipeline Spill On Human Error

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – State regulators say human error caused a pipeline spill that leaked more than 11,000 gallons of oilfield wastewater in western North Dakota. The spill in Dunn County on Sunday was reported by Crestwood Midstream. Department of Mineral Resources spokeswoman Alison Ritter says crews forgot to close a valve on the pipeline, which caused the produced water…

Eagle Butte Man Charged With Murder In Fatal Shooting

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An Eagle Butte man is facing a murder charge in a slaying on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Dee Hawk Moran is accused of fatally shooting 21-year-old Andrew Frost of Eagle Butte on Saturday. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says a grand jury indicted Moran on charges of premeditated murder and discharging a firearm during a crime…

South Dakota Man Charged In Crash That Killed Family

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – A man involved in a crash that killed a Wanblee family on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has been charged in tribal court with drunken driving. Highway Safety troopers say 28-year-old Tyler Makes Him First, of Porcupine, is charged in Oglala Sioux Tribal Court involving a crash that happened Nov. 4 along Bureau of Indian…

Iowa Governor: Senate GOP Should Release Info On Harassment

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says Senate GOP officials should release information to the public about an internal investigation into alleged sexual harassment in the caucus if there’s more to share. Reynolds told reporters Tuesday the office, which is run in part by Senate Majority Bill Dix, should disclose any information not discussed during a recent…

EPA Awards $12M To Iowa’s Drinking Water Loan Program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $12 million to Iowa’s drinking water revolving loan program to help finance improvements to water projects around the state. The funding will be used for projects that will improve municipal drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, as well as help protect public drinking water systems. The funding…

Iowa Company Recalls Food For Vending Machines In 3 States

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Federal officials say an Iowa company has recalled salads and sandwich wraps sent out to vending machines in three states because they were distributed without federal inspection. Marengo-based Pride of Iowa Sandwiches is recalling products containing more than 230 pounds of chicken, pork and beef sent to vending machines in Iowa, North Dakota and South…

South Dakota Hunter’s Body Found In Day County Lake

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota law enforcement officials believe a Bristol man drowned in a Day County lake while hunting alone and trying to retrieve a downed bird. The 63-year-old man was reported missing in early November. The Day County Sheriff’s Office says his body was found on Nov. 5 in Lake Jessie. The sheriff’s office isn’t releasing the…

USD Campus Forum On Sexual Assault Draws Large Crowd

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – University of South Dakota officials say they’re taking steps to better train staff and students on the proper ways to respond to sexual assaults. The comments came at a Monday forum on campus on sexual assault awareness that drew a near-capacity crowd. It followed the arrests late last month of two USD football players on rape-related…

South Dakota Crop Production Expected to be Down

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Production of corn, soybeans and grain sorghum in South Dakota is expected to be down this year. The Agriculture Department’s latest estimates put South Dakota’s corn crop at 788 million bushels, down 5 percent from last year. Soybean production is expected to be down 1 percent to 252 million bushels, and sorghum production down 10…

$80 Million in Claims Won’t Be Paid

Northern Beef Packers plant in South Dakota claims bankruptcy

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Almost $80 million that more than 100 businesses, investors, government entities and others claim they’re owed won’t be paid out in bankruptcy proceedings for the Northern Beef Packers plant in South Dakota. The American News reports that court documents show there’s slightly more than $1 million available to pay a long list of bills. Attorney Forrest Allred,…

Man Found Guilty of Mistreating Horses

Conditions discovered after 16 horses tried to escape in search of food and water

STURGIS, S.D. – A Meade County man has been found guilty of mistreating more than a dozen horses between September 2016 and this past January. Sixty-two-year-old LeRoy James of Hermosa was convicted after a recent four-day trial of three misdemeanor counts of neglect, abandonment or mistreatment of an animal. Authorities say James inhumanely treated 16 horses under his care, including a…

Iowa Parents Plead Not Guilty In Death Of Infant Found Rotting In Swing

ALTA VISTA, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa parents of a 4-month-old baby whose maggot-infested body was found in a swing in his family’s home have pleaded not guilty to murder charges. The Courier reported Thursday that 28-year-old Zachary Paul Koehn and 20-year-old Cheyanne Renae Harris, both of Alta Vista, filed written arraignments pleading not guilty earlier in the week. Each…

Postal Workers in Iowa Protest Due to Job Cuts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service says its decision not to fill dozens of postal jobs in Des Moines is intended to deal with a shrinking workload. The comment follows picketing Wednesday by more than 100 postal workers, customers, teamsters and others outside the post office near downtown Des Moines to protest recent job cuts. USPS spokesman…

Iowa Man Sentenced For Dealing Fentanyl That Led To Death

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute a powerful painkiller that led to the 2015 death of a Council Bluffs man. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 30-year-old Charles Jesse Beuterbaugh, of Carter Lake, was sentenced Tuesday in Council Bluffs’ federal court. Prosecutors say Beuterbaugh was part of…

Daugaard Administration Anticipates ‘Lean’ State Budget Year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s administration says lower-than-expected tax collections will require a lean state spending plan for South Dakota’s upcoming budget year. Daugaard spokeswoman Kelsey Pritchard said Wednesday that the administration wouldn’t have specific details to offer until the governor’s December budget address to the Legislature. The Republican executive will outline his fiscal year 2019 budget proposal….

Police: Mitchell Suspect Flees, Still At Large

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A man with a lengthy criminal record fled from authorities after he was believed to be under the influence of drugs while at the Davison County Courthouse for an appearance. Mitchell police say when a sheriff’s deputy approached Brian Mattke at the courthouse he fled on foot Tuesday. The deputy pursued Mattke who got into his…

Iowa City Schools Plan To Stop Using Seclusion Rooms

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa City school district has told parents that it will stop using seclusion rooms that are intended for students who pose threats to themselves or others. District Superintendent Stephen Murley said in an email Tuesday night that the district has eliminated seven of the padded rooms and plans to eliminate the rest by the…