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Authorities ID Huron Man Killed In Beadle County Crash

CARPENTER, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have identified a Huron man who died in a crash in Beadle County involving two vans. The Highway Patrol says 69-year-old Gregory Johnson was a passenger in a minivan that was struck by a van on any icy stretch of state Highway 28 on Wednesday morning. He was pronounced dead at the scene 2 miles…

1 Dead, 2 Critically Injured In Crash Near Hermosa

HERMOSA, S.D. (AP) – A 47-year-old woman has died of her injuries suffered in a highway crash that left two others with critical injuries. Authorities say the single-vehicle accident happened Saturday on Highway 40 near Hermosa. The driver lost control when the vehicle drifted off the highway and rolled over. KOTA-TV says two people were ejected. A 34-year-old man and…

Trump Hails Immigration Plan At Homeland Security Meeting

RESTON, Va. (AP) – President Donald Trump says his immigration plan is needed to protect the borders. Trump visited the U.S. Customs and Border Protection National Targeting Center in Virginia on Friday. At a roundtable with top homeland security officials, the Republican president said their jobs would be “100 percent easier” with the right laws. The White House has proposed…

Tom Brokaw Collection Opens To Public At University Of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Longtime NBC journalist Tom Brokaw has donated thousands of documents spanning his career to the University of Iowa, and they’re now available to the public. The collection includes a notebook with interview questions for Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev and press badges from Saudi Arabia and the 1992 Republican National Convention. Some of the donated…

New Trial Site Sought In Slaying Of Southeast Iowa Teen

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) – A defense attorney wants to move the trial of a second man accused of fatally shooting a gender-fluid teenager in southeast Iowa. Jason Purham’s attorney, Allen Cook III, filed the motion Thursday in Des Moines County District Court. Cook cited in part the extensive media coverage of the case. He didn’t say where he wants the…

Bill Banning School Administrators From Bargaining Fails

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have banned public school administrators from collective bargaining in right-to-work South Dakota. The House Education Committee voted 8-6 Friday against the proposal, which critics called unnecessary. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the bill’s sponsor, says there are times when the actions of the union run contrary to schools’ mission…

Eagle Butte Man Sentenced For Spitting On Federal Officer

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An Eagle Butte man has been sentenced to seven months in custody for spitting on a federal officer. The U.S. attorney’s office says 29-year-old Matthew Dupris spit on an officer while being arrested in May 2017 for violating conditions of his tribal bond by drinking alcohol. He pleaded guilty last October to assault on a federal…

Death Of Mitchell Man Deemed Accidental

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Police say the death of an 80-year-old man found outside a property he owned in Mitchell was accidental. Bernard Tegethoff was found by officers Monday. Investigators believe he slipped on some ice and hit his head, eventually leading to his death. The Daily Republic says Tegethoff was a businessman who started Dakota Redi Mix, J &…

Agtegra Cooperative Begins Operations In The Dakotas

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A large agriculture cooperative formed by the merger of two co-ops in the Dakotas has started operations. North Central Farmers Elevator and Wheat Growers officially began business as Agtegra Cooperative on Thursday, headquartered in the northern South Dakota city of Aberdeen. Members of the two co-ops voted last September to merge. North Central had about 2,400…

Massive New Ag Cooperative Kicks Off Operations

The company is a merger of North Central Farmers Elevator and Wheat Growers

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A large agriculture cooperative formed by the merger of two co-ops in the Dakotas has started operations. North Central Farmers Elevator and Wheat Growers officially began business as Agtegra Cooperative on Thursday, headquartered in the northern South Dakota city of Aberdeen. The new co-op has nearly 6,800 members and 900 employees and is serving more than 60…

Iowa Republicans Unite Behind $32M Increase For K-12 Schools

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Republicans appear united in proposing about $32 million in new funding toward the state’s roughly $3.2 billion K-12 education budget. A GOP-controlled Senate education committee voted 9-6 Thursday for the 1 percent increase. Data shows per-pupil spending would go up by $67, totaling $6,731. The vote comes one day after the education committee in…

Native American Tribes Push Back Against Yankton Casino Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Native American tribes and a Deadwood gambling association are pushing back against a proposed casino and entertainment complex in southeastern South Dakota. Officials said Thursday that the Port Yankton project would hurt tribes and the state. A coalition of Nebraska and South Dakota tribes opposes the push, which would require a change to the state constitution….

South Dakota Adds More Tow Plows To Snow-Removal Fleet

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota is increasing its arsenal of snow-removal tow plows to manage winter weather conditions. The state Transportation Department expanded its fleet before the start of this winter by adding three tow plows, and officials are planning to buy three more before next winter. The Daily Republic reports that the anticipated purchases would be used in…

Tribal Officials Critical Of Reservation Fugitive Bill

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem which would make it easier for state officials to extradite fugitives from American Indian reservations is drawing criticism from tribal officials in South Dakota. The proposal would allow state authorities to request a federal warrant for fugitives who travel to a reservation. Federal marshals could then apprehend…

Iowa Department Reports Norovirus Outbreaks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Public Health says it’s received numerous reports of norovirus illnesses in the past few weeks. Norovirus cases occur all year but are usually higher in the colder months because people are indoors more and in closer contact. The virus spreads easily when people don’t stay at home with diarrhea or vomiting…