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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,…

3 Defendants Sentenced For Roles In Casino Blackjack Scheme

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) – Federal authorities say three people have been sentenced for their roles in a blackjack scheme that involved the theft of about $10,000 from a northeast South Dakota casino. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler’s office says 44-year-old Lito Bolocon and 29-year-old Jordon Rondell were sentenced this week to six months in custody and ordered to pay $8,700 in…

Minnesota, South Dakota Farmers Named To Soybean Board

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named farmers from Minnesota and South Dakota to the United Soybean Board. Lawrence Sukalski of Fairmont, Minnesota, and Marc Reiner of Tripp, South Dakota, are among 19 members and 3 alternates announced this week who have been appointed to serve three-year terms. The board is made up of 73 members…

Governors Association Backs Bid To Collect Online Sales Tax

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Business groups, federal lawmakers and public officials’ associations have signed on to support South Dakota’s legal bid to collect sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers. South Dakota is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence. The case could have…

Experts Urge Cooks To Remember Food Safety On Thanksgiving

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Experts say it’s important to remember food safety on Thanksgiving. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in six Americans will become ill from a foodborne illness this year. Of those, 128,000 will be hospitalized and 3,000 will die. The traditional main course at Thanksgiving, turkey, can contain salmonella and campylobacter bacteria…

One-Fifth Of Upper Midwest Residents Traveling For Holiday

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – AAA is projecting that about one-fifth of residents in the region that includes the Upper Midwest will be traveling this Thanksgiving. The travel organization says the seven-state region that includes North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota will see the greatest share of people traveling over the holiday – 19.5 percent, compared with 15.6 percent nationally. AAA…

South Dakota County Official Questions Conflict Of Interest

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – More than half of a southeast South Dakota county’s commissioners have asked to be investigated for possible conflicts of interest with the approval of several hog confinements. Yankton County Commissioner Ray Epp said during a meeting Tuesday that he’s aware of concerns about his connection to the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. He sits on the…

State: Testing Finds No Oil In Ditch Near Keystone Spill

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota official says TransCanada Corp.’s testing of water from a drainage ditch next to the Keystone pipeline’s estimated 210,000-gallon oil spill found no oil. Brian Walsh, an environmental scientist manager for the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said Wednesday the ditch in Marshall County appears to flow into a creek. But Walsh…

Supreme Court Uphold Fatal Aberdeen Stabbing Conviction

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man who fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend in Aberdeen. The high court unanimously affirmed both the conviction and the sentence for John Eric Hemminger. Attorney General Marty Jackley says the court upheld law enforcement’s seizure of Hemminger’s cell phone, clothing and DNA. It also agreed it…

USA Gymnastics Doctor Pleads Guilty To Sex Charges

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor who has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting seven girls says he is “horribly sorry” and that he prays “for forgiveness every day.” Dr. Larry Nassar entered his plea Wednesday in a Michigan courtroom. Some of his accusers attended the packed hearing. Some were crying. Nassar was charged…

$300M For Great Lakes Cleanup Moves Forward In Congress

DETROIT (AP) – A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program would receive $300 million next year under a spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The measure cleared the committee this week and now goes to the full Senate. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative focuses on the region’s most longstanding environmental problems, such as toxic pollution, farm and urban runoff,…

Mount Rushmore Float To Appear Again In Turkey Day Parade

2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo: South Dakota Department of Tourism.PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – This year’s “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature legendary rhythm and blues singer Smokey Robinson. This will be the eighth year the South Dakota Department of Tourism float will appear in the New York City parade. The float features…

Trooper Imprisoned For Grand Theft Denied Early Release

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – A Davison County judge has denied early release for a former South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper convicted of grand theft. Several dozen supporters of Brian Biehl were in court Tuesday hoping the judge would allow him to get out of prison by Christmas. Biehl was sentenced to five years in prison last March after pleaded guilty…

Man Convicted In Deadly Beating On Reservation Sentenced

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man convicted of instigating the deadly beating of another man on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in July 2015 has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison. A jury in June found 26-year-old Calmer Cottier guilty of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit assault in the killing of 30-year-old…