Adel Toay

Amendment Backers Seek Big Changes To Legislative Elections

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Backers of a proposal that would make major changes to state legislative elections and the way lawmakers’ political districts are revised plan to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot next year. Supporter Drey Samuelson said Friday that they hope to start gathering signatures in August to put the proposed amendment to a vote. It…

Sioux Falls Man Arrested On Rape, Assault Charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 54-year-old man is arrested on assault and 3rd degree rape charges after neighbors say they heard violent arguing for several nights. Police say James Dynowski was arrested yesterday evening after neighbors in the 4400 block of Solberg Avenue heard arguing with a woman and called police. Police say neighbors had been concerned around midnight the…

Emergency CRP Grazing Authorized In The Dakotas And Montana

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land in the Dakotas and Montana in response to drought. Perdue says that without alternative forage options, ranchers could be devastated economically. The emergency grazing is authorized to begin immediately, and extends through Sept. 30 unless conditions improve. Parts of all three states…

Spicer: Trump Thinks Russia ‘Probably’ Meddled In Election

WASHINGTON (AP) – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says the president continues to believe Russia “probably” interfered in the 2016 election, but that “maybe some other countries did as well.” Spicer said earlier this week he hadn’t discussed the topic with the president. He said Friday that Trump stands by his January comment that, “As far as hacking, I…

Honda Denies Covering Up Dangers Of Takata Air Bags

DETROIT (AP) – Honda is going public as it tries to debunk claims by lawyers that it knew about the dangers of Takata air bag inflators nearly two decades ago, but covered it up. The escalation of Honda’s fight comes just three days before Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Japan and the United States. The company’s…

Police Warn Of Scams After Sioux Falls Resident Out $500

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man was scammed out of $500 and now authorities are warning others of what to watch out for. Police say the victim received a call from someone saying they were with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office. The scammer said there was a warrant out for the victims arrest and that he needed to…

4-Year-Old Hospitalized After 3-Story Fall In Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A 4-year-old child was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital after falling from a third-story apartment window in Aberdeen. The American News reports that police responded to the scene shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday. The investigation is ongoing and few details have been released, including who else was in the apartment at the time. Police Capt….

Mellette School Is 2nd In State To Approve Armed Staffers

MELLETTE, S.D. (AP) – A school in Mellette is the second in South Dakota to allow approved employees to carry guns. The American News reports that the Northwestern Area School Board approved the move unanimously this month. South Dakota lawmakers passed a school sentinel law in 2013, a few months after the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut….

Woman Accused In Protest Shooting Released To Halfway House

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge in North Dakota is allowing a move from jail to a halfway house for a Denver woman accused of shooting at law officers during a protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Red Fawn Fallis is to stand trial Dec. 5 on weapons counts and a civil disorder charge. Authorities allege Fallis fired…

Protester At Iowa Trump Rally Arrested, Faces Assault Charge

AP Photo/Charlie NeibergallCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a protester has been charged with assault after a fracas outside the rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for President Donald Trump. Police say 22-year-old Anne Seifert was arrested after Wednesday evening’s incident near the U.S. Cellular Center, where Trump later addressed supporters. A public phone listing for her couldn’t be found…

Storyland Children’s Theatre Underway For Summer Entertainment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Storyland Children’s Theatre has been a staple in Sioux Falls for more than 25 years. The free shows are underway for the summer bringing entertainment to people of all ages. They take place at McKennan Park on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays during the summer months with an extra show every Tuesday night at 7:00. Today’s performance…

Senator Thune Releases Statement On Health Care Bill Discussion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Senator John Thune commented on the GOP health care bill this afternoon. He cites higher premiums and deductibles as reasons to move quickly on this legislation. Thune says a tax credit included in the bill will also help low-income families, specifically seniors. “The draft health care bill today will help stabilize markets that are…

FTC, ND Attorney General Contest Sanford, Mid Dakota Clinic Merger

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Federal Trade Commission and North Dakota Attorney General are trying to block Sanford Health’s proposed merger with Mid Dakota Clinic. The two agencies jointly filed a complaint in U.S. District Court alleging the deal would violate antitrust law by significantly reducing competition in Bismarck-Mandan. The regulators are seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction…

Contract Awarded For Lewis And Clark Pipeline Project

TEA, S.D. (AP) – The organization responsible for a system that delivers water to towns and rural water systems in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota has awarded a contract to construct a pipeline. The Lewis and Clark Regional Water System board of directors said Thursday that a roughly $2.2 million contract has been awarded to Winter Brothers Underground, of Sioux…

Investigation Of Leak Could Cost University Of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The investigation into a leak of confidential information about allegations of sexual harassment by a University of Minnesota athletic department employee could become costly. Documents released to The Associated Press as part of a public records request show Stroz Friedberg LLC has been hired to investigate last month’s leak of information to KSTP-TV. One document shows two…