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Former Sioux Falls Mayor Endorses Loetscher For Mayor

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A former Mayor of Sioux Falls is throwing his support behind one of the candidates running for that office. Former Mayor Rick Knobe announced that he is endorsing Jolene Loetscher. Knobe says Loetscher is quote “a person of substance, and the right person for the job.” Knobe was the city’s youngest elected mayor at age 27….

3M To Pay $850 Million To Settle Chemicals Suit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – 3M Co. has agreed to pay the state of Minnesota $850 million to settle a case alleging the manufacturer damaged the state’s natural resources and contaminated groundwater by disposing chemicals over decades. Attorney General Lori Swanson announced the settlement Tuesday, a few hours after jury selection was halted on the day the trial was scheduled to begin….

Noem Invites NRA To South Dakota After Texas Mayor Asks To Relocate Convention

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Congresswoman Kristi Noem has invited the National Rifle Association to hold its annual convention in South Dakota. Noem says the NRA “Would be welcome in South Dakota” after the acting Mayor of Dallas, Texas asked the organization to relocate the event, following the Florida school shooting last week. Noem released this statement today saying, “We understand the…

Critics: Courts Would Strike Down Refugee Suspension Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Critics say a bill aiming to suspend refugee resettlement into South Dakota from countries on “any federal travel ban list” would be struck down by the courts if it becomes law. A state Senate committee on Wednesday plans to debate Republican Sen. Neal Tapio’s bill, which would also direct the state to refuse “chain migration” from…

Colorado Couple Indicted In SD Elder Financial Abuse Case

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A grand jury in South Dakota has indicted a Colorado couple on charges of financial elder abuse. Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday that 62-year-old Sandra Lee Pazen and 63-year-old Paul Damon Pazen, both of Fort Collins, were indicted by a Butte County grand jury. Sandra Pazen faces one felony count of theft by exploitation with…

Additional Charges For Man Suspected In Multiple Area Burglaries

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The man police say used a green pick-up truck to commit several burglaries in Minnehaha County earlier this month was in court on Tuesday. Sean Ruegge was arraigned on unrelated charges. He’s facing possession of a controlled substance, domestic abuse, stalking, and drug paraphernalia charges. Ruegge was arrested last week after authorities asked for the public’s…

Toby Keith To Perform At South Dakota State Fair

HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair and Legend Seeds are proud to announce that Toby Keith will be coming to the South Dakota State Fair this year. Toby Keith’s Should’ve Been A Cowboy Tour XXV presented by Ford F-Series will come to the state fair’s grandstand on August 31, 2018.   Pre-sale on tickets will begin June 4 for…

‘Black Panther’ Scores Highest Monday Ever With $40.2M

NEW YORK (AP) – With a massive $40.2 million in ticket sales Monday, “Black Panther” has notched the biggest Monday ever at the box office and pushed its four-day total to $242 million. The Walt Disney Co. again raised their box-office estimates for the Marvel sensation on Tuesday. The film’s updated Monday performance narrowly tops the previous record, set by…

Sioux Falls Man Pleads Not Guilty To Child Rape Charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man charged with rape, aggravated incest, and sexual exploitation of a minor appeared in court today. 26-year-old Jon Winterholler pled not guilty to the seven charges this morning. He was arrested late January after he told police he had physical contact with two young victims. Winterholler is considered a “habitual offender” with prior…

Minnesota Reports 116,000 Jump In Uninsured

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota says the number of people without health insurance in the state jumped by 116,000 in the past two years. The Minnesota Department of Health says the uninsured rate rose to 6.3 percent last year, up from 4.3 percent in 2015. Around 349,000 Minnesotans don’t have coverage. The department says the rise in uninsured Minnesotans…

New Rebellion Against Wind Energy Stalls Or Stops Projects

GLENVILLE, Minn. (AP) – Opponents of wind power are stalling or shooting down wind-farm projects across the country, especially in the Midwest, which is home to the nation’s greatest concentration of wind turbines. Criticism of wind turbines is nothing new, but this latest rebellion has given fresh momentum to anti-wind ideas. The movement’s success also shows that when residents put…

Trial Halted In Minnesota Case Over 3M Chemicals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jury selection has been halted in Minnesota’s $5 billion case against 3M Co., on the day the trial was expected to start. Minnesota sued 3M in 2010, alleging the company damaged natural resources and contaminated groundwater by disposing chemicals. Trial was set to begin Tuesday. Instead, the Star Tribune reports Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and 3M…

Police: 87 Total Tickets Given During Friday Saturation Patrol

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Police say the 11 extra officers on patrol for Friday’s saturation patrol were kept busy. The patrol began at 8 p.m. Friday night and concluded at 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Police they made seven DWI arrests in that time. Police also gave out 20 speeding tickets, 13 driver license violations, and 19 no insurance…