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“South Dakota Salutes” Donates $10,000 To Fallen Fire Chief’s Family

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An organization supporting first responders across South Dakota is working to help the family of Presho’s fallen fire chief. Law enforcement officials presented a check for $10,000 on behalf of “South Dakota Salutes” to the children of fire chief Don Manger. The group’s annual shooting competition raises money to support first-responder-families who have lost loved ones…

Kristi Noem Rejects Marty Jackley’s Proposed Campaign Pledge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is declining to sign Attorney General Marty Jackley’s proposed clean campaign pledge in South Dakota’s Republican gubernatorial primary. Noem said Tuesday that she’s not interested in “campaign PR stunts.” Noem says she’s pledging to residents to take on tough tasks in Pierre to improve South Dakota. Jackley had earlier challenged Noem to…

SF Police Hope Ride Sharing Company Will Help Improve Safety, Cut Down On DWI Arrests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– With Lyft possibly in route to Sioux Falls, police are hoping the ride sharing company helps improve public safety and will cut down on the number of DWI arrests they make each year. For the last three years, Sioux Falls Police have arrested more than 11-hundred people for DWI each year in the city. So far this…

Opioid Indictment Of Chinese Nationals Tied To North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A pair of Chinese nationals has been indicted on charges that they manufactured tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were peddled in the United States and flowed, in part, through North Dakota. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments Tuesday, saying the pair ran one of the world’s most prolific drug trafficking and…

Marty Jackley Asks Kristi Noem To Sign Clean Campaign Pledge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley is challenging U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem to sign a clean campaign pledge in South Dakota’s Republican primary for governor. Jackley said Tuesday that he thinks the campaign should be about the candidates’ experience and vision to move South Dakota forward instead of “mudslinging and name-calling.” The primary election is in June 2018….

Mountain Lion Roams School Playground In Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Teachers in Rapids City are paying extra attention during playground duty after a mountain lion was spotted outside an elementary school. It happened Monday morning at Grandview Elementary where two teachers saw the animal on the west side of the playground. The mountain lion quickly disappeared, but students arriving for school were quickly ushered inside….

Authorities ID Victim Of Weekend Crash In Meade County

NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. – A 54-year-old Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a one-vehicle rollover north of New Underwood. Haryl Diserly was a passenger in a 2002 Ford Explorer that was southbound on New Underwood Road when the 50-year-old female driver swerved to miss a deer. She lost control of the vehicle which…

State Lawmaker Looks to Make Changes to Marsy’s Law

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — This past November, 60 percent of South Dakota voters approved “Marsys Law.” The constitutional amendment expanded the rights of crime victims in the state. However, less than a year after its implementation, State House Speaker Mark Mickelson says the new law has several “unintended consequences.” So he’s presenting *new legislation to address those concerns. “I think…

Court Documents: Mother & Father Of Infant Left Outside Overnight Admitted To Smoking K2

Mother Of Baby Charged With Abuse, Neglect Following Father's Arrest

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– The mother of the infant found abandoned outside of a Sioux Falls church overnight has now been charged. It comes after she admitted to police that she and the child’s father had been smoking K2. Twenty-eight-year-old Mary Louise Jennesse is charged with felony child abuse and neglect. An employee at Faith Family Church found the 2-month-old boy…

Empire Mall, Sanford Health Team Up To Add Family-Friendly Parking

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – New family-friendly parking spaces are now available at the Empire Mall as part of a new partnership with Sanford Health. The mall is now providing 18 designated parking spots year-round for new and expecting parents. The reserved spaces are located just outside each of the mall’s five entrances and are marked at each area. Sanford and…

Sutton, Jackley Support Opening Access To Government Records

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Two major South Dakota governor candidates have committed to supporting legislation that would give the public access to additional government records including officials’ correspondence. Democratic candidate and state Sen. Billie Sutton recently proposed draft legislation that would remove exemptions restricting access to public employees’ correspondence, memoranda, calendars, working papers and telephone call records. Attorney General…

JazzFest 2018 To Return To Two-Day Festival Structure

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – JazzFest organizers say the annual event is returning to a two-day festival structure. The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society says the event will run for two days in 2018 from July 20 and 21st in Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls. JazzFest grew to a 3-day event back in 2010. Organizers say that by shortening…

Renewable Energy Jobs Up 16 Percent In Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A nonprofit study shows renewable energy jobs in Minnesota grew by 16 percent from 2015 to 2016. The research by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota says there are about 6,200 jobs in the state in renewable energy, most in solar or wind power. Some traditional energy sectors, such as coal mining, have seen an exodus of jobs. In…

Lawsuits Seek Changes To U. Of Iowa Sexual Assault Policies

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The law firm that won a landmark gender discrimination case against the University of Iowa athletics department will challenge the school’s handling of sexual assault and harassment complaints next. Des Moines-based Newkirk Zwagerman filed two lawsuits Monday seeking changes to how the school responds when female students report assault and harassment. The lawsuits ague that…

North Dakota Expecting Hundreds Of Applications For Hay-Hauling Aid

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is expecting hundreds of applications over the next three weeks from drought-stricken ranchers seeking money to help pay the cost of hauling in hay to maintain their herds through winter. The state Emergency Commission in late August approved $1.5 million in aid to help with hay-hauling costs, in response to the worst…

City Officials: Ride Sharing Company ‘Lyft’ En Route To Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– Hailing a cab with the press of a button could soon become a reality in Sioux Falls. A ride sharing company has taken the first step necessary to operate in South Dakota. The Department of Revenue confirmed Monday that they’ve issued a state sales tax license to Lyft. “It gives you a big city feel,” said Sioux…