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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…

Self-Harm Climbs Among Young Girls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have substantially increased nationwide among girls. That’s according to a new study released today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Experts in Sioux Falls aren’t surprised by these findings. They say the number of teenagers in counseling continues to rise, and cell phones may be the…

Harrisburg Community Stepping Up for Injured Middle Schooler

Harrisburg Community Stepping Up for Injured Middle Schooler

HARRISBURG, S.D. — A Harrisburg South Middle Schooler remains in critical condition after an ATV accident last week. His family says he wasn’t wearing a helmet when the ATV crashed into a tree, and he suffered brain trauma. Right now he’s in a medically-induced coma at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls. While his family waits to see how this tragedy…

Arrowhead Parkway Construction Wraps up Wednesday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- With the holiday season upon us, the roads are only going to get busier. That includes Arrowhead Parkway on the east side of Sioux Falls, where construction is wrapping up. The major road which brings in more than 18,000 drivers a day was under work since August. Now drivers and businesses are looking forward to a smoother…

Horse Rescue’s Hay Supply Suffering After Severe Summer Drought

HUMBOLDT, S.D.- The drought felt across the Dakotas this past summer had a severe impact on ranchers and farmers but it also affected other ag-industries, including one horse rescue in Humboldt. The Gentle Spirit Horses Rescue and Sanctuary is now dealing with the after-effects of the drought that left them with dried up pastures and a limited hay supply. “As…

TransCanada: Keystone Oil Leak A Sudden, ‘Immediate’ Event

BRITTON, S.D. (AP) – A TransCanada Corp. official says he believes an estimated 210,000-gallon oil leak discovered last week in South Dakota from the Keystone pipeline was a sudden and “immediate” event. The American News reports that Erik Tatarchuk, a TransCanada vice president, said at a Marshall County Commission meeting Tuesday that it is unlikely oil leaked long enough to…

Spring Trial Set For Ashton Man In Animal Abuse Case

REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) – An Ashton man accused of starving livestock has been scheduled for trial next spring. Sixty-three-year-old Rex Spear was charged with felony animal abuse and misdemeanor animal neglect after four dead cows were found on his property in June. Authorities believe the cows died from lack of food and water. Authorities seized 75 cattle and a horse…

Tribe’s Marijuana Consultant Pays Fine, Court Costs

FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) – A consultant charged after he worked with a Native American tribe on its plans to open the nation’s first marijuana resort will have his case dismissed. Defense attorney Clint Sargent said a judge on Tuesday granted Jonathan Hunt’s request for a suspended imposition of sentence. Hunt, 44, of Colorado, paid a $500 fine and about $100…

Brad Paisley To Perform At Denny Sanford Premier Center In April

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Denny Sanford Premier Center announced on Tuesday that country music star Brad Paisley will be performing in April. Paisley’s Weekend Warrior World Tour will stop in Sioux Falls on April 27th. Tickets and VIP packages for the concert will go on sale beginning Friday, December 1st at 10 a.m. You can purchase tickets at the…

Fall Harvest In South Dakota Close To Wrapping Up

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The fall harvest in South Dakota is close to wrapping up. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the sunflower harvest is 89 percent complete, the sorghum harvest 90 percent done and the corn harvest 92 percent complete. The report says weather over the week was favorable for farmers finishing their…

Mother, Then-Boyfriend Sentenced In Reservation Child Death

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A mother and her then-boyfriend have been sentenced in the beating death last fall of a 5-year-old girl on the South Dakota side of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Both 26-year-old Desarae Makes Him First and 32-year-old Matthew St. Pierre pleaded guilty to murder in the October 2016 death of Gracie Kills in Water, who authorities…

Fatal Crash on Interstate 229

Highway Patrol recommends alternate route other than Interstate 229 through Sioux Falls

Updated —  Highway Patrol Spokesman Tony Mangan confirms one person has died at the scene of a two-car collision early Tuesday in Sioux Falls. The Highway Patrol remains on the scene. The Department of Transportation and rescue crews are recommending drivers take an alternate route if you need to travel in that area for at least the next couple of hours….

TransCanada To Test Water In Drainage Ditch Near Spill

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota official says TransCanada Corp. plans to test water from a drainage ditch near the site of a 210,000-gallon oil spill from the Keystone pipeline to determine if it is polluted. Brian Walsh, a manager at the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said Monday that officials don’t believe the oil is…