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Tribes Make Renewed Push For Pipeline Protections

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Two American Indian tribes in the Dakotas that are fighting the Dakota Access pipeline in court are making a renewed push to bolster protections for their water supply. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux have filed court documents urging a federal judge to reject the recent arguments of federal officials and the pipeline developer that…

Bison Man Posts $1M Cash Bond In Kidnapping, Rape Case

BISON, S.D. (AP) – A Bison man has posted $1 million in cash to bond out after being charged with kidnapping and rape. A Perkins County grand jury’s indictment of 55-year-old Richard Seidel stems from a Nov. 2 incident. Seidel also faces domestic violence and gun-related charges. Seidel was released on Monday after posting the $1 million in cash via…

2nd Trial Scheduled For June In Drunken Boating Incident

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Custer City man accused of running over a wakeboarder while boating drunk on Angostura Reservoir in 2015 has been scheduled for a new trial in June. A Fall River County jury last month convicted 41-year-old Cory Schmitz of boating under the influence, but it couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on a felony charge of…

Someone You Should Know: Sioux Empire’s Golf Guru

SIOUX FALLS, SD – It’s a cold November afternoon.  But, the temperature outside doesn’t matter at the Todd Kolb Golf Academy.  Inside a heated facility at Willow Run, golfers can keep their game hot in South Dakota’s colder months. “This is the time of year, like in January and February, where we can actually make some changes in the kids’…

Sioux Falls Celebrates America Recycles Day 20th Anniversary

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Today marks the 20th anniversary of “America Recycles’ day. The awareness campaign is dedicated to promoting recycling across the country. The city of Sioux Falls celebrated at the HyVee on South Minnesota Avenue today. City workers educated shoppers on recycling materials and gave away free reusable shopping bags. They say making sure residents recycle the correct…

Washington Pavilion Program “Pillar Partners” To Recognize Sponsors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls announced a new program today to recognize its community supporters. The “Pillar Partners Program” includes the city of Sioux Falls and six corporate sponsors. Each has provided financial support to the Pavilion and made multi-year commitments to continue their partnership with the arts and science center. The new program begins…

Former City Attorney Announces Run For City Council

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A former Sioux Falls city attorney is now throwing her hat into the ring for city council. Janet Brekke kicked off her campaign today for the city council’s at-large seat. Brekke served as city attorney for 18 years, under five different mayors. She also previously owned Honeybaked Ham in Sioux Falls. Brekke was the creator of…

ACLU Sues Worthington Police, Drug Task Force, In Excessive Force Case

WORTHINGTON, M.N. – A Worthington man is suing multiple law enforcement agencies after dash cam footage revealed what the American Civil Liberties Union is calling an “excessive use of force” during a traffic stop. The incident in question happened in Worthington in July of 2016. In previously released dashcam video Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force agent Joe Joswiak is seen…

Woman Injured In Pipeline Protest Still Being Investigated

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A New York woman who suffered a serious arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota is preparing for her fifth surgery, even while she’s still under investigation. Sophia Wilansky was injured in an explosion during a violent clash between protesters and police last November. Protesters allege the blast was caused by a…

Iowa Lawmakers Tasked With Opioids Report Miss Deadline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A group of lawmakers tasked with evaluating Iowa’s response to the opioid epidemic will miss a deadline for completing a report offering findings and recommendations. The six-member Opioid Epidemic Evaluation Study Committee was supposed to deliver an opioids report to Gov. Kim Reynolds and lawmakers by Nov. 15, but the report wasn’t available Wednesday. Rep….

Lawyers: Former ‘Bachelor’ Performed CPR On Dying Driver

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – Attorneys for former “Bachelor” contestant Chris Soules say he performed CPR on an Iowa farmer who died after Soules rear-ended his tractor in April. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the attorneys filed a motion Monday seeking the dismissal of the charge against Soules – leaving the scene of a fatal accident. They say Soules performed…

North Dakota Regulators Blame Pipeline Spill On Human Error

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – State regulators say human error caused a pipeline spill that leaked more than 11,000 gallons of oilfield wastewater in western North Dakota. The spill in Dunn County on Sunday was reported by Crestwood Midstream. Department of Mineral Resources spokeswoman Alison Ritter says crews forgot to close a valve on the pipeline, which caused the produced water…

Eagle Butte Man Charged With Murder In Fatal Shooting

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An Eagle Butte man is facing a murder charge in a slaying on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Dee Hawk Moran is accused of fatally shooting 21-year-old Andrew Frost of Eagle Butte on Saturday. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says a grand jury indicted Moran on charges of premeditated murder and discharging a firearm during a crime…

South Dakota Man Charged In Crash That Killed Family

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – A man involved in a crash that killed a Wanblee family on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has been charged in tribal court with drunken driving. Highway Safety troopers say 28-year-old Tyler Makes Him First, of Porcupine, is charged in Oglala Sioux Tribal Court involving a crash that happened Nov. 4 along Bureau of Indian…