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Hy-Vee/Sanford’s Legends Unveils 2017 Celebrities

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Keyshawn Johnson, the #1 overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft and Super Bowl XXXVII champion, is among the seven celebrities who will visit South Dakota for 2017 Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends. The event runs June 8-20 at venues around Sioux Falls. The following coaches and athletes will participate in the Legends banquet and their respective free clinics:…

Branstad Goes To Washington To Discuss Ambassador Nomination

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he’ll have private meetings with members of Congress this week to discuss his consideration as U.S. ambassador to China. The Republican governor is scheduled to be in Washington between Monday and Thursday. Branstad says he’ll meet with members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and officials at the State…

Minneapolis On Track For Lowest Arrest Rate In 17 Years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Police statistics show Minneapolis is on track to record its lowest arrest rate in 17 years. According to the statistics, the number of arrests is down nearly 9 percent through March 20 from the same period last year. The percentage reflects the number of arrests reported to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, including homicides, drunken driving…

Report: Pine Beetle Epidemic In Spearfish Now Over

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) – A 2016 report from the Black Hills National Forest indicates that the mountain pine beetle that ravaged most of the Black Hills is history. The Black Hills Pioneer reports the study on last year’s forest health was released Friday and shows that over 94 percent of studied areas had low beetle infestation – less than three…

Five Child Victims Identified in Fatal Spearfish House Fire

SPEARFISH, S.D. — UPDATE: Authorities have released the names of five children killed in a house fire in Spearfish early Saturday morning. They’ve been identified as: Phibie Joyce Moyer, age 6 Clinton James Johnson, age 7 Rhylin Zane Gee, age 8 Justice Lillian Gene Roden, age 9 Tanlynn Crystal Rain Roden, age 11 Spearfish Police say they’ve identified these victims…

Minnesota DOT Cuts Back on Ice-Melting Salt to Prevent Water Contamination

Executive director Steve Woods of the Freshwater Society says once salt gets into the water, "it stays in the water."

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is cutting back on using ice-melting salt on the state’s highways. The move is aimed at saving not only money, but also Minnesota lakes, rivers and streams from salt contamination. Executive director Steve Woods of the Freshwater Society says once salt gets into the water, “it stays in the water.”…

Rural Minnesota School Districts Facing Teacher Shortage

State data show that teacher turnover is higher in smaller districts

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – School districts across Minnesota are struggling to hire and retain teachers. Bob Jaszczak, superintendent of the Kittson Central district, says schools in the rural, northern part of the state have struggled harder than ever to fill open jobs in the past few years. State data show that teacher turnover is higher in smaller districts. Since…

Chief: Adults Attempted to Rescue Children From Burning Spearfish Home

The adults were taken to Spearfish Regional Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say five children died Saturday in a house fire in Spearfish. Spearfish Fire Chief Mark Sachara says some adults tried to rescue the children and were taken to Spearfish Regional Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Their conditions were not known. “The firefighters tried to make entry when the neighbors and family members told them…

Highway Patrol Target Specific Spots For Checkpoints

Agency Hopes For Results Similar To 2016 With New Enforcement Plan Policy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—The South Dakota Highway Patrol is planning DUI checkpoints in 19 counties in April. While they appear to be in random locations, that’s not the case. Captain Jason Husby said last year was the first year the agency starting tackling specific areas in the state. “We want to work a specific area so we can gauge our success….

Five Children Dead In Spearfish Fatal Fire

Crews Respond To Engulfed Residence Early Saturday Morning

SPEARFISH, S.D.— (UPDATED 4:25 P.M.) The Spearfish Police Department has identified the ages of the five victims to be between six and eleven. Earlier, they said the ages of the victims were between six and nine. No further information is being released at this time. (UPDATED 1:23 P.M.) Five children are confirmed dead following a house fire early Saturday morning….

“I Want to Give the Citizens A Voice:” Kenny Anderson Jr. Officially Announces Mayoral Run

“This is a big step,” said Kenny Anderson Jr.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- In just over a year from now the people of Sioux Falls will elect their new mayor. Three candidates have already thrown their hat into the ring for the city’s top seat. On Friday night, a former city council member announced he too is stepping up to the plate too. “This is a big step,” said Kenny…

Over One Thousand Stolen Snow Goose Decoys Recovered

Authorities Say Social Media Helped Track Down The Suspects

A couple weeks ago, sheriff’s deputies learned hunting equipment was stolen in northwestern Minnehaha County. It wasn’t a report to “gaggle” about. 1200 snow goose decoys, with blinds and electronic devices included, were stolen in the night from a field on private property. Captain Jason Gearman with Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said a grand total of $10,000 of equipment belonging…

Orange City Man Sentenced To Prison For Sexual Abuse

ORANGE CITY, I.A. – Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle announced that Axel Reyes, age 19, of Orange City, Iowa, was sentenced on Friday for Assault With Intent To Commit Sex Abuse. In November 2016, police received a report of a possible sexual assault. Police learned that, in September 2016, Axel Reyes provided alcohol to a 14 year old victim, who became…