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Sheriff Says Boy Wounded At Orchard Is In Stable Condition

NASHUA, Iowa (AP) – A northeast Iowa sheriff says an 8-year-old boy is in stable condition as he recovers from a gunshot wound suffered while visiting an apple orchard with his parents. Chickasaw County Sheriff Martin Hemann says the bullet was fired at a Nashua Fish and Game Club range, which sits about three-eighths of a mile from the Apples…

Trial Nears For Rapid City Man Charged In Fatal Stabbing

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man set for a murder trial in two weeks is preparing to maintain that he acted in self-defense. Twenty-six-year-old Nathan Chase is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of 30-year-old Jeremy Little at a Rapid City motel in January. Chase maintains his innocence and is set for a four-day trial…

Aberdeen Motorist With Medical Problem Crashes Into Business

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – An Aberdeen man was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries after crashing his car into a building. The American News reports that the 24-year-old man drove through an outer brick wall and into the BAE Systems building late Tuesday afternoon. Police say the man suffered an apparent medical problem and veered off the road, though…

Couple Accused Of Fatal Rapid City Shooting In Court

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man and woman accused in a deadly Rapid City shooting will continue to be held without bond. Twenty-one-year-old Maricelo Garcia and 19-year-old Cierra Walks made their initial court appearances Tuesday where a judge granted the prosecution’s request to continue their detention with no bond. The Rapid City Journal says the two are accused in…

The Empire Mall Hosts ‘Project Blue Light Memorial’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Empire Mall is honoring law enforcement throughout this holiday season. The mall hosted the ‘Project Blue Light Memorial’ event Tuesday night. The annual event recognizes fallen law enforcement officers across the country. Throughout the holidays, a blue light display and a tree decorated with blue lights will be placed at the main north entrance of…

High School Football Team Takes Field With American Flags

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – Tuesday night, NBC Sports is reporting the NFL “may consider” a rule change requiring players to stand during the national anthem. For some players kneeling is a way to protest police brutality and inequality for people of color. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to team owners saying the league respects the right of its players…

Mitchell Girl Scouts Honor Fallen Veterans

MITCHELL, S.D. – Girl Scouts in Mitchell are helping honor fallen U.S. Veterans laid to rest. The Girl Scout troop raised more than $5,500 to purchase headstone foundations for three veterans. The project was a partnership between the troop and the Davison County Veteran Services office. The headstones will honor Veterans of the Spanish American war, Korean war and World…

Tea Man Receives Taco Trophy From Taco John’s

He is only one of two people to ever receive it

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- He’s the most loyal customer on Taco Tuesday and today a Tea man was honored by Taco John’s on 5100 South Louise Street for his dedication– eating at the fast food restaurant nearly every week for the last year. “I thought only Chad would get a trophy for eating tacos,” says Chad’s mother with a laugh, Verlene…

Details Scarce About Complaint To New Government Watchdog

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new government watchdog board that has the power to investigate statewide officeholders and executive branch employees has received its first complaint. A spokeswoman for the state Attorney General’s office said Tuesday that the complaint was filed July 26. But Attorney General spokeswoman Sara Rabern says details including the person who filed the complaint, whom it…

Police: 14-Year-Old Sioux Falls Teens Led Authorities On Interstate Chase In Stolen Vehicle

Teens Also Charged With String Of Car Vandalisms

Two Sioux Falls teens are facing more charges after police say they led authorities on a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle. Police believe the 14-year-old boys are responsible for vandalizing nearly 40 vehicles in central Sioux Falls. On Sunday night into early Monday, police say they received nearly 40 reports of car vandalisms. They say car windows had…

Thune Supports Trump Administration’s Withdraw Of Clean Power Plan

Plan Curbs Carbon Emission Rates For Coal Plants

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Senator John Thune showed support today for the administration’s withdraw of former President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan”. In a statement today, Thune called the policy change a “step in the right direction”. Thune said the regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency would have raised energy costs for consumers. The rule mandated that existing coal…

Activist Weighing Appeal After Pipeline Protest Conviction

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An environmental activist from Seattle convicted of targeting an oil pipeline in North Dakota hasn’t decided whether to appeal to the state Supreme Court. But Michael Foster’s attorney says he wouldn’t challenge the judge’s refusal to allow Foster to justify his crime with a global warming defense. Foster was among 11 activists arrested when they targeted…

Trump Administration: Court Can’t Suspend Pipeline Decision

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – The Trump administration says a federal court has no authority to second-guess a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. Justice Department attorneys are due in U.S. District Court in Montana on Wednesday to argue for the dismissal of two lawsuits that challenged the March permit for the 1,179-mile pipeline. Conservation groups…

Iowa Police Find Feces-Covered Toddler, 2 Others Home Alone

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police say a Des Moines mother has been arrested after officers found her three young children alone outside their home, including one covered in feces and another with a full diaper. A 4-year-old boy was left in charge Monday of his 2-year-old and 1-year-old siblings. He’d taken them outside after their stove made a frightening…

Former British Prime Minister Draws A Crowd In Black Hills

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Former British Prime Minister David Cameron drew a crowd when he visited the Black Hills. Cameron indulged a 51st birthday wish by horseback riding through the Black Hills on Monday. He later spoke to about 1,800 people at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, touching on topics including Russian President Vladimir Putin and…

No Insanity Defense For Suspect In 2015 Roslyn Slaying

WEBSTER, S.D. (AP) – Testimony is beginning this week in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting another man in his Roslyn home two years ago. A jury was selected last week to hear the case of 46-year-old Jason Lewandowski, who faces murder and other charges in the death of 33-year-old Jeremy Hendrickson in late 2015. Defense attorney…

Inmate Serving Life For Murder Conspiracy Dies After Illness

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A state prison inmate serving a life sentence for a Lawrence County murder conspiracy has died following an illness. State corrections officials say 82-year-old Donald Wiegers died Saturday at a Sioux Falls hospital. An autopsy will be conducted. Wiegers was sentenced to life in 1983 for conspiracy to commit murder in the 1981 contract killing…