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Many State Gov’t Offices Closed Friday For Blizzard

PIERRE, SD – Governor Dennis Daugaard is closing state government offices in 32 counties Friday because of the approaching blizzard. According to the Department of Public Safety, the counties covered by the governor’s order are Bennett, Brule, Buffalo, Butte, Campbell, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Faulk, Gregory, Haakon, Hand, Harding, Hughes, Hyde, Jackson, Jones, Lawrence, Lyman, Meade, Mellette, Oglala Lakota,…

SDSU Football Players Hope to Grow Bone Marrow Registry

BROOKINGS, S.D.-For many who have blood cancer, the only cure is a bone marrow transplant, but the issue is finding that match. Many times people don’t match with a family member, so they have to wait for someone on the donor registry. Swab your mouth, sign some paperwork and wait to see if you’re a match. That’s all it can…

Aberdeen Police Arrest Man After Hours-Long Standoff

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A man who barricaded himself inside an Aberdeen residence is in custody. Police responded to a home in the 500 block of North Main Street about 8 p.m. Wednesday night, after a report of a man threatening a family member with a knife. Authorities believe 27-year-old Nathan Little had up to five firearms inside the home. Authorities…

Sioux Falls Day Care Worker Arrested for Allegedly Abusing Children

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police have arrested a 62-year-old daycare worker after surveillance cameras showed her abusing children. Police say a mother of one of the three victims was watching security cameras in a room at the Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire’s Eastside Early Learning Center and noticed the worker striking her child. The mother…

Body of missing Spearfish man found in rugged terrain

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – Authorities confirm that the body of a missing Spearfish man has been found three months after he disappeared in Deadwood. Deadwood Police Chief Kelly Fuller tells the Black Hills Pioneer that the body of 28-year-old Christopher Oien was found Wednesday night in a remote area by a person searching for deer antlers. Fuller says members of…

Dayton seeks nearly $1M to keep suicide hotline afloat

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on lawmakers to set aside $969,000 to keep the state’s only suicide prevention hotline from closing. The Minnesota Suicide Prevention Lifeline recently announced it would be forced to shut down next month without new funding. The 24-hour phone line links callers with local mental health professionals as well as…

Powerball ticket worth $1 million bought in central Iowa

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Lottery officials say a Powerball ticket bought at a central Iowa convenience store is worth $1 million. The ticket bought at a Casey’s store in Nevada matched the first five numbers drawn Wednesday night but not the Powerball number. No one won the nearly $90 million jackpot in the multistate lottery. The figure is expected…

Trump: Syria attack ‘very soon or not so soon at all!’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says an attack on Syria could take place “very soon or not so soon at all!” The president made the statement in a tweet Thursday morning. Trump on Wednesday warned Russia to “get ready” for a missile attack on its ally Syria, suggesting imminent retaliation for last weekend’s suspected chemical weapons attack. But his…

Plan would allow drug testing for some food stamp recipients

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservatives supporting ways to cut back on food stamps may find one in a plan that would allow states to require certain recipients to undergo drug testing. The Trump administration is weighing a proposal that would apply mostly to people who are able-bodied, without dependents and applying for some specialized jobs. An administration official briefed on the…

Zuckerberg: Regulation ‘inevitable’ for social media firms

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he knows what it means to have personal information compromised by malicious outsiders. And he acknowledges that regulation of social media companies is “inevitable.” Zuckerberg’s two says of congressional questioning has revealed how little lawmakers seem to know about the social media giant he founded and even less about what to do…

Aberdeen police use tear gas, stun gun to end standoff

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A man who barricaded himself inside an Aberdeen residence is in custody. The American News reports police responded to the residence about 8 p.m. Wednesday after a report of a man threatening a family member with a knife. Authorities believe the man also had other weapons. Negotiations continued for a couple of hours before officers used…

Plea withdrawal motion filed in medical laser scheme

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man convicted in a nearly $17 million illegal medical laser scheme is trying to withdraw his guilty pleas. Larry Lytle’s motion cites ineffective counsel among other things. Lytle pleaded guilty in January to the crimes of contempt and conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing. Lytle admitted to selling hundreds of QLasers from 2005…

Volga man sentenced for disturbing protected wetlands

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Volga man convicted of disturbing protected wetlands on his property has been sentenced to a year of probation and fined $100. Sixty-one-year-old Kevin Mast also was ordered to restore six wetland areas. The U.S. attorney’s office says Mast installed drain tile on his property in 2013 despite a warning from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

What Makes The Sioux Falls Runoff Election Unique

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The race to be the next mayor of South Dakota’s biggest city isn’t over yet – in fact – some might say it’s just getting started. On Tuesday night, Loetscher and TenHaken celebrated their road to the runoff with parties. That’s pretty fitting, considering that Augustana Poltical Science professor Emily Wanless says that parties have everything to…

Runoff Election: What You Need To Know

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The runoff election for mayor and a city council spot in Sioux Falls is Tuesday, May 1. Paul Tenhaken’s name will appear first on the ballot in the mayor’s race, followed by Jolene Loetscher.  In the runoff for the Central District seat on City Council, Zach DeBoer will be first on the ballot, followed by Curt…