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Suspect In Sioux Falls Double Homicide In Minnehaha County Custody

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls woman wanted in connection to a double homicide is now in custody in Minnehaha County. 27-year old Maria LeClaire was extradited to South Dakota following her arrest in Red Wing, Minnesota last Thursday. She was booked into Minnehaha County jail around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, where she’s being held without bond. She’s charged…

Lawmakers May Take Up Campus Speech, Ballot Question Bills

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers will attend sexual harassment training this week and could consider bills on ballot questions and free speech on campus. Legislators return Tuesday to the Capitol. Thirty lawmakers are backing a bill that supporters say would promote the free expression of ideas on college campuses. The plan says people can freely engage in “expressive…

Minnesota State Fairgrounds Slated For $11.1 Million Upgrade

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota State Fairgrounds is getting an $11.1 million face-lift. The State Fair’s board of managers on Sunday approved $7.2 million in capital improvements and $3.8 million in maintenance projects for the coming year. The work will include construction of a new restroom and new pet exhibition area, improvements to the livestock complex and upgrades to infrastructure….

Crews Rebuild Custer State Park Fences To Contain Buffalo

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – Crews are working through cold temperatures to rebuild fences to contain Custer State Park’s iconic buffalo after a historic wildfire burned more than half the park. The Rapid City Journal reports the fire that started from a downed power line on Dec. 11 burned 16 miles of fence throughout the park. Repair work started before the…

Latest South Dakota Crop Report Shows Impact Of Drought

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Drought in 2017 impacted the production of most crops in South Dakota. The latest report from the Agriculture Department shows soybean production in the state down 6 percent from the previous year, oil sunflowers down 8 percent, corn down 11 percent, safflower down 22 percent, alfalfa hay down 23 percent, sorghum for grain down 27…

Iowa City Police Accuse Woman Of Beating 11-Year-Old Son

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have accused a Coralville woman of beating her 11-year-old son. Court records say 33-year-old Joni Reed is charged with child endangerment causing injury and with two counts of child endangerment. Her attorney didn’t immediately return a call Monday from The Associated Press. Police say the two had been separated by the time officers arrived…

Pipeline Protester’s Elderly Exploitation Case Dismissed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Authorities have dropped a second charge against a Bismarck woman accused of abusing and exploiting her elderly mother during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune reports authorities have dismissed a charge of felony exploitation of a vulnerable adult against Kathleen Bennett. Prosecutor Marina Spahr cited in part the fact that Bennett’s mother…

Weekend Crash In Brown County Kills 34-Year-Old Man

GROTON, S.D. (AP) – A weekend crash in Brown County killed a 34-year-old man. The Highway Patrol says the man’s sport utility vehicle veered off state Highway 37, went in the ditch and struck a metal shipping container at a construction site. The crash happened about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The man was pronounced dead at the scene about 7 miles…

Dangerous ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ Trending Among Teens

SIOUX FALLS, SD- Tide detergent pods have run into issues in the past because of their colorful packaging, which looks similar to candy. Kids ended up eating them, so Tide fixed that issue by changing their packaging to child guard containers. Now it’s teens that parents need to worry about. Eating detergent pods has turned into a joke as pictures and…

Sioux Falls Brewery Debuts Vikings-Themed Beer

Sioux Falls, S.D.- “Why not make a beer to tribute to the team that I’ve watched through all of the tears and all the joy and everything in between,” says Remedy Brewing Co-Owner and Chief Science Officer Tyler Jepperson. Remedy Brewing Company in downtown Sioux Falls unveiled their newest beer to the public the day the Minnesota Vikings face off…

Car Washes Affected By Cold Weather

Sioux Falls, S.D.- With the cold weather coming through Sioux Falls this winter season, and this upcoming week, car washes have seen an inconsistent line of business. Car washes will see an influx of cars coming their way after snowstorms and once the roads clear up. That’s usually the time people will want to get their car rinsed off from…

Agriculture Producers to Expect Tight Budgets for About Two More Years

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota State University expert says increasingly tight financial times are imminent for the region’s farmers, who are already managing depressed markets. Jack Davis is a field specialist at the university’s extension service. Davis presented on crop production and income trends for farmers early this month. The Aberdeen American News reports that Davis has cautioned…

Gov. Daugaard Pursuing Craft Brewery Overhaul

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Craft brewers would be able to produce thousands more barrels of beer each year and sell their suds directly to bars under an overhaul Gov. Dennis Daugaard is pursuing. Daugaard recently had to ask what an IPA is and doesn’t have a favorite home state microbrew, but the Republican governor says state regulations are stifling the…

25-Year-Old Man Killed in Crash Near Beresford

BERESFORD, S.D. – One person died early Saturday evening in a one-vehicle crash three miles north and one mile east of Beresford. The name of the 25-year-old male driver is not being released pending notification of family members. He was the only person involved. A 2008 Pontiac G6 was westbound on 294th Street when the vehicle left the roadway at…

Self Defense Class Helps People to ‘Prepare for the Worst’

SIOUX FALLS, SD- January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and two organizations teamed up to use this as an opportunity to educate the public. To prepare for the worst, Fallout Shelter Ministry and Call to Freedom are teaching others to pay attention to their surroundings and defend themselves with a two hour long self defense class. “They’re going to have a little…

Man, 34, Killed in Brown County Crash

GROTON, S.D.  – One person died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Groton. The name of the male, 34, is not being released pending notification of family members. He was the only person involved. A 2011 Nissan Rogue was southbound on South Dakota Highway 37 when the vehicle veered off the roadway and into the west ditch. The…

Representative Kristi Noem Speaks to Walleyes Unlimited

Sioux Falls, S.D.- A South Dakota representative was in Sioux Falls today to speak to a South Dakota organization. Representative Kristi Noem spoke at the Scheels conference room to people from South Dakota Walleyes Unlimited. Many topics Noem discussed with members in a question and answer included the tax reform bill, lead tackle for fishing and meandered versus non-meandered waters in…