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3 Arrested in Connection with Fatal Stabbing in Watertown

WATERTOWN, S.D.- It’s quiet now, but Monday night this neighborhood on the Southwest side of town had emergency responders on the scene outside of a residence. “Law enforcement got a call of a stabbing that had occurred at the 900 block of 39th Street Southwest,” said Watertown Sheriff, Brad Howell. The stabbing victim, 28-year-old Christopher Spotts, was taken to the hospital…

Gubernatorial Candidate Billie Sutton Donates Donations to LifeScape

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Donations made anonymously to a candidate’s campaign can not legally be spent by that candidate, according to state law. On Wednesday, one gubernatorial candidate is donating his anonymous donations. Democratic hopeful Billie Sutton was in Sioux Falls on Wednesday, to make a donation to LifeScape. The $1,252 check will go to help LifeScape send kids to…

Someone You Should Know: 911 Dispatchers

Sioux Falls, S.D. – They’re often the first people we contact when there’s an emergency, but often the last to receive a “Thank you.” 911 call takers and dispatchers work behind the scenes, but deserve just as much as the recognition as the first responders on the scene. That’s why they’re this weeks “Someone You Should Know:” “Public safety couldn’t…

Iowa health officials seek second cannabis oil manufacturer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Public Health is seeking a second medical cannabis oil manufacturer. Interested parties must notify their intent to apply by 4 p.m. May 16. Formal applications will be due May 31. The department will announce its intended licensee June 29. The state’s first manufacturer, MedPharm Iowa, which was licensed last year, is…

Equine herpes virus confirmed in horse in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Animal Industry Board says equine herpes virus has been confirmed in a horse in Lincoln County. The board says the horse became ill and had trouble with coordination and walking. Lab tests confirmed the disease. According to the board, the horse has traveled extensively in South Dakota for cutting and sorting events in…

Authorities Seize $445K In Ongoing Fentanyl Distribution Case

PIERRE, S.D. – Authorities say they have seized an additional $445,220 in an ongoing fentanyl distribution case. The seizure was part of an ongoing investigation related to arrests made in October 2017. 28-year-old Cory Poelstra and 23-year-old Carissa Sayler were both arrested on multiple drug charges including fentanyl distribution. Authorities seized over $86,000 in cash, fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, MDMA and marijuana…

Bemidji woman dies in police chase crash after stabbing

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) – A Bemidji woman is dead after crashing her vehicle during a police chase following a stabbing. Beltrami County sheriff’s officials say 24-year-old Traci Cloud was fleeing on state Highway 89 when she ran off the road and rolled her vehicle Tuesday night. Deputies, Red Lake police officers and Minnesota state troopers tried to help her, but…

Minnesota to spend $1.3M amid licensing system complaints

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota will spend $1.3 million to temporarily add staff to handle the fallout from the launch of the state Licensing and Registration System. The Star Tribune reports that the state Driver and Vehicle Services office will draw funds from the Highway User Tax Distribution Fund. Cassandra O’Hern is the deputy commissioner of the Department of…

Rapid City partnership aims to create 5K jobs over 5 years

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A new Rapid City economic development partnership is unveiling a five-year plan to create nearly 5,000 jobs and attract $300 million in business investment to the city. The Rapid City Journal reports that the Elevate Rapid City public-private partnership announced Tuesday it has raised about $3 million of its $4.25 million goal to fund the…

USA Gymnastics sues insurance carriers amid Nassar lawsuits

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – USA Gymnastics is suing its insurance carriers, alleging that they haven’t fully reimbursed it for defense costs incurred in lawsuits filed by victims of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar. The Indianapolis-based governing body for gymnastics sued seven insurance companies Friday in Marion County. The Indianapolis Star reports that USA Gymnastics accuses the insurers of breach of…

Two More Arrested In Connection With Fatal Watertown Stabbing

WATERTOWN, S.D. – Authorities in Watertown have arrested two more people in connection with a deadly stabbing that occurred Monday night. On Monday, authorities charged 38-year-old Jeremy Steinberg with second-degree murder and aggravated assault in the alleged stabbing death of 28-year-old Kristopher Spotts. Deputies were called to the 900 block of 39th St. SW around 9:30 p.m. Monday for a report…

Minnesota issues plan for spending $47M VW diesel settlement

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota plans to spend the first phase of its $47 million from the national Volkswagen settlement on replacing large, old diesel equipment with cleaner vehicles. Volkswagen agreed to pay the money after it was exposed for programming diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests. Minnesota gets $11.75 million in Phase 1. The Minnesota Pollution Control…

Driver pleads not guilty in crash deaths of 2 boys, 16

ELKADER, Iowa (AP) – A driver has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the crash deaths of two 16-year-old boys in northeast Iowa’s Clayton County. Court records say 20-year-old Kory Doeppke is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence. County Sheriff Michael Tschirgi has said Doeppke was headed west when he didn’t halt at…

Authorities ID Chancellor woman killed in weekend crash

MARION, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have identified a Chancellor woman who died in a one-vehicle crash in Turner County. The Highway Patrol says 36-year-old Lolette Oja lost control of her sport utility vehicle on a gravel road south of Marion on Saturday night, and the SUV rolled in the ditch. Oja died at the scene. She was traveling alone.

Davison County Commission rejects wind project for 2nd time

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – The Davison County Commission has rejected a wind project between Mitchell and Mount Vernon for the second time in three years. The Daily Republic reports the panel voted unanimously Tuesday against permitting the nine-turbine wind project. Commissioners cited concerns about property rights issues and potential loss in property values. Con Edison Development hoped to make the…

Shot fired in restroom at Aberdeen fast food restaurant

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Aberdeen police are investigating an incident in which a gunshot was fired in a fast food restaurant’s restroom. The American News reports that officers responded to the Burger King restaurant about 11:30 a.m. Monday. Police Capt. Eric Duven says there are no known injuries. The shot caused minor damage to the floor. Authorities are trying to…