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Trump Administration Appeals Ruling On Young Immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Trump administration is appealing a judge’s ruling temporarily blocking its decision to end protections for nearly 800,000 young immigrants. Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing Tuesday that they were appealing to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The DOJ in a separate news release said it…

Authorities ID Aberdeen Man Killed In Brown County Crash

GROTON, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have identified a 34-year-old Aberdeen man who died in a weekend crash in Brown County. The Highway Patrol says Matthew Krawiec’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. Krawiec was pronounced dead at…

Lawmakers Delay Action On Data Breach Legislation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative panel has delayed action on a bill that would require companies to inform South Dakota residents whose personal information was acquired in a data breach. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to take up the proposal again Thursday. Attorney General Marty Jackley’s bill would require affected South Dakotans be notified within 60 days. The plan…

Workers Without Degree Hold Most Good Jobs In South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A new report from Georgetown University says the majority of good jobs in South Dakota belong to employees who don’t have bachelor’s degrees. The university’s Center on Education and Workforce found 55 percent of good jobs are held by people without a college degree. A good job is defined as those that pay at least…

2 Man Get Long Prison Terms For Dealing Meth In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Two Sioux Falls men will serve lengthy federal prison sentences for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in the city. Twenty-five-year-old Cody Baade recently was sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison, and 29-year-old Corey Roelfsema was ordered to spend 20 years behind bars. U.S. Attorney Ronald Parsons Jr. says Baade pleaded guilty last September, and Roelfsema…

10 South Dakota Programs Get Money To Help The Homeless

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Ten programs in South Dakota that help the homeless with housing and other services are sharing in $1.3 million in federal money. The funding is part of $2 billion being awarded by Housing and Urban Development to more than 7,300 programs nationwide. HUD says more than half a million people experienced homelessness at some point…

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…

Eastern Iowa Hospitals Limit Visitation As Flu Season Rages

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Some eastern Iowa hospitals have announced restrictions on visitation in the wake of a vicious flu season that has strained hospitals across the country. Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque and Dyersville and UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque have announced patient visitation restrictions starting Friday because of the respiratory virus. All children under 14 and any…

Trump Convenes Experts On Overhaul Of Nation’s Prison System

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is convening a group of governors, criminal justice experts and faith-based leaders to discuss ways of overhauling the nation’s prison system with an eye toward reducing the rate of recidivism. While Trump has put forward a tough-on-crime message his first year in office, the White House views changes to the prison system as an…

IRS Rolls Out New Income Tax Withholding Guidelines

The Internal Revenue Service is making changes to the guidelines that help workers determine how much of their paycheck is withheld by their employer as income taxes. The IRS rolled out new income-tax withholding tables Thursday as it begins to adapt to changes in the tax law enacted last month. The guidelines require employers to use new withholding tax rates…

Spearfish Sues Volunteer Firefighter Association

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) – A city in western South Dakota has sued the community’s volunteer firefighter association amid questions over whether taxpayer money has been misused. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the city of Spearfish filed the lawsuit Monday after learning that the Spearfish Volunteer Firefighters’ Association transferred $1 million to create an endowment fund. City officials question whether…