Adel Toay

Target Field Operators Consider Ballpark Suite Use

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Members of the Minnesota Ballpark Authority are considering whether to bar their family and friends from using its publicly-owned suite at Target Field. The policy change to be taken up Thursday seeks to avoid the controversy that arose over suite use at U.S. Bank Stadium, first reported by the Star Tribune in November. The state legislative auditor investigated…

Sioux Falls Kindergartners Help Kids In The Hospital Through Artwork

SIOUX FALLS – A couple classes from Sonia Sotomayor Elementary School took a field trip to the Sanford Castle today. They drew pictures that will be hung up in the Sanford Castle. There are five different outdoor themes for the pictures including, “enchanted forest”, “deep blue waters”, and “wide windy prairie.” The artwork gives sick children something to look at…

Farmers Dismayed That USDA Delays Fair Practice Rule

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who grow chickens and hogs for the nation’s largest meat processors has been delayed by at least six months, halting an initiative rolled out in the final days of Barack Obama’s administration. The rule was first proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2010…

North Dakota Legislators Say No To Parking Meters

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Legislators in North Dakota are not about to let parking meters invade the state. The House on Wednesday killed legislation that would have let communities decide whether to install meters on streets. Representatives voted 59-29 to keep the nearly 70-year-old ban in place. North Dakota is the only state that bans the meters on public streets….

Experts Say Police Who Dragged United Airlines Passenger Had Other Options

CHICAGO (AP) – Law enforcement experts say airport police called to remove a passenger who refused to leave a United Express flight essentially walked into a no-win situation by trying to enforce a private company’s business decision. But they say if the passenger posed no threat and wasn’t disruptive, the officers almost certainly could have tried an approach other than…

Trump Says US, Russia ‘Not Getting Along’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says the U.S. is “not getting along with Russia at all” and relations between the two global powers are at an “all-time low.” Trump says in a White House news conference that he’s hopeful that he can improve relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin but “we’re going to see what happens.” The president spoke…

VA Unveils Website On Quality Of Care As Big Changes Await

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Department of Veterans Affairs is unveiling a first-of-its-kind website aimed at providing information on the quality of care at VA medical centers. The agency says it will help bring new accountability even as it grappled Wednesday with fresh questions of patient safety. The VA website, www.accesstocare.va.gov, is a work in progress. It provides preliminary data on…

Trump Says China Won’t Be Labeled A Currency Manipulator

WASHINGTON (AP) – Backing away from a campaign pledge, President Donald Trump says his administration will not label China a currency manipulator in a report due this week, though he does feel the U.S. dollar “is getting too strong.” Trump also says he would prefer that the Federal Reserve keep interest rates relatively low. The president expresses those views in…

Wildlife Conservationists Sue Over Proposed Border Wall

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – A conservation group and an Arizona congressman have filed what they say is the first federal lawsuit against the proposed border wall. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Tucson by the Center for Biological Diversity and U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a southern Arizona Democrat. Wildlife conservationists say the wall would be detrimental to rare animals such…

Rapid City Police Offer Reward In Case Of Woman Who May Be Dead

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Rapid City police are offering a $5,000 reward for help in solving the case of a woman who may be dead. Police began investigating the disappearance of 21-year-old Larissa Lonehill, of Manderson, in November. Capt. James Johns says detectives believe Lonehill has died and that “her body may have been disposed of within a 100-mile…

Study: Outdoor Recreation An Economic Boom In South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A recently released study shows that outdoor recreationists contributed more than $1.9 billion worth of economic activity in South Dakota between October 2015 and October 2016. The study commissioned by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department says recreational activity supported nearly 18,400 jobs, generating more than $534 million worth of income to state residents….

Security Logistics Loom If Guns Are Allowed At Iowa Capitol

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gun owners could soon keep firearms at their side while visiting the Iowa Capitol under a bill awaiting Gov. Terry Branstad’s signature. The potential change has raised questions for security staff about how they would deal with armed visitors. If signed by Branstad, the measure would enable about 275,000 residents with concealed weapons permits to…

Minneapolis Cuts Penalties On Scofflaw Liquor Store Owner

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The city of Minneapolis has reduced penalties for a liquor store owner who opened for Sunday business months before it was legal. Lawmakers this year repealed a ban on Sunday liquor sales, but it doesn’t take effect until July 2. Jim Surdyk opened for Sunday sales on March 12 and blasted it on social media. The city…

South Dakota Airman Receives Degree Before Deploying

SIOUX FALLS – Today was a special day that one South Dakota airman didn’t think he would be able see. Staff Sgt. Zac Hakinson is an information technology specialist with the Air National Guard 114th Fighter Wing. During a special ceremony Tuesday at Joe Foss Field, he received his college degree from Dakota State University. The college’s graduation day is next…

Technology Lets Minneapolis Tower, Pilots Text Each Other

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A new technology is speeding communications between air traffic controllers and pilots at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Data Communications has been in place at the airport since November. It allows controllers and pilots to text each other with flight information instead of radioing each other. Officials from the FAA, Delta Air Lines and…