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Worrisome Weed

Aggressive weed found in North Dakota for the first time

An aggressive pigweed species weed that’s strong enough to stop combines and resist many herbicides has been found in North Dakota for the first time. The Agriculture Department says Palmer amaranth has been positively identified in a soybean field in McIntosh County, in the southeast. The aggressive pigweed species has been found in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa in recent years,…

Reward for Stolen Guns

Reward offered after 20 to 30 guns stolen in Rapid City

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with Rapid City police and a firearms trade group are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information about 20 to 30 guns that were stolen from a sporting goods store. Authorities say the guns were taken during a burglary at The Rooster in Rapid City early Wednesday. ATF…

Trial set for South Dakota men in fatal Nebraska ATV crash

A September 11th trial start has been scheduled for a South Dakota man and his father on charges stemming from the death of a 21-year-old woman after an all-terrain vehicle crash in northeast Nebraska. Cedar County District Court records say 26-year-old Derrik Nelson pleaded not guilty Monday to vehicular homicide, manslaughter and other charges. The June 29 crash last year…

Police treat London crash as terrorist incident

LONDON (AP) – London’s Metropolitan Police say that they are treating the crash outside of Parliament as a terrorist incident. Authorities said in a statement Tuesday that a man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offenses after the silver Ford Fiesta collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into the barriers during the morning…

Wildfire Haze

Dakotans experience wildfire haze, air quality issues

Residents in the Dakotas are experiencing lower air quality and seeing some hazy skies because of the ongoing wildfires in the western part of the United States and Canada. The low air quality will be coupled with some hot summer days heading into the weekend with estimates of up to 100 degrees in some parts of the state. Individuals who…

Overnight Burglary Lands Sioux Falls Man In Jail

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 47-year-old Sioux Falls man is behind bars after an overnight burglary in downtown Sioux Falls. Police say people across the street witnessed 47-year-old Donald Hallor punch through the glass window of a loft located in the 200 block of South Phillips Avenue at around 3:24 a.m. When officers arrived on scene they heard noises indicated…

U.S. Congressman Visiting Luverne and Worthington

Keith Ellison to meet with voters

Congressman Keith Ellison will be in the Worthington and Luverne area this week in his campaign for Minnesota Attorney General. The Democrat will be hearing from folks in the area and explain why he’s running for the office of Minnesota’s top law enforcement officer. Ellison will be at a community meet and greet in Worthington at 7:30pm on Wednesday, August…

Man Disrupts Bar With A Replica Gun

Lake Andes man faces felonies for bar disruption with gun

A Lake Andes man faces six felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly waving a pellet gun around a bar while drunk. Patrons at the Duck In, Waddle Out Bar told police that 24-year-old Jonah Thin Elk was trying to intimidate people into buying him a drink on July 18. The Daily Republic reports he also…

Brown County Fatality

Crash near Groton kills driver, seriously injures passenger

A one-vehicle crash in Brown County killed one person and seriously injured another. The Highway Patrol says the two were in a sport utility vehicle that went out of control on a rural road near Groton, went in the ditch, struck a residence driveway and rolled several times. The 22-year-old male driver died at the scene shortly after 8 p.m….

Motorcycle Crash Victim Identified

Authorities ID Indiana man killed in motorcycle crash in SD

Authorities in South Dakota have released the name of an Indiana man killed in a motorcycle crash in Faulk County last week. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety identifies the victim as 55-year-old Joseph Finck of Griffith, Indiana. The Highway Patrol says Finck went into the ditch off U.S. Highway 12 on Tuesday afternoon, about 2 miles west of…

S.D. Governor Statues Added

Trail of Governors

Bronze statues of three more South Dakota governors have been added to the Trail of Governors in Pierre. KCCR radio reports that former Govs. Ralph Herseth, William McMaster and Merrell Sharpe were honored on Tuesday. Their statues join the 19 others on the trail that goes through Pierre and the state Capitol grounds. Three are commissioned each year by the…

Motorcycle Fatality

Faulk County, South Dakota

A motorcycle crash in Faulk County has killed a 55-year-old man. The Highway Patrol says the driver went into the ditch off U.S. Highway 12 on Tuesday afternoon, about 2 miles west of Zell. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He wasn’t immediately identified. He was alone on the bike. Categories: KDLT News Today, News Top Story Tags: Crash,…

Mount Rushmore Fatality

Authorities say Illinois man died in fall at Mount Rushmore

Authorities in South Dakota say an autopsy has confirmed a man whose body was found at the bottom of a cliff near the Mount Rushmore National Memorial died in an accidental fall. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says the body of 58-year-old Anthony Rashid was found at the base of a cliff near a popular climbing area on July 20th….

Weak Economic Outlook

Trade tensions weigh on outlook for rural parts of 10 states

Weak economic growth is expected to continue in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, but all the recent trade disputes may shrink profits. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the new tariffs are hurting grain prices, which were already weak. The overall economic index for the region declined to 53.8 in July from June’s 56.1. That score still…

Fatal Plane Crash

Officials identify 3 killed in plane crash

Officials have identified three people killed in a single-engine plane crash north of Spokane last week. The Stevens County coroner’s office on Wednesday identified the victims as Diego Senn, 30, of Spokane; Andrew Trouton, 30, of Prairie City, South Dakota; and Joo Chan Lee, 24, of Spokane. All three were involved with a Moody Bible Institute aviation program in Spokane….

Human Remains Found in Minnesota River

Human leg discovered in debris pile

Sheriff’s officials in Wabasha County are investigating the discovery of a human leg found in the Mississippi River. Authorities say deputies responded to a citizen’s call about human remains Saturday afternoon. A resident cleaning out a debris pile near the shoreline in West Newtown found the leg, from thigh bone to foot, with a shoe still on. The Winona Daily…

South Dakota Sainthood

Vatican official to visit South Dakota over sainthood case

A Vatican official is headed to South Dakota to consider promoting the case of sainthood for a Lakota holy man who converted more than 400 people to the Catholic faith. The Rapid City Journal reports that a bishop last year accepted a petition signed by 1,400 people that opened the cause for the canonization of Nicholas Black Elk. A Vatican…

Dept. of Justice Settlement – South Dakota

U.S. Attorney’s Office Settles Lawsuit Against South Dakota Landlord

RAPID CITY, SD – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that the United States has reached a settlement agreement with a Rapid City landlord to resolve a lawsuit alleging discrimination on the basis of sex and familial status, in violation of the Fair Housing Act. The lawsuit arose from a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban…

Red Cross Helping Sioux Falls Family Displaced by Fire

Blaze appears to have started in basement

At 6:19 p.m. Tuesday evening, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to a report of a basement fire at 1212 S Western Avenue in a single family home. First arriving crews reported moderate smoke within the structure of a residential home. Residents reported the fire started in the basement and the first-in crew made entry into the basement reporting moderate heat…

Thune, Rounds React To SCOTUS Nominee

Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) issued the following statement after President Trump nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court justice: “I commend President Trump for his selection of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial career has demonstrated his commitment to impartiality and faithful application of the Constitution. I…