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Man Accused of Killing Iowa Pastor Pleads Not Guilty

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) – A man has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he beat a pastor to death outside a central Iowa church. Webster County court records say 36-year-old Joshua Pendleton entered pleas Monday to charges of robbery and first-degree murder. His trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 10. Officers sent to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort…

New Arson Charge Filed Against Iowa Volunteer Firefighter

NEWELL, Iowa (AP) – A new arson charge has been filed against a volunteer firefighter already facing trial in northwest Iowa. Buena Vista County court records say 25-year-old Brent Mack is charged with arson and burglary. His attorney declined to comment Monday. Mack is accused of setting a fire on Sept. 13, 2017, that gutted three buildings in downtown Newell,…

South Dakota Sioux Tribes Get $4.2M in Federal Funds

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Six of South Dakota’s Sioux tribes have received $4.2 million in funding from the federal government for public safety programs. The U.S. Department of Justice announced the awards Friday in a series of press releases. The funding is part of $273.4 million the DOJ is awarding to tribal programs nationally. South Dakota tribes receiving funds…

Staff Shortage Increases Overtime at Minnesota Prisons

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Corrections almost doubled the overtime it paid prison staff in the past year because of a chronic staff shortage. The state’s DOC data shows it paid $12.3 million for more than 262,000 hours of overtime during fiscal year 2019. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that’s up from the year before…

Iowa Man Gets 2 Years for Taking Locker Room Pictures

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A former janitor has been sentenced to two years for taking pictures of women in an eastern Iowa college locker room. Linn County court records say 46-year-old Jeffrey Pospisil was sentenced Friday on two counts of invasion of privacy. He’d pleaded guilty in September. The investigation began when students at Cornell College in Mount Vernon…

“Gonna Get Wed” Prepares Brides for the Big Day

SIOUX FALLS S.D. – The Gonna Get Wed Bridal Showcase was today at the Sanford Premiere Center The event is meant to be a one-stop shop for all your wedding needs. Over 80 vendors attended the event, from catering and jewelry to DJ’s and dresses, there was a vendor for everything. Director of Gonna Get Wed, Kari Black, says the event…

Micro-Current Machine to Treat Pain

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – What if a machine could help your body heal itself from pain and injury? Sounds too good to be true… or is it? Spencer Paulsen loves baseball. “My mom took a video of me for the first time at 2 years old swinging and throwing,” Paulsen says. He was a pitcher at the University of Sioux…

Bargains in a Barrel: Harvest Days

GARRETSON, S.D. – “When you go through the line and you got an air horn they honk and a bell to ring, and it’s a timed thing, they just have a great time,” said Owner of Nordstrom’s Automotive Shannon Nordstrom. It’s all about having a great time while getting great deals. Nordstrom’s Automotive and Ewe-Pullet Self Service and Auto Parts…

Many Pushing For The Legalization Of Hemp And Medical Marijuana

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – If you’ve been driving around Sioux Falls, you may have noticed signs pushing for the legalization of hemp and medical marijuana. Lawrence Robinson was on the job hunt. “I’m just going through Craig’s List, you know what I’m saying,” he says. The position he found is unconventional. It’s at a company called Fieldworks. Its goal is…

‘We expect it to continue to grow’: Grand Falls Sports Betting a Month After Going Live

LARCHWOOD, IA- Since sports betting officially went live in August, casinos across Iowa have become an attraction to many sports fans. “Casinos around the state are seeing folks from all over come in to bet.” Sports betters from Minnesota and South Dakota are flocking to Iowa casinos with their new sports betting feature.   Grand falls casino’s Elite Sports Book…

Fraternal Order of Police Giving More Than Scares with Haunted House

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Police around the Sioux Falls area are getting into the Halloween Spirit with their Twisted Nightmare Haunted House. The Fraternal Order of Police “Lodge One” is a group of police officers from Minnehaha, Lincoln, and Turner counties who support community events. For October, they’ve put together a haunted house, including an insane asylum and clown room….

Trailer Carrying 165 Hogs Overturns Near Valley Springs

VALLEY SPRINGS, S.D. – Authorities say a trailer hauling more than 150 hogs overturned near Valley Springs on Friday. Authorities say a 2007 Peterbilt tractor pulling a trailer of 165 hogs was heading westbound on 266th Street, near 487th Avenue at around noon when it veered off the roadway and overturned. Authorities estimate 20 hogs died in the accident and…

Etc. for Her Magazine Kicks Off 14th Annual Expo for Her

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- This afternoon, the 14th annual Expo for Her kicked off at the Sioux Falls convention center. Etc. Magazine holds the expo every year during the third weekend of October and this year they’re giving out goody bags to the first 200 people at the expo both today and tomorrow. The Expo is also supporting teachers, allowing them…

72-Year-Old Hunter Reported Missing, Found Safe

PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. – A 72-year-old hunter has been found two hours after he was reported missing. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a lost hunter at around 9 p.m. Thursday. Authorities deployed a search and rescue crew along with a thermal drone. Authorities say the Alexandria man was found safely hunting with friends about an hour and…