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FEMA denies disaster assistance to Iowa after July tornadoes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A federal agency has denied disaster assistance for residents and business owners of Marshall and Polk counties who endured tornadoes in July. Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office announced Friday the Federal Emergency Management Agency had denied the governor’s request for assistance through the Individual Assistance Program for losses from the July 19 tornadoes. In denying the…

Watertown Teen Charged with Making Terroristic Threat

WATERTOWN, S.D. – Watertown police charged a teen with making a terroristic threat on Friday. Police say Watertown school officials received a report of a 16-year-old who allegedly made threatening statements to Watertown High School students Friday morning. Police detained the 16-year-old and he was transported to the police station for questioning. Police say the 16-year-old and his parents are…

South Dakota special session on online sales taxes cost $35K

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative administrator says it cost roughly $35,000 to hold this week’s special session on sales taxes for online purchases. Legislative Research Council Director Jason Hancock said Friday that legislator pay and per diem made up over $31,000 of that price tag. Lawmakers gathered Wednesday for the session, approving three bills, including Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s measure…

Nebraska sentenced to 20 years in Iowa prison

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Nebraska man has been imprisoned for holding several people at gunpoint and beating some of them inside a western Iowa apartment. The Daily Nonpareil reports that Derrick West-Jones, of Omaha, Nebraska, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday to 20 years. He’d been charged with kidnapping, assault and other crimes before charges were amended. Police…

South Dakota college golfers treated after Iowa collision

WESTFIELD, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say members of a South Dakota college golf team were treated at a hospital after a collision between their van and a sport utility vehicle in northwest Iowa. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. Thursday about a mile north of Westfield on Iowa Highway 12. The sheriff’s office says…

Acting President Made CEO of Rapid City-Based Regional Health

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The woman named acting president and CEO of Rapid City-based Regional Health in July has been given the job permanently. Paulette Davidson took over as leader of the health system after then-CEO Brent Philips left in a move the board would describe only as a “personnel issue.” The board of directors issued a statement Thursday removing…

South Dakota Mayors Challenged By and Embracing New Growth

“We were surprised they showed up,” said Patri Acevedo, president of the American Institute of Architects for South Dakota, on KDLT News Today Friday morning. “We had four mayors from across the state – Spearfish, Aberdeen, Sioux Falls and Rapid City, actually come and sit together and have a great discussion. We were surprised they wanted to hear how to…

9-year-old autistic boy found safe after nightlong search

LETCHER, S.D. (AP) – A 9-year-old boy with autism who went missing in rural Davison County was found safe after a nightlong search. Eastin Dorr was last seen about 5 p.m. Wednesday. Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Peterson found the boy walking along the side of a road about 9 a.m. Thursday. Peterson tells The Daily Republic that Dorr had spent the…

SF Councilor Not Supporting Mayor’s Most Recent Appointment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — As Mayor Paul TenHaken works on finalizing his team, one Sioux Falls City Council member is not happy with his most recent appointment. This councilor is making sure her voice is heard before next week’s vote. Councilor Theresa Stehly is voicing her concerns about, Jason Reisdorfer, who TenHaken appointed as the Director of Innovation and Technology earlier…

Former Columbine Principal Speaks in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s been almost 20 years since the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Since then a lot has changed when it comes to school safety and preparedness. The principal during the time of the shooting was in Sioux Falls on Sept. 13th talking to local first responders. Active shooter preparedness has become a common…

Ex-Iowa elementary teacher gets 15 years for child sex abuse

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) – A former Sioux Center private school teacher convicted of sexually abusing a child has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that 36-year-old Curtis Van Dam sentenced in Sioux City’s federal court. Van Dam pleaded guilty in June to sexually abusing a child. In exchange, other counts were dropped….

Authorities Identify Student Found Dead at Minnesota Fraternity House

ST. PAUL, M.N. – Authorities have identified the body of student who was found dead in a University of Minnesota fraternity house. 20-year-old Dylan Fulton was found at the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house early Wednesday. Authorities do not suspect foul play but believe alcohol may have played a factor in his death. Authorities don’t believe Fulton was hazed. A resident of…

School Zone: Telepresence Robots

Sharing a classroom with a robot may sound like something from the ‘Terminator’ movie franchise, but instead of the big screen, it may be coming to a school near you. For this weeks edition of ‘School Zone,’ we talked with USD Assistant Professor Dave DeJong about ‘telepresence robots,’ and the benefit they can have inside and out of the classroom….

17 prison inmates charged with possessing marijuana

TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) – Seventeen inmates at South Dakota’s state prison in Springfield are charged with possessing marijuana. Attorney General Marty Jackley said Thursday a Bon Homme County grand jury indicted each of the 17 on one felony count of possession and one misdemeanor count of ingesting an intoxicating substance. They are inmates at the Mike Durfee State Prison, which…

Lieutenant governor candidate to pay campaign finance fine

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Republican lieutenant governor candidate Larry Rhoden is facing a $200 fine for not following a campaign finance law. The Rapid City Journal reports the Secretary of State’s office levied the fine against Rhoden after he didn’t file a campaign document on time. Rhoden is running with GOP governor nominee Kristi Noem. Rhoden didn’t…

University of Iowa to pay $55,000 to end open meetings case

.IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa has agreed to pay $55,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that its 2015 presidential search violated the open meetings law. The university doesn’t admit any violations in the settlement, which was made public Wednesday. But Iowa has agreed to abide by several transparency measures during future presidential searches, including streaming the…

Spearfish pellet company assessing damage after fire

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) – A Spearfish company is cleaning up and assessing damage after a fire. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that firefighters responded to the Spearfish Pellet Company’s mill Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported. The fire started somewhere in the mill system that processes sawdust as part of the pellet-making process, and then spread into a smokestack. The…