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NTSB Sending Investigators to Minnehaha Academy Explosion Site

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Latest on the partial school building collapse in Minneapolis that killed two, injured others (all times local): 8:30 a.m. The National Transportation Safety Board says it’s sending investigators to a Minneapolis school where an explosion and partial building collapse killed two people and injured more than a-half dozen others. Agency spokesman Eric Weiss said the NTSB…

Two Men Plead Guilty to Conspiracy for Roles in Dakota Sioux Casino Blackjack Scheme

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Two more defendants have admitted playing roles in a blackjack scheme that authorities say involved the theft of $10,000 from the Dakota Sioux Casino near Watertown. 44-year-old Lito Bolocon and 29-year-old Jordan Rondell both pleaded guilty this week in federal court to conspiracy. Four people were indicted in the case in February, including Jeremy Brown, who…

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20-Year Old Brandon Valley Grad Is Youngest Mission Pilot In SD Civil Air Patrol

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The South Dakota Civil Air Patrol is made up solely of volunteers who give up their time to keep an eye on others. One of their pilots, Brandon West, 20, is a Brandon Valley High School graduate who is the youngest mission pilot in their fleet. Despite his age, flying has already become a huge part…

Ex-State’s Attorney Accused Again Of Failing To Pay Taxes

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a former Bennett County state’s attorney convicted of tax evasion has once again failed to pay taxes. Forty-eight-year-old Kenneth Orrock, of Rapid City, is facing sentencing later this month after failing to pay $17,000 in federal taxes he had collected from his employees at the Black Hills Patrol security agency in 2015. Orrock…

More Job Applicants Failing Drug Tests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls manufacturing company says they have plenty of job openings, but not enough applicants passing required drug tests. Even agencies that match candidates with businesses are doing drug screenings of their own. However, the drug epidemic isn’t going down. “Focusing on quality and not as much on quantity,” says Owner of Express Employment Professionals Rich…

Group Protests Circumcision In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Protestors along 41st Street caught the attention of many in Sioux Falls Tuesday afternoon. Half a dozen people wearing white suits with red blood stains on them, were holding up signs that read ‘vote no on circumcision’. The group is called ‘Bloodstained Men and their friends’. They are currently on a northern heartland tour protesting American…

FULL STORY: Lloyd Companies To Help City Build $43.5 Million Project In Uptown Sioux Falls

The Uptown area in downtown Sioux Falls will soon be getting a facelift. With the help of Lloyd Companies, the city plans to redevelop even more land near the entrance to Falls Park. It comes with a $43.5 million price tag. It’s been more than a decade since the area near 2nd Street and Phillips Avenue served as a salvage…

‘Operation Addy’ In Need Of Donors, Could Face Closure In September

UPDATE: A GoFundMe page has been created. Find it here: https://www.gofundme.com/save-operation-addy-sd-nonprofit LENNOX, S.D. – A string of unfortunate events has left a local nonprofit scrambling. For eight years Operation Addy has provided everyday items, like diapers and clothing, to those in need. But now, a major donor has pulled out from the group, and the head of the organization doesn’t…

MN Lifts Travel Restrictions To Help SD Farmers During Drought

Executive order in effect for the next two weeks

It’s now easier for Minnesota farmers and ranchers to lend a hand to those struggling in South Dakota and North Dakota during the drought. Governor Mark Dayton has issued an executive order making it easier for people to donate hay to ranchers and farmers across state lines.  Executive Order 17-05 lifts road and vehicle restrictions for Minnesota farmers and ranchers. …

One Of Two Stolen Centuries Old Artifacts Returned To Watertown Zoo

The Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown says one of two stolen artifacts has been returned. The artifacts, which are on loan from the South Dakota Archaeological Society, were discovered missing last week. They’re estimated to be hundreds of years old. Bramble Park Zoo Director Dan Miller said pointing to a display case, “We had it on like this.” Miller says…

Police: Brother Charged With Manslaughter After Saturday’s Fatal Shooting

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KDLT)  –  Police have charged 27-year-old Jeremy Eischens with first and second degree manslaughter in connection with Saturday morning’s fatal shooting. Police say they were dispatched to Avera West Hospital on South Marion Road around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning for someone with gunshot wounds. The victim, Brandon Eischens died as a result of his injuries sustained in…

Trump Swears In New Chief Of Staff Kelly

WASHINGTON (AP) –  President Donald Trump is swearing in Marine retired Gen. John Kelly as his new White House chief of staff. In an Oval Office ceremony, Trump predicts Kelly will do a “spectacular job.” The president denies there is “chaos” in the White House, despite a particularly tumultuous stretch. And he says things are going “very well.” Trump is…

Department of Transportation Announces Speed Limit Changes During the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

STURGIS, S.D. – Due to the increased traffic volumes during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the anticipated reduced operating speeds, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will reduce the speed limits on the following highways from Thursday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. Interstate 90 speed limit will be reduced from 75 mph to 65 mph from west of…

Victims Identified in Fatal Wessington Springs Crash

WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. – Three Wessington Springs men have been identified as those involved in a two-vehicle crash that killed two people and seriously injured the other Thursday morning west of Wessington Springs. They were the only people involved. A 2006 Ford F-350 pickup was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it crossed the center line and collided with…

1 in 4 South Dakotans Owed Unclaimed Property, Money

(Pierre) – South Dakota State Treasurer Rich Sattgast announced a record $27.5 million in Unclaimed Property was returned last year. “Our purpose is to reunite South Dakotans with their lost property,” said Sattgast. Even with a banner year, 1 in 4 South Dakotans still has Unclaimed Property. The Treasurer strongly encourages all residents to check the state’s database to see…