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Relatives of Iowa man charged in golfer’s death ‘devastated’

Celia Barquin ArozamenaAMES, Iowa (AP) – Relatives of the 22-year-old Iowa man charged in the stabbing death of a top amateur golfer from Spain say they’re “devastated by the tragedy.” Collin Richards’ family released a statement Thursday saying their “thoughts and prayers” are with the family and friends of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena, whose body was found…

Campaigns, parties seek to mobilize supporters to vote early

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Election Day is still a month-and-a-half away, but South Dakota campaigns are mobilizing their supporters to turn out early as absentee voting begins this week. Absentee voting starts Friday in South Dakota, where high-profile races include governor, U.S. House and attorney general, not to mention contests for other statewide offices, legislative seats and five ballot…

Authorities Charge SF Woman with Manslaughter in Connection with Body Found in Renner

Kelsey Rachel RoubideauxSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Authorities say a 23-year-old Sioux Falls woman is facing manslaughter charges in connection with a body found near Renner on Tuesday. Authorities say a passerby was on their way to work when they noticed the body of 40-year-old LaKendrick Thornton on Ditch Road, just North of 258th Street at around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday….

Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says a spending plan pushed by congressional Republicans is “ridiculous” because funding for a border wall with Mexico that Trump has promised is not included. Trump tweeted Thursday that he wants to know “where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from…

South Dakota sends officials to aid with hurricane aftermath

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Office of Emergency Management is sending two staff members to help with the response to Hurricane Florence. The officials will be stationed in the state emergency operations center in Raleigh, North Carolina. They’ll help coordinate requests to other states for help through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a mutual aid agreement among U.S. states…

Overdose, Suicide Continue to Fuel Decline in Life Expectancy

A new government report on the health of the nation reveals some troubling trends. The average life expectancy continues to decrease, largely due to drugs and suicide. Overdose deaths increased by a whopping 72 percent between 2000 and 2016, and the suicide rate grew by 23 percent. Deaths from injury, Alzheimer’s disease, liver failure and blood infections are also on…

Thursday’s Sanford International Pro-Am Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

Officials with Sanford International cancelled Thursday’s EMC Championship Pro-Am tournament shortly after 7:00 a.m. due to the incessant round of storms passing through the Sioux Falls region. Per the event’s website, tournament officials are encouraging players to come to the golf course and receive their gift. There will be food and beverages served with a Ryder Cup round table in…

Mitchell traffic stop yields more than 13 lbs of marijuana

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A weekend traffic stop in Mitchell turned into a large marijuana bust. The Daily Republic reports that an officer pulled over a car on Interstate 90 for an exhaust problem on Sunday night. Court documents say a search of the trunk turned up a storage tub containing more than 13 pounds of marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags,…

Harvesting of corn getting underway in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Harvesting of corn is underway in South Dakota. The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says 2 percent of the corn crop is in the bin, along with 6 percent of soybeans. Winter wheat seeding is approaching one-third complete. Slightly more than half of the state’s topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies remain rated…

Someone You Should Know: The Champion Behind The Scenes

Meet the man who's working hard to make the Sanford International a success

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Running the biggest golf tournament in South Dakota has become one man’s full-time job.  He’s made sacrifices for the Sanford International, but you rarely see him without a smile and positive attitude. “It’s just like how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time,” says Sanford International Tournament Director Greg Conrad. If that’s the…

Trump: 9/11 memorial renewed my resolve to build border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says the Sept. 11 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, renewed his resolve to push for his stalled southern border wall. Trump tells Hill.TV in an interview published Wednesday that he marveled at the Flight 93 National Memorial during a visit last week. Trump tells the outlet, “They built this gorgeous wall where the plane went…

US, Canada resume talks on revamped NAFTA

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. and Canadian negotiators are working long hours to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc. The Canadian envoy – Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland – resumed talks Wednesday with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer. “Our negotiators have been really hard at it, including an all-night session last night that ended at 7 a.m.,” Freeland…