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Investing In Our Communities: South Dakota Community Foundation

If you're looking to stretch your dollars for good this #GivingTuesday, this organization always works to maximize your impact

Whether you’re an individual looking to make a difference with your dollars, a non-profit in need of support or a community looking to be matched with funds for an upcoming project, the South Dakota Community Foundation has been working to grow your donor dollars and make a difference across the state since 1987. If you’re unsure about where best to…

Minnesota Couple, Married 68 Years, Dies Just 1 Day Apart

ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) Bob and Corrine Johnson got married as teens in southern Minnesota’s farm country and lived together for 68 years. KARE-TV reports they were to be laid to rest Tuesday – after dying 33 hours apart. They lived in their farm home near St. Peter until six months ago. After Bob was hospitalized with cancer, Corrine joined…

Noem Set to Lay Out Proposed Budget Amid Revenue Dips

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem will offer her plans on how the state might have to make do with less in 2021 during her annual budget address. The loss of revenue from an internet tax and lower-than-expected revenue may lead to a smaller budget for next fiscal year. The governor is scheduled to unveil her proposed budget in…

Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Trafficking Case

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) A Sioux City man has pleaded guilty in what authorities have called a human trafficking case in which a teenage Guatemalan girl was raped. The Sioux City Journal reports that 38-year-old Cristobal Francisco-Nicolas pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to a smuggling count and unlawful possession of identification documents. In exchange, a third smuggling count will…

Over 500K Pot Vapes Seized in 2 Years as Busts Rise in US

Robert F. Bukaty/APNEW YORK (AP) As health officials scrutinize marijuana vaping, it’s increasingly on law enforcement’s radar, too. Authorities across the country have seized at least 510,000 marijuana vape cartridges and arrested more than 120 people in the past two years. That’s according to an Associated Press tally derived from interviews, court records, news accounts and official releases. People targeted…

Bell Ringers Needed in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s that time of year again. Bell ringers and red kettles are out in front of stores to collect money for the Salvation Army. While some people give their dollars, the non-profit is also looking for people to volunteer their time.  Friends Marilyn Boese and Linda Maxwell have been giving back for 13 years by volunteering together…

Snow Removal Safety Tips for the Winter

SIOUX FALLS, SD— Many of us saw the first heavy snow of the season this past weekend. And as Old Man Winter settles in for the long haul, Dr. John Travnicek is sharing a few tips to stay safe. “Dress appropriately when you have to work outside or go outside, wear boots and warms socks. So, dress appropriately for outdoors,” said…

Probe Can’t Determine Cause of Minneapolis High-Rise Fire

Minneapolis firefighters leave after a deadly fire at a high-rise apartment building, in background, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, in Minneapolis. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Fire officials say they haven’t been able to determine the cause of a high-rise apartment fire that killed five people last week in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Fire Department says Monday that the investigation into…

NTSB Releases New Information on Fatal Chamberlain Plane Crash

In this photo, taken Monday in Chamberlain, South Dakota, an NTSB air safety investigator begins the initial examination of the wreckage of the Pilatus PC-12 that crashed on Nov. 30, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. CT shortly after departure from Chamberlain Municipal Airport. NTSB PhotoCHAMBERLAIN The National Transportation Safety Board has released more information on a fatal plane crash that killed…

Minnesota OKs Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain, Eye Disease

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota is expanding the state’s medical marijuana program to include chronic pain and age-related macular degeneration as conditions that can qualify for treatment. The state Department of Health also said it would allow more sites where patients can access medical cannabis. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the changes take effect in August. Minnesota’s medical marijuana program…

Trump Complains About Impeachment Hearing During NATO Trip

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump is complaining the House Judiciary Committee will hold an impeachment inquiry hearing while he attends a NATO summit that comes at a critical moment for the 70-year-old military alliance. Speaking to reporters at the White House before departing Monday, Trump says the NATO trip is “one of the most important journeys we make…

Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan to Resign

SIOUX FALLS-S.D.,  Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan is reportedly resigning later this week following an investigation into his conduct at work. The Minnehaha County Commission will vote on the matter in its meeting on Tuesday, according to the agenda’s minutes. If the commission approves the resignation, McGowan would be out of office by the end of the week. Governor…

Survivors From South Dakota Plane Crash in Stable Condition

A group photo of the hunting party taken prior to the plane crash. Photo courtesy of the Hansen family.SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) The three survivors of a South Dakota plane crash that killed nine members of an extended family from Idaho are in stable condition at a hospital. The survivors of Saturday’s crash in a cornfield near Chamberlain are being…

Pending Immigration Cases Increase 70 Percent

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Recently released data from Syracuse University shows that pending immigration cases have increased 70 percent since last year in Minnesota’s Bloomington federal immigration court. The court handles cases from North Dakota and South Dakota in addition to Minnesota. Minnesota Public Radio reports that six immigration judges currently handle the cases for the three states. Minnesota currently has…