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2 Minnesota turkeys get send-off from governor


     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Two Minnesota turkeys have had an audience with Gov. Mark Dayton before they make their way toward someone's dinner table.
 
     Dayton held the ritual pre-Thanksgiving event Monday where turkey growers tout the state's status as the nation's top producer and where a big industry donation gets made to local food

Authorities identify victims of Sisseton shooting


     SISSETON, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has identified the victims of the fatal shooting that happened over the weekend in a town in an Indian reservation in the northeast corner of the state.
 
     Jackley on Monday identified the three fatal victims as 31-year-old Vernon Renville Jr., 29-year-old Candace Labelle and

Medical marijuana supporters lay out strategy


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The leader of an effort to make marijuana a legal medical drug in South Dakota says the best avenue likely is an initiated measure to get the question on the 2016 general election ballot.
       Emmett Reistroffer says the fact that 2016 is a presidential election year will mean a higher voter turnout, and a better chance of

Girl killed by dogs wanted to create a shelter


     PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - The mother of an 8-year-old girl killed by a pack of dogs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation says Jayla Rodriguez dreamed of one day creating a shelter for the dogs that roam the reservation.
 
     Mother Danielle Griffith says she is starting the Jayla Marie Rodriguez Memorial Fund in honor of that dream. She thinks an animal

Police: Person arrested after Sturgis shooting


     STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - Sturgis police have arrested a person who they say shot someone in the head.
 
     ssistant Police Chief Geody VanDewater said authorities responded to a home Sunday where the person had been shot. They say the suspect and victim had gotten into an argument before the suspect shot the victim once in the head with a

US Sen. Johnson raises awareness about adoption


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson is raising awareness about the importance of foster care adoption.
 
     Johnson says every child deserves to be raised in an "environment that allows them to flourish." Johnson this month participated in the 10th annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project, which highlights the experiences and needs

Rapid City residents protest Starbucks sign


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City residents are protesting a large Starbucks sign affixed to a historic downtown hotel.
 
     The 12-foot diameter lighted logo on the Hotel Alex Johnson has inspired an online petition urging its removal. More than 270 people have signed the petition.
 
     Wart Wirtz says he started the petition

DOT awards $1.1M in grants to small SD cities


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The state's Department of Transportation has awarded $1.1 million to six small South Dakota cities and one county for road improvements.
 
     The funds were given through the Community Access grant program to improve roads leading to schools, main business areas, hospitals, grain elevators and other economic areas in the

Sioux Fall surgeons' group stops selling implants


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A group of Sioux Falls surgeons has stopped selling surgical implants at a local hospital amid concerns over conflicts of interest and legality.
 
   Great Plains Surgical Distributors is owned by nine Orthopedic Institute surgeons who work at the nearby Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital. The hospital management launched an inquiry into

South Dakota workers 'hi-rail' for safety


     CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) - Record crop yields and the North Dakota oil boom have led to a resurgence of rail transit in South Dakota, and it's Lynn Kennison's job to make sure the tracks are safe.
 
     He's a transportation specialist at the state Department of Transportation and inspects the rail lines using a road-rail, or

Prosecutors in SD killing add video to evidence


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Prosecutors in the case of a Box Elder woman charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of a 49-year-old man say they have a videotape that shows not only the four hours before the crime happened, but also the exact moment the killing occurred.
 
     Authorities accuse 23-year-old Kelly Croyle of shooting and killing Dick

Residents asked to be careful with turkey fryers


     YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - A fire department in South Dakota is asking residents to be careful when using turkey fryers this holiday season.
 
     Yankton Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says people attempting to fry a turkey must make sure that the bird is completely thawed. He says that a frozen turkey going into very hot grease causes a boil-over which in

SD Gov. Daugaard urging safe Thanksgiving travels


 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is urging holiday travelers to play it safe on Thanksgiving.

 


Daugaard says people need to be move "safety-conscious" during this time of the year as traffic is heavier than usual and South Dakota's weather can change quickly.


 


Two people died on South Dakota highways last Thanksgiving and 39

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Wayward moose found dead




SLEEPY EYE, Minn. (AP) - A wandering moose spotted in the unfamiliar habitat of southern Minnesota has been found dead.


 


Department of Natural Resources wildlife research manager Lou Cornicelli says he got word from colleagues Thursday that the moose was found dead in someone's yard, but didn't have any other details. The DNR plans to retrieve the carcass and do a

Hit-and-run driver damages Sioux Falls house




SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A hit-and-run driver caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to a home in Sioux Falls.


 


Police say a minivan went out of control on a city street about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, went through a yard and struck the front door area of the home. The motorist then drove away from the scene.


 


No one was hurt.

Walz passed over for top spot on vets committee




ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota U.S. Rep. Tim Walz has been passed over for the top Democratic spot on the House Veterans Affairs Committee.


 


The ranking member slot instead went to Florida Rep. Corrine Brown, who was next in line in seniority on the committee and was endorsed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.


 


Walz has served on the committee since

Regional sports center plans in Marshall advancing




MARSHALL, Minn. (AP) - Development of a regional sports complex in southwestern Minnesota is moving forward.


 


The Marshall City Council has authorized bids for the $18 million complex, which includes a 78,000-square-foot building with two ice rinks that can be converted to expo space. The complex also includes four softball fields, an outdoor concessions building,

No cause yet for fire at Mitchell grain elevator




MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say they will need to remove chemicals and other debris from a grain elevator complex building in Mitchell before they can start investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed the structure.


 


The Wednesday fire occurred in a CHS Farmers Alliance building that housed farm chemicals and fertilizer. No one was hurt, and authorities say there

SD Crow Creek Tribe member arrested in US Senate




SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A member of South Dakota's Crow Creek Tribe has been arrested in the U.S. Capitol after singing a song he said was meant to honor lawmakers who voted against the Keystone XL Pipeline.


 


Greg Grey Cloud is charged with a misdemeanor after singing from the U.S. Senate gallery in the Lakota language on Tuesday. The Democratic-controlled Senate