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South Dakota wants more info on immigrant children

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state is asking the federal government for more information on unaccompanied immigrant children placed in the state.
     A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report shows that 21 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed individually with sponsors in South Dakota this

Damaged road in western SD won't be closed

     NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. (AP) - Meade County officials have decided not to close a damaged section of a road connecting U.S. Highway 34 with Interstate 90 in western South Dakota.
     A portion of the New Underwood Road recently dropped several feet down the slope of a hill. Officials had considered closing it, but Highway Superintendent Ken McGirr says

New state forester named for South Dakota

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A longtime South Dakota Agriculture Department official has been named state forester.
     Gregory Josten succeeds Ray Sowers, who retired last May as state forester and state director of resource conservation and forestry. The two positions are being split, and the director position remains open.

Pierre library director says fines long overdue

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The director of the public library in Pierre wants to crack down on people who are late returning items or don't bring them back at all.
     Robin Schrupp says when she took over last fall, she discovered that the library had an antiquated computer system, nonfunctioning electronic security panels at the front door and no policy

Changes in store for pulltab gambling

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Changes are in store for electronic pulltab gambling in Minnesota, which never generated the revenue anticipated as a funding source for a new Minnesota Viking stadium. 
     The largest company distributing the iPad games to about 120 bars and other venues in Minnesota, Express Games, will cease operations at the end of the

Wessington Springs tornado fund nears $150,000

     WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) - More than 60 people in Wessington Springs have applied for help from a relief fund set up after a tornado that hit a month ago.
     Donations are nearing the $150,000 mark. A committee has been set up to dole out the money. Other committees have formed to handle other types of help, such as emotional and

Survey finds support for Atlantic salmon in Oahe

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A survey by South Dakota wildlife officials has found that few anglers object to the addition of Atlantic salmon to Lake Oahe.
     South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks Department is considering adding the fish to the Missouri River reservoir in the Dakotas to boost its salmon fishery. Chinook salmon have been stocked in the lake

21 unaccompanied children placed with SD sponsors

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal report shows that 21 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed individually with sponsors in South Dakota this year.
     The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a state-by-state list Thursday showing the total number of children who arrived at the southern border illegally and were united

Man charged in death of Peterson's son in court

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A man accused of killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has pleaded not guilty for an alleged attack on the boy's mother.
     Twenty-eight-year-old Joseph Patterson was arraigned Thursday in Sioux Falls on charges of aggravated assault and kidnapping. He's accused of attacking the

Franken: EPA may scale back renewable fuel cuts

     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Sen. Al Franken says the Obama administration may scale back projected cuts to ethanol and other renewable fuels production. 
     An Environmental Protection Agency proposal for renewable fuel standards would reduce by almost 3 billion gallons the amounts of ethanol and other biofuels blended into gasoline in 2014 than the

Last defendant sentenced for defrauding programs

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A fourth defendant accused of stealing funds that belonged to the Oglala Sioux Tribe has been sentenced in the case. 
     Forty-five-year-old Wayne Cortier pleaded guilty in March to theft concerning programs receiving federal funds. A judge earlier this week ordered Cortier to serve one year of probation.

Man hurt in pickup-train crash near Grand Forks

     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A Minnesota man was taken to a Grand Forks hospital after crashing his pickup truck into a train.
     The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the incident happened shortly before 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Authorities say the 33-year-old man from Brooten, Minnesota, collided with the BNSF Railway train at a crossing just west of Grand

Insurers owe $2,600 in refunds in South Dakota

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The federal government says insurers owe South Dakota customers about $2,600 in refunds because of a provision in the nation's health care law.
     The Health and Human Services Department released figures Thursday showing that 867 Dakotans will be getting refunds, averaging $5 per family.

Authority wanted snow removal priority for NFL

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Newly released documents show the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority wanted assurances the National Football League would get priority plowing in the event of snowfall during Super Bowl week in the Twin Cities. 
     A draft letter from authority officials asked mayors of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington to pledge the NFL

Former NBC News anchor returns to boyhood home

     PICKSTOWN, S.D. (AP) - Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw says a part of him will always be in his boyhood home in South Dakota.
      Brokaw recently returned to the southeastern South Dakota community of Pickstown for a town reunion and the dedication of the Pickstown and Fort Randall Dam Museum.
     Brokaw moved to

Bighorn sheep transplants chosen carefully

     DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - Bighorn sheep slated to be transferred from Canada to western South Dakota were picked for their ability to withstand harsh winters and for their familiarity with mining activities.
     The Game, Fish and Parks Department is bringing 40 bighorns from Alberta to the Deadwood area early next year as part of a program to rebuild

Man admits emptying grandmother's savings account

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Harrisburg man has admitted emptying his grandmother's savings account of $62,000 and using much of the money for personal bills, including a settlement with his ex-wife.
    44-year-old Troy Derrick pleaded guilty Wednesday to grand theft and petty theft charges in a deal with prosecutors under which he would spend up to a

Wagner woman appointed to pardons, paroles board

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed a Wagner woman to the state's Board of Pardons and Paroles.
     The Rev. Patricia White Horse-Carda will fill the vacancy created by a resignation earlier this year in the nine-member board.
     White Horse-Carda has served the Diocese of South Dakota as an

14 Clear Lake co-workers claim $230,000 jackpot

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A group of 14 co-workers from a Watertown area business have claimed their $230,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot. 
     South Dakota lottery officials say the "EMPI 14" all work in the West Building of the EMPI facility in Clear Lake. They've been collectively purchasing lottery tickets for years but this is their first