Local News Updates

New swine facility draws students, funds into SD


    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - College students and dollars are flowing into South Dakota from neighboring Iowa and Minnesota, boosting the state's swine industry. 
 
     Industry groups from outside the state have pledged hundreds of thousands of dollars toward a new $5.5 million swine facility at South Dakota State University.
 
   

Car drives into SD home; family displaced


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls family has been displaced after a motorist drove into their house.
 
     Police responded to the scene around 1:20 a.m. Thursday. Authorities say the car crashed into the house and through a garage, hitting the bedroom of the family's two children. 
 
     The children were sleeping in

SD airport wants help from hunters to cull geese


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City Regional Airport officials hope to enlist hunters in an effort to curb rising numbers of migrating Canada geese which pose an increasing threat to aircraft. 
 
     State wildlife officials have been asked to consider a special hunting season for geese that tend to flock near the airport during certain times of the

SD capital city students planting trees


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's capital city is getting more of the Black Hills in its urban forest.
 
     The Pierre Capital Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1hrgS84 ) that every second-grader in town will be given a Black Hills spruce tree to plant.
 
     The effort is being headed by the state Agriculture Department and the

Wildlife agency darts mountain lion at SD home


     SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - A wildlife official says a mountain lion that was found in a tree at a Spearfish home was tranquilized and later released a few miles away in a rural area.
 
     South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Game Warden Mike Apland says a Spearfish couple enjoying an early morning cup of coffee on their deck Wednesday noticed the cougar in the

Myers, Hubbel criticize alleged corruption in SD


    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Two opposing South Dakota gubernatorial candidates say they want to clean alleged corruption statewide and limit the federal government's power over the state.
 
     Former state Rep. Lora Hubbel and former University of South Dakota law professor Mike Myers called a joint news conference Wednesday.
 
     The

Arguments set in prison guard killing lawsuit


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal judge has heard arguments in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a South Dakota State Penitentiary guard slain by inmates three years ago.
 
     U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol on Wednesday heard from the attorneys of Lynette Johnson. She alleges that lackadaisical behavior by state prison officials enabled Rodney Berget

Myers, Hubbel criticize alleged corruption in SD


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Two opposing South Dakota gubernatorial candidates say they want to clean alleged corruption statewide and limit the federal government's power over the state.
 
     Former state Rep. Lora Hubbel and former University of South Dakota law professor Mike Myers called a joint news conference Wednesday.
 
   

Watertown Annual City Wide Clean-up


The City of Watertown will sponsor the Annual City Wide Clean-up starting Monday April 28, 2014. 

Place your items on your boulevard on Saturday April 26 or Sunday April 27 to ensure they are collected during Clean-up Week. The City will not return to an area once it is completed. Items should not be set out prior to Saturday April 26 (Residents placing items at the

Agent testifies he searched home where teens shot


     LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Authorities who searched the home of a central Minnesota man who shot and killed two teens testified they found an audio recorder that was on, an operating surveillance system, and a device that blocked cellphone calls.
 
     Sixty-five-year-old Byron Smith is on trial for first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of

SD board OKs studies on roads, wine distribution


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota legislative board has approved two summer study committees on topics that will likely lead to proposed legislation during the 2015 session.
 
     The Legislature's Executive Board unanimously voted Wednesday to authorize a study on future roads and bridges in the state. 
 
     Another

SD stabbing victims drive themselves to hospital


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Police in western South Dakota say a man who had been stabbed drove himself, a wounded man and another man to a hospital.
 
     Rapid City police caught onto the trio when they ran a red light. Police discovered that two of the men had multiple stab wounds when they reached the hospital.
 
     The man who

SD high school group considers transgender policy


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota High School Activities Association is considering a policy on transgender students.
 
     The policy would allow students to participate in activities according to their identified gender, not necessarily the gender listed on their records. A transgender person is defined in the policy as someone who doesn't

Arguments set in prison guard killing lawsuit


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal judge is hearing arguments in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a South Dakota State Penitentiary guard slain by inmates three years ago.
 
     Lynette Johnson alleges that lackadaisical behavior by state prison officials enabled Rodney Berget and Eric Robert to kill her husband, Ronald Johnson, during a

Live WWII hand grenade causes stir at pawn shop


    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A woman caused a stir at a Rapid City pawn shop when she brought in two items her husband had collected while serving in the Philippines during World War II.
 
     The items were hand grenades - and one of them was still live.
 
     Officials at Presidential Pawn on Tuesday alerted police, who called in the bomb

Epidemiologist: Prevent tick-borne illnesses


    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's state epidemiologist recommends that residents use repellent and frequent checks to prevent tick-borne illnesses such as tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
 
     Dr. Lon Kightlinger says ticks need to be attached for several hours to spread infection so people can reduce their risk by checking for and removing

Lantry man pleads guilty to causing fatal crash


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A 20-year-old Lantry man has pleaded guilty to causing an accident that killed his passenger. 
 
     Court documents indicate Charg Hebb pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, which has a maximum punishment of a year in custody. 
 
     Prosecutors say he was speeding and driving recklessly on

SD electric co-op getting aid for storm repairs


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - An electric cooperative in western South Dakota is getting more than $20 million to help cover damages caused by an early October blizzard.
 
     South Dakota's Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are making the award to Grand Electric Cooperative. The money will help reimburse the co-op

South Dakota farmers start planting corn crop


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota farmers have started planting this year's corn crop.
 
     The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that 1 percent of the state's corn crop is seeded, compared to 3 percent on average.
 
     South Dakota farmers are expected to plant 5.8 million

Rapid City Council OKs texting-while-driving ban


    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The Rapid City Council has approved a ban on texting while driving that is stricter than state law.
 
     Under the state ban approved by the Legislature this year, drivers can be ticketed for texting violations only if they are stopped for another traffic offense. In Rapid City, police officers can pull a motorist over simply for