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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

USD, SDSU fans urged to donate toward food

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - University of South Dakota and South Dakota State fans can support their team and help feed South Dakota families.


Saturday's football matchup between the schools in Brookings is part of the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series, which tracks athletic and academic performance among student-athletes of both universities.


The Corn

Child hearing aid assistance to begin Dec. 1

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Department of Human Services will begin accepting applications for financial assistance to purchase hearing aids for children beginning on Dec. 1.


The program aims to help the development of South Dakota children who are hard of hearing. Department of Human Services Secretary Gloria Pearson says that hearing impairment could cause

Slain dealer's girlfriend indicted on felonies

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The girlfriend of a marijuana dealer who was killed in December has been indicted in connection to his death.


A grand jury indicted 21-year-old Faith Rasmussen Wednesday on charges of burglary, attempted robbery and criminal solicitation to commit a felony.


Rasmussen was the girlfriend of Jordan LeBeau, who was killed in what

Air Force airspace training decision close

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune says the U.S. Air Force is in its "final step" of deciding whether to move forward with an expansion of a bomber training area over the Northern Plains that would help solidify Ellsworth Air Force Base's future in the region.


Thune said in a statement Wednesday that Air Force officials will make a decision

Official: Dog attack killed girl on Pine Ridge rez

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - Authorities in South Dakota say a pack of dogs attacked and killed an 8-year-old girl on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.


Police Chief Ron Duke says the girl was attacked around 5 p.m. Tuesday while she was sledding near a housing complex.


Duke says the girl's death has renewed concerns about packs of dogs moving

Group working to help SD motel fire victims

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A group that assisted victims of the 2011 Missouri River flood is coming together again to help people displaced by a fire at a South Dakota motel last week.


The Oahe Disaster Recovery Team is gathering Thursday to find ways to assist the more than three dozen individuals who lost practically everything they owned during the fire.



Fire destroys building at Mitchell grain elevator

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Fire has destroyed a building that housed farm chemicals and fertilizer at a grain elevator complex in Mitchell.


The blaze broke out just before 3 a.m. Wednesday at CHS Farmers Alliance. Firefighters battled the blaze from outside to prevent exposure to the chemicals inside, and residents were advised to avoid being downwind. Streets in the area were

Large dairy farm approved for west of Willmar

PENNOCK, Minn. (AP) - Officials have given the go-ahead for an 8,800-head dairy operation west of Willmar in west-central Minnesota, and construction is expected to begin next spring.


The St. Johns Township Board unanimously approved a permit Nov. 7 for the Meadow Star Dairy, owned by Riverview LLP, which owns several dairy operations in west-central Minnesota, as well as

Mines president denies role in unlawful lobbying

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota School of Mines President Heather Wilson says she wasn't involved in any unlawful attempts to lobby federal officials on behalf of one of the nation's premier federal laboratories.


The Energy Department's Office of Inspector General said earlier this month that managers at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico improperly

Police: Robbers steal Rolex watches in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Police say robbers have taken about $300,000 in Rolex watches from a St. Paul jewelry store while it was open.


St. Paul police on Tuesday released surveillance video of the robbery over the weekend at R.F. Moeller Jeweler in the Highland Park neighborhood. A police spokesman says two men hold open doors to the business while two others used

DNA test confirms SD inmate's guilt in rape case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Minnehaha County authorities say DNA testing requested by an inmate convicted of rape in 1995 has confirmed he is guilty.


A jury convicted 56-year-old Leander Clay Jr. in the rape, kidnapping and robbery of a Sioux Falls woman in 1995. He was sentenced to life in prison.


Clay requested more rigorous DNA testing in 2013 with the

SD joins effort to improve distance education

MADISON, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota is joining a national effort to make distance education more accessible to college students across state lines.


The program is called the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, or SARA.


Board of Regents executive director and CEO Jack Warner says it also makes it easier for higher education institutions to take part

Farmers turn to barges to deliver goods

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Congested rail ways have more corn and soybean farmers in Minnesota turning to the Mississippi River and its navigation system to move their goods.
     As oil trains from North Dakota compete for space on the crowded rail lines, the river system is becoming more important to shipping millions of bushels of soybeans and corns out of