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Arrest made in robbery of Sioux Falls store, pharmacy


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police say they've arrested a suspect in Thursday's armed robbery of a convenience store and pharmacy.
 
     Authorities say a man walked into a Walgreens about 9 a.m., went to the rear pharmacy and told the clerk he had a weapon. He demanded prescription pills and cash, grabbed the items and left. Some U.S.

Group gives first nod to transgender athlete rule changes


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota High School Activities Association has taken the first step to change its policy on transgender student participation in athletics amid concerns among state lawmakers about the rules.
 
     The association's board of directors gave first approval Thursday to the revisions, which would be finalized at a later

Suspect arrested in 2 recent Rapid City armed robberies


    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City police have arrested a suspect in two recent armed robberies.
 
     The 19-year-old city resident is accused in the Saturday robbery of a convenience store and the Sunday holdup of a casino.
 
     Officers say they found the man hiding in an apartment closet and arrested him shortly before midnight

Husband pleads guilty in meth bust at Sioux Falls day care


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The husband of an in-home day care operator in Sioux Falls has pleaded guilty to his in role in a yearlong methamphetamine operation the couple ran out of their child care center.
 
     Thirty-three-year-old Adam Darger pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and maintaining a place where drugs are kept, sold or

South Dakota pheasant numbers up 42 percent


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Pheasant hunters should have a better hunting season in South Dakota, with an estimated 42 percent jump in bird numbers from last year.
 
     State wildlife officials say the pheasants-per-mile index is at 3.8, up from 2.68 last year and 1.52 in 2013.
 
     The level is similar to 2011, when hunters bagged

Aberdeen store needs temporary support after car crash


     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A wall at an Aberdeen clothing store had to be shored up after a drunken driver crashed into the building.
 
     The Wednesday afternoon crash at the Hitch 'N' Post bowed in the wall and left the roof and ceiling inside unsupported. Police say firefighters put up some temporary structural support.
 
   

Flandreau tribe says marijuana not behind city police split


    FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) - A lawyer for the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe says longstanding problems led to it ending a policing agreement with the city of Flandreau, not the tribe's decision to legalize marijuana.
 
     The tribe gave the city a 90-day notice in June that it's ending a 16-year agreement, effective Sept. 4. The move came a week before the

Drunken driver accused of 4 hit-and-runs in Sioux Falls


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Brookings man is in custody in Sioux Falls after allegedly driving drunk and hitting four vehicles, including one that was occupied.
 
     Police say an officer pursued the 35-year-old suspect for a time early Thursday but halted the chase when speeds exceeded the posted speed limit. The man eventually drove down a railway

Minnesota State Fair opens 12-day run through Labor Day


     FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State Fair is opening its gates for its annual 12-day run through Labor Day.
 
     The 2015 edition of the Great Minnesota Get-Together starts Thursday. It features 40 new foods and 11 new frozen treats, from BBQ Pickle Ice Cream to Stuffed Italian Meatloaf On-a-Stick. Two new rides debut on the Mighty Midway:

Grants available for community improvement, safety projects


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The state Department of Agriculture says grants are available for community improvement and public safety projects.
 
     The agency said Wednesday that applications for Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities grant program funding need to be sent in by the end of October.
 
     Basic community improvement

USGS, NASA celebrate 25-year partnership collecting images


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA are celebrating 25 years of partnership at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center.
 
     The agencies set up their partnership at the EROS Center north of Sioux Falls in August 1990 to collect and disseminate critical land remote sensing information. The facility makes more

Pakistani man arrested in SD charged with visa fraud


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Federal authorities say a Pakistani man living in a Mitchell hotel room paid a smuggler to be taken from his home country to Saudi Arabia and then get a visa to enter the U.S. under false pretenses.
 
     Ihtisham Anwar has pleaded not guilty to possession or use of a fraudulent immigration document.
 
   

Attorney wants to legalize hemp on Standing Rock reservation


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - An attorney on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation wants residents to decide whether the tribe should legalize industrial hemp, but the tribal chairman is concerned about legalizing the plant without the federal government's blessing. 
 
     Attorney Chase Iron Eyes has been collecting signatures to put the decision before

Pair arrested in SD following chase faces several charges


     FAIRFAX, S.D. (AP) - A pair is facing multiple felony charges in connection with a weekend chase in which South Dakota authorities say shots were fired at sheriff's deputies.
 
     Attorney General Marty Jackley says charges against 29-year-old Samantha Lane and 29-year-old Nicholas Speckmeier include aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer,

Sioux Falls day care provider pleads guilty to drug charges


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls woman accused of having methamphetamine at an in-home daycare has pleaded guilty to drug charges.
 
     Thirty-four-year-old Jennifer Darger and her husband were arrested in March after a tip from the couple's daughter led police to search their home.
 
     Darger pleaded guilty Wednesday

Worker killed, another injured at stadium construction site


     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The contractor for the Minnesota Vikings stadium under construction says one worker has died and another has been injured while doing roofing work.
 
     Mortensen Construction executive John Wood says two employees of Berwald Roofing fell while working on the north side of the partially constructed stadium Wednesday morning. The

Man pleads guilty to robbing Rapid City convenience store


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A man accused of robbing a Rapid City convenience store at gunpoint earlier this summer has pleaded guilty.
 
     Sage Hard Heart could face up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced Sept. 22.
 
     Authorities say Hard Heart walked into a Loaf 'N Jug store in the early morning hours of June 16,

Minnesota students lead nation in ACT scores


     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A new report shows Minnesota students are leading the nation in ACT scores for the 10th consecutive year, but a persistent racial achievement gap remains.
 
     Students in Minnesota have the highest average ACT scores among states where a majority of students take the test to measure college readiness. The state's 2015

Fairfax brothers credited with helping in suspect's arrest


     FAIRFAX, S.D. (AP) - The Gregory County Sheriff's Office is crediting two brothers with helping in the arrest of a man who allegedly fired at officers during a weekend chase.
 
     The chase early Saturday began when a deputy attempted a traffic stop outside of Bonesteel. Authorities say the chase involved an exchange of gunfire between officers and

Bettors wager nearly $1M on new Deadwood games in 1st month


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Bettors plunked down nearly $1 million in July on new games offered in the historic Black Hills gambling town of Deadwood.
 
     A new law took effect July 1 allowing keno, craps and roulette in Deadwood. The new games were overwhelmingly approved by South Dakota voters in November and authorized by lawmakers earlier this