Local News Updates

AG: Sisseton killings result of domestic violence


     South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says a shooting on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation that left four people dead and one injured was the result of domestic violence.
 
     Jackley says 22-year-old Colter Arbach was the lone gunman in the Nov. 22 attack in Sisseton. Arbach shot and killed 31-year-old Vernon Renville Jr., 29-year-old Candace

NorthWestern Energy seeking to raise rates in 2015


     HURON, S.D. (AP) - NorthWestern Corp. is asking the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission for permission to increase electric rates.  
 
     The company doing business as NorthWestern Energy wants to increase revenues by about $26.5 million. CEO Bob Rowe says NorthWestern needs to cover the cost of investments made to meet federal mandates

Sioux Falls police probe motel robbery report


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police are investigating a reported robbery at a motel.
 
     An employee at Motel 6 reported that a male with a bandanna over his face entered the lobby shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday, indicated he had a weapon and demanded cash.
 
     The employee says the man fled on foot with an

VA secretary won't immediately visit SD facility


     HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says he won't visit the VA hospital in Hot Springs until after a study is complete on the potential ramifications of closing the facility.
 
     South Dakota's congressional delegation in July invited McDonald to the state, as part of efforts to stop the VA from closing the

Woman pleads guilty to faking birth


      BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) - A woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges in Davenport after faking a birth to collect child support payments from a man who thought he was the nonexistent child's father.
 
   Johna Loreen Vandemore collected more than $100,000 over six years from the man who now lives in a Minneapolis suburb. She pleaded guilty this

Police: Rapid City man, 55, found dead under bridge.


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City police have identified a man found dead under a highway bridge.
 
     Police said Thursday that officers found 55-year-old Elvis Presley Means of Rapid City on Wednesday. They say Means was dead when police arrived after receiving a report of an unresponsive man lying on the sidewalk under the Interstate 90

SD Supreme Court backs lower court in abuse case


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A man convicted of abuse for driving 112 mph while intoxicated with three children in his vehicle has been unsuccessful in arguing to the South Dakota Supreme Court that the state law governing his offense is unconstitutionally vague.
 
     The high court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's ruling against Douglas Myers'

Minnesota links caramel apples, 2 listeria deaths


     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota health officials say two people died and two others became ill this fall after eating prepackaged caramel apples contaminated with the bacterium listeria.
 
     The Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture are warning consumers to wait for more information before eating any pre-packaged, commercially-produced caramel

Permit approved for SD anti-police brutality march


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A police department in South Dakota has approved a previously denied permit for a march that organizers say is meant to protest against police brutality.
 
     Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris approved the permit for the Friday rally. He'd denied it earlier this week citing public safety concerns. 
 
 

Business lobby targets auto-hikes to minimum wage


     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's leading business group wants state lawmakers to scrap the new minimum wage law that allows for inflationary increases after the hourly rate reaches $9.50 in 2016.
 
     Officials with the state Chamber of Commerce said Thursday it was a priority to get rid of a wage-escalator provision. The chamber's labor

Grain elevator collapse results in highway closure


     EGAN, S.D. (AP) - The collapse of a grain elevator has resulted in the closure of a small section of Highway 34 east of Egan in eastern South Dakota
 
     State transportation officials say grain spilled onto the roadway after the elevator collapsed. Drivers are being detoured through the town of Egan.
 
     Officials say the

SDN Communications to buy Sioux Valley Wireless


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls-based SDN Communications intends to buy Sioux Valley Wireless, which provides Internet service to thousands of homes in eastern South Dakota and other states.
 
     The acquisition is expected to be finalized after April 2015. Sioux Valley Wireless transmits data from towers in Rowena, Colman and Freeman to a small

Sioux Falls again breaks building permit record


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - For the second year in a row, building has been at a record pace in South Dakota's largest city. 
 
     Sioux Falls officials say 14,839 building permits have been issued so far in 2014, and the construction valuation for those permits has reached more than $593 million. The city also posted record numbers in 2013

Minnesota joblessness hits lowest level since 2001


     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Job growth is on a roll in Minnesota.
 
     Figures from the Department of Employment and Economic Development show that Minnesota employers added 6,600 jobs in November. 
 
     Steve Hine, the department's labor market research director, says that helped lower Minnesota's seasonally adjusted

SD Supreme Court says gambling promos not taxable


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Deadwood casinos will no longer have to pay state gambling taxes on promotional programs that give patrons free credits to play slot machines.
 
     The South Dakota Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court's decision that casinos must pay tax on "free play" as part of their gambling revenues.
 
 

New manager named for South Dakota State Fair


     HURON, S.D. (AP) - A longtime official with the Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau has been named manager of the South Dakota State Fair.
 
     Peggy Woolridge Besch has been with the Huron CVB for 23 years and has been its president and CEO the last 14 years. She also serves on the board of directors for the South Dakota Visitor Industry Alliance, South

Wild Card 2 ticket sold in Huron worth $6,000


     HURON, S.D. (AP) - A Wild Card 2 ticket sold in Huron is worth $6,000 in the latest drawing.
 
     The ticket matched all five white ball numbers but missed the Wild Card in the Wednesday drawing to win the game's second prize. The odds of winning it are 1 in about 127,000.
 
     The winner has about six months to claim the

ROTC sergeant at BHSU acquitted of rape charge


     SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - An ROTC sergeant at Black Hills State University has been found not guilty of raping a cadet in the program, but guilty of furnishing alcohol to an underage woman last spring.
 
     39-year-old Cesar Olaso was recently sentenced to serve three days in jail and spend a year on probation.
 
     Olaso would have