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Man charged in ND with masquerading as FBI agent

     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A convicted con man is jailed in North Dakota's oil patch, awaiting trial on federal charges of impersonating an officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 
     Court documents show Steven Goldmann tried to pass himself off as an FBI agent in Williston to score free coffee and a government rate at a budget

South Dakota county looking to add 13 deputies

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A preliminary budget approved by Pennington County commissioners includes $500,000 to hire more deputies in the sheriff's department.
     Sheriff Kevin Thom says the department needs more officers to reduce long response times in the 100-mile-long county.
     The plan would add 13 deputies in

Dispatching consolidates in central South Dakota

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The City of Pierre and the state Department of Public Safety have consolidated emergency and law enforcement dispatch services in central South Dakota into a single operation run by the city.
     The consolidation began Wednesday.
     Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says the consolidation of two public-safety

Analysis: Aid, credits keeping property taxes down

     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesotans who qualify for state aid and credits could see their property taxes decline by a total of $49 million this year. 
     But taxpayers who own agricultural land, public utility and commercial property could see their taxes increase. 
     That's according to a new report from

Woman faces 9th DUI after crash that injured 2

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A woman faces vehicular battery and her ninth drunken driving charge in a crash that seriously injured two people.
     56-year-old Cynthia Goeman pulled out in front of 24-year-old Quintin McMartin's motorcycle at about 2 a.m. Sunday. 
     The crash left the former University of South Dakota

Small business loans available in disaster areas

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Low-interest Small Business Administration loans are available to South Dakotans hit by flooding or a tornado.
     SBA has issued a disaster declaration for homes and businesses damaged June 13-20.
     That makes low-interest loans available in the primary counties of Jerauld and Lincoln, as well as

Groups work to draw women into SD state government

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Of the roughly 175 candidates still in the running for the South Dakota House or Senate, roughly 26 percent are women.
     Local and national groups are working to encourage more women to take roles in government. It's an effort that's moving slower than Barb Everist expected. She was the first woman to be Senate Majority

Hot Springs man convicted of killing his mother

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Jurors in Rapid City have convicted a Hot Springs man of killing his mother and hiding her body three years ago.
     Prosecutors say 28-year-old Matthew Tornquist was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder and grand theft. The murder count carries a mandatory life sentence and grand theft has a maximum punishment of 10

SD board repeals quarantine rules on baby calves

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Animal Industry Board has voted to repeal a nearly 40-year-old rule requiring quarantine for baby calves entering the state without their mothers.
     The ruled was proposed at the board's annual meeting Tuesday by State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven.
     The state previously required 60

South Dakota board denies parole for Ramos

     SPRINGFIELD, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied parole for a man serving prison time for the 1994 killing of his pregnant girlfriend.
     Joaquin Jack Ramos pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the 1994 shooting of 27-year-old Debbie Martines in Rapid Valley.

Man agrees to testify against 2 Watertown Teens

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A 21-year-old man who planned a drug robbery that left a former business partner dead has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and agreed to testify against his co-defendants.
     Kevin James Rice accepted the plea deal Wednesday in exchange for prosecutors dropping nearly two dozen other charges against him.

Nebraska man who killed South Dakota farmer dies

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A prison inmate who beat a South Dakota farmer to death after meeting the man at an adult book store in Sioux City, Iowa, has died.
     The Department of Corrections says 46-year-old James Strahl died Monday at a Sioux Falls hospital after an extended illness. 
     He was sentenced in Union County

Woman died in husband's arms after van crash

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The husband of a Sioux Falls woman crushed by a van says she died in his arms while pinned against a tree at a car show and picnic.
     Carl Stevens says his wife, 43-year-old Angel Stevens, said "I love you" and then passed away. 
     It happened Sunday evening at a 125th anniversary

South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world

     SAN DIEGO (AP) - A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.
     Nineteen-year-old Matt Guthmiller completed the more than 29,000-mile journey in a single-engine airplane Monday night when he touched down at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California.
     Guthmiller's flight began May

Woman steals charity jar from SD gas station

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Police are looking for a woman who stole a charity collection jar for sick and injured children at Sioux Falls gas station.
    The theft occurred on Friday at Cubby's Gas Stop. The container was full of money and intended for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota.
     Police and store employees hope

SD man killed in construction zone crash

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The Highway Patrol says an Oelrichs man was killed in a construction zone crash in southern South Dakota.
    41-year-old Billy Eisenbraun died Monday morning in a crash on Highway 385 near the Nebraska border.
     Troopers say Eisenbraun was driving his pickup around 6:25 a.m. through a construction zone when

Minnesota seeks doctor for medical pot program

     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota is looking for a doctor to help oversee the state's first medical marijuana program.
     The state is offering about $115,000 to $205,000 a year for a doctor who will provide full-time medical and research expertise.
     A Health Department official says the new medical marijuana

SD Board of Pardons and Paroles hearing Ramos case

     SPRINGFIELD, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday is holding a parole hearing for a man serving prison time for the 1994 killing of his pregnant girlfriend.
     Joaquin Jack Ramos pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the 1994 shooting of 27-year-old Debbie Martines in Rapid Valley.

Common sunflower disease found in the Dakotas

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The National Sunflower Association says a common sunflower disease has been found in fields across the Dakotas after a wet planting season.
     The group says downy mildew was been found in about two-thirds of fields surveyed over the last two weeks in North Dakota and South Dakota. About 70 fields were surveyed. Only 8 fields