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Three Men Arrested in Connection with Watertown Burglary

Three men have been arrested in connection with a burglary of a Watertown casino.  Police say they received a call in burglary alarm Monday morning shortly after 1:15 and when they arrived to the Mint Casino, on easy highway 212, discovered an exterior door had been forced open to gain access to the building.

Authorities say the suspects fled the scene prior to their arrival and a

Former economic development head was to be charged

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's attorney general says he was ready to file charges and seek an indictment against the state's former economic development director days before the man committed suicide last fall.
     Marty Jackley briefed lawmakers Tuesday on his investigation into potential financial misconduct at the Governor's Office

Man receives 11-plus years for role in drug death

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - One of two men accused of supplying methamphetamine that led to the death of a Mandan woman has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison. 
     Fifty-three-year-old Joseph Senger pleaded guilty earlier for the February 2013 overdose death of his girlfriend, 59-year-old Cheri Bettis of Mandan. Brock Fish also has pleaded guilty

Additional details on fatal home invasion released

     RAY, Minn. (AP) - Sheriff's officials are providing additional details about two home invasions at rural homes in Minnesota that ended with a fatal shooting. 
     Koochiching County Sheriff's Capt. Jon Froemke says a 34-year-old Twin Cities man with no history of criminal activity was at a resort for a friend's wedding when he broke

Aberdeen city attorney resigning at end of August

     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Aberdeen's city attorney is stepping down at the end of August.
      Adam Altman says in his resignation letter that personal and family responsibilities prevent him from dedicating the time necessary for the position.
     Altman has been the city attorney for 8  1/2 years.

Crude oil pipelines exposed near Minnesota river

     MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) - Flooding and erosion have exposed oil pipelines along the Tamarac River in northwestern Minnesota.
     Three of the seven Enbridge Corporation pipelines that carry crude oil from Canada across Minnesota are now visible.
     A local farmer says he noticed one exposed pipe in the area for 14 years, and he

Residential sprinkler mandate takes effect in Jan.

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A new state requirement for the home building industry was published this week in Minnesota. 
     It means a sprinkler system is required for new houses larger than 4,500 square feet beginning in January. . 
     Eden Prairie Fire Chief George Esbensen says houses today are built with lighter

Diversity follows boom in Sioux Falls enrollment

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A University of South Dakota study has concluded that the number of students in Sioux Falls' public schools will grow by more than 20 percent over the next 10 years.
     The study also says the student population will become more diverse, with the proportion of white students dropping from 69 percent last year to 58 percent

Man pleads guilty to killing pregnant girlfriend

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her unborn child has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors.
     Thirty-two-year-old Michael Young on Monday pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the April 2012 stabbing death in a Wal-Mart parking lot of Morgan Myers, who was pregnant with his

Sunflower crop progressing in the Dakotas

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The sunflower crop is progressing in the Dakotas.
     The National Sunflower Association says South Dakota's blooms are above average, while North Dakota's are a little behind average.
     The group says 18 percent of South Dakota's crop is blooming. That's ahead of last year's 10

Jackley to brief lawmakers on economic probe

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Attorney General Marty Jackley plans to brief lawmakers Tuesday on his investigation into potential financial misconduct at the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
     He'll address the South Dakota Government Operations and Audit Committee of the Legislature in Pierre. It's not clear if the meeting will be open

Judge tosses most serious charges in foiled plot

     WASECA, Minn. (AP) - A judge has dismissed the most serious charges against a 17-year-old boy accused of plotting to kill his family and attack his southern Minnesota school.
     Waseca County Judge Gerald Wolf on Monday dismissed four counts of attempted murder and two counts of attempted damage to property.
     Wolf said

Obama authorizes federal disaster aid for SD

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for South Dakota ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from June 13 to June 20.
     Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit

8,000 get false notice of health care cancellation

     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - More than 8,000 low-income Minnesotans have received erroneous notices that their health coverage would be temporarily canceled if they don't pay up.
     A July 17 notice warned MinnesotaCare subscribers that they faced a four-month coverage lockout if they failed to renew their policy through the state's new health

1st revenue estimate puts SD state budget in black

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Two agencies say state government is expected to end the new fiscal year in the black. 
     South Dakota lawmakers passed a law earlier this year requiring the Bureau of Finance and Management and Legislative Research Council to provide revenue estimates for each budget year by July 30.
     The agencies

Sheriff: 14-year-old was mother of dead newborn

     BUTTERFIELD, Minn. (AP) - Watonwan County authorities have confirmed that a 14-year-old girl was the mother of a newborn found dead at a home in Butterfield.
     The sheriff's office says the teenager had delivered the baby at the home in southern Minnesota within a few hours of calling 911.
     Authorities were called at

Fergus Falls will hold another city deer hunt

     FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Fergus Falls will have another city deer hunt this fall. 
     It's the third year for the bow hunt, which is meant to reduce traffic collisions with deer. 
     Hunters are selected by a lottery, must pass a proficiency test and pay a $20 fee in addition to state license

1 killed, 1 injured in Minnesota line accident

    FAIRFAX, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say one worker has died and another has been injured in a transmission line construction accident in south-central Minnesota.
     The Renville County sheriff's office says the two were reported shocked Monday along the CapX2020 power line construction site near Fairfax. The two were flown to trauma centers in the Twin

Man reported fake robbery at SD Verizon store

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Police in Rapid City say the robbery at a cellphone store that was reported in June never happened.
     Tarah Heupel is the spokeswoman for the Rapid City Police Department. She says 40-year-old Jason Knox lied to police when he reported that he handed $600 to an armed man who entered through the store's front door and