Local News Updates

Billion Auto to pay fine for deceptive ads


     IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A family-owned chain of automobile dealerships located in Iowa, Montana and South Dakota will pay a $360,000 civil penalty for running deceptive ads.
 
     The Federal Trade Commission said Friday that Billion Auto and its advertising company violated a 2012 order that prohibited them from deceptively advertising the cost of

Dakotas tribes react to fed marijuana decision


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The federal government says it's OK for tribes to grow and sell marijuana on reservations, but tribes in the Dakotas don't appear to be jumping at the opportunity.
 
     U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Timothy Purdon says he's not aware of any tribes in the two states actively considering a marijuana

Farm Rescue hires full-time development director


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Farm Rescue organization in the Northern Plains has hired a former Farmers Union leader as its first full-time development director.
 
     Fifty-four-year-old Dennis Wiese (wees) of Flandreau, South Dakota, is a former longtime president of the South Dakota Farmers Union and a former secretary and treasurer of the National

Monday deadline for Jan. 1 insurance under ACA


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Monday is the final day for South Dakotans to enroll in health coverage for Jan. 1 through the federal health insurance exchange.
 
     Avera Health Plans Chief Administrative Officer Deb Muller reminded South Dakotans who need coverage for the new year in a Thursday statement to shop around for a plan. Muller says people who

Sanford to base air ambulance in ND oil patch


     DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - Dakotas-based Sanford Health says it is adding an airplane ambulance in North Dakota's oil patch.
 
     Sanford AirMed is slated to be operating the twin-turboprop airplane in Dickinson beginning Monday. The airplane will have a crew of flight paramedics, flight nurses, mechanics and a pilot who will transport patients in

South Dakota UPS worker charged with grand theft


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Authorities are accusing a UPS worker in southeast South Dakota of stealing a package.
 
     Police in Sioux Falls say officers found 31-year-old Derek Eugene Gross with a package in his pants. The package contained nearly $5,000 worth of precious metals.
 
     Police spokesman Sam Clemens says Gross on

Rounds continues to name Washington staffers


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Sen.-Elect Mike Rounds continues to name staffers for his Washington office.
 
     Rounds on Thursday announced the hiring of Gregg Rickman as legislative director and Natalie Krings as communications director. Rounds praised the pair as "two highly talented individuals."
 
     Rickman

State lottery revenue expected to be $110 million


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota anticipates about $110 million in revenue from video, instant and online lottery games for the current budget year.
 
     South Dakota Lottery Sales Director Joe Willingham told lottery commissioners on Thursday that the state expects an uptick over fiscal 2014, when lottery revenues totaled $106.3

Spearfish Spanish-American War statue vandalized


    SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - Vandals have broken off the hands and rifle from a Spearfish statue depicting a soldier in the Spanish-American War.
 
     Police Lt. Boyd Dean says the vandalism was reported last weekend. Parks, Recreation and Forestry Superintendent Keith Hepper says the damage estimate might reach $1,500.
 
     That amount

Watertown Police Respond to Home Invasion


The Watertown Police Department Thursday responded to a report of a home invasion in the 300 block of 7th Ave SW.  Authorities say the suspect entered the residence and assaulted a male victim with a firearm. No shots were fired but a person sustained non-life threatening injuries during the altercation.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, the suspect Zachary Stangeland of

South Dakota pulls controversial "Don't Jerk and Drive" driving campaign


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - State officials have decided that a public safety campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of jerking the steering wheel on icy roads is too risque.
 
     The Department of Public Safety has pulled the "Don't Jerk and Drive" ads, which played on the double-meaning of the word "jerk," a euphemism for

Watertown Authorities Seek Help in Finding Missing Man


Watertown Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 52 year old man. 
Authorities took a report on Sunday (December 7th) that Semage Parks hadn’t been seen since December 1st. 
Parks is described as a black male, 6’1” and 209 lbs.
Anyone with information on Parks please call the Watertown Police Department at 605-882-6210.
 

SD delegation responds to CIA torture report


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Republican and Democratic members of South Dakota's congressional delegation have differing views on a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation tactics.
 
     The report released Tuesday says the U.S. brutalized scores of terror suspects with interrogation tactics that turned secret CIA prisons into chambers

Lonely Planet lists western SD among best to visit


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The travel media company Lonely Planet has listed western South Dakota as one of its "Best in the US" destinations for 2015. 
 
     The company announced its fifth annual "best of" list Wednesday, which is determined by Lonely Planet's authors and their U.S.-based editorial team. It consists of 10 places

Rapid City mother pleads guilty to meth charges


    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City woman has pleaded guilty to felony methamphetamine charges and misdemeanor charges related to her children's care.
 
     37-year-old Mandy Scott admitted to possession of a controlled substance and ingestion of methamphetamine Tuesday. Both felony charges carry maximum sentences of five years in prison. She will be

Aberdeen approves $2.8M water treatment project


     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Aberdeen officials have approved the sole bid on a $2.8 million water intake and channel improvement project at the water treatment plant.
 
     City Manager Lynn Lander said Tuesday that $1.7 million in costs will be covered using capital improvement funds. Aberdeen will also use a $1 million loan from the state

Sioux Falls teen gets 4 years in armed robbery


    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A 19-year-old South Dakota woman has been sentenced to four years in prison for robbing a convenience store while armed with a semi-automatic handgun.
 
     Kelli Schlotterback was sentenced Tuesday in Sioux Falls. She and a 17-year-old turned themselves in to police in April.
 
     Schlotterback was one of two

SD snowmobile trails scheduled to open Monday


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota snowmobile trails are scheduled to open Monday, but officials are still waiting for snow.
 
     Black Hills trails district supervisor Shannon Percy says the Black Hills has seen minimal snowfall so far this season. She adds that grooming operations will be limited until the snowfall accumulation

Officials warn SD consumers who want to invest


    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota officials are warning consumers to be careful when examining an investment offer.
 
     The state Division of Securities put out a reminder Tuesday that high-yield investment programs commonly listed in Internet advertisements and social media messages can be too good to be true. The investment programs are advertised as

3 South Dakota governor statues added to trail


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Bronze statutes of three former South Dakota governors have been added to Trail of Governors in Pierre.
 
    Former Govs. George S. Mickelson, Peter Norbeck and Robert S. Vessey are the newest additions to the trail. The sculptures were installed Tuesday in the state's capital city.  
 
     Mickelson's