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No injuries, damage reported from Mayfield tornado

     MAYFIELD, S.D. (AP) - No injuries or damage was reported from a tornado that touched down in northeastern Yankton County.
     A funnel cloud that dropped out of a small storm cell touched down several times in the Mayfield area over the course of about half an hour Thursday night.
     Separately, storms on Thursday dropped

Child immunization rates up in South Dakota

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's Health Department says a national survey shows that child immunization rates are up in the state.
     State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says more South Dakota preschoolers are getting immunized for pertussis, polio, rotavirus and other vaccine-preventable diseases. 
     He says

Upgrading Pierre stadium would cost $1.2 million

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Officials say upgrading Hyde Stadium in Pierre would cost $1.2 million.
     The stadium is home to high school, youth, American Legion and amateur baseball teams. It also hosts middle school football practices.
     The 79-year-old stadium has an old lighting system, bathrooms that are not accessible to

Trees from statehood project going out to counties

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Trees growing in soil collected from all 66 South Dakota counties will be delivered to sites across the state in the next two weeks.
     The project is aimed at helping celebrate South Dakota's 125th anniversary of statehood this year. It was spearheaded by Plankinton artist Altman Studeny.

Bomber crews in ND, SD learn from one another

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Airman from Minot Air Force Base who fly and work on B-52 bombers say they've learned a lot from their counterparts at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota who fly B-1 bombers.
     Eight B-52s and about 300 airmen from Minot have been based at Ellsworth this summer while a $67 million runway upgrade is completed at

Rosholt ethanol plant operating after 18 months

     ROSHOLT, S.D. (AP) - After sitting idle for about 18 months, an ethanol plant in Rosholt has reopened.
     New Red River Energy general manager Rick Serie says 30 employees are working in production after getting the plant ready.
     Serie says plans include increasing from an annual capacity of 25 million gallons to 40 million

Thune addresses grain shipment delays at SD forum

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune says he is doing everything he can to ensure that locomotives and railcars are available to move the abundant harvest that South Dakota farmers are expecting.
     Thune hosted a public forum Thursday at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
     Thune says

Texas man gets 20 years in synthetic drug deaths

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Texas man who pleaded guilty to distributing chemicals that resulted in the synthetic drug deaths of two teens in the Grand Forks, North Dakota, area has been sentenced to 20 years and six months in prison.
     Charles Carlton, of Katy, Texas, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Fargo. 

Judge rules against Libertarian in PUC ballot spat

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled against the South Dakota Libertarian Party's attempt to get its Public Utilities Commission candidate on the November general election ballot.
     Secretary of State Jason Gant last week ruled Ryan Gaddy ineligible to run for the office, saying Gaddy didn't change his party affiliation from

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Codington County Justice Center Public Meetings Scheduled

A series of public meetings have been scheduled in Codington County to discuss the proposed building of a $35 million dollar Justice Center.  County Commissioner Brenda Hanten says the meetings are open to all county residents and a presentation will be put on by the architect, financial advisor and commissioners.  Hanten says they should have a better idea of what the tax levy will

Minnesota homeowner fights victims restitution

     LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota man convicted of murdering two unarmed teenagers who broke into his home is contesting the restitution prosecutors are asking he pay for the deaths.
     Sixty-six-year-old Byron Smith took the stand Tuesday to testify about what had been stolen in a series of burglaries at his Little Falls home before the

Dayton urges feds to step in on grain delays

     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is urging the federal government to step in on railroad delays hitting Minnesota grain farmers. 
     A growing backlog of railroad shipments cost corn, wheat and soybean farmers $109 million in lower prices this spring, according to a University of Minnesota study. With harvest approaching, Dayton on

$1.6M raised for Special Olympics expansion

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A fund drive has raised more than $1.6 million to help Special Olympics South Dakota expand its facility in Sioux Falls and introduce a new competition concept.
     The amount surpassed the $1 million goal for the summer drive endorsed by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
     The money

Hoven students begin classes in former hospital

    HOVEN, S.D. (AP) - Students in Hoven who lost their school to a fire last spring have started fall classes in a former hospital.
     The school district is holding classes in the former Holy Infant Hospital while it rebuilds the junior and senior high school that was destroyed in a late May blaze believed to be accidental. Classes for the 57 students began

Bricks fall from Sioux Falls building; no one hurt

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - No injuries were reported when bricks fell from the side of a three-story building in Sioux Falls.
     Bricks began falling to the sidewalk at the Larson Square building about 10 p.m. Tuesday. The incident prompted the closure of a section of Main Avenue, and firefighters were called to the scene to peel loose bricks from the

Driver dies in cement truck crash near Lake City

     LAKE CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Britton man is dead after losing control of the cement truck he was driving.
     The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 45-year-old Donald Monsen was driving on state Highway 10 just west of Lake City on Tuesday morning when he lost control of the cement truck and it flipped onto the driver's side.

USD using drone to capture images for marketing

     VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - The University of South Dakota is taking to the air to capture video used in marketing the Vermillion campus. 
     USD bought its first unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, and used the tiny craft during last week's move-in day.
     Communications director Tena Haraldson says it's intended to

Former Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer indicted

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a former Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer accused of improperly using a stun gun.
     U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 32-year-old Rebecca M. Sotherland was indicted Tuesday on charges of deprivation of rights under color of law and assault with a dangerous weapon.