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Noem, Robinson don't agree on Keystone XL pipeline


     MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and her democratic challenger in November's election Corinna Robinson disagree on the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline.
 
     Noem and Robinson expressed their differences during a debate Tuesday at the annual DakotaFest farm show in Mitchell.
 
     Noem got the loudest applause of

Police: Day care provider charged for injuring boy


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Police in Sioux Falls say a day care provider is facing a felony charge after injuring a 4-month-old boy while under her supervision.
 
     Police spokesman Sam Clemens says 59-year-old Karen Leraas has been charged with abuse or cruelty to a minor under 7. She is expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.
 
 

Inmate sentenced for killing prisoner


     STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) - An inmate at a Minnesota maximum security prison has pleaded guilty to killing a fellow prisoner and has been sentenced to an additional 40 years behind bars. 
 
     Thirty-year-old Benjamin Beck entered the plea to second-degree intentional murder Monday in the death of Shane Cooper. The 30-year-old inmate was found

Tribal officer under investigation for Taser use


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Federal law agencies are investigating whether an Oglala Sioux police officer improperly used a Taser on a man who was lying on the ground.
 
     Tribal Public Safety Chief Ron Duke says the officer probably used the stun gun on the drunk man between five and 10 times, trying to get him "to wake up and stand

Lakota Indians reusing Breckenridge ski chalet


     BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) - An original ski chalet from Colorado's Breckenridge Ski Area is going to be saved thanks a group of Lakota Indians from South Dakota.
 
     The old ski school patrol hut has already been moved once before to become the Breckenridge Nordic Center. 
 
     Now the building must move by the end of

Sanford looks to build hundreds of Ghana clinics


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sanford Health says it wants to open more than 300 clinics in Ghana in the next five years.
 
     The Dakotas-based health network has opened five clinics in the African nation since 2012 and broke ground last week for a sixth. The clinics have treated more than 180,000 patients.
 
     Sanford says in a

Man gets life for killing pregnant girlfriend


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A 32-year-old Rapid City man who killed his ex-girlfriend and her unborn child will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
 
     Circuit Judge Jeff Davis on Monday handed down the mandatory life prison sentence to Michael Young. Young last month pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the April 2012 stabbing death of

Helicopter training exercise causes a stir


    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The sight of low-flying helicopters weaving through buildings in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul had some people on edge. 
 
     But, police say the swarm of choppers is only a training exercise that will be conducted for several nights this week. 
 
     Some residents say they saw as many as seven

Minneapolis parents charged in death of 6-week-old


     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis police have charged two parents in the suffocation death of their 6-week-old daughter in March.
 
      39-year-old Cardie Jackson and 40-year-old Shonwta Jackson were charged with second-degree murder Monday.
 
     Police say the baby suffocated in a laundry basket filled with a pillow and blankets

3 coin dealers charged with fraud in Minnesota


     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Federal prosecutors have charged three Minnesota coin dealers in unrelated fraud cases totaling $2 million.
 
     53-year-old Dennis Helmer of Farmington, 44-year-old Tory Hughes of Minneapolis and 55-year-old Chrysanthos Nicholas of Mettituck, New York, were charged Monday.
 
     Prosecutors say Helmer

South Dakota hunger relief group plans new space


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota hunger relief organization will relocate its food distribution center to a larger building in Pierre in response to growing operational and space needs.
 
     Feeding South Dakota said Monday it's aiming to raise $1 million for the move. The statewide organization serves 24 counties in the central part of South

Aid available for homes affected by severe weather


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The income eligibility for a state housing fund has been expanded to assist those affected by the June natural disasters in Jerauld, Lincoln and Union counties.
 
     The South Dakota Housing Development Authority says money from the Housing Opportunity Fund previously was provided to households at or below 80 percent of the area

Pressler running TV ad featuring Walter Cronkite


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler is running a TV ad featuring his refusal to take a bribe during the 1970s Abscam public corruption sting while previously serving in Congress.
 
     The clip includes former TV anchor Walter Cronkite's coverage of Pressler at the time.
 
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Judge rules in favor of SD gubernatorial candidate


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant to certify a new running mate for independent candidate for governor Mike Myers.
 
     Myers picked Lora Hubbel as his running mate when his initial choice, Caitlin Collier, had family health issues. Myers sued Gant earlier this month after he wasn't

Minnesota's crops catch some much-needed rain


     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's crops caught some much-needed rain over the weekend in an otherwise dry week.
 
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday in its weekly crops progress and condition report for Minnesota that six days were rated suitable for fieldwork across the state last week.
 
     Topsoil moisture

Belle Fourche wants to keep hosting rodeo finals


     BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (AP) - A western South Dakota town has announced it would like to extend its contract to continue hosting the state high school rodeo finals.
 
     Belle Fourche wants to maintain its hosting duties after its contact ends next year. The town has hosted the annual state finals since 2006.
 
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Driver who struck, killed bicyclist not prosecuted


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Minnehaha County State's Attorney's office has determined that the woman who drove over and killed a Sioux Falls bicyclist a month ago won't be prosecuted because she did not violate any state law.
 
     Sioux Falls Police spokesman Sam Clemens on Monday said city attorneys determined that two citations against

Board proposes name for creek in Minnehaha County


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota board has proposed a name for a creek in Minnehaha County.
 
     The Board on Geographic Names has unanimously recommended the name of Annie Anderson Creek for the geographic feature near Valley Springs.
 
     A federal board received two proposed names for the creek and referred the matter to its

2 Watertown teens plead guilty in Sioux Falls drug slaying


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Two Watertown teenagers involved in a December slaying in Sioux Falls have pleaded guilty to assault and manslaughter.
 
     Nineteen-year-old Brian Anderson and 18-year-old Trevor Kruthoff entered their pleas on Tuesday. They could face life in prison in the death of 20-year-old Jordan LeBeau.