Local News Updates

Man charged in stabbing of Bureau of Indian Affairs official


    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Federal authorities have charged a man in the stabbing of the Bureau of Indian Affairs superintendent on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in central South Dakota.
 
     Authorities allege that Brian Iron Boulder, 51, also known as Brian Ironboulder, stabbed Patrick F. Duffy in the back with a knife on March 25, penetrating Duffy's

Arraignment set for Yankton man accused of killing uncle


     YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - A man accused of killing his uncle in Yankton about a year ago is scheduled to enter a plea in a couple of weeks.
 
     Judge Glen Eng has scheduled an April 13 arraignment for Joshua Hudson.
 
     Hudson is accused of using a hammer to kill 46-year-old Todd Hudson on March 7, 2014. He could face life in prison

Man charged in stabbing of Bureau of Indian Affairs official


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Federal authorities have charged a man in the stabbing of the Bureau of Indian Affairs superintendent on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation.
 
     Authorities allege that Brian Iron Boulder stabbed Patrick F. Duffy in the back with a knife on March 25, penetrating Duffy's chest wall. Duffy was in critical condition for a time but

Former Corn Palace director indicted on misdemeanor charge


     MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted the former director of the Corn Palace tourist attraction in Mitchell on a petty theft charge, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
 
     Mark Schilling resigned about a year ago at the mayor's request, after a state audit concluded he mishandled money. He has told The Associated Press that he

Northwestern South Dakota wildfire grows to 16 square miles


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A wildfire burning in northwestern South Dakota's Harding County has grown to about 16 square miles.
 
     The Great Plains Fire Information office estimates that the Sheep Draw Fire has burned more than 10,000 acres since Saturday afternoon. The cause is still being investigated.
 
     Fire officials

Judge finds woman accused of raping boys unfit for trial


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A 30-year-old Sioux Falls woman found naked in her apartment with at least three boys has been found unfit to stand trial at this time.
 
     Judge Lawrence Long ruled Monday that Anne Doubler will be committed to a mental health treatment facility for up to four months before it's decided whether she'll eventually be

Report: South Dakota winter wheat crop continues to slide


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The condition of South Dakota's winter wheat crop continues to decline.
 
     The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop report that 35 percent of the winter wheat is rated in good condition, with no producers reporting an excellent rating. A report earlier this month showed that 49 percent was graded in good

Veto of plan to gather rental property data will stand


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Senate has failed to override the governor's veto of a measure that would have helped determine whether South Dakota's property tax burden is a barrier to entry for businesses looking to offer affordable housing rentals.
 
     Twenty-two senators voted to support the bill Monday, two fewer than needed to

Senate assistant leader announces retirement for family time


    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dan Lederman has announced that he won't finish his term and is retiring from the Legislature ahead of the 2016 session.
 
     The Republican from Dakota Dunes announced on Monday that he won't return to Pierre next year in order to spend more time with his family. Lederman has urged Gov. Dennis

Minnesota man dies in ATV rollover crash north of Sisseton


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a Browns Valley, Minnesota, man was killed when his all-terrain vehicle rolled over near Sisseton.
 
     The patrol says 76-year-old Clarence Pistorius was pinned under his ATV. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
     The accident happened about 8 p.m. Sunday eight

Codington County Burn Ban


Codington County Commissioners have enacted an open burn ban in the county until further notice.  Codington County Emergency Management Director Jim Sutton says after a long discussion at their weekly meeting today (03/31) the ban was put into place due to dry and recent windy conditions.

Man robbed of drugs, money charged after scuffle with police


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls man who was allegedly robbed of a backpack containing drugs and money is facing charges after he scuffled with police.
 
     Police say 29-year-old Matthew Buczowski and two other people were sitting in an apartment Sunday when four men entered, pulled out handguns and demanded cash and drugs. Police say they fled

SD lawmakers override veto, end 2015 legislative session


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Legislature voted to override one of three gubernatorial vetoes on the final day of the 2015 legislative session before officially adjourning until next year.
 
     Lawmakers gathered Monday in Pierre to finish work. Major business, including the state budget, was completed earlier this month.
 
     The

State won't seek death penalty against murder convict


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A man serving life in prison without parole in the November 2009 slaying of a Mitchell teenager will not face the death penalty.
 
     Attorney General Marty Jackley and Hanson County State's Attorney Jim Davies say Alexander Salgado's uncooperative testimony during the recent trial of accomplice Maricela Diaz failed to

Veto of plan to gather rental property data will stand


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Senate has failed to override the governor's veto of a measure that would have helped determine whether South Dakota's property tax burden is a barrier to entry for businesses looking to offer affordable housing rentals.
 
     Twenty-two senators voted to support the bill Monday, two fewer than needed to

SD lawmakers gather in Pierre for final day of Legislature


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Legislature is convening for the final day of the 2015 legislative session to consider three tax-related bills that Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed.
 
     Lawmakers gathered Monday in Pierre to finish up the session. Major business, including the state budget, finished up earlier this month.
 
     A smaller

Film provokes debate at USD about censorship and tolerance


     VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - A University of South Dakota professor is refusing calls to cancel the screening of a documentary that depicts brutality against Muslim women.
 
     The "Honor Diaries" is to be screened at the university's annual women and gender conference April 10. Some staff and faculty members want the showing

Sioux Falls incident involves vehicle ramming, shots fired


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police arrested two suspects in a weekend incident they say involved a hammer, a vehicle ramming and a shooting.
 
     Authorities say a woman driving a sport utility vehicle intentionally rammed a car Saturday evening, and a man with a handgun got out of the Jeep and fired several rounds as the car's three

Conference focuses on violence against American Indian women


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A one-day conference in Rapid City on Tuesday is focusing on violence against women on American Indian reservations.
 
     The conference is on tribal implementation of the Violence Against Women Act. It's sponsored by the acting U.S. attorneys in both Dakotas, the U.S. attorney in Nebraska and the University of South Dakota

SD lawmakers to gather in Pierre for last day of Legislature


    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Legislature is convening for the final day of the 2015 legislative session to consider three tax-related bills that Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed.
 
     Lawmakers gather Monday in Pierre to finish up the session. Major business, including the state budget, finished up earlier this month.
 
     A smaller group of