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State and local officials investigate SD Livestock Sales Barn fire


9-1-15                             SD Livestock fire                 Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)--State and local investigators were out today (Tuesday) combing through the rubble in the aftermath of Monday's early morning fire that destroyed the South Dakota Livestock

Rapid City mayor wants longer terms in office


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender wants to double the length of the mayor's term of office and add a year to the terms of Rapid City Council members.
 
     Under Allender's proposal, City Council members would serve terms of three years and the mayor four years. Both the mayor and council members now serve two-year terms,

Sioux Falls signs deal to purchase rail yard


 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Officials have signed a $27.3 million agreement that transfers about 10 acres of rail yard in downtown Sioux Falls to the city amid hopes for redevelopment.
 
     The agreement was signed Monday by Mayor Mike Huether and BNSF Railway executive Roger Nober at a public ceremony at the rail yard. The deal was announced last

South Dakota's corn and sorghum crops are maturing


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's corn and sorghum crops are starting to mature.
 
     The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 3 percent of the crop is mature, near 1 percent at the same time last year and the long-term average of 4 percent. The sorghum crop is 2 percent mature, near 1 percent last year and 3 percent on

Huron approves Sunday hard liquor sales


HURON, S.D. (AP) - Residents of Huron will soon be able to buy hard liquor on Sundays.
 
     The Huron City Commission approved the move Monday night on a 4-1 vote, despite commissioners saying they received a large number of comments from people opposed to the expansion of on- and off-sale hard liquor sales to Sundays.
 
     The change doesn't go

Sale Barn Destroyed in Fire


An overnight fire destroyed the north sale barn in Watertown on Highway 20.  Watertown Fire Rescue was called to South Dakota Livestock Sales around 1:30.  The highway was blocked off for several hours as crews battled the blaze. Authorities say there are no injuries and the cause is unknown.  The building is a total loss.

Arrest made in robbery of Sioux Falls store, pharmacy


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police say they've arrested a suspect in Thursday's armed robbery of a convenience store and pharmacy.
 
     Authorities say a man walked into a Walgreens about 9 a.m., went to the rear pharmacy and told the clerk he had a weapon. He demanded prescription pills and cash, grabbed the items and left. Some U.S.

Group gives first nod to transgender athlete rule changes


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota High School Activities Association has taken the first step to change its policy on transgender student participation in athletics amid concerns among state lawmakers about the rules.
 
     The association's board of directors gave first approval Thursday to the revisions, which would be finalized at a later

Suspect arrested in 2 recent Rapid City armed robberies


    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City police have arrested a suspect in two recent armed robberies.
 
     The 19-year-old city resident is accused in the Saturday robbery of a convenience store and the Sunday holdup of a casino.
 
     Officers say they found the man hiding in an apartment closet and arrested him shortly before midnight

Husband pleads guilty in meth bust at Sioux Falls day care


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The husband of an in-home day care operator in Sioux Falls has pleaded guilty to his in role in a yearlong methamphetamine operation the couple ran out of their child care center.
 
     Thirty-three-year-old Adam Darger pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and maintaining a place where drugs are kept, sold or

South Dakota pheasant numbers up 42 percent


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Pheasant hunters should have a better hunting season in South Dakota, with an estimated 42 percent jump in bird numbers from last year.
 
     State wildlife officials say the pheasants-per-mile index is at 3.8, up from 2.68 last year and 1.52 in 2013.
 
     The level is similar to 2011, when hunters bagged

Aberdeen store needs temporary support after car crash


     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A wall at an Aberdeen clothing store had to be shored up after a drunken driver crashed into the building.
 
     The Wednesday afternoon crash at the Hitch 'N' Post bowed in the wall and left the roof and ceiling inside unsupported. Police say firefighters put up some temporary structural support.
 
   

Flandreau tribe says marijuana not behind city police split


    FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) - A lawyer for the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe says longstanding problems led to it ending a policing agreement with the city of Flandreau, not the tribe's decision to legalize marijuana.
 
     The tribe gave the city a 90-day notice in June that it's ending a 16-year agreement, effective Sept. 4. The move came a week before the

Drunken driver accused of 4 hit-and-runs in Sioux Falls


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Brookings man is in custody in Sioux Falls after allegedly driving drunk and hitting four vehicles, including one that was occupied.
 
     Police say an officer pursued the 35-year-old suspect for a time early Thursday but halted the chase when speeds exceeded the posted speed limit. The man eventually drove down a railway

Minnesota State Fair opens 12-day run through Labor Day


     FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State Fair is opening its gates for its annual 12-day run through Labor Day.
 
     The 2015 edition of the Great Minnesota Get-Together starts Thursday. It features 40 new foods and 11 new frozen treats, from BBQ Pickle Ice Cream to Stuffed Italian Meatloaf On-a-Stick. Two new rides debut on the Mighty Midway:

Grants available for community improvement, safety projects


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The state Department of Agriculture says grants are available for community improvement and public safety projects.
 
     The agency said Wednesday that applications for Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities grant program funding need to be sent in by the end of October.
 
     Basic community improvement

USGS, NASA celebrate 25-year partnership collecting images


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA are celebrating 25 years of partnership at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center.
 
     The agencies set up their partnership at the EROS Center north of Sioux Falls in August 1990 to collect and disseminate critical land remote sensing information. The facility makes more

Pakistani man arrested in SD charged with visa fraud


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Federal authorities say a Pakistani man living in a Mitchell hotel room paid a smuggler to be taken from his home country to Saudi Arabia and then get a visa to enter the U.S. under false pretenses.
 
     Ihtisham Anwar has pleaded not guilty to possession or use of a fraudulent immigration document.
 
   

Attorney wants to legalize hemp on Standing Rock reservation


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - An attorney on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation wants residents to decide whether the tribe should legalize industrial hemp, but the tribal chairman is concerned about legalizing the plant without the federal government's blessing. 
 
     Attorney Chase Iron Eyes has been collecting signatures to put the decision before

Pair arrested in SD following chase faces several charges


     FAIRFAX, S.D. (AP) - A pair is facing multiple felony charges in connection with a weekend chase in which South Dakota authorities say shots were fired at sheriff's deputies.
 
     Attorney General Marty Jackley says charges against 29-year-old Samantha Lane and 29-year-old Nicholas Speckmeier include aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer,